Where to Buy and How to Save
Look for these recordable books wherever Hallmark products are sold. You can shop for them online or at your local brick and mortar store; just use their store locator to find the closest retailer.
Like most new, high-tech gadgets, these books are not inexpensive. At an average of $30 each, they could be considered a pretty pricey bedtime tale.
However, if you consider that you are creating a memory that could actually turn out to be a family legacy (the books could be passed down through countless generations), the return on such a small investment is priceless.
As with most products, however, if you are a savvy shopper, you can save some money on your purchase. For example, while researching these kid's audio books, I took a quick trip to our local Hallmark store and I was glad I did. They were running a special on the Grandpa and Grandma recordable books. (Sometimes it does pay to be a granny!)
On sale, the copy of My Grandpa and Me that I purchased was just $19.95. However, I could have opted to buy one book at the regular price ($29.95) and take advantage of the extra discount on the Grandpa book ($9.95 versus $19.95). Trouble was, I had my grandson with me and we just couldn't make a decision because all the books looked so interesting.
Never pay retail if you can help it! Ask for any discounts or loyalty programs that the store may offer. Talk to the manager to see if they will discount a floor sample because of some wear and tear. If all else fails, at least pay for the purchase with a credit card that offers points or some other incentive program to recoup a little of your hard-earned money.
You can also try searching for them online. For instance, at the time this article was written, there were several of these books being advertised on Amazon (both new and used versions) at price points averaging from $13 to $18.
As a final tip, I recommend investing in the books that include music. This way, you get a highly interactive book that combines music with personalized voice over from a loved one for the same price you would pay for any one of the books. Consider it a triple play: book, music and audio.