January 23, 2009, Newsletter Issue #238: Textbook Discounts

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Purchasing textbooks for college classes can be ridiculously expensive, so it is important to know the best ways to find discounts and coupons for the books you need each semester. First and foremost, it should be acknowledged that used textbooks are a viable alternative to new textbooks, and whenever you can get your hands on a used textbook you are automatically saving money. Beyond used textbooks, however, you should know that your college bookstore may not necessarily be the most frugal place to purchase the books you need. Instead, you should take the time to conduct an Internet search to see if someone else is selling the exact textbook you need at a highly discounted price. Many websites will allow you to purchase a used textbook and also utilize coupon codes for further discounts. Amazon.com is a great example of this; you can use an Amazon coupon code for free shipping or a percentage off the final price, while also purchasing a used textbook at half the cost of what it would be at your school's bookstore. Before your next semester, take a look at the offerings online and you may be pleasantly surprised at the savings you can get on textbooks.

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