Should you buy or rent your textbooks?

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The only thing less appealing than thinking of winter vacation as a distant memory, is thinking about the money you’re about to drop on books for spring classes. But if you start planning now, you’ll have far more options and find lots of ways to save some serious cash.

The first place to start is obviously BIGWORDS, where you’ll find cheap textbooks at prices 35 to 45 percent lower than other online stores – and a whopping 90 percent cheaper than your campus bookstore (if you buy and sell your books through BIGWORDS). But, from there, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of buying versus renting books. Although renting is usually the much cheaper option, it’s not always the best option. Below are some guidelines and questions to ask yourself to help you decide which option is best for you.

It’s an introductory course for your major and you might need to reference some of the key concepts for more advanced classes in the future. BUY.

You’re tough on textbooks and it’s not unusual for your books to have some wear and tear by the last day of classes. BUY.

It’s a core class you’re required to take in a subject you don’t intend to pursue further. RENT.

You never bother to sell back books and end up hoarding textbooks for years or just throwing them away. RENT.

Your friend will be taking the same class next semester and you might be able to work out a book “timeshare.” BUY.

You’re heavy on the highlighters. BUY.

Your typical study plan consists of ignoring your book 90 percent of the time and cramming the night before a test. RENT.

What do you think? Do you have any tips to pass along to other students in regard to whether they should buy or rent their textbooks?

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Gabe Coley

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