6 Ways to Save Money on Textbooks

Textbook prices are rising faster then ever. According to the National Association of College Stores, students spent on average $662 on required course materials during the 2011-12 academic year. Although it may seem that there is no way around the financial burden that purchasing textbooks may bring, there are actually several ways that you can save money and be conscious of costs. The next time you begin planning your textbook purchases, use these to keep your bill low.

1. Avoid the college bookstore. College bookstores will sell textbooks at the highest prices. Use the bookstore as a last resort.

2. Buy Used. Steer clear from buying new textbooks. So, what if there are some handwritten notes on the side or some important words highlighted? These pre-written notes might actually come in handy! Buying “USED” textbooks can drastically change a textbook’s price from $200 to $50.

3. Rent. Renting a textbook is a tremendous price changer. For one, you can purchase the textbook for usually half the price or less. Secondly, when you are finished with the book, you simply send it back, for no cost, and you no longer have a useless book taking up space on your shelf.

4. Compare eBook prices. For the tech-savvy student, eBooks are usually listed at prices cheaper then hardcover textbooks. Plus, you can ease the load of your back from carrying way too many heavy books in your bag!

5. Ask a friend. Know someone that took the class or test already? See where they purchased their books and how much it cost them. Also, it doesn’t hurt to ask if they still have the book and are willing to sell it to you. It’s a win-win for both!

6. Visit the library. if you are taking literature courses or majoring in English then you may be able to save a lot of money. Check out books needed for class early from your school or local library. If you need to keep out books for a long time, ask your librarian if an extended loan option is available.

These websites provide some additional resources on how to find cheap textbooks.

                   CampusBooks

                   Amazon

                   Valore

                   Half.com

                   AbeBooks

                   eCampus

                  Chegg

                   Textbooks.com

Have tips on how to save money on textbooks? Let us know!

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  1. James Krewson says:
    December 20, 2013

    Students can really benefit from using a price comparison website such as FindersCheapers.com that specializes in real-time pricing of used, rental and new textbooks. The advantage of a price comparison website is that it will search the inventory of all online textbook sellers and return the lowest prices found, along with discount coupons and free shipping offers. Remember, always search by 10 or 13 digit ISBN number when you have it because that takes the guess work out of finding the exact edition you need for your classes.

    More info here: http://finderscheapers.com/textbook-coupons/