Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to college, and, in a few months, you will be leaving home to start the next chapter of your life. As someone who just completed his freshman year, I can honestly tell you that this past year has been the best year of my life. However, it has also been the most expensive. I learned how expensive college is the hard way. After having worked close to full time last summer, I had $3.14 in my bank account by the end of the school year. My goal is to provide you with tips on how to minimize your costs without minimizing the college experience.
Don’t buy books from your school bookstore unless absolutely necessary. Websites such as Amazon.com and Chegg.com provide textbooks at a much more reasonable price. Amazon also offers a feature referred to as Amazon Student, where students who register with a valid .edu address qualify for six months of free two-day shipping.
Before buying a book for class, check if your school library has it available. I had to read a book every two weeks for one of my classes last semester, and I was able to find almost all of these books in my school’s library.