Heading back-to-college? Yes, you’ll need to purchase textbooks for most, if not all of your classes. And that means lots of money being spent. Rather have that cash in your wallet? Check out these five ways to cut the costs of textbooks for good:
1. Skip the School Bookstore: Textbooks at the school bookstore are typically top dollar. Instead, compare textbook prices using textbook search engines online – use HelpSaveMyDollars.com’s Textbook Search Engine. Simply type in the name of the book or the book’s ISBN number and the search engine will find the cheapest textbook retailer.
2. Sell Your Textbooks: If you’re going to purchase textbooks (instead of renting them), sell the books back at the end of the semester. Amazon has a new “Textbook Buyback Program” where they’ll give students up to 70% of the book’s value in an Amazon gift card, which is as good as cash these days. This works even if the books weren’t originally purchased from Amazon.
3. Rent Textbooks on the Kindle: You can now rent textbooks on your Kindle and save upwards of 80%, thanks to Amazon’s new “Kindle Textbook Rental” service: . You can rent the books from Amazon for 30 days or as long as one full year.
4. Rental Fees: If you’re renting from a traditional textbook rental site, like Chegg.com, make sure you know the fees in case you lose the book or return it late or damaged. If returned late, the rental company will usually extend the duration of your rental – for a fee – sometimes as high as 25% of the book’s price. If the book is damaged or lost, you might need to replace it – at your own cost!
5. iPhone/Smartphone Apps: The “Inkling” app lets you purchase textbooks to be used on the iPhone or iPad, this way you don’t have to lug around books around campus. The app even lets you purchase individual chapters of various textbooks, which is considerably cheaper than buying the entire book.