While in college, I was constantly looking for ways to save money. This included those pesky, ridiculously expensive textbooks. I mean seriously, why is someone charging $300 for a bunch of binded sheets of copied paper. Pure. Craziness. So I employed these easy, simple tips to save big on textbooks.
1. Libraries- What I quickly learned was that the library at my college had one or two copies of pretty much every textboo
k that my professors were using. So I would contact a professor right before the class would start and ask them which textbook they planned on using. Then, I would go check the book out and renew it as many times as allowed during the course of the semester. If I needed a little longer, I would go ahead and eat the cost of the library late fee if I couldn’t check it out for entire semester. One semester, I incurred about $8 in late fees for three textbooks. Those books would have cost about $500 if I bought them new, so for $8 I was willing to keep them a little longer and risk the librarian yelling at me. I also checked our local and state libraries.
2. Buy Used/Rent or Borrow-Check used and rental book sites (which more times than not also have coupons you can find (on sites like Retail Me Not or Coupon Cabin), ask friends/classmates who may have had the class last semester and not sold their books back yet or check the cost of ebooks. I personally believe MAX, you should spend a couple hundred (read, maybe $200ish dollars) on textbooks per a semester. Never, ever, I repeat ever, buy textbooks new from the bookstore if you can help it. I will personally come out of my computer and smack you if I find out you purchased textbooks new and spent $700. Really, I will hunt you down.
3. Resell-My last tip should be a no brainer, but some students still don’t follow it. Any textbooks you had to purchase sell back immediately after your exam for as much money as possible. No you may not save it in case you may need it. Trust me, you won’t. You will turn into a hoarder of college textbooks you will literally never need and they will be a fancy, expensive paperweights. But worth the price of a rock. Not a nice rock. One you found outside. So please, sell them back and recover some money. Before selling them back at the local university book store, check across several different resell sites and places like Amazon for the best return. Two of my favorite sites for comparing hundreds of prices are bookfinder.com and bookbyte.com. These sites sometimes even offer coupons for an additional percentage back on your resale.