I Love Books. That might be a bit of an understatement really. I’m constantly seeking to surround myself with books. It is virtually impossible for me to walk out of a book store without at least one book. The same is true of Nate, actually. I max out my library card at 100 books often (although I’d say that at least half of them are kids books, since Seth can’t have his own card yet). My father was a Lit. Major in College, and our family room also had floor to ceiling shelves packed with books. We got at least one book for birthdays and Christmas. So, it’s only natural that I love books. I have a huge collection of book lists, and along with my writing things down on random scraps of paper, I’m constantly finding these lists around, too.
I read about the Barefoot Books opportunity in Mothering Magazine while waiting in my chiropractor’s office. Now I’ve done this sort of work before – I was a Melaleuca associate for a while, which ended up in a lot of money spent, and not very much made. Not only that, but despite my love for Solumel (it gets permanent ink off of surfaces), I realized that I could make even more eco-friendly non-toxic cleaners myself for much cheaper. It’s kind of hard to sell something you don’t believe in.
After trying to make Melaleuca work for me and it turning into a huge money drain, my vowed to Nate that I’d never do anything MLM related again. So, of course when I wanted to sign up with Barefoot Books, I knew what he’d say. Which he is well within his right to do so. Fortunately for me, signing up as an Ambassador is free. Of course, I still wanted to buy some books so that I could have something to show people. In an amazing show of support, Nate suggested that I “earn” the money for these books by buying used books and reselling them on Amazon (we made over $1,000 a few years ago doing this with a lot of books we had that we no longer needed or wanted). So that is what I intend to do, along with posting here and hoping that there is a reader amongst my loyal fans who’d love to give the gift of books to a small child in their life. Just click on the button below!
(I know it must seem rather “unfrugal” of me encourage buying books, new, at retail price instead of always plugging the library. At the same time, I think that it’s important for children to have new books and to actually have them. The author of “Freakonomics” has a chapter in which he discusses books and literacy his findings were that children who had books in their home (not library books) were more successful in school and life in general by modern standards. For me, the library often serves as way to review books I am thinking about buying. And of course, I’m also wanting to get out of the cheapskate/tightwad state of mind and into more of an abundant state of mind.)