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Saving Money on Textbooks Online

September 4, 2010 on 10:56 am | In Dream Come True | No Comments

This guest post from Doris Dillon

As a college student, buying textbooks can seem to eat my money quickly, both literally and figuratively! For example, my textbooks this year had to be mostly bought at the campus bookstore, as professors snuck in their own books that students have to buy. All together buying at the bookstore cost me $282.45, almost two weeks worth of wages! Luckily, I was able to buy some books over the internet, which saved me a lot of money.

Before class started this year, I used hughes internet service at the library to research various ways to save money on textbooks. A lot of information was offered, and I was able to use it to my advantage. Auction websites commonly offer textbooks that are used or even international editions. International editions are frequently the same book, but priced less for one reason or another. I bought one book for biology class off of an auction site, and spent only $35. To compare, I would have had to spend over $70, before tax, to buy the same book at the campus bookstore.

Another method I found, but haven’t personally tried, is book renting. I found several websites that rent books to students, two being Chegg and Bookrenter. My biology book was available to rent, but was about $50 for 125 days, which is commonly one semester. When I get my own satellite internet michigan I’m going to try using online versions of textbooks.

By using the internet, I was not only able to save money directly by buying my book at an auction site, I also found another method to try next semester if buying is too expensive!

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