We’ve just started school. Believe me, if I hadn’t tucked away extra cash, we’re probably starving now. Students, and their parents, are going to spend bucks over the stuff they will need for school tuition, books, and book covers and other stuff. But, of all the things students need in school, the most expensive are the textbooks. Prices of textbooks range from a low of $100 to a high $300! The prices also vary depending on the subject of the textbooks. Science-themed books are usually the pricier ones because of numerous illustrations inside.
Textbooks may also cost high because they come with accompanying CDs and test materials, and other miscellaneous. Prices also increase depending on the version of a textbook; the latest version, the more costly. Also, most teachers require the students to have the latest editions of textbooks. Thus, it is to be expected that the expenses for textbooks this coming new semester will be increasing again. Ginormous burden for the parents.
Save Up From Book Rentals
But the good news is there are ways to avoid this impractical spending over textbooks. Some students have learned they can save up by renting textbooks instead of buying them. Some say they could save up to 90% when they decided to just rent their required textbooks instead of purchasing them.
Are you ready to take the shift from buying to renting your textbooks? Here are some points why you should consider renting your textbooks this time.
Reasons To Rent
1. Some textbooks just stay at the house’s attic after it has played its part in a student’s academic life. Old books and textbooks consumes too much space and they become more obsolete as years go by so as there are newer editions being published. Thus, it ain’t too practical buying expensive ones when renting textbooks is more economical.
2. Some students are simply not fans of highlighting markers. If you are this kind and you could do well without having to mark the texts you are reviewing for a classroom lesson, then you can be fine with renting textbooks.
3. For some students, good-as-new books will do just as fine as brand new ones. While book rentals often offer used books, they are still at a good quality, lest they won’t be handed out for borrowing.
Renting books is way cheaper than buying them as after a year it won’t be much needed.
Trading books is a good one as well. There are online groups doing it already.
I wish we have book rentals like that here. I remember when I was in college and our World Literature class required us to read 10 thick classics and they are not available in the school library. Good thing I have generous classmates who lend their copies for us to read.
Wow, 10 thick classics. I wonder how much it will cost you if ever you bought one.
I am not aware if Philippines has book rentals..all I see are book sale here and there. But renting is actually way cheaper than buying.
But renting won’t be good enough if you are trying to read a long story or novel. Buying a 2nd hand one is best option.
This is a good and nice business. Haha! I maybe considering this too, since I got a lot of books.
Post it as an online sale! Cmon do it! i might buy one from you.
Renting books is a great idea for those Moms out there who want to save a little for other more important expenses.
I think selling is a much better option. No more hassle whatsoever.
I wonder if there’s one here… But for now we content the kids in buying the books they find interesting. It’s ok for us to spend as they are just now starting to love reading.
Are you buying thick books, like those novels or trilogies? Or thin books like short stories?
I have lots of books in the house, I should consider having it rented so I earn a few pesos. I can use some money to buy my son’s expensive textbooks. You’re so right, so expensive ng books nila!
you can sell the old ones right? Why not try it so you can buy new ones?
I remember when I was in college, one of the orgs would rent out books at the start of the term for the students. I agree it’s a big help, especially for those basic courses. But personally, I’d go with buying books that have to do with the course that you’re majoring in. Yes, they may be expensive, but it’s an investment. I still go back to many of my textbooks from back in college for a refresher and to get some ideas for my work right now.
Buying your own one is great. But if the budget is limited, renting is ok as swell.
Wow, those books are a really expensive. 100 usd just for one book? Wow!