10 Tricks to Get Textbooks For Less Money (Because Tuition is Expensive Enough!)

How to save money on college textbooks

Textbooks for less money. Now that would be helpful!

When I went back to school some years ago I expected tuition to be higher, and it was.  

That wasn’t a shock, though.  I know that tuition goes up every year and how expensive it is.  I was prepared for that.

Know what shocked me?  I was shocked at how expensive textbooks had become! Let me tell you, textbooks are not cheap! Well, not for those that don’t know the tricks for cheaper textbooks.

I found that some textbooks were easily $100+, some lots more.  I quickly realized I had to figure out how to get cheaper textbooks!  Read on and you’ll see 10 tricks that can save you a LOT on your college textbooks.

Here are some great ways to save on your college textbooks and get textbooks for less:

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Think Long Term When Shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday Sales

When you do your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping don’t just think of things for the upcoming holidays — think long-term!

Many sales are at their best on these days.  Black Friday kicks off the big end-of-the-year holiday shopping frenzy and lots of people use it as an opportunity to stock up on gifts for the coming season.

But you can also take advantage now and buy items for events and purposes throughout the year.  That’s right, you should think long-term when you plan out your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping.

Many a time has passed where I thought I’d see an item on sale again but it ended up not being as good as the Black Friday or Cyber Monday price.  Damn!  Missed out.

Of course for this to work you have to have money in your budget to buy extra now for the rest of the year.  It’s silly to put great deals on credit if you are going to end up paying credit card interest later on.

If you think out it and plan well, buying now can save you money, and time, for the upcoming year.

Here Are Some Great Occasions to Shop for On Black Friday and Cyber Monday:

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Free Tax Day Snacks, Giveaways and Deals 2015

Tax day deals and freebies

You got all your forms and receipts together to tackle your taxes.

Did you file everything yet in or are you still procrastinating?

If you are really one of those last minute folks then you better make sure your return is in either electronically by day’s end or post-marked by the end of the day on April 15th (expect the post office to be crowded).

To help everyone get over the tax-day malaise, there are a number of stores that are offering up free tax day snacks, giveaways, and deals.

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How to Save Money on Valentine’s Day and Still Have Fun – 23 Ways

Ways to save on Valentine's Day

Every year, it seems like we’ve just gotten over the Christmas expense when another big expense comes—that’s right—Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day has turned into a highly commercialized holiday. In fact, according to the History Channel, “the holiday brings in almost $14 billion annually” (History).

But the history of Valentine’s Day is anything but romantic. 

The day has its roots in pagan festivities when an animal was sacrificed and young women were whipped with strips of animal skin to promote their fertility. Later, a 5th century pope turned Valentine’s Day into a Christian holiday by making it Saint Valentine’s feast day.

Who was Saint Valentine?

A priest who secretly married couples in the 3rd century AD after Emperor Claudius II banned marriage for his soldiers. Saint Valentine was discovered and sentenced to death. He was killed on February 14th, but not before he had written a love note to the jailer’s daughter signed, “From your Valentine” (History).

Yet, from this dark history, it’s become one of the most commercialized holidays.

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11 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter, Conserve Energy, and Save Money

How to prepare your home for winter to conserve energy and save money.

The changing of seasons is the perfect time to check your home’s energy efficiency, especially when much of the country will be facing cold temperatures in a few months (except for those lucky few living in warmer climates).

As temperatures cool, now is the time to make some updates to your home to save energy and efficiency and avoid costly repairs.

Here are 11 ways to prepare your home for winter and conserve energy:

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Capital One 360 and ShareBuilder Black Friday Action – Kick Your Savings, Checking, and Investing Into Gear

ING Black Friday Page
Note: These were last year’s offers. Click here for this year’s Black Friday deals.

Black Friday isn’t just for retail stores.

Capital One 360 is offering up their annual Black Friday specials this year from November 29th through December 2nd.

If you don’t feel like going out and spending your money you can check out what Capital One 360 will be offering for you to save.

You know I’ve been an Capital One 360 customer for years and think it’s a great place for online savings so I’m pretty excited to see what they are going to offer (we also use their online checking and their ShareBuilder investing site)!

Take a look at this year’s “don’t miss” Capital One 360 Black Friday sale:

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Fourth (4th) of July Deals, Freebies, and Discounts 2013

fourth of july fireworks

For the last several years, companies have generously offered freebies as a way to get new customers in the door (and perhaps spend more money with the business offering the freebie).  A wise consumer may choose to take advantage of the freebie and not necessarily buy more.

If you are looking for some frugal fun on the days leading up to the 4th and on the 4th itself, check out some of these 4th of July freebies and deals:

Restaurant Freebies and Deals

fourth of july fireworks

Have a great 4th of July and enjoy these great deals!

Most people don’t spend the Fourth of July inside a restaurant, so several restaurants have offered some good deals to entice you to visit them.

Here are some of the best deals:

  • It’s BOGO (that’s buy one, get one free) smoothies at Jamba Juice through July 7th. Use this Jamba Juice coupon.
  • Spaghetti Warehouse is offering $5 off any two entrees.  Head over to this Spaghetti Warehouse Facebook page and Like them for the coupon.
  • Boston Market is offering 50% off any of their Family Meals on the 4th of July with this coupon.  This is a great way to get the cook of the family out of the kitchen so he or she can enjoy Independence Day.
  • Head over to Outback Steakhouse and say “Let Freedom Bloom!” and get a free Bloomin’ Onion.

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