Hello lovelies! Today I am sharing a few tips on how to save money on your college textbooks – where to look and how to buy them for cheap! Textbooks can cost a fortune, especially when they are for classes in subjects like math and science. However, there are a few ways to get around the high cost of textbooks. Here are a few of those ways!
Buy used textbooks
Do not spend a fortune on a brand new textbook if you can help it! Always go for the used editions OR consider renting a textbook from a store such as Amazon. Rentals are often far cheaper than buying a textbook, and you have to return them after you’re done with the class, meaning that you won’t be stuck at the end of the semester with a bunch of textbooks you no longer want.
Use comparison tools
There are plenty of ways to compare the prices of the same textbook at different realtors online. Using the ISBN number, do a quick google search to see what your options are. Usually, the best option isn’t located at your university bookstore – it’s online or through another book retailer.
Check out your campus library
Your campus library may have copies of the textbook that you can check out. If you find an available copy, make sure to send for it/check it out immediately, so that other kids in your class don’t get to them first!
Figure out if you really need them
A lot of professors add unnecessary readings on the syllabus that you don’t actually have to do, or can find a synopsis for online. You can also ask previous students who have taken the class, or read online reviews to determine whether or not a textbook is required and necessary. I suggest waiting until after the first week of class before actually buying anything.
Buy earlier editions or e-books
Earlier editions of textbooks are often far cheaper than the current version, and usually don’t have many important changes from the new version. If you aren’t an old-school paperback person, consider getting only e-book versions of textbooks instead. They are often cheaper than the regular hard copy.
Hopefully these five tips will help you save a little bit more money the next time you have to purchase textbooks for a college class. Thanks for reading! As always, please share your comments or questions below or with me on Twitter @CaseyDonart