Textbooks are the second largest expense that college students will face when it comes to their education, so finding out how to save on them is a necessity. The cost of textbooks can be insane, but they don’t have to be! There are so many ways to save money. Whether you borrow textbooks or shop online, there are cheap ways to shop for textbooks. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Borrow them – If you know someone that has taken the class previously, you can ask to borrow their textbook. Take them out to a cheap meal or buy them a coffee as a thank you.
- Rent them – There are companies online that allow you to borrow textbooks for the semester. It’s a great way to save money and chances are you’ll never open the book again after the class is over so why buy the book? Amazon allows you to rent books and provides a free return shipping label for when you’re done. This will cut your costs by a ton.
- Buy used – Another great way to save (and can be done in your own college bookstore!) is to buy used. You can usually find much significantly better prices by buying used, so it’s worth taking a look. If your college bookstore doesn’t have the books you need, you can post a request on your college bulletin boards. You can also shop online for used copies through places like Half.com.
- Shop Amazon – Amazon is actually an excellent place to buy textbooks. You can find new and used copies, so you’ll be able to take your pick. The important thing is to compare prices – especially if you’re buying a new book. In some cases, your professor may be using books that have been out for a long time and you’ll find the book used for a few dollars. I have purchased used middle school textbooks for my children (the ones that never made it home) for only a few dollars.
- Check eBay – As mentioned above, shopping online can be a great way to score great deals on books. If you are sure that you want to buy used, check eBay! You’ll find a variety of prices and (chances are) you’ll pay a lot less than what your college bookstore is charging.
- Get a Paperback Swap account – Last, but not least, get a Paperback Swap account. You can purchase credits to buy books for around $4 and you can trade in your own books for credits. If your textbooks are available, this is a major score. However, there may be a waiting list so be sure to check for the books you need as soon as possible!
You don’t have to overspend on college textbooks! There really are so many easy ways to save money. Whether you buy your books used or shop on eBay, you can get the books you need at a price you can afford. All it takes is a bit of searching and comparison shopping. Here’s to lots of savings!