College is about to start in two weeks, and I'm starting to wonder when I should buy my college textbooks. I will be receiving a check containing whatever left of my finical aid ($300 more or less). I plan on using the money to help pay for books. However, I found out I won't receive the money until the semester starts. I also don't want to waste money on books and find out later my professors have different preferences, or don't even bother using textbooks in their curriculum. At the same same, I don't want to show up on the first day of class and make an *** out of myself because I didn't buy books.
Advice would be great guys! To be honest, I would prefer waiting till the first day to figure what my professors want.
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I don't buy my textbooks until after my first day of class, so I would know for sure which textbook the professor wanted. Once I'm sure of the textbook, I'll usually purchase it online and it'll be at my doorstep by the following week.
If I was you, before you buy the textbook at the college , which are ungodly expensive, try looking for the textbooks on online sites like Amazon, and the other online retailers firsts, because sometimes my school would charge me $170+ dollars for a brand new textbook, while Amazon has the same textbook for $60-$80. So yeah, definitely explore your options before you give the school your money for textbooks.
Also, another word of advice, don't be afraid to purchase a used textbooks or rent one. The price difference between a new textbook and a used one is fairly large and that difference is larger if you're able to simply rent the textbook for a semester.1