The start of a new semester always reveals a classic college dilemma: You buy your textbooks and have no money for the rest of the month.
There have been a bunch of new sites that have sprung up over the years where you can buy or rent textbooks cheaper than you otherwise could on campus. You have Amazon, eCampus and Chegg to name a few.
I just stumbled upon another one called Skyo and I’ll be using that over the others. Here are a few reasons why:
- It’s cheaper. If that’s not a good enough reason alone to shop there, I don’t know what is. I took inventory of all the textbooks I’m using this semester and stacked them up with a few other popular textbook rental sites. I would have saved an average of around $100 on Skyo. I could buy $100 worth of beer with my savings to celebrate my economic savvy.
- They have more books. With it being a relatively new site, I noticed they have more in stock. On some of the other sites, getting used textbooks wasn’t even an option. I don’t know anyone that would rather buy a new textbook over a used one. I’m sure those people are out there, but I’m not one of them.
- Better rental options. This was the best part about the site. You can only buy or rent textbooks for a semester most other places. On Skyo, you have the option of buying them or renting them in increments of 30, 45, 60, 90 or 125 days. This comes in handy for those classes where you don’t really need the book until a certain point in the class, or a week before finals to study.
- There’s a blog. Everything should have a blog. Whether I chose to read it is at my own discretion. Skyo has a convenient penny-pinching, student lifestyle blog with tips for college and advice on how to save money. I thought it was a nice touch to an already sound website.
Skyo has the option to buy digital textbooks on some, but not all textbook purchases.
College has never been more expensive than right now. I’m sure I’ll be saying the same thing next semester and the semester after that too. It’s not getting any easier. Students should always be looking for any way to save money. Skyo is perfect for exactly that.