I wonder about this.
First off, I have only saved the textbooks that I thought would help serve me later in life. Books on accounting (my major) from financial to managerial. I've saved my legal and negotiation books.
I've even saved my psychology & human resources books. Books like "How to Work With Difficult People", "Type Talk", along with books for hiring like "Top Grading".
In the end, I haven't touched a majority of these books in a long time and as I stare at my monsterous Becker books for the CPA exam - I wonder, will I ever use them again?
My accounting textbooks from undergrad are easily 6-7 years old. My tax book is from 2008 and already outdated.
Maybe my legal book will serve to be a good reference. Surely with my anticipated job search the TopGrading and other human resource books should be helpful, along with my books for conflict resolution & negotiation.
Hmmm... maybe I just don't see the value in these books because I just don't have the time at the moment. I'm sure at some point I will be glad to have them in my library.
Ok, maybe not my undergraduate accounting books. Aside from being out-dated, I haven't touched them. Yet maybe I'll stand to part with them a few years after I've been working as an accountant. The overall rules may change, but the fundamental principles usually don't.
Since I'm not a working accountant now, I'm sure I'll feel more confident parting with them after I have experience to reassure me that the knowledge has become a part of my everyday information. Till then, I guess we're going to have to take it with us on our move.
All these thoughts sparked from DH. He is working on his associates degree and should graduate before we move.
Anyhow, he told me the company he rented his textbooks from (Chegg) planted two trees for the two textbooks that he rented. I thought that was a wonderful idea & for $92, he has textbooks rented for the semester.
Those same textbooks would have cost $150 used. I think I like this idea of renting textbooks if I wasn't so interested in holding onto mine.
Does it ever serve to save old textbooks?
I wonder about this.