Buying Textbooks is Expensive

disclosureMost of you know that I have been taking classes at night. Slowly but surely I will finish something. Next fall I hope to take more than just a class or two, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.


This semester I am actually not taking any classes. I registered for two classes, but in the end I had to drop them both. One I dropped because finding someone to watch the kids while S was out of town training was too difficult. The second class, well this one I dropped for a completely different reason. The book were too expensive.


After paying for class, and parking, child care (if you have to pay for it), you still have to consider the cost of books. While I know that I wasn’t expecting a math class to require two books, with two more recommended. Beyond that, I wasn’t expecting just one of those books to cost $133. Yes that price is in US dollars.

So can someone tell me why I didn’t consider renting? Duh. This was my answer and I forgot all about it!


With I could have saved 40-90% off bookstore prices, and they don’t charge for shipping either way! I love that they have flexible rental periods, which is great because I have learned that not all colleges follow the same schedule. (My college is thinking of decreasing semesters by one week)


I don’t usually highlight in books, because I am always hoping to sell them back, but if I used I wouldn’t have to worry and could highlight to my hearts desire. Besides that it’s nice to not have a new book printed for it to only become outdated next year, and who am I kidding, I won’t be referencing it later. When you throw on top that donates to Operation Smile with each book rented, they have me sold.

Your Books…

Get 2-4X as much Cash.

Just in case you were silly and bought that pesky textbook, and you aren’t 100% sure you want to let it go for good, you can rent it!


With you can rent textbooks you own to other students.  This is a great option because selling books back at the end of the semester isn’t really worth it. I know I have mentioned it before, but it’s really really sad. If you choose to rent your text books to other students you can make 2 to 4 times more than you would selling it back. 

Have you rented textbooks in the past?
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2 Responses to 'Buying Textbooks is Expensive'

  1. Kayci says:

    Have you checked out Chegg? They are reasonably priced for most rentals. So is amazon.

    • Gwen says:

      I have never heard of Chegg, so I will check them out too. I did check Amazon and they didn’t carry the books that I needed for the math class. :-/

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