Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It has been ages & ages since I put up a Works for me Wednesday post. Seriously, at least 6 months if not longer. In that time WFMW moved itself on over to a different blog, but still has all the awesome tips you know and love. I still read a lot of them and every week I think "what could I put for WFMW this week?" and apparently nothing works for me anymore and time slips on.

This was one of my first ever WFMW topics, but I just had to mention it again because it is blowing up and working for me like crazy in the last couple of weeks: Paperback Swap!

You join Paperback Swap and list ten books that you don't mind getting rid of. Just for listing your books, they will give you two credits, so you can choose any two books in the system that you want. The person who has the book you want, ships it to you, it costs you a credit. When someone requests one of your books, you ship it to them, you earn a credit. So yes, there is postage involved, but everything else is free.

Since I've joined, I still pretty much never buy books. I've gotten cookbooks, biographies, best-sellers, etc. It is not just for paperbacks, either, I like to request hardcovers whenever I can.

I also signed up for their sister sites, Swap-a-dvd & Swap-a-cd, because you can transfer the credits between them. I have since gotten rid of a bunch of dvds that were collecting dust, and transferred those credits to PBS to get more books. The reason why it has been "blowing up" for me the last couple of weeks is tons of books that I had been wishing for were suddenly coming up ready for me to request. Today I just got Love is a Mix Tape, which I've been wanting to read for a while, and The Biggest Loser cookbook (which I so need) is on its way to me now.

Another way to earn credits is to refer friends. So if you want to check out Paperback Swap, here is a button. And if you would like to put me as your referrer, my user id is rms33--& I know it will work for you too! :D - Book Club to Swap, Trade & Exchange Books for Free.

Be sure to check out all the other WFMW posts @ We Are THAT Family!


Heidi of Operation Organization said...

I've heard of this before, may look into it again...thanks for the reminder. ;)
(visiting from WFMW)

kristine said...

great tip, i think it's so cool how resources are available nowadays to have acess on stuff we could only dream of seeing....

Frugal Sara said...

My MIL and FIL LOVE Paperback Swap! I really have to look into this. My son has even been talking about wanting to do it! LOL