The Complete Guide To Saving Money On Textbooks

With college tuition still on the rise, students need to be thriftier than ever before. These quick and dirty tips will help you cut down on your textbook costs.

  • Remember that most textbooks are little more than ideas that exist only in the public consciousness. Close your eyes, focus, and the textbooks will be there, for they always have.
  • Instead of ponying up for the exorbitant price tags on brand new textbooks, purchase older textbooks and use them to bludgeon people who own the latest editions.
  • If you’re looking for a real bargain, download ProfessorReads, the app that connects you with professors in your area who are currently reading your textbook aloud to no one in particular.
  • Don’t forget to buy cursed. You can often get textbooks at 40 percent or even 50 percent off if they are known to be inhabited by a malicious spectral entity.
  • After you’ve finished reading the textbook, slip a photograph of your father weeping into the middle of the book. Then go back to the bookstore and say, “I need a full refund on this book on account of this photograph of my father weeping that I found within its pages.”
  • If you really can’t afford a book, just call the textbook’s publisher and ask it to sell the book at a discounted rate. After all, it’s the pursuit of knowledge—not profit—that drives these companies.
  • Know everything before you get to college.
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