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Tips to Save a Few Bucks on College Textbooks


I cringe at the thought of three kids entering college around the same time.  I am hopeful academic, band and sports scholarships will be in our kids' future and that our college savings to help offset some of the costs, but I know a little research and planning beforehand will help reduce some of their college expenses.  One of the biggest college expenses, besides tuition, is the cost of books.  I remember paying $300 for an anatomy book.  The university had just changed to a new book so buying a used one was not an option.  My first tip is buy used.


1.  Buy Used

Buying used textbooks are one of the easiest ways to save money on college textbooks.  Shop early as the books in the best condition are usually the first to go.  Be sure to check the book thoroughly looking for torn or ripped out pages, excessive highlighting, markings in the book, etc.  

2.  Buy Online

Search titles online before purchasing your books from your college bookstore.  You can compare books from several websites at the click of a button to find the lowest price.  Be sure to purchase early enough so your books arrive before class.

3.  Rent Books

Many books may be available for rent.  Check out sites like CampusBookRentals.com or RentBack.com.  You can save 40-90% off bookstore prices by renting your textbooks from CampusBookRentals.com, have your textbooks sent to you for free, and rent for a semester, part of a semester, a year, whatever you need.  CampusBookRentals.com offers a wide variety of textbooks and you treat them as your own.  Besides offering college students a more affordable way to get the books they need, CampusBookRentals.com makes a donation to Operation Smile for every textbook rented.  RentBack.com allows students to rent textbooks they own to other students and make more money than most campus bookstore buyback options.

For more information about: 

Campus Book Rentals: CampusBookRentals.com
RentBack: www.RentBack.com
Operation Smile: http://www.operationsmile.org/about_us/who-we-are/

How does renting textbooks from CampusBookRentals.com work?  Check out the video below:








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