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Money-Saving Tip #1: Textbooks

 Written by    March 8, 2018

Regardless of your year in school, your age, or your background, there are some awesome universal ways in which we can all save money when it comes to paying for a college education. So, in order to better prepare us all for the expenses to come with future semesters, I’ve started this new blog series to help the average college student save money on their tuition bill and beyond.


Textbooks: the staple of any college class.  They’re expensive, they become outdated quickly, and many of them will not even be necessary for an entire semester. The textbook expenses of a college student can add up incredibly fast, especially if you are taking a heavy course load. So, your best bet is to just pay that 500 dollar bill and forget about it, right?  Wrong! There are plenty of ways for you to save on your required books.  Here are the methods I’ve found to be the most cost-effective:

1.) Rent Your Books

Even though you have to return them at the end of the semester, this option is incredibly effective in helping you save a lot of money.  Renting a book (especially if you are renting a used book) is significantly cheaper than buying the book outright; some rentals can save you up to 50% or more!  This option can be especially helpful for GE courses that are unrelated to your major, as you will likely never need to reference the textbook again after the course is completed.  You don’t get to keep the book, but you’re saving money!

2.) Consider a Virtual/Ebook Option

If you want a book that you can keep for as long as you desire but still want to save money, an ebook option may be great for you.  Oftentimes, publishing companies will offer a digital version of a textbook for a fraction of the price of the print edition.  Some ebooks even come with interactive study tools and other online resources, so this could be a great option to pick for you major coursework.

3.) Utilize the University Libraries

Another great option for saving money on textbook expenses is by taking advantage of our libraries here at OSU.  University Libraries has copies of textbooks on reserve for over 750 courses!  All you have to do is visit the Circulation Desk in order to check out your textbook to use in the library for a limited time period while you get your work done.  While not always the most convenient method, this option is FREE — you have already paid for it in your tuition!  This is especially useful for courses where the text will only be used in a limited manner.  Check out the University Libraries webpage for more details!

Stay tuned for more tips to come!!

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