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  • Graduation Gift Ideas Under $100

    May 1, 2015 • Textbooks.com • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Graduation Gift Ideas Under $100

    Leave the big cash checks, cars, and trips to Europe to the more flush family members. Here’s our roundup of creative, thoughtful, and useful graduation gift ideas, all under $...

  • 7 Ways to Get the Most Cash for Textbook Buyback

    Dec 10, 2014 • Textbooks.com • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    7 Ways to Get the Most Cash for Textbook Buyback

    Cash. We could all use a little extra of it this time of year. Holiday travel, presents, next semester’s books – there’s no shortage of things to spend it on. So now how do you get more of it? Sell back your books via our textbook buyback program, of course. And we’ve got some pointers on how to ensure, maximize, and otherwise up your buyback cash total. ...

  • Savings 101: 45+ Student Discounts You Need to Know Now

    Oct 13, 2014 • Textbooks.com • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Savings 101: 45+ Student Discounts You Need to Know Now

    We know you appreciate a good deal – heck, you shop with us here Textbooks.com and save big time on your books each semester. Now savvy shoppers can rejoice - and indulge your inner fashionista, decor lover, and tech guru guilt-free with this round-up of 45+ student discounts. ...

  • Do Engineering Students Need a Powerful College Calculator?

    Oct 1, 2013 • Ryan Dwyer • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Do Engineering Students Need a Powerful College Calculator?

    College engineering classes offer mathematical challenges far more advanced than anything most students see in high school. Generally, people assume that they need a powerful college calculator for these classes. As an engineering student, sometimes I found such calculators to be enormously useful, but in other cases they can be unnecessary or even hinder learning. [&hellip...

  • How to Afford a Smartphone on a College Student Budget

    Sep 23, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    How to Afford a Smartphone on a College Student Budget

    Do you need to balance giving your college student the cell phone he or she wants against keeping your student on a budget? Don’t worry, there are ways to afford a smartphone on a college student budget. My oldest daughter made a convincing case for having a smartphone before she started college. On campus, the [&hellip...

  • Fit Entertainment Into Your College Budget: It’s Possible!

    Sep 23, 2013 • Loretta Kay • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Fit Entertainment Into Your College Budget: It’s Possible!

    Last year, I lived right next to a movie theater. It was great to see movies all the time, but it was expensive on a college budget. Luckily, a friend told me about AMC’s discount Thursdays, when college students can go to AMC theaters for free. I promised myself that I could only go to [&hellip...

  • Scholarship Scams: 5 Warning Signs You’re Being Had

    Sep 19, 2013 • Brenda High • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Scholarship Scams: 5 Warning Signs You’re Being Had

    Too many students become victims of scholarship scams. Students are enticed with promises of money for school in exchange for service fees or personal information. A major part of my job as a College and Career Readiness Coach is to help students find money for college using free resources. One of my students recently received [&hellip...

  • Score College Student Discounts with a Student Advantage Card

    Sep 17, 2013 • Loretta Kay • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Score College Student Discounts with a Student Advantage Card

    When my school offered me the chance to sign up for a card that would give me college student discounts, I was reluctant. I wasn’t sure whether I would use it, and I was worried it wouldn’t be worth the cost to enroll. The card in question? The Student Advantage card. Though it cost $45 [&hellip...

  • College Scholarship Opportunities for Your Current College Student

    Sep 13, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    College Scholarship Opportunities for Your Current College Student

    My daughter had a couple of nice local college scholarship awards going into her freshman year. These were one-time amounts and it was great to save some money on the first-semester bill. But I figured there had to be scholarships available to current college students too, so I did some research. It turns out there [&hellip...

  • Establish a College Budget by Giving Your Student an Allowance

    Aug 19, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Establish a College Budget by Giving Your Student an Allowance

    Money management is a great skill to prepare your college student for adult life. One way you can teach this skill is by establishing a specific college budget for living expenses and spending money. I struggled with how to do this when sending my daughter off to college until I got some great advice to [&hellip...

  • Time to Pay College Tuition: Get the Most From Your Savings!

    Aug 13, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Time to Pay College Tuition: Get the Most From Your Savings!

    As a new school year approaches, so do fall semester tuition bills! As a college parent, here are 4 tips I found helpful to get the most from your money. 1. Take advantage of college tuition federal tax breaks. Some pre-planning is required to make sure you qualify for these. I have found that as [&hellip...

  • How Parents Can Set a Budget for College Students

    Aug 5, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    How Parents Can Set a Budget for College Students

    Sending children off to college is expensive. There’s tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and don’t forget spending money! Establishing a budget for college students can be tricky because it’s hard to know how much they are going to need, and it can vary widely. If you establish a good plan for spending money [&hellip...

  • How to Take Advantage of College Discounts Off Campus

    Jul 20, 2013 • Mark Burns • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    How to Take Advantage of College Discounts Off Campus

    When venturing off campus in your free time, you will no doubt discover that your wallet is significantly lighter upon your return to school. As a college student, it can be extremely difficult to maintain a reasonable budget when engaging in activities that surround your campus. Having spent my four years of undergraduate studies in [&hellip...

  • Tips for Finding the Best Credit Cards for Students

    Jul 5, 2013 • Hareem Shafi • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Tips for Finding the Best Credit Cards for Students

    Like most students, college was a transitional period for me. I didn’t have a full-time job, so I didn’t think of myself as a proper adult. On the other hand, I did my own laundry. While college may be the first whiff of freedom you experience, it is also a herald of things to come: [&hellip...

  • Get Ahead by Applying for a Scholarship Over Summer Break

    Jun 28, 2013 • Brenda High • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Get Ahead by Applying for a Scholarship Over Summer Break

    When it came to applying for a scholarship, my son made good use of his summers. His summer job was to research and find scholarships he thought he could obtain. To help create incentive for him, I paid him ten dollars for every scholarship he found. He had a strategic plan and effectively used his [&hellip...

  • Your College Bank Account: How to Keep the Piggy Bank Full

    Jun 27, 2013 • Margaret Ryan • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Your College Bank Account: How to Keep the Piggy Bank Full

    College was the first time I was more or less financially free of my parents, which was both a good thing and a bad thing. I didn’t have my parents scrutinizing my impulse buys, but I also didn’t have someone to ask for cash if I needed some last-minute funds. I found budgeting my money [&hellip...

  • How to Choose the Right College Bank Account

    Jun 26, 2013 • Loretta Kay • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    How to Choose the Right College Bank Account

    In high school, I started my first checking account at a local bank. I received a debit card and, in my small town, it worked out well. However, after my first year in college, I have realized that it’s not a good college bank account and I’ve decided to switch. Here are a few things [&hellip...

  • Your College Library Can Help You Save on Entertainment

    Jun 26, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Your College Library Can Help You Save on Entertainment

    Many students think of their college library as a place for studying, often into the wee hours of the night. Few students are aware, though, that their library actually offers FREE resources for a fun study break or two… or three. Having worked as a research desk assistant at my undergraduate college library, I understand [&hellip...

  • Don’t Think You Qualify for FAFSA? Think Again.

    Jun 12, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Don’t Think You Qualify for FAFSA? Think Again.

    Parents, are you paying all or part of your child’s college tuition? If so, have you filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) yet? Many parents make the mistake of not filing the FAFSA because they assume their income is too high to get any financial aid. This isn’t necessarily true; there is [&hellip...

  • 8 Tips for Selling Used Books for Big Bucks

    May 7, 2013 • Textbooks.com • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    8 Tips for Selling Used Books for Big Bucks

    As your schedule gets more crowded than the dining hall’s DIY waffle station, you might not be thinking about how to keep your textbooks sturdy, stain-free, and in good condition. But take care! Books in bad shape aren’t worth beans at buyback because they’re unusable by other students. Straight from the horse’s mouth, here are 8 tips [&hellip...