As I embark the start of my second semester I thought I’d share the most recent tips I’ve learned in my back-to-school journey.
Textbooks – I remember them being expensive but seriously $200+?? For one book???? For my first semester courses, I fumbled my way through the buying process but now I feel like a seasoned veteran.
Tip #1 – I found that I could cash in my Capital One points for Amazon gift cards. So I quickly switched from using my American Airlines credit card for everything to my Capital One card. I charge all my day-to-day purchases on it from groceries to gas and dry cleaning…and even the dreaded tuition payment. Each month I pay off the full balance earning points for every purchase without the interest charges
Tip #2 – Buy used and don’t by from the nearby book stores. I found that Amazon offers the best prices, regardless the fact is is basically free for me with my gift cards earned in tip #1. I bought my Marketing Management book from Amazon but the seller was a company called textbooksRus (www.textbooksrus.com). The price was fair and the book was in great condition. For my Summer term I went back to Amazon and found my Advertising & Promotions book (thru textbooksRus.com) for only $5.41!!! New it was $204!!!! Yes two hundred and four dollars!!!!! I thought – I have plenty of time before class starts so I’ll give it a try. The description said the condition was good so I went for it. After expediting the shipping to get it here sooner in case there was a problem, my less than $15 textbook arrived on my doorstep in perfect condition to start class this week. What a find!!!!
Tip #3 – Selling books back – I was told campus book stores typically pay more so that is where I tried first…only after I checked out the price textbooksRus would give me. I promise they aren’t paying me for this endorsement but they more than doubled the amount I was being offered plus they gave me a pre-paid shipping label. I absolutely love this company! My check came in the mail today and I’m so excited to go to the bank tomorrow and deposit it.
Tip #4 – This really doesn’t qualify as a textbook tip but it was one I found very helpful my last semester. I bought an app for my iPhone (iFlash) that allows me to type in flashcards on my computer then sync them up with my phone. I almost always have my phone with me so they are handy to reference if I’m at work waiting on a meeting to start, sitting in the dentist’s office waiting for my appointment, or even reviewing before going to bed. I can turn off my reading lamp because the phone lights up and I don’t have to worry about ruining them if I fall asleep and drool on them if they were on the old fashioned note cards. 😉
That’s all I have for now. I start the summer semester this Thursday. I’m interested to take my first online class so I’m sure I’ll come across even more tips to share in the student world. Stay tuned!