Let’s face it, college is really expensive. Purchasing textbooks is probably the most expensive part about being a college student, besides paying for tuition.
Although it might feel like winter break has just begun, we’re less than a month away from the start of the spring semester. What does that mean? Well, purchasing textbooks, of course.
If you’re lucky, you might not have to purchase textbooks for all of your courses, but that likely won’t happen. Instead of settling for the first price you see online or at a book store, here’s some advice on how to save some money for this upcoming semester.
Look for cheap textbooks online
Yes, I’m using the word cheap pretty loosely here. It’s virtually impossible to find a “cheap” textbook anywhere, but it’s possible to save a large chunk of change.
Amazon has become widely popular for their “cheap” textbooks, and from experience, I can say that it’s certainly a lot cheaper than other stores. While most of these textbooks are used, they should be good enough to get you through the semester. As long as the professor doesn’t require any digital add-ons along with the textbooks, it’s possible to find what you’re looking for online.
Most professors don’t necessarily care how you get the information, as long as you get it. Not all of your textbooks have to be hardcover. In fact, the opposite is true. Most, if not all, students do their work on their laptops or computers, so why not look for e-books? That’s another alternative.
Instead of settling for the book store price, do some research online. You might end up saving some money.
Regardless of how you’re buying you’re going to want to find the cheapest price. Searching a bunch of sites individually can be a pain. CampusBooks and BIGWORDS show you everything in a nice, organized list as well as help you determine buyback value so you can factor that into your decision.
Rent the book
This might seem like a no-brainer, but renting textbooks is certainly underutilized by college students.
If you’re taking a core class just to get the credit or taking an elective to fill your schedule, it might not be necessary to purchase a textbook. Instead, try renting the book for a fraction of the cost. After all, if you’re not going to spend much time looking at the book after the semester is over, why invest money into the book?