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College Books For Less – Don't Settle for College Prices

Updated on November 23, 2012
Save money on textbooks
Save money on textbooks

If your looking for ways to save money and find college books for less, then look no further. I will show you plenty of ways to keep from paying those ridiculous college prices. College can be a pretty overwhelming experience for most. Course fees and tuition are expensive enough and now you find out that you have to pay for your books as well. Not only that but most of them cost more than $120. Believe me, if you manage to find your college books for less, it will be well worth it.

Student Financial Aid

If you don't know already, any student can apply for financial aid. The school provides money to students who need it. If you are not financially strong enough to pay for your books, which most students are not, then I strongly suggest that you apply. Click here for help on applying for financial aid.

Why are college books so expensive?

Well, first of all, the publishers of the books set the prices that they want the book to be sold for. The bookstore then marks the price up in order to make a profit. This results in a hefty priced textbook. It is best to take the advise I'm giving you and save yourself ton of money.

How to save money and get your college books for less:

  1. Buy used – Most of the time, your school book store will carry used versions of your books. This can save you a good amount of money. Just make sure to get a copy that isn't too beat up.

  2. Ask around – Asking around to teachers and fellow students can can potentially help you save money. A lot of students will have found discounts and will be willing to share how they did it.

  3. Ask your teachers – Sometimes teachers will have a stash of extra books that other students might have donated or sold. Just ask them. If they do have extra copies, they will either give it to you or they will sell it to you at a cheaper price. Either way, it works for you.

  4. Check – One of the best places I have found to save money on your college textbooks is Amazon offers a range of books from new to used for for less expensive prices. My math book would have cost me $150 from the bookstore. I managed to save $100 by finding a used version on for only $50. I saved $30 on my biology book and I had to it new.

  5. Check Craigslist – there are lots of people who now know how to use Craigslist nowadays and students are starting to utilize it more and more often. On Craigslist, you'll find students in your same city who are willing to sell you their books for a discounted price.

I highly recommend that you take a look at this hub:

Top 50 Cheap College Textbook Websites

If your goal is to save money on your college books then I suggest you take the time to explore all of these options. This may mean you'll have to wait a while longer to receive your books especially if you ordered them. Until you receive your books, make sure to make friends with someone who has the required book for your course. Ask them if they can share with you until you receive your books. I also suggest that you take very good notes if you are attending class without books. I hope this helps you to save money and find your college books for less.


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      Stuart 5 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      I also like to order books online, I have found that to be the cheapest and most effective option. I also wrote some articles about some of the ways you can order or rent textbooks online, I have been using a few sites for quite a few years now and I'm very happy renting books online.

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      Jason Matthews 5 years ago from North Carolina

      If you haven't yet, check out It is a great site because it compares prices between everyone who is selling a particular book online. I have a hub that explains it more and you can find it for more info, but I just wanted to share that link, because I have found it very useful!

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      evarun21 5 years ago

      What a great tip about asking teacher's if they have an extra copy. I never thought of that! I usually buy my textbooks used online and then sell them back to

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      fresh2def05 5 years ago from Louisville, Ky

      Thanks. I'm glad you found this hub usefull. Ebay is another good place to find cheap college textbooks.

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      Jason Matthews 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Nice hub! You have shared a lot of creative, but common sense, ways to save money on textbooks. Thanks!

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      azure_sky 6 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

      Okay!! This will save me TONS of $$$$..thanks again for educating ME!!