January 15, 2014

Textbooks {tips on saving money}

This is an interjection in my birthday posts but I wanted to go ahead and share these tips as people return back to school. I saved TONS on my textbooks this semester, and I want to help you save money too. Have a great semester!

1. Google - The first thing I do when I get a syllabus that includes reading material requirements for a course..Google it. Seriously, I've found so many online and PDF versions of books just by a quick google search. Using Google to look up books also shows the different costs of the book through different suppliers.

2. Ask a friend - If the class you're in has been taught before, chances are that someone else on your campus has the book or knows someone who does. I always ask around about if anyone has taken a class. This is another reason why it's smart to meet people within your major.

3. Rent your books - In college I totally underrated the opportunity to rent books and return them at the end of the semester. But this semester of grad school, I rented the books that I didn't find online and saved so much money.

I've had good experiences with Chegg.

4. eBooks - If you have a tablet or iPad, there's a chance your textbook may come in eBook form, and these are cheaper than physical copies.

5. Sell back program - Most bookstores near or on campus will buy back your textbooks at the end of the semester. When I did buy books, I always sold them back unless I thought I would need them later on in college. Don't expect to get anything close to what you paid for the book, but it's better than nothing.

6. Buy used - When people sell their books back to the bookstore, they become categorized as "used" and are sold at a lower price. Buying

7. Buy new as a very last resort, and sell it to the bookstore at the end of the semester or donate it to a good cause.

This semester, my books for grad school would have cost roughly
$1,056.00 buying new

By using Google and renting books, I paid $95.38 for all of my books for 4 classes.

Great deal!


  1. Wow that is pretty good! I am a little upset this semester. A lot of my professor are using "special edition" and I am like this is not necessary

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  2. Oh my gosh, you saved soo much money!! I always have to buy a ton of access codes, $100 just to do my Statistics homework online this quarter. :(

  3. Woah, this is like the bargain of the century ! And I have to say, i never really thought of trying to find textbooks in ebook form! What a great idea, I'll try to remember that ! :)


  4. Chegg is great. I saved lots of mula :)


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