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Resources for Finding the Cheapest Textbooks to Buy or Rent

By Kaitlin Hurtado

When it comes to saving money during college years (and beyond). many students strive to pinch pennies whenever they can, wherever they can. Yes, you can cut back on the number of things you buy to "treat yourself" in order to save, but what about necessities you need from your daily and academic life? Being a college student can add up and be pretty rough on your wallet, so how can you save money on things you're pretty much forced to buy?

College textbooks are pricey and having to buy them for several classes, every term can end up with your wallet feeling a lot more empty than before. If you're struggling to figure out how you can possibly make textbooks cheaper, have no fear. Here are some resources for finding the cheapest textbooks the next time you need to buy textbooks in order to save some much-needed money.

Uloop

If you are already reading up on the latest tips for college students or checking out job postings on Uloop, why not spend some more time on the site and save money the next time you need to buy textbooks?

Much like how the site already offers a one-stop viewing for job positions and housing options, the site makes it much easier to find your college textbooks at a price that won't leave you second-guessing all your life choice. Textbooks purchased through Uloop come with a 21-day satisfaction guarantee (14-day for eTextbooks), fast and reliable shipping from UPS, and heavily discounted prices. What's not to love?

If you're looking at a book listing, it'll let you see different prices from different sellers: Amazon, Chegg, VitalSource, AbeBooks. Lowest prices will be the first you can see but you just need to scroll down for more options. Is the price listed not what you wanted to pay? No problem, you can sign up for a notification for when the price of the textbook drops.

BookFinder

This website does just what its name says -- find books at the price you need. BookFinder can narrow down a list of sellers you can choose from, including Amazon and Textbooks.com without you doing all the scrolling and clicking.

BookFinder connects you to the lowest and best prices, granting you hundreds of dollars in savings - usually an average of 65% of money saved on your part. What could be better?

Done with textbooks and want to get the most out of what you have already used? If you didn't rent them, you can use the "Textbook Buyback" option to compare textbook buyback prices from different sites and pick the best offer (including shipping costs).

SlugBooks

Like the previously mentioned, SlugBooks will compile prices on the textbooks you need in one spot. The website will browse textbooks prices from top sellers and even your campus bookstore, ensuring that you get the best deal possible. The site searches from reliable, well-known sellers, like Amazon and Chegg, so you can rest easy knowing that you are getting exactly what you are paying for.

With Slugbooks, you can even compare multiple books at the same time. Enter a list of ISBNs separated by commas or spaces and then you will get a price comparison for all of the books you entered. This feature can be time-saving and life-changing for those students that like to buy their textbooks in one place to save on shipping, or just want to minimize the number of transactions they have to complete. You don't have to worry about having multiple tabs open with SlugBooks.

Textsurf

Textsurf is another great resource you can use to help you in finding the cheapest textbooks. The site browses textbook prices from sellers like Amazon, AbeBooks, Chegg, VitalSource, ValoreBook, and many more to present you with the best deals. With their textbook price comparison, you can save up to 90% on your textbook purchases.

With Textsurf, you can also sell textbooks when you are done with them, allowing you a stress-free textbook shopping experience. Why not make your life easier when you know you are getting a deal on all of your necessary course textbooks when you let resources like these handle the most stressful part for you?

Tired of just going to your campus bookstore and buying your course textbooks just because it's convenient...then hearing a classmate say they paid $15 for something you paid $150 for? These resources are sure to ease your pain and help you save plenty of money in the future when shopping for textbooks. Saving money in college can be hard enough, and the money saved from your textbook purchases can help you out with rent, gas, groceries, or even treating yourself to the videogame you've been wanting.

Here's to finding the cheapest textbooks, in the most convenient way possible!