Tips and tricks to lower your expenses on college text books

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By: Good Nelly
on 7th Sep,2012

A student has to pay $17,000 for studying in a public college. The same student has to pay a double amount for studying in a private college.
Tips and tricks to lower your expenses on college text books


A student has to pay $17,000 for studying in a public college. The same student has to pay a double amount for studying in a private college. Such is the condition of the education system in the country. However, in spite of the rising education cost, you can't give up your wish to study in a good college. What you can do is, look out for the areas where you can save money while studying at college. For instance: text books.

You have to read several text books in college. You have to mug up all the lines written in the text books. In fact, the more books you consult, the better will be your preparation for your exams. However, books are not cheap. Like everything else, the cost of books is increasing day by day. If you can reduce your expenses on books, then you'll potentially be able to save a lot of money. Read along to know about the some tried and tested ways to cut down your expenses on college text books.

How to reduce your expenses on college text books

If you're financially affluent, then feel free to purchase new books. However, a voracious and smart reader will know that a new old book hardly matters. He'll instead try to invent new ways to reduce his expenditure on college text books. If you're a smart college student, then here are the few tips and tricks to save money on text books.

1. Buy and read books in digital forms

Do you have a laptop or personal computer at home? If yes, then you can buy eBooks. There won't be any shipping fees. You can potentially save more money by not taking out the print outs. You can just buy the book online. Do check the expiration dates and other clauses before purchasing the eBook.

There are some websites which will allow you download the textbooks absolutely free. You'll have to find out the websites. Thereafter, you can search the book titles in those websites. Some websites even offer audio book. You can even use those books.

2. Borrow books from college library

Your college library is a treasure house. You can get most of the books in your college library. Borrow the books and take photo copies of the important chapters. Do keep the books in a good condition. Other students will need the books also.

3. Purchase books which have been used by other students

You'll get the booklist and the syllabus from college itself. Once you get both the things, browse through the websites where you can get used books at various conditions. For instance: eBay and Amazon. If you're looking for the main text book (which you'll have to refer vigorously), then it is better to purchase a book in good condition.

4. Take advantage of the social networking websites

Like any other normal college kid, you must be updating your Facebook or Twitter account every other day. You must love interacting with friends through social networking websites. If that is the case, then why don't you trade books through these websites. Who knows, a friend of yours may agree to give you a book absolutely free or at half price.

Don't take too much time to purchase college text books. You'll find it difficult to catch up with the classes. Buy or rent a college text book as early as possible. You wouldn't try to compromise your studies by any chance.

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