Yesterday, I was checking out my schedule for winter term (my college has three trimesters instead of semesters. We study the same amount as in a semester, but with trimesters, we don’t have as many classes per term, and can take more classes during the year.) and with my schedule, the books that came along with each class.
Winter term is my fullest term with 12 credits (that’s the max amount you can take without paying extra for an “overload”). My classes are Latin 102, Archaeology, Classical Mythology and Physical Anthropology (I’m on the wait-list for this one, but I still have to buy books and show up to class). I’m so excited because all of the classes study what I love, and I get a double dose of my two favorite professors; Dr. Fontana with my Archaeology/Physical Anthro and Dr. DeBrauw with Latin and Mythology. I have two teachers for all term, which is awesome.
Now, the thing that’s not awesome is the price of these books.
I already have the Latin book because I knew I needed it for all the other latin classes, so I just bought it. But I also need a few others. All the other books I rented. Here’s a rundown of the books I need, and the dent they’ll make in my bank account:
Archaeology: “Images of the Past” – $122.25 (Buying new is the only option from the bookstore)
Classical Mythology: “Classical Myth” – $72.25 (Used)
Physical Anthropology: “Intro to Physical Anthropology” – $102.75 (Used)
Latin 102: “Auricula Meretricula” – $9.75 (Used) and “Scribblers, Sculptors, & Scribes” – $17.99 (New)
So, if I bought (because with these books, there is no option to rent) everything from the bookstore, my grand total for this term would be $324.99.
Now, if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I don’t have anywhere NEAR that kind of money. But this last term, I didn’t get everything from the bookstore. I think I ended up renting two books from there because the price online wasn’t any cheaper and if I ordered from the bookstore, I didn’t pay shipping. I mostly got my books from Chegg. I found out about this site through Facebook, and went to see how much cheaper books were from there. Turns out they’re A LOT cheaper. And Chegg plants a tree for every book you order. No shipping costs, and they’re free to ship back as well. Let’s look at a rundown of renting (so I won’t have a bunch of books lying around) my books from there:
Archaeology: “Images of the Past” – $51.49 (rent)
Classical Mythology: “Classical Myth” – $40.49 (rent)
Physical Anthropology: “Intro to Physical Anthropology” – $49.49 (rent)
Latin 102: “Auricula Meretricula” – $12.80 (Buy new, $12.95 new at bookstore) and “Scribblers, Sculptors, & Scribes” – $15.79 (Buy new)
Total for renting/buying books from Chegg: $170.06. (I don’t have that kind of money in my bank account, either, but after my next paycheck I will.) I save $154.93 just switching places. Because I have so long to get the books, I might order from other places too. I’m not done shopping around, but I thought I would bring it to your attention that Chegg is better at saving you money.
*Edited to add:
I found another rental place online: Bookrenter that’s even cheaper to rent books. In most cases, to rent a book is about $5 cheaper than chegg. Free shipping both ways (same as chegg), and instead of planting trees (which I love because books are trees), Bookrenter makes a book donation to First Book (which gives books to kids). In some cases, my rental is $10 cheaper. I’m doing further research, but I think I may have found my rental place.
Check Bookrenter out :) (Use this link and get 5% off your rental…It’s worth it.)