As education prices continue to rise students are trying more now than ever to save money. After paying for tuition the last thing a student wants to do is pay another $1500 for books. School bookstores tend to overcharge a lot for textbooks. Fortunately, for students, they have a few options out there for them to save money on textbooks.
Purchase used books
In some instances, students can purchase used books. The used textbooks can be significantly less. A student should check with their professors and see if a used textbook will suffice. Some professors will allow it while others won’t.
Another way that students can save money on their college books is by purchasing them online. I was able to save quite a bit of money by purchasing books online when I was in college. There are several sites out there where you can check for books such as Amazon or Half.com which is a subsidiary or eBay.
Ask your professors
Earlier I stated that you can ask your professor if it’s possible to use an earlier edition of the textbooks. You should also check to see if you will even need the books. There were a couple instances where our professors told us we wouldn’t even be using a textbook. That was good to know because that particular book would have been almost $100.
There are some bookstores that will allow you to rent your books. From what I’ve heard renting textbooks is cheaper than buying them as well. I have to admit that I don’t know much about renting textbooks. When I was in college we didn’t have that option available. From what I’ve read Barnes and Nobles has a pretty good book rental program. Feel free to check it out here.
The final way that you can save money on textbooks is to share a book with a friend. If you have a friend that is taking the course during another time you can ask them if you could share a book with them. Some people will take you up on that offer especially if you offer to pay half of the price.
How did you save money on your textbooks in college?