3 Ways To Save Money On Textbooks

Textbooks are one of the biggest expenses for college students, and if you can’t manage to sell them off once you’re done, you’re down 500$. You are also left with a huge stack of books that you will probably never open again.

Since most classmates would be pretty ticked off if you asked to photocopy all the pages of the textbook they paid an arm and a leg for (although that doesn’t stop them from trying!), you might want to try something a little more efficient.

Here are three money-saving tricks:

Textbook rentals: Many universities now offer textbook rentals. You get your book at a discounted price at the beginning of the term, and return it once the course is over. Seems like a good deal, right? Rent your books cheap, return them once you’re done.

Online articles: Often a class requires a custom courseware. This is a compilation of required articles and essays that the professor has put together for the students to read. A lot of these articles are available for free online, so before spending money on the book, Google it!

Textbook exchange/ Buy and Sell: If all else fails, try to find a used copy. There are endless Facebook groups created by students dedicated to advertising used textbooks. Students post the textbooks they are trying to sell, and you try and find the one you’re looking for.

Good luck!

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Nimritta Parmar

Nimritta is a third year student at Simon Fraser University, studying English and Communications. She's a Facebook rat (AKA master procrastinator), and being a student for the last 16 years of her life means that she has education on the brain! (perhaps you've noticed?)