Save Money on Textbooks with Shopping Apps

save money on textbooksWe all know what it feels like to cringe (or is it sigh, cry or curse?) when shopping  for textbooks. An organic chemistry book is going to cost you over $200. Rather than cry or curse, whip out your smartphone and find out if there’s a cheaper price and where.

The same apps that are being touted as holiday shopping apps and the best apps for CyberMonday can help you find the best deal and bring relief to your textbook budget as well. All you have to do is download the app, activate it, and scan the barcode of the book you need to compare prices.

RedLaser will show you prices near your location as well as deals online. Amazon Mobile provides listings from their online catalog as well as those by other resellers, including new and used options.

Point and shoot barcode scanning apps make it so easy to price compare while you’re still in the store. And, with so many brick and mortar store vendors now honoring competitors’ pricing, you may find it worthwhile to show the competitor’s price to the store manager. A cheaper price may just be at your fingertips.

For a review of other shopping apps and their features, go to: The 10 Best Shopping Apps to Compare Prices by PC World Magazine.

Author: Z. Kelly Queijo

Kelly is founder of Smart College Visit and Smart College Consulting. When she's not creating content for the blog or clients, tweeting, or hosting #CampusChat, she's planning her next mobile move.

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