Yep, it’s that time of year. Back to school! Last week I had my last first day of school and while it was oh so bitter sweet I’m really excited to graduate from business school. Tuition is expensive and as if it wasn’t hard enough to be a student, the cost of text books can become outrageous really quickly. I’m a firm believer in not buying new textbooks although sometimes that can’t be helped (ie when they change the publisher). That being said I’ve done my best this year and last year to find the most inexpensive way to buy text books.
What the University Bookstore wants me to pay:
- Tax $175.30
- Intermediate Accounting (II) $118.30
- Excellence in Business Communication $123.80
- Essentials of Negotiation $101.85
- Getting to Yes $18.50
- You Can Negotiate Anything $11.99
- Operations Management $207.05
What I paid:
Books on Amazon:
- Intermediate Accounting $106.17 (+$12.13)
- Tax $148.59 (+$26.71)
- Getting To Yes $13.36 (+$5.14)
- You Can Negotiate Anything $10.79 (+$1.20)
Amazon Total: $278.91
Books on Coursesmart:
- Excellence in Business Communication $45.20 (+$78.60)
- Essentials of Negotiation $48.92 (+$52.93)
Coursemart total: 94.12
I mentioned this as an option last year when I talked about ways to save money and I still think its a fantastic resource after having used it for some of my courses last year. You can rent your text books for a semester for much cheaper than the actually cost of the book. If you don’t need the book to write in or you won’t use it later in your degree renting textbooks is fantastic.
Books I didn’t buy:
- Operations Management (+$207.05)
There are some classes your just don’t need to buy text books for, and this class is one of them. This comes with experience, any my experience tells me I don’t need this book.
Total Spent: $373.03
Total Saved: $383.76
I usually ask friends to see if they have textbooks however, just the way this semester worked no one was able to lend me books as the editions changed. The boyfriend and I have managed to resell $70 worth of books so far though!
Students, how do you save money on books?