Monday, August 22, 2011

How to Save on Textbooks

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It's that time of year when college starts and a boatload of money is spent on stacks of paper and string called books. Buying a book full price can cost as much as $150! If you need six books for one semester, that can really start to add up. Now is the time to look for other options:

1. Buy Used- Buying used books can help save almost 50% off books and they work just as well as new ones. Many college book stores or book stores in the surounding area offer the option of buying used.

2. Rent- If you aren't the type that prefers highlighting and writing in text books, renting may be the perfect option. Online websites like Barnes and Noble and Chegg allow you to rent your books for a certain amount of time, depending on the length of your class. All you have to do is keep it in good condition and return it by the due date.

3. Go Electronic- If you don't mind reading from a screen, purchase or rent your textbooks for your computer, tablet or reading device such as the Nook or Kindle. Doing this can be the difference from spending $100 to $40

4. Shop Around- Before buying or renting your books, check all of your options for the lower price. Remember to use your discounts or coupon codes. Sign up for emails or free memberships if it gives you a discount off your order.

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