How To Save Money On College Textbooks With @AmazonStudent
As many of you know, my daughter is currently attending college out-of-state in Florida. While I continue to be proud of her for pursuing higher education, I can’t help but feel a wave of panic at the start of every semester. The sense of anxiety doesn’t subside until my daughter sends me the approximate cost of her college textbooks. Then plain old fear sets in! This was especially true last semester when four of her required textbooks cost $1,010. That’s one thousand and ten dollars for four textbooks. Four! Vowing not to pay that amount ever again, I was determined to find alternative, less expensive textbook options.
Sometimes the answer is staring at you right in the face and it really was after I received an order of cat food from Amazon.com. Surely Amazon has college textbooks, right? I mean, they sell everything from car parts to cosmetics so why not textbooks? I was pleased to discover that yes, Amazon.com sells college textbooks and their savings is up to 60% off the list price for new books and up to 80% savings for rentals.
Since my daughter was still enjoying her FREE six month trial of Amazon Prime Student (courtesy of Sprint), I called her and told her to log in and scope out the prices on this semester’s textbooks.
This isn’t the exact Organic Chemistry book my daughter is using this semester but the pricing is the same. If she were to order it new from Amazon’s Textbooks Store, the price would be $274.11. The price at her school’s bookstore? $312.60 There’s also the option to rent the book, buy it in e-format, or buy it used. Each option offers savings to my bank account and she doesn’t have to stand in line at the campus bookstore. I remember those days well and it’s a very boring way to waste a few hours.
Since I look at purchases and savings in terms of the short-term benefits and long-term benefits, it was nice to know that buying from Amazon would offer a long-term benefit also. Once the semester is over and my kid is done with her books, she can sell them back to Amazon and receive a gift card to spend on her favorite school supplies (or buy dear old Mom a present). Return shipping is free so she won’t have to spend time or money trekking back to the campus bookstore to sell her books. All she’ll have to do is print the label, package the books, and drop them in the mail.
If you’re a college student or know a college student who’d like to save money on college textbooks, have access to TV shows and movies via Amazon Prime Video, and get FREE two-day shipping, send them the link to this post. I’m sure whoever is buying their books will thank you!
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.