College Life: How To Save Money On Textbooks

Hey Guys!

I’m not sure about you, but I am so beyond glad that it is summer.  Even though I happen to be taking a course that spans both summer 1 & 2.  But it’s nowhere near as hectic as it will be come the fall semester in September.  One thing that I do to prepare for the coming semester, whether it’s fall or spring, is to create a master book list of the needed books and the places that I can find them, in order to spend the least amount of money possible.  As a student that major’s in history my book lists can be anywhere from 10-15 books per class, meaning I’m usually buying somewhere around 20-30 books each semester.

One of the easiest ways to get prepared for the coming semester is to find your book list and begin to get them early.  Because the earlier you get them found the cheaper you can get them, I had to wait until two weeks before classes started last semester and not only was it super expensive, but it also had some books on back order.

The places that I put on my spreadsheet are: Campus bookstore, Amazon, Chegg, Valore Books, and Half-price books.  Below is an example of how I format mine so that I can find the cheapest options.

HIST 5323.001
Book Name/ISBN Website Price to Rent Price to buy Price for ebook Audible
From Old Diplomacy to new, 1865-1900 — 9780882958330 Campus Bookstore $12.20 $19.45
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $8.74
Valore Books $0.01
Chegg $11.49 $14.49
HPB $4.43
Fall of the House of Labor — 9780521379823 Campus bookstore $16.45 $26.25
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $7.94 $7.49 $22.49
Valore Books $12.00
Chegg $22.99 $33.49
HPB $9.99
Nature’s metropolis — 9780393308730 Campus Bookstore $9.40 $14.95 $19.95
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $14.57 $9.99
Valore Books $28.93 $4.89
Chegg $12.99 $14.49
HPB $4.00
Industrializing America — 9780801850141 Campus Bookstore $14.55 $23.25
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $5.99
Valore Books $0.01
Chegg $11.49 $29.99
HPB $4.54
New Promised Land — 9780195158267 Campus Bookstore $7.05 $11.25
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $6.68
Valore Books $25.00 $4.21
Chegg $11.49 $16.99
HPB $4.39
Buffalo Bill’s America — 9780375726583 Campus Bookstore $8.45 $13.45
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $1.99
Valore Books $2.00
Chegg $11.49 $20.49
HPB $3.89
Real All Americans — 9780767926249 Campus Bookstore $8.00 $12.75
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $8.16 $9.99 $25.15
Valore Books $8.34
Chegg $11.49 $12.99
HPB $6.47
Populist Vision — 9780195384710 Campus Bookstore $12.65 $20.20
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $23.70 $9.99
Valore Books $11.45
Chegg $11.49 $26.49
HPB $11.49
New Spirits: Americans in Gilded Age — 9780190217174 Campus Bookstore $23.50 $37.45
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $25.49
Valore Books $26.49
Chegg $17.99 $40.49
HPB $3.00
A Nation Under Our Feet –2818440035449 Campus Bookstore
Islander Bookstore
Amazon
Valore Books
Chegg
HPB
ENGL 5301.001
Book Name/ISBN Website Price to Rent Price to buy Price for ebook Audible
Handmaid’s Tale — 9780385490818 Campus Bookstore $7.50 $11.95
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $10.55 $9.99 $17.47
Valore Books $15.00 $4.81
Chegg $30.99 $34.49 $3.68
HPB $11.57
Fun Home: Family Tragicomic — 9780618871711 Campus bookstore $8.00 $12.75
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $10.65 $9.99
Valore Books $15.00 $1.68
Chegg $24.49 $26.99
HPB $4.97
We Should All be Feminists — 9781101911761 Campus Bookstore $3.75 $5.95
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $7.16 $4.99 $7.35
Valore Books $2.16
Chegg $12.49 $13.99
HPB $4.25
Full Frontal Feminism — 9781580055611 Campus Bookstore $8.00 $12.75
Islander Bookstore
Amazon $12.20 $11.99 $17.95
Valore Books $3.50
Chegg $12.49 $17.49
HPB $5.52

Question of the Day How do you prepare for the coming semester? Comment down below.

Until Next Time!

Tabby

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