Last Updated: August 7, 2014
by Kelsi Lockhart
The school year is quickly approaching. Not only does this mean school supply shopping, it also means textbook shopping. There are many different ways that you can go about this seemingly ominous and expensive task. Don’t worry, our tips below will help make it easier and cheaper for you!
Most campus book stores offer students the option to buy used books. Book stores will run out of used books quickly, however, so get in there early so you’re not forced to buy new. If you can’t make it to the book store in person, buy from your online campus book store if available.
2. Share with a friend.
The cheapest alternative to book buying is to share. Split the cost with a friend or classmate and share the book between the two of you. As long as you trust your book partner and can arrange study schedules that allow both of you to use the book for the appropriate amount of time, you cannot lose with this option.
3. Utilize hand-me-downs.
Before thinking about going to the book store or splitting the cost of a textbook with a friend, reach out to all of your school friends and see if anyone has taken the class before. If they have, ask if they would be willing to loan you the book or sell it to you for cheap.
4. Check the library.
The campus library or your local public library might carry some of the textbooks you need, especially novels and other books required for liberal arts classes. Renting from the library can save you a lot of time and money…just be sure to renew them as needed to avoid any overdue fees.
5. Utilize book buyback programs.
Many campus book stores will buy back your books after the end of the semester, quarter, or trimester. These programs usually take place on specific days only, so be sure to mark your calendar so you don’t miss it. Once the date passes, campus book stores usually will not buy books back. Though you won’t get full retail value back through these programs, it feels good to have a little cash in hand once you complete a class.
6. Rent online.
This is generally a cheaper option than buying or renting from the campus book store. There are many different online companies you can rent textbooks from, but make sure you return them on time.
7. Buy and sell online.
Do some research online to find the best price for your textbooks. You might be able to find a used version for cheaper. If applicable, be sure you’re purchasing the latest edition as some websites might try to sell an older edition that might be out-of-date. Once you’re done with your books, you can re-sell them online to help out other students like you and even make a profit!
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Original Post Date: August 7th, 2014