Guest post from Addi of Frugal Fanatic
Do you have a child starting college? Or are you going back to earn a degree? You may be shocked at the high cost of textbooks that are necessary for each class.
Well, there’s good news — even though you do have to purchase the books, you do NOT have to pay incredibly high prices!
Here are five ways that you can save money on college textbooks:
1. Avoid the school bookstore.
It may be the easiest route to take, but is always the most expensive way. Be sure to check online first. You may be able to find all the books you need for a lot cheaper than the bookstore.
2. Use Amazon.com.
Sites like Amazon often sell books for a discounted rate. There are a lot of sites out there that offer gently used books for a much lower price. Buying used books is a great way to save yourself a ton of money on your books.
3. Consider renting your books.
You also have the option to rent the textbooks you need for each class. You can find several websites that offer book rentals for a much smaller cost than buying the book outright. Most likely you will not need the book after the course is complete so this is a nice option to save some cash.
4. Ask about eBooks.
Be sure to check with your professor if an eBook is allowed for the course. You will often save more than 50% by purchasing the eBook version. Plus you won’t need to carry a book around with you each time you head to class.
5. Swap books with your friends.
Find friends who have taken the same courses and ask them about swapping books. If you are able to trade books with a group of friends you can save a ton of money on your books.
These are just a few ways to save on the cost of college text books — I’d love to hear any other ideas you might add to my list.
Also, keep in mind that you can usually re-sell your textbooks when the class is over and put that money towards your books for the next semester!
Addi Ganley is a work-at-home mom of 3 young boys. Her blog, Frugal Fanatic, focuses on how to live a frugal lifestyle. She is passionate about saving money and believes that if you save where you can then you can spend where you want to. Frugal Fanatic is her way of helping other people learn how to manage their finances in every day life.