Originally Posted: Aug 1, 2011
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2019
Stop! Put the card down and back away from the keyboard. Before you type in your credit card or debit card number to pay for the cart full of new books at your college bookstore, there are other ways to get the books you need for less.
You can cut the cost of your books by purchasing them used. Not all books are beat up with obscene pictures drawn all over the inside cover, so do not be afraid to purchase a few used books.
If your college bookstore does not clearly advertise that it rents books to students, ask a bookstore employee if you can rent your textbooks from the store. If so, renting books is a useful way of cutting cost. If the store does not offer book rentals, you can also use online resources such as Chegg.com, Textbooks.com, and Campusbookrentals.com.
If you have a book that a friend needs for his or her class and they have a book that you need, why not trade them. Trading your books with a friend could be free depending on how much that friend likes you!
Buying and renting electronic books has grown in popularity over recent years in part because they cost less than some paperback or hardcover books. In most cases you can purchase e-books if you have a Kindle, Nook, Mac, or PC.
Selling your books can help you get the books you need for school by putting extra cash in your pocket. If you purchase used and electronic books or decide to rent books, then you may even have money left over.
Good luck and happy college saving!
P.S. As with anything on the Internet, there is a risk to buying your books from noncommercial stores. When searching for the books you need on the Web, take time to read reviews rating a seller and double check that the author’s name, copyright dates, and ISBN numbers match exactly.