by Gabby Garcia, 16 Transfer
Welcome to Tech! We are excited to meet y’all. With all the excitement of finishing school, you are probably not even thinking about starting school in August. Which is fine, I don’t blame you, we all deserve a break! However, it doesn’t hurt to have the following information in the back of your mind for when the time is right.
I’m here to give y’all some tips about buying textbooks. Yes, the books that could break your bank account. But, this doesn’t have to be the case! Follow these tips and save some money, money that could be better spent on something more important, like food.
Tip #1: Buy Text books early!
This means start looking for your class’s syllabus early! Some professors are nice and they will email you the syllabus. The course’s text book will be listed under required materials. If it’s the beginning of August and you haven’t received an email about your class then take initiative. Go to the TTU website and search for your class’s syllabus. However, if you don’t find one, don’t stress! This is normal because all professors are completely different (some you don’t hear from them until the day of class). If this is the case most professors give students about a week to get their textbook once classes start so don’t feel like the world will end if you don’t have your book on the first day of class.
Tip #2: Figure out if you want to rent or buy
This has to do with figuring out what books you will need to buy or rent. I would advise to buy the books that will be beneficial to you in the future even if they cost a little more. These will probably be the books relating to you major. I say this because it’s good to keep you own little library of useful books. There have been many times where I have had to reference a text book from a previous semester. On the other hand, you might want to consider renting textbooks from your elective courses. This will save you some money!
Tip #3: Avoid the school’s Barnes and Noble place
I know that all the advertisements say to use your school’s book store, but don’t. Most of the books are overpriced and you will usually get better deals looking elsewhere.
Tip #4: Use your resources!
Use your Terry family! We have a Google Docs spreadsheet on Facebook titled, “Terry Textbook Sale” where scholars sell their old books. Use it! If you don’t see the book you need there, write a post to the group mentioning the book you need. There’s a high possibility that a Terry might have a friend who has the book. It’s all about networking!
There’s also a TTU Textbook Group on Facebook where other Tech sale their books. These are great places to find books at a great price!
Tip #5: Look for books In person and online
While you are looking for books make sure to take the time to compare prices. Local bookstores that have decent textbook prices are Varsity Book Store and Double T Bookstore. On both their websites you can go and search you text book by course so that’s a nice feature. Another great place to buy textbooks is online. Here are some of the websites I use:
I assure you all college kids go through the same stress when it comes to buying textbooks. You’re not alone!