Buying college textbooks for cheap
Going to college is an exciting time and even while changing semesters, the spirit of students is something that worth looking back in life on. But a visit to the college bookstore is like the dirty underwear hidden within a perfectly arranged wardrobe. With the rising cost of college textbooks, the process is all the more painful and sadly cannot be really avoided unless someone comes up with a world-changing idea.
Students, on an average spend over $950 a semester just on buying college textbooks. And, $950 is no small amount of money. Raising that kind of money every semester is a painful experience. I haven’t heard of anyone getting financial aid for buying college textbooks in ages and I doubt if anyone has. Even if one has a student loan going, in addition to the $950 that is spent on textbooks, there is an interest factor that needs to be factored in and it only makes matters worse. So, what is the way out of this?
The only ways that I can see is to buy used college textbooks. In fact, if one looks at the concept seriously, it is not difficult to find some. A word of caution before I go further… never, repeat never buy used college textbooks from the college bookstore. In fact, college bookstores sell used textbooks for 25% less than the actual price but they are grossly overpriced for used college textbooks.
Online resources are the best option available for someone looking to buy used college textbooks. There are many companies out there buying and selling old college textbooks and it is only a matter of time (two or three hours) online before you can locate the best deal that suits you. However, do it in time, at least three to four weeks before your classes begin to get the best prices and allow for shipping.
Great, you've decided to save money wisely and buy cheap college textbooks. That's the easy part. The slightly more difficult part is figuring out which books you need. Your university doesn't want to tell you because they want you to buy the ridiculously overpriced books at the campus bookstore. Go log in to your university homepage and find your schedule. Are your books listed there? If so, fantastic, you're almost done. For the other 99% of us, we'll have to dig a little deeper to discover which books we need. It can and will be done. It's not much more difficult and only requires one extra step.
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