Saturday, May 18, 2024

Frugal Literature and Learning

As a homeschooling parent, I’m always interested in free or frugal educational materials and/or websites. And, for children, there are far more websites available than I could even begin to list.  However, I was highly motivated this last school year to put a bigger emphasis on literature for education as well as enjoyment. As a result, it’s also increased my interest in literature for adults as well as kids.

I’ll be honest. I love to read. To sit down with a good book and get absorbed in it is a great joy to me. I know many of you love your e-books and audio books, but I love an old fashioned book to hold onto and turn pages. So, the library is my greatest source. Being a fast reader, on a frugal budget, with little space for additional bookshelves, the library is fantastic. My husband, on the other hand, much prefers his audio books that he can listen to in the car. So, he has been finding some great resources for free audio books he can download to his iPod.

1)    Check your local library. I know the Palm Beach County Library has free audio books to download, as well as a huge selection in the library to check out. And, if you were not aware, you can reserve materials from any branch to be brought to your local branch to check out.  We also found out that theDelray Beach City Library does not offer downloadable ones, but does have a good selection to check out. So, be sure to check both city and county libraries in your area.

2)    Bibliomania – This site offers over 2,000 free online texts – books, poetry, study guides, research materials and more – all free to read online.

3) – this site offers a list of 7 universities that offer access to free literature classes online.

I’m a firm believer in the value of reading quality literature. It helps with our spelling, language and vocabulary skills, as well as gives us access to learn about any topic of interest.  I’ve noticed that by reading aloud to my young children this year, they in turn have read far more on their own than they ever would have done otherwise. They are enjoying reading about subjects they would never have been interested in before.

So, go enjoy an afternoon at the park or the beach, or even just hanging around the house with a good book!

Now for some other good stuff!

All You Magazine May Coupon List – FrugallyThrify has been kind enough to provide us a list of coupons that will be in Walmart’s All You Magazine that hits the newsstands soon.  You can check it out here to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for $2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for less.  However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has less coupons than the newsstand version.

Walmart Deals – has a list of the Walmart deals starting 5/11. You can find the list here.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo BOGO – Buy one, get one free SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.  You may also want to check out The Thrifty Mama’s post on Whole Foods deals here.

Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “Super Deals” for 5/12-5/18/2011, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 5/12-5/18, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites E-Book now available!

I’m excited to tell you that my book is now available as an e-book! So, you can save money while you learn to save even more money by purchasing an e-book instead of a traditionally bound book! For more information, please clickhere.


Kindle book now available!

My book is now available for the Kindle! Please click here!

Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at

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