Stop splurging, start saving on textbooks

By Meghan McSloy
September 3, 2009

Shannon Keough

With the current state of the economy being as poor as it is, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people of all ages to keep their heads above the water.

For college students, having to buy textbooks on top of paying tuition does not make the situation any easier.

“The rise in tuition is unfair for students looking to continue their education at Cabrini, but it is also mandatory to keep the college going during the current recession,” Gina DiMidio, sophomore English major, said.

While the campus bookstore is a convenient spot to purchase books, there are other vendors out there that do not put as much of a financial strain on students.

There are Web sites such as eBay.com and amazon.com that sell textbooks for less.

“I like buying my books from amazon.com and eBay.com because it’s so much cheaper than buying them from the bookstore,” Megan Krouch, sophomore undecided major, said.

When searching these sites, it is sometimes difficult to find every single book that is required for class. In addition, shipping costs and delivery time can be an issue.

Aside from eBay.com and amazon.com, there are several other smart Web sites, which can be used to purchase textbooks. If you are looking for bargain textbooks, coursesmart.com can be a useful tool to find the best deal possible for textbooks. The way it works is through a search engine, which requires the book’s author, title, or ISBN. By entering one of these codes, coursesmart.com searches its database to find the best possible deal on any given book.

“Coursesmart is a good option because you can find out the cheapest places to get your textbooks,” Steve Baxter, sophomore undecided major, said.

Another site is Chegg.com. At Chegg.com, students are able to rent their textbooks for the semester and return them free of charge when the semester has ended.

According to the Chegg.com Web site, “Chegg offers great prices, free return shipping, over two million titles and flexible rental periods. You can order books from home or college, have them delivered to your door and not have to worry about storing or selling them when your class is over.”

As an added bonus, Chegg.com plants a tree for every book rented.

“I have never heard of Chegg before, but it definitely sounds like a good alternative to the bookstore,” Karina Wright, sophomore special education major, said.

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