Well, I finally did it. After weeks of planning and researching, I put in my orders today for most of our school needs for the next year.
I have been buying as much used from this website as I could in the last several weeks. If you are not familiar with homeschoolclassifieds.com - and you are a homeschooler - what in the world are you waiting for? I saved quite a bit by buying several things used from other homeschoolers there. It's much better than eBay, and you can buy teacher tooks with no hassle. (For you non-homeschoolers, eBay banned the sale of answer/teacher books several months ago because public and private schooled students might buy them and copy the answers. Of course, you aren't supposed to buy anything on eBay if you are under 18, so does this mean their parents were buying it for their kids? But I digress.)
Another of my perennial favorites is rainbowresource.com. This business is owned by a homeschool family and literally carries nearly everything under the rainbow! I buy much of my new stuff there.
I also put in a decent order to The Bookshelf, the bookstore affiliated with Tapestry of Grace. Even if you don't use Tapestry, they have some great books, as well as other items, like Easy Grammar and Spelling Power. In fact, they are running a sale on these two items that is cheaper than I have ever seen them sell for new, so check them out.
I still have a few things to get from Amazon and half.com, but I am mostly done. By the way, I do not get any kind of kickback from recommending these places to you. I wish I did, since I just signed away my firstborn to buy all those books. Wait, if I signed her away, why did I buy stuff for her???