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How to Save Money on Textbooks

By on January 27, 2013
College Textbooks

Studies have shown that the typical college student spends over $800.00 on textbooks each year. They are, unfortunately, one of the most essential supplies and also extremely expensive. As a fellow college student, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that textbooks need to become more financially available. Here are some ways to save money on textbooks:

  1. Rent. Instead of buying the textbook for $50, just rent it for $30 and return it at the end of the year. Unless you’re positive you’ll need that textbook down the road, why do you need to own it? It’s just going to cost more and take up more space in your home.
  2. If you’re buying, buy used. You don’t need the textbook to be brand new.
  3. Buy older editions. Do your research beforehand, but whatever the professor says about how the new edition is the way to go, the changes from the previous edition are so miniscule it most likely won’t matter. Instead of Edition 7 which costs $120, go with Edition 5 which is $15. Of course, like I said, do research before to make sure the books are basically the same.
  4. E-Books. They’re often cheaper, and of course, easily accessible by your technological device. Try the kindle, or simply a version on your laptop.
  5. Utilize the library. If you want to save money, you have to make some sacrifices, like being willing to go to the library more often. Your library probably has the textbook you need, so check it out!
  6. Social Networks are for business too. I know on Facebook, individual “Class of XXXX” groups have people posting their textbooks for sale from previous years and classes. Ask around, find a friend of friend who will give it to you for free or sell it for cheap. You’d be surprised how much other students are willing to cut you some slack; after all, they were in that situation before too!



About Stephen Zhang

Stephen is currently an undergradute student attending UC Berkeley. He's an entrepreneur, developing innovative ideas and executing methods for online marketing and social media.

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