How to Get Textbooks Cheap

If you’re a college student, you’re probably sick and tired of how expensive college textbooks can be! It seems insane to spend $300 or more on a textbook when you only need it for a few months. You’re already broke enough in college, so why waste money paying high prices on a textbook? Luckily, you don’t have to!

If you’re interested in saving some dough next semester, try some of these savings strategies when it’s time to buy your next round of textbooks. You’ll be amazed by how much you could save compared to the school book store!    

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How to Get Textbooks Cheap

19 Oct 2017

How to Get Textbooks Cheap

If you’re a college student, you’re probably sick and tired of how expensive college textbooks can be! It seems insane to spend $300 or more on a textbook when you only need it for a few months. You’re already broke enough in college, so why waste money paying high prices on a textbook? Luckily, you don’t have to!

If you’re interested in saving some dough next semester, try some of these savings strategies when it’s time to buy your next round of textbooks. You’ll be amazed by how much you could save compared to the school book store!  

Scour the thrift stores

If you live in a college town, your local Goodwill® or thrift store is probably overflowing with textbooks. You can usually find versions from within the last five years, sometimes you may even find a treasured current edition. The prices on textbooks at thrift stores are unbelievable, so when you have some spare time head to one and scour the shelves to save some cash.

Rent instead of buy

Renting your textbooks can be so much cheaper than buying! You’ll save anywhere from 25–75% off the cost if you rent instead of buy—even when comparing the price of buying used. Plus, you don’t have to worry about selling the book at the end of the semester. If you’re a Middle Tennessee State University student, you can save even more with Redstone Discounts!® on textbook rentals from Textbook Brokers.

Split costs with your friends

A simple strategy that cuts costs is to share textbooks with friends. If you have a friend with the same general education requirements or in the same major, see if you can take courses opposite semesters. This way you can each use the book for a semester but pay half the cost. You can also share if you're both taking the class in the same semester, but a key to this strategy is making a sharing schedule so you both have ample time with the materials.

Purchase global editions on Ebay® or Amazon

The global editions of textbooks are usually much cheaper than the U.S. versions, yet contain almost identical content! You may find that chapter placements and content order is different, but for the most part these textbooks will have the lessons and information you need but sell for much less. Just make sure to get a recent edition.

Buy the online version

It’s no surprise that the online versions of textbooks are much cheaper than the print versions. If you want to save some dough, do some research and find out if there is an online version available to download. If you have an iPad or Kindle, you can usually download books straight to your device, leading to easy reading and huge savings.

College tuition is expensive, but your textbooks don’t have to be! Try out a few of these strategies next semester to see your textbook savings pile up. Do you have a savvy way to save on textbooks we didn’t touch on? Let us know in a comment!

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