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.
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.