Wednesday, January 29, 2014

College Survival Guide - Textbooks

Lets talk textbooks! Next to the mob college book stores make so much dang money from students it should be considered robbery! So here are a few quick tips to save money on your textbooks from now on:

1. Rent your books. I know this seems rather simple, however renting saves you a lot of money and you don't have to worry about having a textbook you aren't going to use anymore lying around your house. Plus, now you don't just have to rent from your college book store but you can rent from online sites like Chegg, Barnes and Noble and really all over the place. It just takes a simple Google search.

2. Buy your books from discount websites. I personally am a huge advocate for Half.com through eBay because I have gotten almost all of my textbooks for under $20 each. (Which is a landslide in comparison to the $100-200 average at college bookstores.) However, this isn't the only option. I know a lot of people who swear by Amazon.com, Chegg or Cheapbooks. It all depends on where you can find the best deal for your specific needs.

3. eBooks. If you have a Kindle, Nook, or any other ebook reader (or even your laptop) you can download this type of book for generally cheaper and you don't have to worry about lugging around a bunch of heavy textbooks each day to class. Also, you can often find cheaper PDF versions online. The down side is that you can't resell these back to the bookstore.

4. Buy from a friend. Chances are you will find people who have taken the same classes that you will be taking so they probably had to buy the same books you did. So if you can borrow it from them or just buy it for really cheap then go for it!

5. Library. Or you can do this the cheap man's way and just go to your campus library and read the books at the library or photocopy your chapters (just make sure they have the books you need!) If the library doesn't have the books you need then you can go the really broke people way and sit in the book store and read the chapters! haha

These are just some suggestions to make you aware of all the ways you can save money instead of being put into debt simply from buying your text books. I hope this helped in some way :)

Huge hugs from my computer to yours, and good luck!