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I graduated a little over a year ago. Last fall, my husband started school. So we’ve been paying for textbooks for a very, very long time. We’ve been looking at buying books for this upcoming semester, and can I just say: HOLY MOLY. Prices have gone up at least 50% since I was in school. And I graduated a year ago.
Here are some things I’ve looked at in the past when dealing with textbook costs:
- I’ve taken care of my books so that when the semester ends, I can sell them.
- I’ve used an app to market the books I couldn’t unload on half.com.
- This one I haven’t used, but still feel like it’s important to share. Get a SPAL if you’re on public assistance (or would qualify for it), and the cost of books will keep you from going to school. Because swallowing your pride is better than quitting college, people.
- I’ve looked into eTextbooks and remained unimpressed.
With his textbook prices so high, we’re going to have to take a new approach. Because we honest to god can’t afford to pay a grand for one semester. (No joke. That’s including my scouring Amazon and half.com.) Here’s where we’ve had success so far:
- Buying international versions of the text. The page numbers and text should be the same; the only difference is the front cover. This saved us a whopping $50, but every little bit adds up. I’d recommend going with a website or seller that has a money-back guarantee when you go this route.
- Scouring the boards at school. I was in a very young program, so looking for flyers for books that other’s might have already used was pretty fruitless. My class was the first one to take a lot of these courses, so we were the first ones to buy the books. His situation is very different. We’ve saved $165 by responding to a flyer on campus. And that was just on one book.
- He might have to use the reserve. Check out the reserve section of your school’s library. Many colleges require that one copy of each course’s text be placed there. You can’t check the book out, but you can use it for free. You can make copies of pages that you need for specific assignments, or, if you have time, you can just go to the library and use it as you need it. It’s not as convenient, but with his schedule, he’s going to be on campus a lot this year with downtime between courses. So it may work out for the best.
Are you in school? Have you noticed an insane rise in prices over the past year as we have? How are you combating costs?