10 Ways to Cut the Cost of Textbooks

lady reading biology textbookSaving money on textbooks is one of the many challenges college students face. Analyzed insights and useful suggestions in saving money on textbooks are offered and discussed.

Nothing is considered as indispensable in going to school as textbooks, whether for research, reference or casual reading. Most college students say they can do without anything but textbooks. Sadly, textbooks have been always expensive and can bust your meager budget. And to rub salt in the wound, economy seems go downhill, driving people to cut back on spending.

So if you’re a college student and want to scrimp and save money on textbooks, you’ve landed on the right place. Check out these tips to help you save money on textbooks.

When the (Right) Time Has Come
Unless you can easily pull off the lifestyle of rock stars, do not shop for textbooks when the prices are outrageous; that’s when the school break is over and you’re going back to school with a tan. Try to do your do your textbook shopping before you grab your surfboard and head to Ibiza. Remember, textbooks prices are relatively lower when there’s no demand. It saves you worries especially when you come home broke after the vacation.

Tender Loving Care
Oh yes, textbooks deserve to be taken care of. And this TLC can help you recoup the money you’ve spend on your textbooks. As soon as you’re done with the books, sell them. Chances are students are more willing to pay for a used but well-kept textbook than for a worn-out one.

Hooray for (Sales Tax) Holidays
Shop textbooks during Sales Tax Holidays when tax on retail merchandise levied by the government is exempted and will not be collected from the consumer at the point of sale. To make it short and sweet, less spending and more saving. Hey, 5-10% sales tax on merchandize cost is a big money, right?

Check the Difference
Shop around ’cause different bookstores offer different prices. Check out bookstores then compare their prices. The money you’ve saved is worth the time and effort you spent.

Buy Used
It is better to buy used books should you just need it for a term or so. They would just cost you around $50 – $80 a copy compared with $100 – $200 that you would spend on a brand new one.

Go Online
You may want to go online than shop your books at your local bookstores. Online booksellers offer savings up to 35% and shipping is usually on them.

Ask for Discounts
It is so easy. Flash a smile and ask for a discount. Booksellers would not think twice to give discounts when they want to keep their old customers and to attract new.

Borrow
To help you save money, start considering borrowing. Buying all the books that you need will surely bust your budget. It is high time to extend your network of friends (and acquaintances). Borrow books from them (perfect timing and approach is the key) and of course, return the favor, lend yours when you don’t need them. Check if your library has agreement with other libraries so you can also apply your lending privileges.

Public or Campus Libraries
There will be instances which you will need certain textbooks for a very short time. You don’t have to buy those books and all you got to do is check first if your public or campus libraries got a copy sitting in their shelves. Many are mistaken in thinking that public libraries don’t have great selection.

Discount and Coupon Codes
Search for discount and coupon codes online for added discounts. If you’re new or frequent customer, you may want to sign up for online bookstore’s email subscription. Discounts on rush shipping, free shipping, and prioritized order processing are some of its perks.

Try a tip or two on how to cut the costs of your textbooks. If you have one for yourself, we would like to hear from you.

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About Jules Mariano

Jules Mariano is a full-time freelance search engine and social media marketing specialist and a web developer specializing in web content development. He is the co-founder of VPRO Digital Marketing, a company that helps individuals and companies big and small achieve their social media marketing goals. He currently writes for BookGator.com. BookGator.com is a social platform where students, instructors, and student interest groups can work together to reduce cost of textbooks and education in general. Twitter/Instagram: @julesmariano www.julesmariano.com www.vproph.com If you need similar work done, please e-mail him at julesmariano@gmail.com.

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