One of the biggest freshman mistakes is to buy books brand-new from the bookstore the first week of school.
While the bookstore is convenient and it’s nice to support your university, there are almost always more affordable options. Usually, “used” textbooks are in great condition with just a few scratches on the cover of the book. Welcome to College Freshmen actually sells super discounted textbooks directly from trustworthy sites such as Chegg, HalfPrice, and others. All you have to do is go get your class schedule (after you get it from orientation), enter your class, and Welcome to College Freshmen will give you links to the cheapest place to buy your textbook on the internet (buying textbooks online is way cheaper than at the bookstore).
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Knowing about used textbook stores and other markets is helpful for when you are ready to sell your book. Look into the deadlines and compare ‘money-back’ policies to compare and see which place gives you the most for your dollar.
Some textbooks, however, are used for a more than one semester or quarter. Be sure to see if this is true for your course before you sell your book, of course.
It is possible to get away without purchasing textbooks in college. For example, see if your book is reserved in the library. Professors will sometimes put their textbooks in the reserved section so that you can check out the book for an hour or two at your own convenience.
You can always photocopy pages from a textbook, too, so that you do not have to buy the entire book.
I have liked doing this with my general education classes to save money and force myself to study in the library. This method also lets me take the photocopied pages with me so I don’t have to carry an entire book wherever I go. I can also mark all over the pages as if they were from my own textbook.
Textbooks should make you, not break you.