New Textbook Website Saves Students Money

How much time as a student do you have to check out all the textbook rental or buying websites?

To give you some help, a new site called TextbookShowdown.com provides students with current pricing on some of the most popular textbooks used today.

It’s hard for students to find the time to research the best prices on textbooks. There isn’t an obvious go-to textbook website, yet the best pricing is exactly what students need. TextbookShowdown.com is a way for students to cut through the noise to find the textbook websites that consistently offer the best deals.

The creators of the site said, “To help students save even more money on book purchases, TextbookShowdown.com also provides links to relevant coupon codes and discounts from the top textbook merchants. Students can currently access online coupons for percentage off total purchase amounts, free shipping offers and more.” The textbook price comparison site pulls data from several of the top online sites that rent, sell or buy textbooks, such as Valorebooks.com, Textbooks.com, BiggerBooks.com, eCampus.com and BookRenter, among others.

That’s where the fun begins.

Textbook prices are clearly indicated with shipping costs separated. Users are able to easily see the total price of the purchase including book price and shipping, as well as whether or not the book is in stock.

Visitors seeking to sell or rent textbooks will also find the site useful since they can search against those two criteria and see which site offers them the best price for their merchandise. TextbookShowdown.com’s user-friendly, searchable database makes finding specific books easy, and its simple, grid-like presentation of results helps users quickly find the best deals.

The site also has a page where visitors get a breakdown of which online textbook sites is the overall best for buying used textbooks versus which is best for selling or renting. They call this The Winners Page and you can find the link to it easily at the top of their site.

For more fun, students can also check out light-hearted textbook descriptions on popular books, which are built into “show downs” for buying, selling or renting textbooks. For example, instead of a traditional, dry review of a religion textbook, TextbookShowdown.com creatively mentions that readers likely ‘know nothing about the world’s religions that [they] didn’t learn from one of Madonna’s MTV Video Award acceptance speeches.’ Who says textbooks have to be boring?

Visit TextbookShowdown.com to view the latest textbook coupons.

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Hey Students, Don’t Get Duped By Debt

College is the time to make new friends, share in new experiences, and WHAT? . . .establish more DEBT? Yep, like it or not, unless your parents are wealthy you will acquire some debt while in school. The good news is that you can limit the amount that you borrow. Even though you are borrowing money to create more wealth for the future, debt management is crucial for future success. Here are some tips to be smart about borrowing and not be duped by debt!

  • More expensive does not always equal better. Pick a school which best fits into the family budget. There are many public colleges which are ranked as some of the best colleges in the country. State funded schools provide a high quality education with a much lower price tag than a private college. Also, there is nothing wrong with starting at a community college and transferring credits. The only thing you miss out on is the higher loan payments- what a pity! Read up on college rankings, best values for the money, etc, and always consider finanaces when picking your college.

 

  • Spend less on textbooks. Renting textbooks is a no-brainer when it comes to reducing debt. Review our site to learn about the best places to rent textbooks and save boat loads of money.

 

  • Be creative about borrowing. If you can borrow money for school from a family member or outside source (interest-free) go for it!

 

  • Be smart about credit. Credit cards are a huge culprit of future debt- so use responsibly. Ideally, only use it in cases of emergencies. Keep the limit to a low amount such as $500. This will save the future aggravation of playing catch-up with soaring interest rates.

 

  • Make you major count. Use logic when choosing a major. Though we all like to romanticize the concept of learning for its own sake, the practical fact is that the primary goal of attending college is to gain future employment. With that being said, if you must major in liberal studies, pick a minor which is specialized to afford you a competitive edge. Otherwise you will be moving back in with mom and dad after graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

eCampus.com - Rent or Buy Textbooks Biggerbooks.com Great alternative to textbook rentals, saves students a lot of money

Wasted Money, What a Waste!

College is the time to stretch your dollars, not waste them. Many students, however, struggle with this concept and spend money needlessly. The good news is that, with some subtle changes, it is easier than you think to effectively manage your money.

Ways to NOT be a waster:

Do NOT buy new textbooks. Buying new textbooks at the campus bookstore is one of the biggest money wasting mistakes that a student can make. There are SO many options available to secure the same high quality books at a fraction of the cost. You can literally save hundreds of dollars by purchasing used books on-line or renting textbooks. Be sure to examine our textbook site reviews for information on how and where to buy/rent textbooks and save yourself money.

Stop spending leftover money from student loans. Don’t do it, period. This is a common mistake that seems like a good idea at the time but you will have to pay the money back. . . WITH INTEREST! A smarter choice would be to make an early payment on your student loan.

Ditch the car. If you can get away with not having a car on campus this will save you great expense. You won’t have the burden of worrying about 4 years of insurance, repairs, gas, and parking fees. Instead, get around on feet, by bike, public transportation, or carpool.

Limit the dining out. Eating out too often is a serious money drain. Cook meals at home for a cheaper, healthier, and easier alternative. Better yet, invest in a campus meal plan.

Alcohol. Buying a round of drink at the local bar will gain you popularity but deplete your funds. Keep an eye on your spending in all social situations.

Don’t live alone. Though it may be tempting to have your own place, the financial burden is huge. Instead, live with several roommates to help share in the expense.

Go to class. This seems like a no-brainer, right? But, as we all know, college students are notorious for skipping large percentages of class time. Tuition is expensive, take advantage of every learning opportunity possible- that is why you are there (or at least, part of why you are there, hopefully).

eCampus.com - Rent or Buy Textbooks Biggerbooks.com Great alternative to textbook rentals, saves students a lot of money