Save Money On Student Textbooks

Save Money on Student Textbooks:

Every student needs to buy textbooks but there are ways to lower your annual textbook spend. Here are a few of my favourite tricks:

1) The Photocopier Is Your Friend: Every student library has textbooks available that you can borrow for a few hours or days. You can either do the photocopying yourself or goto a local photocopy shop, and pay them to photocopy the relevant chapters or photocopy the entire book. The costs of photocopying a book will work out to be substantially less than the full cost of the book sold from the student bookstore

2) Buy Used Textbooks: I always bought used textbooks at university. If you have friends in your course in the year above you, then you will have access to a supply of last year’s textbooks. Even school bookstores often sell used textbooks but they usually charge more than your friends. Used textbooks from school mates and colleagues will usually cost you 50% of the original face value. The following year, you can still sell on your used textbook to another classmate.

3) Buy New Textbooks on Amazon: If you want new or used textbooks, Amazon usually has far lower prices than your school bookstore which sells at the recommended retail price.

4) Sell Last Year’s Textbooks Immediately: Textbooks lose substantial value once a new edition is published so your best bet is to sell your old textbooks immediately to fellow students.

5) Go digital: If you own a Kindle or eReader and your textbooks are available as eBooks, then you typically get a small discount compared to buying the physical textbook. The advantage of the eBook is that it does not take up any physical space but the disadvantage is that you cannot sell your textbook on after you have finished your class.

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