Sometimes the best way a single mom can get ahead is by going back to school. By definition, single moms already have budget constraints, making saving money a priority. Going back to school doesn’t have to be out of your reach if you can find ways to scrimp on expenses. There are all sorts of way s to save money and trim expenses. This post will focus on saving money when buying textbooks.
Individual Textbook Sites
Half.com and Amazon.com both have excellent textbook sections. You can choose an available book and then make a decision to purchase based on the description and condition of the book. Sometimes, if you are willing to take a book with highlighting, underlining or a banged up cover, you can get the textbooks pretty cheaply. You can also find supplementary books such as those needed for a literature class.
Textbook Search Sites
If you don’t have the time to do a lot of internet searching and make comparisons, there are sites that can do the looking for you. Enter the name of the book, the ISBN or the author’s name and these sites will search the used book sites in their databases for you.
Direct Textbook is one such website. They search more than 200 online bookstores and find the cheapest college textbooks. Conversely, when you are ready to sell your books, they can help you find who is paying top dollar for used textbooks. There is no fee. Once your book is located, you click the link and deal directly with the merchant selling the book.
Cheap-Textbooks.com is another such service though it utilizes a smaller pool of resources. They promise real-time information on the cheapest prices and the fastest availability.
Another option that is growing in popularity is to rent textbooks. Some of the benefits of renting your textbooks are you expend less cash upfront. Fees are contingent on the length of time you need the book. If you are only using the book for part of the semester, then that is all you pay for. Renting is a green living option and you don’t have to worry about trying to sell the book once you are through with it.
Places that rent textbooks include Textbooks.com which also buys and sells textbooks, Chegg.com which also buys your used textbooks, and CampusBookRentals.com which claims to have the largest selection in the nation and free inbound and outbound shipping.