Textbooks: Guide to Saving

If you are a new or returning student to college, here are some tips to buying cheaper textbooks because we all know how expensive it can get!

Cheaper options for textbooks.

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The start date for college is fast approaching,and the one thing on every Montclair State students’ mind is how much are books going to be. It’s all over TV shows, movies and the media that the ever dreaded college textbooks bill will be huge and that the only place you can purchase these books is at the campus bookstore. Along with what to seem like insane prices and limited quantities, you have to suffer through huge lines that get you nowhere.

Montclair residents who are going to college either for the first time or are returning for another semester should know that there is plenty of other options that could save you money and time this semester. Through my experience in college at Montclair State University and the fact that I’m in the middle of buying textbooks myself is that you can avoid those long lines and big price tags by exploring some of the alternatives that I have found through experience.

First, some great ways to avoid high prices and limited quantities of bookstores is to look online. Now more than ever websites are having huge deals to have you rent your books through them instead and you could find books for a fraction of the price you would find in bookstores. Additionally, on that note it’s always a great benefit to rent your books if you can instead of buying them since it saves money and colleges don’t give you great deals on buy backs on books. It is even better if you can find a used book as well. Some great websites to check out for this is Amazon and Chegg. Not only will you save money by ordering books online but you can do it from the convenience of your own home and not wait on insane lines in the stores.

Another great strategy surprisingly is to wait. What I mean by this is to wait until school starts and attend your first classes before you buy any books. I mention this because what I have learned is that professors sometimes don’t use the textbooks or mention some alternatives that could be an earlier edition and it being even cheaper. Now this strategy only will work if you order online because at this point your bookstore is either sold out or left with new books that you can only buy, so be sure to plan ahead if you’re going down this route.

From one college student to another (new or returning), I would suggest to look into some of these other options because you can save some money in the long run and make textbooks buying a lot easier.

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