Be Book Smart!
Two more month till school starts!! Yikezers! As you prepare for university, I'm sure you've considered the hefty cost of being a student. Well, why don't I help you out with some tips on reducing textbook costs.
1. Buy Used Books. For those of you who didn't know, you can buy or consign your textbooks at Browsers . For example, you could spend $151.85 on the Calculus textbook, with Solution Manual, or you could go to Browsers and pay $84.71 instead, and save $67.14! On your way to class, stop by the Arts Tunnel to check out the notice boards to see if anyone's selling a textbook you need. I am yet to buy a used textbook in bad condition. It's a smart choice, as you save a lot of money and still get all the content found in new textbooks! Most professors will let you use older editions, (as they may be cheaper) so make sure to double check with your professor before you go and buy your text book.
2. Library Loans! Some textbooks can be found in the library. Look them up and loan them for the semester. Since there would be a limited amount, make sure you do that right away!
3. Bookstore Rental. Did you know that you could save up to 70% by renting out your text book from the Bookstore? Well, now you do.
4. Borrow/Rent from a Friend. Ask around and you'll be guaranteed to find someone who's taken your class before. Ask them if they wouldn't mind either lending or renting the textbook to you for the semester! Super cheap idea.
5. Share with your classmate. Know someone who's taking the class with you? Well, ask them if they wouldn't mind sharing the textbook with you. Make sure to write up a schedule to figure out who would have the book when. This actually works better than it sounds! Split the costs and sell the textbook at the end of the semester!
6. Go Digital. E-textbooks are cheaper than hard copies. Look up your textbooks on Amazon Kindle, or the Apple store .
7. Re-Sell your books. Whether you buy a new or used book, you can sell it back to the Bookstore or Browsers, at the end of the year. Money in your pocket!
All the best!