When it comes time for your student to purchase college textbooks, here’s a way that you can keep the book costs at a minimum. It may take a little legwork, but the savings can be considerable.

Step 1) Get the ISBNs of the books you need. How do you do that? You should have that information from registration, but if you don’t, call the student bookstore at your school and ask them what the books are for your classes, ask the ISBNs and how much the bookstore charges. (The author and title are not always enough information to be sure you get the correct editions.)

Step 2) Go to both Amazon.com and Chegg.com and search for textbooks by ISBN. If you want to use Amazon, sign up for Amazon Student using your college email and you can get free two-day shipping for one year. This is convenient, not just for textbooks, but for any of the items that Amazon sells.

Step 3 ) With the pricing information, decide whether you want to:

  • buy new from the bookstore (bad idea)
  • buy new or used from Amazon (much better) and then trade them in at the end of the semester (fantastic idea)
  • rent from Chegg (compare their price to Amazon’s used purchase and then trade-in price)

Step 4) Order the textbooks you need and have them shipped to your home before you get to college and get too busy to worry about buying books.



The author of this newsletter is Brock Jolly.

If you have any questions about the information contained in this newsletter, or any questions about college funding in general, please contact our office.


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