First there’s tuition but then another way money is sapped from your poor little hands is paying for books. Now this summer, I went to some classes over at a community college. Me trying to be prepared and all, I buy the used books online for my classes at really cheap prices. The mistake? I should have waited until AFTER I went to class to know if I really even still needed the book. For example, in Public Speaking by the first five minutes she told us that we really didn’t need to buy the book and that the edition that is assigned to this class would later be replaced making it worthless to sell online. As she said this I sighed at my now worthless textbook staring back at me. ( Even worse we probably only cracked open the book seven times)
But still I saved a lot by buying my comp book online and renting my stats book. This is the website I used to search for my books.
Campus books also helped with comparing the different merchants by showing the real total when it came to the price + shipping.
Now to the main title. Since I was only going to be using my stat textbook for 2 months, instead of paying $149.35 (New) or slightly cheaper used, I rented it at Chegg’s for $50.92 (including tax+shipping) for the Summer Semester slot.
LIST PRICE $149.35 – HOW MUCH I PAID $50.92= $98.43 SAVED.
There’s a date that you have to postmark and ship back to Chegg’s when you’re heading to the end of the semester. You just print a return slip, go to a local UPS store, and drop it book. The person there will give you a receipt that you did bring it and that’s it! No hassles with selling it back online or anything. Also another tip for potential Chegg customers..when you get a textbook in the mail :keep the box for when you return it.
Steps for Getting Textbooks for Your Classes
- Go to class and find out whether you really need to have the book.
- If you do, go online to Campus Books and compare the books there
- Check if it might be better to rent the book instead.
- You could even borrow the book from the library or a person.
- Whatever you do, Avoid buy the books from your college book stores. It’s like buying candy from the movie theaters. (Fairly important note: Still check the prices at your school’s bookstore since there’s always a chance it might be cheaper)