Where to Find Cheap Textbooks Online

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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.

Rent Textbooks

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.

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  1. Those sites really help a lot in acquiring text books. I buy books at Amazon.com and I am really satisfied and convinced with the cheap price. I recommend it to other single moms like me.

    • There are tons of sites that you can rent textbooks from too – often, that so much cheaper than buying them, even if they’re used or from a discount site.

  2. The first site to register my mind whenever I heard of buying cheap stuffs is Amazon.com. You can also guarantee good quality books and it’s a secure online shop.

    • Amazon is amazing for buying almost anything, not even just textbooks, at a discounted price. It also has some great perks, like free shipping on orders over $30, and great customer service when it comes to you buying through their “marketplace users.” I once ordered a book through a marketplace user, and never received it. Amazon got me my money back the day after I reported it – no hassle!

  3. I have a cousin who has the same course with me. He already graduated from his course and he’s not using his books that’s why I borrowed it. Many thanks to my cousin!

    • Trading books among friends is a great way to save money. When I was in college, I was in a sorority, and we’d often purposely take classes in opposite semesters so that we could just switch books. We’d also send out e-mails every semester letting girls know what books were available. There’s no reason this couldn’t be done among friends and family!

  4. Thank you for this information, I have been worried about weather or not I would be able to find textbooks I could afford!

  5. This would help me in my textbooks needs. I am a nursing student and due to all the expenses with my 1yearold son, I cannot anymore afford to buy new and expensive books. I really need books for my related learning experience subjects.

    • Try looking for book swaps too – I often see flyers for them around campus, or you can find them online at swap websites too.

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