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3 ways to Save on College Textbooks


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As August is coming to a close and September is getting ready to gear up so is the new school year. As the new school year approaches, some of the newer college students will continue to make the same mistakes that I made when I was in college. Here are three easy ways in which you can save some money when it comes to buying college textbooks. The face of college learning has been changing over the years. Where textbooks once ruled the classroom, technology has given professors and students a new direction in which to take when it comes to learning.

One: Get in Touch with the Professorsave 2

Do not buy the book before the first day of class. It is important to get in contact with the professor to make sure that the book listed on the syllabus or the suggested reading list. Just because the books were listed didn’t mean that they were used. Make sure that when you are looking to purchase the books for your classes that the ISBN numbers match up correctly as it is possibly to buy two very different books with the same title and may end up wasting either time or money or both. The cost of college textbooks are not cheap and unfortunately they are often overpriced with little resale value. I can’t tell you the number of times I was burned by a textbook that cost upwards of 200 dollars and then by the time it came to sell it back to the bookstore with little wear and tear, and if I was lucky I’d be offered 20 dollars for it. The importance of getting in touch with the professor before purchasing any books is to save on the initial cost and save your money where you can. The college experience is worth the trouble but only if you can save on some of the cost.

Two: Online, Audio, or Rent your books

Technology is a wonderful asset because it gives you more options when looking to combat the high cost of college textbooks. Not everyone learns the same, some people are visual learners and others are audio learners. There are various sites in which you can purchase an audio book and listen to it on your computer, tablet, or iPod or MP3 player. Another great way to save should a textbook be necessary, is to look online for that book. Whether the text be an eBook or a physical used textbook, both are often much cheaper online. Such services like amazon.com, ebay.com, barnesandnobel.com, and audiable.com are all great choices when looking to save money on college texts. Some colleges are offering their students the ability to rent textbooks for the semester and return them in order to minimize the cost of ownership. Unlike owning the books themselves, student are able to cut the costs of the semester by leasing the book for about four months and then returning it so that the process can be repeated. I personally was able to rent book from the campus library and my local library as well in order to keep the cost fact down.

Three: Look at Prior Editionssave

New editions of textbooks come out every couple of years often with only very limited newer information. With that being the case, the older editions are usually much cheaper than the newer ones. This is often one of the best and most effective ways to cut your costs when buying books for school. The key to saving money is to exhaust all available options before having to spend money at the much higher retail cost. Sometimes the best part about using older editions is that while it retains a lower price at the book store, you are much more likely to find another student selling their edition off at a much lower cost than the book store. Like you they are looking to unload the book at a cost that can help them buy a newer book for their next and upcoming class schedule by passing off savings.

The college experience is just that, an experience in which life lesson are taught in order for the experiences to be retained for use. The knowledge you will learn when it comes to cutting cost and saving money on textbook purchases are some of the most valuable lessons that can be learned in life. Call it money management and the best ways to practice becoming a savvy shopper. The degree program may help you understand the world a little better and help you get into your dream job. But it is the lessons you will learn in the off hours of your college experience that will teach you the best ways to stretch your funding so that your life is made a little easier.

 

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