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I am starting my first year of college this semester and need to start purchasing books. On top of having had to just pay for all my classes and being on my own for the first time there seems to be a hole burning quickly through my wallet. What advice can you give to cut down on expenses so I can afford my books?
A Broke College Student
Hey "A Broke College Student,"
I know exactly how it feels to have that hole in your wallet when it comes to school and buying books. I have found through out my years of only being able to afford Cup-O-Noodles that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. For books, you should meet with students and see if they have previously taken any of the classes you are taking. What did they do with their books? Are they willing to sell those books to you? You may also want to try renting the books you need for a small fee and when the semester is over you can return them. Check out Chegg.com, or Amazon.com. Also be sure to utilize your school's campus bulletin board.
[If you or someone you know needs the advice of a professional, please check out your school's psych. services or counseling office.]