Saturday, July 23, 2011

Living sustainably on a budget: textbooks

I know it's summer and one of the last things anyone wants to think about is school, but with a little planning you can save money and decrease your carbon footprint before next quarter or semester starts. 


I know that one of the most important part of buying books for most college students is the price. We will do just about anything we can to make sure its as low as possible. And yet somehow people seem to forget to look for their books online instead of paying ridiculous prices through university bookstores. 


Don't know where to start? There are a ton of places online that offer used books (and don't forget you can sell them back at the end of the year and get some money back : ) ) Amazon.com (my personal favorite. It's easy to find something cheap, and Amazon will back you up if anything goes wrong with your order for any reason), textbooks.com, buyusedtextbooks.com, half.com, and cash4books all offer used books. You can also search your book by ISBN or title and edition in a search engine. If you do not mind being ripped off, you can also buy used through your university bookstore. 


Planning ahead will not only save you money and the stress of finding the best deal possible, but it will also be incredibly sustainable instead of wasting the resources for a new book. 

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