6 Simple Ways to Save Money When Buying Textbooks

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If you have or ever had a child in college, you are for sure aware of the crazy prices charged for college textbooks.

Everybody likes to save money, so, here are six ways that can help you do that.


Borrow from Someone Else

Borrowing books from someone who already has them is clearly one of the best ways to save money on textbooks. After all, when you borrow your books from someone else, you don’t have to pay a single cent toward them! Rather, all you need is to be sure to take good care of the books so you can return them in as good of shape as they were when you borrowed them. If you know someone who is pursuing the same major as you, scheduling your classes in such a way that you can borrow from one another can be a great way to help you both save money.

Share with Another Student

Another good way to save on textbooks is to share your books with another student. If you are both taking the same class, but you are taking different sessions, you can easily share the same book. Through careful planning, you should both be able to take the book to class and use the book for any necessary studying.

Rent Your Textbooks

If none of these options work for you, one of the best ways to save money when buying textbooks is to not buy them at all! Rather, consider renting your textbooks from a company that specializes in textbook rental. When you rent a textbook, you can get the exact same book you are required to have for class without paying the high prices that are associated with textbooks. In fact, in many cases, you can save as much as 50 to 85 percent off the cover price if you rent a textbook rather than buying it.

Price Comparison Websites

Another way to find cheap textbooks, is to use a price comparison website. You simply enter the textbook ISBN or title, and the website searches several online stores to find you the best prices. It sure beats going to all the websites one by one.

Buy Used

You can also save money when buying textbooks by choosing to purchase a used book rather than a new book. Used books typically cost significantly less than new books. Furthermore, after you are done using the book, you can decide to keep it or you can sell it back in order to recoup some of the money. While you won’t get back the same amount of money you put into purchasing the book, every little bit counts when budgeting for college.

Trade for Other Books

Another way to save money on textbooks is to trade other students for the books you need. More than likely, someone else on your campus is looking for the exact same book you are trying to get rid of. By simply trading each other, you can both avoid the hassles of buying and selling books without trading any money at all.

Comments (4)

Kin Tsui
EMC Long Island Realty - Massapequa Park, NY

Good advice

Dec 16, 2018 11:21 AM
Dario Ferreira

Thank you

Dec 16, 2018 05:51 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

We rented all our kids college text books when they were in school. We saved a ton of money & didn't have to worry about the books being unsaleable due to a new edition coming out the next semester.

Dec 16, 2018 02:21 PM
Dario Ferreira

Yes, renting textbooks is a great way to save. Thanks for the comment.

Dec 16, 2018 05:52 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Dario,

Did not know that you could rent textbooks. That seems like a great option other than basic texts, that you may want to keep on your book shelf. Of course, with Google, you do not even need that any longer.

Dec 16, 2018 03:07 PM
Dario Ferreira

Texbook rental has been around for a few years and is a great way to save. Thanks for the comment.

Dec 16, 2018 05:54 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Dario Ferreira very valuable tips for to save money when buying textbooks.

Dec 16, 2018 05:56 PM
Dario Ferreira

Thank you

Dec 17, 2018 02:46 AM