It’s back to school time and there are many things to look forward to, but there’s still one thing everyone despises — the cost of textbooks. Depending on your major, the cost of textbooks can reach over $500 a month and include more than 20 books. As an experienced poor college student, I know the cost may sicken you, but there are many ways to get your college texts without the cost. Check out seven tricks to get you all the books you need at a fraction of the price.
1. Wait it Out
My biggest suggestion for buying textbooks is to wait until you have your syllabus. Often books are listed as “recommended,” meaning you don’t actually need them and will probably never look at them. Avoid those. For the rest, look through the syllabus and see how often you use a book. If it’s only for a week or two, consider faking your way through, borrowing from a classmate or finding it online. Textbooks that last a whole semester, however, are better to have on hand.