Students: A New Way To Save On Textbooks

This is the first time I’ve ever sold my previous semester’s textbooks and not had to buy more for upcoming classes. It’s a nice change, for sure. But for everyone out there looking around for the best prices on textbooks, here is a site that is going to save you some serious dough.

Chegg offers a textbook rental service. Huh? Here’s how it works:

1) You rent books from Chegg for a semester (until December 25th) or a quarter (until November 20th). Their prices are ridiculously low compared to even the used prices you’ll find online. Personal example: my fiancé saved $130.68 on the books she ordered from Chegg, compared to the next lowest prices available elsewhere online. And that was just four books. Prices varied, but most were about half of the price to buy the book used.

2) Use the books all semester, even highlight in them some if you like.

3) At the end of the semester, login to your account on Chegg and print out a prepaid shipping label. Slap it on a box with all your rented books inside and ship it off to Chegg.

4) You saved some green, and Chegg plants a tree for every book you rent from them, so you can feel green too.

Typically I’m all for buying and reselling on eBay every semester. At least that’s what I always did. But most of the time you won’t make close to what you spent, although it’s better than the spare change the bookstore would give you. With Chegg, you’ll save more money in the long run and you won’t have to worry about listing all those books on eBay right after finals.

Chegg has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, and CNBC, just to name a few, and has been in business for a little over a year.

Check it out

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5 Responses to Students: A New Way To Save On Textbooks

  1. Tayler says:

    I’ll have to tell my sister, she goes to college this year. Hopefully she hasn’t spent a butt ton of money yet!

  2. Ark says:

    That is sweet, I”ll have to try this!

  3. Bethany says:

    Definitely sweet – thanks for the find, Josh!

  4. diana says:

    you forget that when you buy a book used, you can sell it back for a similar price + you can write in it, do whatever. So unless your book depreciates by 50% in one semester, I’d highly recommend just buying it.

  5. kelseyo says:

    have you ever tried out eCampus.com? I tried chegg and was having problems so I thought I would try something else out. a friend told me about them and I loved it! the prices are already cheaper and plus she gave me her code EE15007 and it saved me 5% on top of that. you should try it out!!

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