Up to 90% off textbooks at Borders and more ways to save for school
College students spend an average of $700 a year on course materials, according to the National Association of College Stores.
Borders wants to help reduce those costs and currently offers up to 90% off of new and used textbooks. Search online to save time and get price quotes. Plus, if you're after a last minute summer read, save up to 53% on future best-sellers or go techie and cut 33% off of a Borders ebook
It's happened to a lot of us. After attending a few classes, it becomes clear that the $100 textbook will never be cracked open. School bookstores often allow only very short return periods, but Valore Books promises 30-day, no hassle returns. The company also offers up to 99% savings on select, national best-sellers.
To save even more this semester, consider renting your reads. eCampus.com offers new and used books as well as a borrowing option. Simply visit the site, type in a title, author, keyword or international standard book number (ISBN) and compare new, used and rental prices. eCampus ships the rented textbook out for a semester and the reader ships it back by its due date. Renting costs vary, but usually offer around 30% to 50% savings.
Chegg also offers a renting option, while going green at the same time. The company participates in the American Forests Global ReLeaf program and claims to plant a tree every time a customer rents. So far, Chegg says it has planted more than 4,000 acres of trees. The rental option usually saves between 40% to 80% off the books' list prices. Plus, Chegg pays for return shipping at the end of the semester.