Saving money on College textbooks.
For so many people in America College and University is becoming more and more prohibitively expensive. The class and course fees are expensive enough, without even factoring in the hundreds of dollars that you will spend every term on your College textbooks and required reading materials.
Again I feel the need to reiterate that I don’t think secondary College education should necessarily be free, and that I understand writing a textbook is a massive undertaking requiring hundreds maybe Syear to try and wipe out the used textbook market is not necessarily the most ethical practice in the world. Especially when you consider that the newer versions of textbooks might not even contain any new information, and are just updated so that new students have to buy new textbooks every year. It is a rort.
So what we have been doing is looking for the best way for any student in America to find the best price for their College textbook’s. What we have discovered it is quite remarkable. There is a flourishing and burgeoning textbook rental marketplace. Something that would never even have occurred to me before I knew that it existed is renting your textbooks for the semester. All you have to do is go to your choice of textbook rental website, type in the name or ISBN of the textbook that you want and within a week it will be sent to you, along with a prepaid package for you to send it back to them when you’re done with. It really is that easy, and can save you literally thousands of dollars of your College life span. Under, just be very careful not to spill coffee or Red Bull on it.
But the thought of renting textbooks doesn’t appeal to everyone especially for those classes related to your major field of study, many people want to keep their textbooks. The best way for these people to get cheap textbooks is to either buy used textbooks, or use a comparison agent online like this one to compare textbook prices from all the various online textbook retailers.
Search engine such as this one is a great way to easily and quickly search the web to find the best price for your required textbooks. Again, all you have to do is enter the ISBN or the name of the book that you’re after and the comparison agent will do all the work for you, simply showing you a list of the various major retailers along with the cheapest price next to it.
And then if you decide that you in fact don’t want to keep the book, there are always ways to sell secondhand or even use a comparing tool to compare text book buyback prices.
Your College textbooks are always going to be expensive, but now you don’t have to break the bank just to get them for the term.
What do you know about Books,other than that they are fantastic. That wiki article is actually a great read on something that many of use take for granted, books. You might not realise it but without books, the world today would be a very different place. If Gutenberg hadn’t invented his press thing all those years ago, reading would still be the sole realm of the rich and the wealthy.
The Internet has not quite been the end of the printed word like so many people have predicted, well not just yet anyway. I don’t know about the rest of you but I still prefer to read a book than a tablet or computer screen just for now. My childrens children might see differently, and will probably consider me to be somewhat of a luddite in that respect but for now, the printed book holds fast against the onslaught of the digital world.
Money saving tips
Here is where we ask for your help readers. We want to know what little tips and tricks that you use to save money whilst at college. Where you get cheap books and stationary, where to get fed at the lowest possible price without resorting to a soup kitchen? What do you do and how do you do it? Let us know.
We had some highly entertaining responses sent to us via email when we asked this question over on our Facebook page which ranged all the way from “sell your body, go to college, drink to blot out the terrible memories, profit” to more serious and actually helpful answers like checking out groupon for local deals and savings. Apparently many students also like to keep a close eye on their local stores garbage bins for food that gets thrown away but isn’t spoiled. I don’t think I will be going that far in my endeavours to save money, but its nice to know a little bit about it, if it ever comes down to that.
How else do you save money? When shopping for books and textbooks, do you simply search online or do you trek around town in a bid for the cheapest books out there? Where do you get your stationary? Hell even car maintenance tips are welcome. Tell us what you think.
Hello and welcome to saving money at College. We are a group of young students looking to start a discussion on the best ways for college and university students to save money whilst studying. Everyone on every campus has their own little tips and tricks that they use to save every little cent that they can, because let’s face it, college and university are becoming ridiculously expensive. I don’t think education at a higher level should necessarily be free, but it should be a hell of alot cheaper than it currently is.
Wanting to better yourself through education should not cripple you financially for the rest of your life, so what we want to do is help every student in the country spend as little money as possible. Be it simply comparing book and textbook prices, or saving money on stationary, or even where to get the cheapest Ramen noodles this week, we want to share it all.