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How to Save the MOST Money on Your Textbooks

If you want to get your textbooks as cheap as humanly possible this semester, this guide is for you.

Let’s just put it out there – buying textbooks sucks. I’ve seen estimates of the average cost of textbooks per semester go as high as $1,100That’s absolutely ridiculous.

It’s also, incidentally, a figure I never came even close to paying.

Through a combination of deal hunting, forward communication, and good planning, I was able to keep my total textbook costs under $200 during each of the 8 semesters I was in college.

This guide is a blueprint that will help you do the same. Here I’ll list a ton of resources for finding used books, rentals, and other textbook alternatives, and I’ll also go over the tactics I used as a student to avoid wasting even more money.

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