A Physical Reference Library

Few things beat experience, but a good reference library can be a good back-up for the times you need a little more information.

I love reading and have my Kindle filled with all sorts of eBooks.  I’ve read dozens of books on gardening, homesteading, and husbandry, but  it soon became clear to me that certain books were going to be needed in their physical form, for easy referencing.

Thus, began my reference library.

Homesteading Reference Library

As the name of my blog implies, I am a frugal person, so I wasn’t about to pay full price for these books and I also didn’t care if they were used.  I researched the books I wanted and made a wishlist on Amazon, so I wouldn’t forget the titles. From there, I would periodically check Amazon and eBay for those titles to see if anyone was selling them used, at reasonable prices.

It took me some time and a lot of patience, but I did score all of the books I wanted for what I consider really good prices.  Even with the shipping.  I bought a used copy of an older edition to save even more money.  I’ve been very pleased with the used condition of the books and I know the information contained within them will be valuable to me for many years to come.

Here are some of my favorites:

Homesteading Reference Library

This is an instance where I’m saving money and making a good investment.

I’m paying for an education. 🙂


  • Information from accredited sources
  • Background knowledge to help you avoid mistakes
  • Know-how that will help you live better
  • Cheap education

My used books have been found at thrift stores (thanks to my husband), on Amazon and eBay.  Even when I have to pay a bit more for one, it’s ok, because I’ve gotten others for only $1.00.  It all evens out.

If I had gotten all these books new, it would have cost me $345.57.  I spent $56.00!

MONEY SAVED: 289.57!!



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