I bought a lot of my college textbooks online for less at https://www.abebooks.com. I chose to buy some of my major specific books so I could highlight sections and reference after college. Renting is a great option for textbooks you won't use a lot or won't need after the semester is over.
Hello, Isabel H. There are many websites out there that sell textbooks. Here is a website to begin with :
On that website, there are listings of sites to buy low cost and also obtain some free textbooks. I sure do hope that it connects you to even more useful resources. Best wishes.
E-Books are the way to go if it's offered. If not I opted for used books through the College bookstore and compared that to what I could find on Amazon. Be sure you are getting the edition of the book that is required for your class since an older version may be outdated or lacking critical information you may need. I took good care of my books so no marking or highlighting so I was able to resell the paper books back to the College bookstore if they were buying back that edition.
I also compared prices with bookstores at other colleges since I was taking classes at two colleges simultaneously.
For other non-book supplies depending on your needs you can check local art stores, warehouses specialty or surplus stores or partner up with other college students to buy directly from them any supplies they may no longer be using. Start thinking ahead for what you may need and buy it when you find a good deal.
Two important things to keep in mind when in college.
- determine early on what you career area might be, so that you can prepare an educational route that will be most effective and economical for you
- get to know ways that you can reduce college costs.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps: