Saving money on textbooks is an imperative desire if you’re a broke college student or in massive amounts of debt. Heck, saving money on anything should be an imperative desire for anyone!

Don't waste your money with full priced textbooks. (photo by Tax Credits)

Don’t waste your money with full priced textbooks. (photo by Tax Credits)

There’s a site I’ve found recently called “And Then We Saved,” and it’s all about being frugal. In the blogger’s about me, she says that she paid off close to 24,000$ debt in fifteen months – which is astounding. Therefore, I trust her when she gives these five ways to save money on textbooks.

#1. Used Book Stores

It’s a better idea to check around at the places that don’t market themselves as textbook locations – because of the competition and because you probably won’t get the best price when they market themselves that way.

#2. Google Books

Are you taking a course in literature? Although many of the books on Google Books (an open-source textbook site, by the way) are outdated, if you’re reading literature – this will probably help you out a lot.

#3. Library Books

At your college, textbooks might be on reserve – meaning you can use it, but not check it out. It’s not guaranteed that there won’t be another student around that will do the same thing (meaning you might be bookless some nights) – but it is worth it for the saved money. Just make sure you don’t procrastinate before an assignment is due so you can ensure that you’ll have it done.

#4. Book Swaps

If you have books of any type, you might be able to trade it in for a textbook depending on what’s available. For the cost of shipping, you could own a textbook that you could eventually sell back for ten times the amount you “paid” (ahem – shipping) for it.

#5. International Editions

I’ve never even heard of this – I knew that And Then We Saved would be a site to bookmark! To quote the writer:

“Here’s a little insider knowledge: Textbook manufacturers often create an international edition of a textbook to sell worldwide. The international version is often priced cheaper than the American version to fit the competitive prices of books in the destination country. AbeBooks offers the ability to search for international editions of textbooks. Just remember that the international edition is worldly. She’s been places. She may not be exactly the same as the American edition.”

This knowledge is perfection. There are three more ways to save that I have excluded from this article – but if you want to go visit the site and read the article, which I implore you to do – you can do so at this conveniently placed link.

With that being said, I feel very ready for next semester. I am more knowledgeable about buying books now and I surely won’t spend another eight hundred dollars on some books I don’t even truly care for in the depths of my heart.