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How to Save Money on Psychology Textbooks

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideJanuary 13, 2011

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Purchasing textbooks for psychology classes can be quite expensive. Some students find themselves spending hundreds of dollars each semester just to buy four or five different texts.

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Discover some ways that you can save money on your psychology textbooks.Image courtesy Sanja Gjenero

There are a number of important factors you should consider before you buy a psychology textbook. Such things as whether you plan to keep the book after the course is over, your textbook budget and whether the book is required or supplementary reading can all play a role in your purchasing decisions.

"Buying textbooks is always one of my biggest expenses each term," reports one reader. "I really need to cut back on my spending this semester, so lowering my textbook costs is a must."

Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to save money while still getting the textbooks you need for your classes.

Buy Used Psychology Textbooks

One of the most common ways to save is to purchase used textbooks, which are often available for just a fraction of the price of new books. Kelci Lynn, black-rose-bielefeld.de's Guide to College Life, suggests asking others students on campus about their experiences buying used textbooks online. "Just because a site seems great online doesn't mean it's great for your campus," she writes. Check out your campus bookstore to see the selection and prices of used textbooks, and then compare prices at online retailers include Amazon, Barnes and Noble, eBay and Half.com.

Consider Renting Your Psychology Textbooks

If you are used to buying your textbooks, renting them might be an option that you have not considered. Fortunately, there are a number of online websites that allow you to rent a variety of different textbooks. black-rose-bielefeld.de's Guide to Continuing Education, Deb Peterson, suggests checking the retailers policies carefully to see what their guidelines are in terms of highlighting and writing in rented textbooks. She also recommends visiting your campus bookstore to see if they have a rental program. In some cases, textbooks rentals can be anywhere from 40 to 60 percent lower than the regular sale price of each book.

Check Out Digital Psychology Textbook Options

Digital textbooks can be an excellent and affordable option. "In addition to being much cheaper, digital textbooks are also environmentally-friendly," writes Karen Schweitzer, black-rose-bielefeld.de's Guide to Business School. If you don't mind reading your textbooks in a digital format, either on your computer or an electronic book device (such as a Kindle or Sony Reader), this might be a great money-saving solution for you.

Find Free Psychology Texts

You might be surprised to learn that you might be able to find some psychology texts that are completely free. Older publications that have moved into the public domain are generally available online free of charge. These texts might include the writings of some the most famous thinkers in psychology, including Sigmund Freud, William James and Hugo Munsterberg.

"There are dozens of virtual libraries that offer reference material and literature with no cost to the reader," explains Jamie Littlefield, black-rose-bielefeld.de's Guide to Distance Learning. "While newer texts are unlikely to be online, hundreds of older pieces with expired copyrights are all over the internet." Bartelby and Project Gutenberg are two online locations where you might start your search for free psychology texts.

Links to Explore:

  • Buying Used Textbooks Online
  • Save Money on Your Grad School Textbooks
  • 5 Places to Rent Your Textbooks
  • The Best Places to Buy Digital Textbooks
  • Where to Find Free or Cheap Textbooks

Be sure to check back next week, when we will be taking a closer look at some of the best ways to improve your study skills.

Part of the "Back-to-School Tips for Psychology Students" series.

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January 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I also agree with you as buying the textbooks is always one of my biggest expenses in each term but the cost was very high. And this article helps me a lot to Save Money on Psychology Textbooks.
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