Balancing the budget while you are attending college is not always easy but you will certainly find that it is a lot easier if you can cut down on some of your expenditure. Here we look at ways of reducing the cost of such things as books which are not only vital but also some of the most expensive items you will need to buy.
Tip 1. Look for used rather than new books. For some reason many students seem to feel that they have to have shiny new text books but there is absolutely no reason for this apart from fashion. You will find that it is generally quite easy to pick up used books at a fraction of the cost of new ones and they will serve you just as well.
Tip 2. Use the library. The college library is not only an excellent place to get hold of many of the books that you need, but is also often an excellent place to work without and distractions.
Tip 3. Use neighboring libraries. You are not confined to using only your own college library and, if it does not have a book which you are looking for, then try other academic libraries in your area.
Tip 4. Borrow books. If one of your professors or another student has a book that you need for a short time then you could always simply ask if you could borrow it. You’ll be surprised how often people are only to happy to lend you a book and all you have to do is ask.
Tip 5. Sell your old books. Just as you yourself should be looking to buy used books, it is also a good idea to sell on your own books once you have finished with them to fund further purchases.
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