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How to Save Money on Textbooks

How to Save Money on Textbooks

Hey everyone.

How are you all doing? I hope you’re still staying safe and following social distancing rules, we’re not in the all clear zone yet!

Anyway, today I wanted to talk about how you can save money on textbooks. If you’ve been reading my previous posts, you’ll know that I’m almost at the end of my course and let me tell you something for nothing: I’ve managed to get through this year without spending a single penny on textbooks.

Alright, alright, you can’t always avoid spending money on textbooks for uni but if you can save money, then it’s worth knowing how.

Check the Library

It’s FREE – bonus!

It’s worth finding out what resources are available from the uni including the UCB library. It might also be a good idea to try and grab books as early as possible as they may be in high demand.

Although I didn’t need to go to the Library of Birmingham to find textbooks for my course, check there for the books you might need. Fortunately, I found books that I needed in my local library and that was almost enough to support me through the duration of my course.

The library is a great place to start and even if you don’t find the exact recommended books for your course, you might find other useful books to support assessment writing, essays etc.

I looked in my local library and although I didn’t find the book that I needed, I did find other books that were linked to my area of study. OK, they were published years ago but the information was still relevant, so don’t write off books that have been published very early on.

Share books with friends

When you start to make friends at uni, this becomes easier to do – no harm in asking!

There were a few people on my course who purchased some of the books and they were kind enough to share during our taught sessions.

If you share student accommodation with people studying the same subjects, of course, you could always split the cost of textbooks with your flatmates, if they’re willing to share too. Just a suggestion and it won’t work for everyone but it’s worth considering, I guess.

Read online textbooks

I’m so fortunate that the main textbook for my course was available on the university portal as a free resource – another bonus!

Personally, I prefer hard copies of textbooks but in this case, I wasn’t at all fussed – it was easy to access, available when I needed to refer to it and online textbooks don’t take up any physical storage space at home.

Buy used books online

If you don’t mind owning used textbooks, check Amazon, eBay or do some research to find out where used textbooks might otherwise be available.

Another great option is to sign up for an Amazon Prime Student account for 6 months free and get access to thousands of free resources on your tablet, smart phone or Kindle.

Student discounts 

There are loads of student discounts out there and even if student discounts aren’t advertised in store, ask them anyway, you might save yourself some money. For most stores, you’ll need an NUS extra card (otherwise known as TOTUM).

It’s free to sign up to UNiDAYS and take advantage of student discounts on offer at various stores including book stores and look out for sales too.

I hope these money saving tips have helped you or maybe you’d like to share them with someone you know?!

Thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend.



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