Buying textbooks can be one of the biggest expenses for many people when it comes time to go back to school. As many parents have found out the hard way, often school books are very expensive, especially the math and science text books. It is not unusual for certain books required for high school courses such as calculus or algebra to sell in bookstores for well over one hundred dollars. If you have three children, each requiring two books that cost one hundred dollars each, then that would be 600 dollars that could have been put towards a new computer, or even a nice vacation.
The best way to save on school books is to first check the prices of the book store you are planning on buying them from. If you get a book list, then checking to see what the retail price is on borders.com before you go purchase the book is a good idea. That way you will not turn up and be shocked by the price of the book.
Once you have decided that the book might be too expensive to buy at full price, there are many alternative options. Amazon.com has nearly all the school books that you could need, and they are sold both new and used. Even the new books on amazon.com can be significantly cheaper than the price in a local bookstore.
Another option is to look on eBay.com, where books can easily be found that are still in good condition for reasonable prices. Student book search is a website that allows students to buy, sell, and trade their textbooks with other students. Instead of simply purchasing books, you can trade in books from previous years and get the new text books that you need for this coming year. It has over one thousand registered users, and is free to register.