Tuition is expensive enough, so don’t tack on the unnecessary expense of new textbooks. There are plenty of ways to get the books teens need for class without busting your budget.
A lot of school bookstores provide the option to rent textbooks. It can cost almost 50 percent less than buying a book full price, provided that the student remembers to give it back at the end of the semester. If they don’t return it, most bookstores will charge the full price.
Buy used books
School forums: tell teens to check around on Facebook to see if their school has a “Free or For Sale” forum, or a “Textbook Exchange” page. Not only can they find inexpensive books for sale, but they might even find notes or tips for the class in the margins.
Websites like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Alibris, www.textbooks.com, Coursesmart, or half.com have a large collection of used textbooks for steeply discounted prices. Sometimes, there are even new versions of the book for less.
Sell books back
Some school bookstores and sites like Amazon, Alibris, textbook.com and half.com will buy textbooks back. This can help offset the actual price, and savvy teens may even be able to make a little profit.
Check out the library
Little known fact: many school libraries carry the textbooks students need, so swoop in early (quantities tend to be limited). This is especially helpful for anyone taking a literature course. Instead of buying all 10 novels they might need, teens can just get them from the library.
Look into e-books
If your teen has a Kindle, iPad or other electronic reader, e-books are worth looking into. E-books tend to be less expensive than printed books. As an added bonus, they’re a lot lighter too!
Have more ideas? Let us know other ways teens can save on textbooks in the comments.