One of my biggest complaints about college (and I do have a whole list) is the cost of textbooks. It’s a problem we all face. Well, at least those of us who don’t have a trust fund and I don’t know any of those people. There are so many ways to save on textbooks but one of the best ways is Chegg.com.
I will say up front that you can spend a whole lot of time searching local bookstores, libraries, tracking down people who already took the class and have the book, and searching online to find the best deal. All of these ideas will help you find the very lowest prices, however, you could spend hours just to save a few dollars here and there.
As much as I want to save, I don’t want to spend a couple of hours searching out the best deal on every single textbook I need. That’s like driving all over the city to find the cheapest shampoo. By the time you think about the gas you’ve spent and the time, saving a buck probably wasn’t worth it.
Chegg is a one-stop-shop for finding the lowest prices on just about any textbook you could possibly need. You don’t have to spend hours hunting books down. Just create a free account, search for your book and then decide if you are going to rent or buy.
It’s really that simple.
“Per semester Chegg can save me anywhere from 400-600 dollars. I am using the G.I.Bill. so I get a 500 dollar book stipend per semester. Really in the end I am not having to pay more than $200 out of pocket for books. They will keep getting my money.”
Anthony P., Jacksonville University
There are a few advantages to Chegg that others don’t offer. In no particular order:
21 Day Risk Free Return
Several of my friends have had great experiences with Chegg’s return policy, even when they accidentally ordered the wrong book!
“The best experience I had with Chegg was when I rented a book for a class and ended up dropping it within the first 2 weeks. Chegg allowed me to return the book and reimbursed me in full for the rental fee.”
Miranda H. University of North Florida Graduate
This comes in pretty handy when you show up to class and find out that you ‘don’t really need’ a textbook the professor put on the syllabus. Just be sure to keep the original box and the shipping paper. Log in to your Chegg account, print out the pre-paid shipping label and return the book for a full refund (minus the cost of shipping).
Digital books can be returned within 14 days for a full refund.
4 Week Trial of Chegg Study
Yes, Chegg has a study program that is really affordable at just $14.95 a month. The membership includes Textbook Solutions (Odd and Even), Expert Q & A, and 30 minutes of FREE tutoring.
“I used Chegg study when I took Physics 1 & 2. I found it extremely helpful for that subject because it’s very easy to use a wrong equation at the right time & vice versa. So it was a good way for me to check my answers, see how the problem was worked out & asked questions if needed.”
Miranda H., University of North Florida
Chegg offers free shipping on all orders over $50.
“Two of the books that I rented from Chegg retailed for $155 and $159, and rented for $21.49 and $30.49 respectively. The order was filled quickly and they were even delivered in a reusable box with return label.”
Lee B., Jacksonville University
7-day Instant Access
Maybe you are like me and don’t always get your textbooks ordered before class actually starts. With Chegg you get instant access to your book for the first 7 days. You won’t fall behind that first week while you wait for the physical text book to arrive. Also, it means that you probably don’t need to spend the extra money on overnight shipping since normal shipping time seems to be about 3 days.
Textbook Buy back Program
Want to get ride of your old books? Just enter the textbook ISBN, ship to Chegg for free by printing out your shipping label and dropping the package off at a local UPS Store. Get your money within 10-15 business days.
You heard it here! Sometimes Chegg sends you free stuff in the box with your books!
“I never had a bad experience with Chegg: they include free return shipping, they throw fun stuff like lipstick and RedBull into your order, and they’re environmentally savvy. My best experience was last semester. I shipped my rental books back and somebody on their end failed to scan one as returned, so I was getting charged for late fees. When I notified them of the mistake, they jumped right on it and refunded me – no questions asked!”
Bethany S., Kennesaw State University
If you are looking for a simple way to know you are getting some of the lowest prices out there on textbooks Chegg is a sure thing. You might be able to save an extra few dollars here or there other places, but who has the time to spend hours researching each and every book you need? Not me!