While purchasing textbooks at the university bookstore is convenient, it can cost significantly more than other suppliers charge for exactly the same books. By planning ahead and choosing a less expensive method for obtaining needed textbooks, students can save big and pocket the difference in price. Here are a few tips that can help students save money on their required textbooks.
Be a borrower
Some textbooks may be available from local university or public libraries; this can eliminate the cost of textbooks altogether in some cases. Additionally, if friends have already taken the course in question, students may be able to borrow the textbooks for the duration of the course. This method is not available to everyone, but offers the largest savings on the required materials.
Pursue alternative media
More and more textbooks are available for download online; this generally represents a hefty savings over the cost of those same textbooks in print. Some textbooks are also available in CD or DVD formats; these can cost 50% less than the same textbook in print in some cases. Lesser savings can be achieved by purchasing the book in paperback rather than the hardbound edition when the option is available.
This above guest post was written by Richard Hemby who regularly writes about accredited online degrees and college related topics for Online College Guru, an online college degree guide.
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