Book Buying Tips
Since Christmas is over and the New Year is upon us and Spring Semester starts in 10 days, I finally took the time to order my textbooks (it’s okay, you can cringe. Those things are expensive!).
Thankfully, this next semester the bookstore told me that I only needed three books. Two for my religion course and one for my capstone. Thank goodness! I think the most expensive one I had to buy this time around was only $28. I’m beyond glad that I didn’t have to drop a couple hundred dollars on books for this next semester.
Since it was the last time that I will be buying books for my undergrad (where has the time gone?!), I have developed a few money saving tricks to ordering books online over the years. Sometimes I just save a dollar or two, but really, that dollar can buy me a monster cookie in the Maize. Yum. So, without further ado, I figured I’d share my money saving tricks with you so that you too can save money on your textbooks.
- Use Ebates. What this website does is they provide you with a list of other websites where you can get cash back from your purchases. So you search the website you want to go to like amazon, bookbyte, half price books, bookrenter, and chegg, and then they will tell you how much money you’ll get back from using the website. I think the most I saw was 7%, and the least was 3.5%. Then you use the link on Ebates to take you to the other webstite and wallah! Free money.
- Use your Google search bar. Take the ISBN number which can be found on the bookstore website, and type that into the search bar. Hit enter, and there you go. Lots of options on where to purchase these books you need. Another thing you can search is for coupon codes. You take those coupon codes and add them to the cash back from Ebates, and you’ve saved lots of money.
- Shop from more than one website. I’ve bought/rented books from all of the websites that I mentioned above and all of them were great. Sometimes the prices are the same, but not always. So have all of them open and look between them all. Buy the cheapest one, and there you go. You saved money.
- Finally, once you’re done buying all your books, keep track of what would have been the most you could have spent on the books and what you really spent on the books. You’ll feel great after you see how much money you can save.
I hope these tips are helpful. It’s taken me awhile to figure it all out, but goodness, it sure is nice telling my friends that I spent under $200 on books in a semester and they’re still trying to figure out why their books that are the same that I bought, cost them $500.