If you are an incoming freshman, one of the many things that you might not know know how to handle for the first time around is buying books. When you are buying books there are so many options that it can be overwhelming, and since you aren’t used to spending several hundred dollars (or more) per semester on books, that can be rather scary too. So first I will give you a rundown of how I buy my books, and then I will give you some sites to visit to see what works best for you.
I am extremely frugal … when it comes to buying books. I will do anything to save a buck … or to make sure I am getting the best deal possible. So I always start by searching for all of my books on the Butler Bookstore website. (There is actually a link that says “Buy my Books” at the bottom of your class schedule on my.butler that will take you directly to the website and a listing of every book you will need for the semester. It’s rather handy.) After that, I google the name of the book (get as detailed as humanly possible with this step) to see what prices different websites come up with. I list all of the possible prices (including shipping, if applicable) on a word document or sticky on my desktop, and go with the cheapest (and safest) options.
Here are some of my favorite sites…
- Butler Bookstore – It is so easy to get your books from the bookstore. You can order them online and pick them up whenever you get a chance from the bookstore. Convenient, quick, and easy for returns (as long as you do it by the return date!)
- Chegg – They have awesome prices for renting books, they have decent prices for buying books, and they buy back books for good prices too. Their shipping is very reliable (they ship from Kentucky, so it gets to Indy quickly) and best of all, they plant a tree for every book you buy or rent. You’re welcome, environment.
- Amazon – They usually have the best prices, hands down, but they aren’t always as reliable. However, since you are a student you can get free second day shipping on some books through Amazon Prime…which is a FABULOUS deal.
- Half.com – I’ve never used it, because I love the others so much. But other people swear by it, so I had to include it.
All this talking about books is depressing me … because I have to buy mine soon. It just means that it is really almost time for me to start my senior year….which I’m sure will go by so quickly…ahh, I’m not ready yet!