At the beginning of every semester, students dread one thing: buying books for class! When you are in high school, buying books wasn’t much of a problem because the teachers already had the tattered overused books to give you for FREE! So, going from free to paying approximately $100 (more or less) for a single book can be heart wrenching for anyone’s wallet. However, over the years I have learned some of the better ways to find that perfect book price. When I was a freshman, I began paying for my books online, and then selling back to students on campus. Sometimes, when doing this, you get “more bang for your buck” because you can sell the book to students for a higher price. The only problem with that is that you have to make sure that the professor who is teaching that course is still using that book because if not you may be stuck with that book for quite a long time. Another idea about books is finding a book online, and if it is sold by a real company (like Amazon or “fulfilled by Amazon”), our bookstore will actually knockoff 10% off that online price. I did that for quite a number of books and it worked great. Another good method is renting the books and then giving them back at the end of the semester.
Finding a cheap textbook sometimes feels like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Just make sure you try many different websites for cheap books and compare prices.
P.S: If you are really good friends with upperclassmen, talk to them as well if you can buy their books for a cheaper price, 3/5 chances are that they will.
Good luck, and ‘may the odds be ever in your favor’!