We all know that college is expensive. On top of all the schools supplies, dorm fees, classes and even parking fees, you need to buy books. This adds up a lot of money for only a semester. I have seen students like me that can spend up to $500 on books for a semester. That’s a lot of money, just think of all the things you could do with $500.
Since my first year in college I have been looking ways for me to save on books. Last semester I bought 8 books (novels and textbooks) for only $21.95. If I didn’t use my tricks save money on books I would’ve paid around $300 in just one semester. Last semester I saved $278.05 in college books. Here are my tips so you can do the same.
How to Save Hundreds of Dollars on Books: Ask a Friend
The most expensive book that I needed for college last semester retails in amazon for $202.79. I got it for free. How? I just ask my sister if she had it. Turns out this was the same book my sister used in high school a year ago. I asked her if I could use it for the semester and she said yes. So it wasn’t technically mine, it was borrowed, but I saved $202.79. Here is something funny. When I asked her how much she paid for this book she said she got it for free. How? Well, my sister asked her if she had the book and she said yes and she gift it to her.
So if you are going to use only one of the tips I will be mentioning today, definitely give this one a try.
Stay away from new books. You can get used books online for sometimes 1/3 of the original prize. This will help you save a lot of money. You can also ask people who have taken the class already to see if they want to sell it. Near my college there is a small store that sells used books for a very low prize. Last semester I got two novels for only $2.
How to Save Hundreds of Dollars on Books: Do you really need it
This is something that I recently learned and I will start implementing this semester. Ask around to make sure that your professor actually uses the book. Last semester I bought a book and the professor never ended up using it. If I would’ve asked before I would have saved $19.95. So make sure you are actually going to use it. If you don’t need it, then don’t buy it.
Sometimes you can find classic novels and maybe some textbooks online for free. I have saved hundreds of dollars searching for them online. If I don’t find the book online for free you can always buy the e-book version. These versions usually are way more inexpensive than the physical version. Just make sure that your professor is okay with you bringing your tablet or laptop.