Smart College Student: Take Care of Your Textbooks

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This book/DVD combo cost me $50.  I actually found it cheaper at my school bookstore than anywhere online.  My school’s pretty good about that with stuff that falls into my major/electives requirements.  At least for my major.  But when it comes to general eds, they rob you.

So a $50 book.  Not really that bad.  But you can bet I’m taking good care of this puppy.  I may even be able to sell it at a profit when all’s said and done.  In order to do that I’m taking good care of it.  It has a special spot on my shelf that it doesn’t leave unless I’m using it.  It’s a workbook, but I don’t write a single thing in it.  Instead, I read the questions and write the answers on a separate piece of paper.

I’m doing the same thing for my Psych book.  No highlighting.  No lugging it around from class to class.  (Luckily I have a teacher who doesn’t care if we have it there with us as long as we do our readings.)  I’m keeping it in the best possible condition I can because I know in a few months the amount of money I’ll be able to sell it for will directly correlate to how well I’ve taken care of it.

Care for your textbooks, college students.  They could be January’s grocery budget.

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16 thoughts on “Smart College Student: Take Care of Your Textbooks

    1. femmefrugality

      Yeah, it’s not a fun part of college finances. I used to tear up my books, highlighting, underlining, dog-earring. I was paying so much money for them, I might as well get the best use out of them!!! I was so naieve…

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  1. Tackling Our Debt

    You make such a good point. When I was in school way back when we didn’t think of reselling our textbooks. I have no idea why we kept them and even moved them when we moved from place to place. Maybe we were thinking we would use them as reference, but of course never did. Once they were too old they simply got thrown out.

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    1. femmefrugality

      I have a good few that I’ve held onto for reference. If you actually are going to use them it can be a good thing, but nine times out of ten I think you’re not alone. 🙂

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  2. Meredith

    Go you for being so smart and taking care of those books so well, esp. with the CD. I always marked mine all up and I’m sure that cut down on what I got back from them. As always, you are the money-savvy genius.

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  3. MyMoneyDesign

    Good advice! I used to take care of all my college books like gold – because that’s what they were when I re-sold them! The same thing also holds true for household items and kids toys at garage sales!

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  4. Janine

    I hate buying text books they are so expensive =(
    Half the time I can’t even sell them back because they change the edition the year after… Worst.

    Good tips though!

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    1. femmefrugality

      True story. I try to list them just a bit before my semester ends so that others that are getting ready for the next semester can buy them. If you list them places beyond your campus, it improves your odds but it’s not a foolproof plan.

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  5. Miss Caitlin S.

    so simple and so on point!! I love it. I usually take book jackets off but I never had this much thought about it during college. Great tips- you should just tweet these at random college students on twitter.

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  6. Catherine

    If I wrote in a book I always used pencil and erased before I sold. I always sold books that I had to buy (I tried to avoid buying books if I could or would check Better World Books first). I use to get pretty good re-sell to, if I had to buy a book for 100ish I`d usually get 80 for it.

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  7. Barb @ A Life in Balance

    My friend buys used books and resells them for her online classes. Even with all the bargain hunting she does, I’m always amazed at how much she still ends up spending. I’m not looking forward to buying textbooks for my oldest when he’s in school.

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