Textbooks are necessary for your educational success, but they are lousy purchases. They cost a lot to buy, lose value quickly, and worth little when you sell them. Instead of buying your textbooks from college campus store this semester, you could try renting them from online bookstores. If you still want to own them, you could also buy them online at a fraction of the cost.
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Where To Rent Textbooks
There are several web sites where you can rent textbooks. For example, Chegg offers textbooks for rent at about 65% to 85% off the retail purchase price. You can select from thousand of textbooks, get them quickly, and ship them back for free. Chegg also offers 30-Day “Any Reason” Guarantee, which gives you:
- Full refund for all orders returned within 30 days
- Guaranteed delivery date
- Guaranteed quality of books
Last but not least, Chegg promises to plant a tree for every book you rent.
Where To Buy Used Textbooks
Instead of renting, you could also buy used textbooks from places like Amazon.com and Bookbyte.com. For example, Bookbyte sells Human Anatomy and Physiology (8th Edition) for $88, which is 55% off the retail price of $196.33. Amazon.com sells the same book for $157.
These are just a few examples and I encourage you to shop around a bit since there are many web sites that sell and rent textbooks online. Textbooks are becoming more and more expensive each year. A full time student could easily spend more than $500 per semester on textbooks. Why not rent or buy online and safe a few hundred dollars?
Pinyo is the owner of Moolanomy Personal Finance and a Realtor® licensed in Virginia and Maryland. Over the past 20 years, Pinyo has enjoyed a diverse career as an investor, entrepreneur, business executive, educator, financial literacy author, and Realtor®.