Being a college student can be tough, whether you’re a full-time student living at home or living on your own trying to hold down a job. On top of worrying about classes and homework, finances are a big stressor. A full-time student can expect to pay around $1,000 to $1,200 per term. And that’s just tuition, not the school supplies and textbooks many students end up paying for out of pocket.
There’s no need to worry though. You can still save money while being a college student. Here are a few ways how to do that.
There are many cheaper alternatives to buying books. At Clackamas Community College, the Associated Student Government runs a book exchange. This book exchange opens on Sept. 28 and stays open for two weeks. There is a $2 contract fee that allows you to sell up to eight textbooks, which is a small price to pay when you’re able to save hundreds. When selling textbooks, you choose your own selling price. For buying textbooks, you pay in cash. According to ASG member Adrianna Castillo, the most expensive book that’s been sold was $80 but most are between $10 and $30.
Other alternatives include renting and buying textbooks online. Of course Amazon is a popular, well-known choice. Amazon offers textbook rentals at a cheaper price than purchasing them. Amazon also provides you with a shipping label to return the book at no extra cost to you.
Chegg and Valore Books are two others that offer rentals and cheaper buying prices. These are also websites that allow you to compare prices to find the best deal for you. These include Textbook Rentals, Big Words and Book Finder. Campus Book Rentals is another great website that offers rentals only with free shipping and return shipping. Many sites offer ebooks as well, which are far cheaper than hardcopies.
As far as school supplies go, there are cheaper options than buying from a campus bookstore.