College Hacks: The Best Ways To Save Money On College Textbooks

College Hacks: The Best Ways To Save Money On College Textbooks

August 16, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


– Textbooks, they average
more than $1,000 per year according to a 2013 study
by the College Board. That’s a $1,000-plus, in
addition to your tuition. Welcome to the College Investor. I’m Stefanie O’Connell
from stefanieoconnell.com here to share five ways
to cut down that cost and save money on your
textbooks next semester. One, price compare. The campus bookstore is
convenient, but it can also be one of the most expensive
places to get your textbooks. You can browse the store
to get an idea of prices, but don’t buy yet, price compare. You’ll find that prices on new books vary and a little time will help
you find the best option, which can help you save hundreds
per year in textbook costs. Two, buy used. You can snag used books in good
condition for up to 90% off, if you don’t mind a little wear
and maybe a few highlights. Just be sure to check your syllabus or ask your professor to
see if the older versions of your textbook are still suitable. Three, rent your books. There’s a good chance
that you’re not gonna need most of your book for
more than one semester. If you’re unable to
locate a good used book, renting can be a fantastic option. When you rent a book, you’ll pay much less than buying it new, and you’ll be able to send the book back at
the end of the semester. But make sure to take great
care of the books you rent, or you could be charged
for the replacement. Four, go digital. E-books are becoming
commonplace in the classroom. If you like being able to
pull out your phone or tablet to read your textbook, and you don’t mind not being able to highlight a page, then an e-book can be a great choice. Five, sell your books back when you can. At the end of the semester,
evaluate which books you no longer need and sell them. While you won’t get
all of your money back, you might get some, bringing down the total cost of you books. You can sell your books back at the campus bookstore or online. If you’re gonna sell your books yourself, wait until right before
the next semester starts. If you sell too soon, you
might not get the best price. The bottom line is that you don’t need to buy a book at full price just because that’s what the campus bookstore offers. Shop online, buy used, or see if it makes sense
to rent a textbook. It can save you hundreds or even thousands by the time you graduate. For more tips on how to
make the most of your money in college and beyond, visit
the CollegeInvestor.com, and subscribe to the channel for more simple saving strategies. I’m Stefanie O’Connell, and
I’ll catch you next time.