Once you get to college, one of the first big purchases you’ll make is your textbooks. Like tuition and fees, textbooks are a required cost. Unlike tuition and fees, you CAN have an impact on how much textbooks cost.Once you get to college, one of the first big purchases you’ll make is your textbooks. Like tuition and fees, textbooks are a required cost. Unlike tuition and fees, you CAN have an impact on how much textbooks cost.
New college students often don’t know several things they need to about textbooks, in order to make the wisest buying decisions. They don’t know things like: Some professors lecture straight out of the book, while others won’t use it at all. Your professor may have written the book themselves, and she may have to use a book she doesn’t like at all. You may need to buy one book for a class, or you might need twelve! Your books could be hard-cover textbooks, paperback workbooks, spiral-bound study guides, bundled pages from the copy center, solutions manuals, CD’s or DVD’s, a subscription to a newspaper, or who knows what else (or a combination). And one book, by itself, could cost over $200.00!
At the beginning of each semester, you’ll buy books for your classes and you’ll choose where to buy them. You could choose a ‘brick and mortar’ store or buy online. Even if your school is small and only has one bookstore, you can buy from an online retailer like Amazon.com or any of the dozens of others (of course, you have to plan for shipping time).
Unless you have more money than you know what to do with, here’s what I suggest you do.
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