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10 Tips for Saving Money in College

Howstuffworks has some great money-saving tips for anyone starting or returning to college or university. Some of them, like the tip below, apply to most high schools as well.

Buy Textbooks From Used Bookstores
New textbooks from university bookstores can be very expensive. Brand new editions of chemistry books, for instance, can cost as much as $300, and that’s not including any lab material. However, you can cut costs on reading materials and not starve. Look around for used bookstores. Most college campuses should have several — the prices are heavily discounted, and book conditions are usually good. If you have enough time before classes start, check out the Internet for your books. Even with shipping charges, prices can turn out to be cheaper from online bookstores.

You can definitely get great prices online from or Amazon, but be weary of buying books that you might not need. Personally I had 4 extra books last year that were marked as “needed” for my courses, even though we didn’t use them. In this case, you might save more money by purchasing books on an as-need basis from a local used bookstore.


10 Tips for Saving Money in College [Howstuffworks]

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4 Responses to “10 Tips for Saving Money in College”

  1. SpiKe says:

    Nice. I’ve also written 10 tips for students if you are interested. There seems to be a lot of these sorts of guides up at the moment. Must be the time of the year or something…. ;)

  2. Great Great resourceful blog ….. with student aid for those not in need may penalize those who do … , here no panalization of students whosoever takes place. Once again should be stress of a great resourceful blog in existence. Since it is agreed that as education is getting ever more important nearly a need as food, so does its costs …. one of greatest paradox, that human needs are once more on the rise to near exclusion …. …….
    Armand Rousso

  3. It is not so easy to save money while you’re in college. Sometimes it’s hard to make it till the end of the month. Parents’ help is very important here.

  4. Jake says:

    I recommend using Chegg to rent texts because it’s much less expensive than buying and they ship fast. Use code CC123047 for a discount every time you order or $5 back when selling Chegg your used texts.

    The code does not expire so it can be used with every order. Feel free to share the code with friends.