Save Money on Your School Textbooks


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:

You can also rent your textbooks, and save money upfront.  My kids have had good luck with 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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