Save Money on Your School Textbooks

2010-01-06


Here we are moms and dads. August is staring us in the face, no more denying it, school is almost here, and with it, all the expenses that accompany a new school year. If you are anything like me, I recognize that feeling in the pit of my stomach.

In my last post, I talked about clothes and supplies. If your state or county offers a “tax free” school supply weekend, make sure to take advantage of it. Every little bit helps, and if have to purchase a new computer or even the TI-84 calculator, it will make a difference.

If you are sending you child off to college, the books are a huge expense.You will probably get the best price if you can find a student that took the class the previous semester. Check the bulletin boards at school if you don’t already know your way around the campus and know other students. A word of caution, the bookstores chance the editions frequently, so make sure that you are purchasing the correct edition.

Other places to find good deals on textbooks is online. I have had
good luck with the following:
http://www.amazon.com

http://www.half.com

http://abebooks.com

http://www.textbooks.com

You can also rent your textbooks, and save money upfront.  My kids have had good luck with http://chegg.com. There are other companies to both purchase and rent your textbooks. I usually spend some computer time with both the book list to compare the prices to find the best deals. I know that the research can take time, but it can be a big relief to your budget.

photo credit: bgottsab

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