College is costly.
Even if you have your funds mapped out to the last cent, your FAFSA has been filed for months and you’re all packed up and ready to go.
College Freshmen I’m talking to you
A week after classes start, you begin buying books. With your arms full of your future dust catchers you walk up to the counter to pay. The cashier scans your 6 books.
Total for one semester $938.52.
“I’d like to charge it to my account.”
“I’m sorry, but you have to pay for these; you can’t charge it.”
**Heart plummets because I thought I could charge it to my account; my wallet wilts**
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So just in case this might be you…
10 Ways to Save Money on Textbooks
- Rent Books, Don’t Buy when Possible
- Library Books
- Better World Books
- Join your College Freshman Group to hunt for textbooks others may be selling or join Athena’s Purse to ask if anyone has one for sell.
- Other Tips on Pinterest
Compare for best prices but Chegg is my personal favorite, and I’m an affiliate with them 🙂 I’m soo blessed that a brand I love chose to work with me.
I Recommend Chegg
- Cheaper than Amazon Rentals
- You can highlight text in the books
- You can extend your rental time, or purchase
- You can receive and send them back, all in the same box.
- I @ Chegg on Twitter once; see their response below
- If you sign up with me here, you get free shipping!!!
College students Chegg is really helpful! They even offer tutors 24/7!
When my book came in damaged, I made a tweet about it. They replied
More Wise Ways to Save on TextBooks
Wait to Buy Books
No seriously. Professors have to have a ‘mandatory’ text listed, but there’s no guarantee you’ll use it.
Yes you guessed it. Memes circulating the internet that joke that College is 90% PowerPoint aren’t all wrong.
- If you buy previously owned books, buy access codes
To Students who may not know any better, people will try to resell the book. But IF YOU NEED the access code too, you will have wasted money.
- DO NOT Open Book/ Access Card Until…
Double Check with Instructor that Book(s)/Access Codes are Correct
Word to the Wise: Once you rip the plastic, its YOURS
If you have to go to campus bookstore
- Try to Rent Books Instead of Buying Them
These are My Best Ways to Save on Textbooks, but read Make the Wise Choice for more info on money saving, and credit building tips.
If you’re not all packed
My Wise Guide
Take it from someone who has already been there. 2 PAGES FULL of all you’ll need and more.
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