Its time to go back to school, and for college students nothing is more annoying than having to pay hundreds of dollars for textbooks, especially since the publishers seem to come out with a new version of the book every semester.
So before you get in to credit card debt trying to afford your text books try some of these ways to save money on textbooks for 2011.
Rent Your Books Instead
Sites like Chegg or BookRenter let you rent your textbooks for the semester so you don’t have to sink all of that money in to buying a book you probably won’t be able to sell at the end of the semester (you know, when they come out with the “new new version”). I really wish this option was available when I was in school!
Buy Your Books Online
If you can’t rent your books, sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble offer HUGE discounts on the average textbook compared to your college bookstore, and you may even find a used copy for a big discount (something your college bookstore will conveniently be out of).
Look for Coupons
You can also look for discount coupons at places like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or even maybe your local bookstores to help you save even more on your order. This time of year these stores want to make the sale so they are extra eager to give you deals like free shipping or a percentage off your order to make that happen.
Buy The E-Reader Version
Is your textbook available on Kindle or NOOK? Not every book will be available but a lot of textbooks available on the e-reader cost a lot less than the physical book.
This may not be ideal for those of you who like to highlight or make notes in your textbooks, but if you’re like me you’d rather save money on the books instead.
Buy the old version
More often than not the new version of text books is only slightly off from the old versions. There might be an extra chart, some slightly updated info, and the page numbers might be off, but it’s usually not enough to make a big difference.
Skim through the old version and the new version to see if you can figure out the difference. If the page numbers match up most of the time then odds are you can get by with the old… cheaper… version.
Borrow a book from a friend
Do you know anyone who already took the class? When I was in college I kept a few of my textbooks, so some of your friends may have as well. They may also have kept their notes from the year. You may get an old version of the book (see tip #4) but hey, you can’t beat FREE!
There are any number of ways to save money on textbooks for the 2011 school year. Be creative, shop around for the best prices (that means no waiting til the last minute!) and you’ll really save a lot on your textbooks.
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