With college students’ constantly trying to save money, every little bit of savings can really add up. An increasingly popular option for students trying to save some dough is the option to rent textbooks instead of purchasing them outright. While this might seem somewhat confusing, it really shouldn’t to anyone that has ever used Netflix before; the concept is nearly identical. There are many textbook rental websites on the internet, but most work the same. First, find the textbooks that you need, and make sure that the price and rental period works for your needs. Once all the details look satisfactory, then pay for your books and wait. The textbooks should come within a few days, and then they are yours to use for the semester. As a tip, be sure to save the packaging that they came in so that you can use it when you return them at the end of the semester. Be sure to take good care of the books that you have rented; they are not technically yours and you should abstain from writing in them or highlighting them.

Once you are done with finals, then log on to the website that you bought your textbooks from and print off your return shipping label. Most websites include the return shipping price in the initial rental quote, so make sure not to pay for it out of pocket. Once the company receives your returned books, they will examine them to make sure that they are still in good condition; as long as you took decent care of them you shouldn’t have anything to worry about as far as this stage goes.

An important thing to remember when looking into renting textbooks is the compare the pricing of purchasing vs. renting; sometimes renting can save you a significant amount of money, while other times it might be more economical to purchase the books. Some websites, like TextbookStop.com, allows you to choose between buying or renting your textbooks, and it can be quite handy to have both the purchase and rental prices side by side.

Daniel is a writer for TextbookStop.com. TextbookStop.com allows you to rent textbooks instead of buying them, which can save students hundreds of dollars per semester.