Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Let's talk about texts baby...text books that is. Books can be a surprise expense in college. No one expects to spend over $1000 per semester on books that sometimes aren't even used during the course.
Before you spend money on books - look at your options. First, be sure you will actually be using the books for the assigned class. I once had a professor say the university mandated that he assigned a book but he had no intention of using it, so save yourself the money. If you do need it, try renting. Chegg is a great online store for renting textbooks, as is Amazon. Both charge just a fraction of what it costs to buy the book outright and they make returning your rental books a snap. (Don't forget to sign up for Amazon Prime Student and designate WOASF as your Smile charity).
Of course, there is always the option of buying used books either online, from the university bookstore or from a campus exchange page. This is cheaper than buying a new book, but be sure to check the edition as they are updated regularly. You want your edition to match the professor's so you are reading the correct pages and doing the correct assignments. Also, look as supplemental materials - certain downloads or disks are only available one time so you may not have access when buying used materials.
If you are forced to buy something new, remember to keep it in good condition to turn around and sell next semester.