How A Book Exchange Can Save You Money

by Pam on November 21, 2010

A friend of mine recently gave me a great tip for passing along books on your shelf that you’ve already read.  Rather than them sitting and collecting dust, a really fun way to give them away is to do a book exchange with friends and family.  Have a get- together and have everyone bring a book they have already read that’s sitting on their bookshelf.  Have them wrap it up like a present.

Next, have everyone draw a number and the person with number 1 gets to choose their gift and then they open it.  Number 2 then can either select their own gift, or they can steal number 1’s  gift, and so on.  If your gift gets stolen, then you get to choose and open another gift.  This goes on until all the books have been unwrapped.  The benefit to being number 1 is that at the very end you get to choose what book you want most.

This is a great way to pass along books you don’t plan to read again as well as to get your hands on some new books to read for free.  Plan a book exchange get-together once or twice a year.  It’s a great excuse to get together with loved ones and it’s a fun and free way to enjoy good books.

This type of gift exchange also works great for Christmas parties using all different types of gifts.  It provides good-spirited competition and is a creative way to distribute gifts.  You could also do a movie exchange.  It would be a neat way to watch a wide variety of movies without having to buy them or rent them.

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