The price for books and supplies can add up quickly. Books alone can cost hundreds of dollars per semester. Here are some easy tips to cut some costs:
Before the class starts, double check with the teacher if the book is mandatory. Sometimes it is just a recommended accompaniment for the lecture.
If the readings are outlined before the class. Ask to borrow a book from the teacher or another student to make copies or scan it onto your computer.
Borrow from your local library or school library. If the library doesn't carry it, ask if they can look up the closest library that does.
Rent your books from sites like chegg.com.
Tip: When you're buying used books, be aware of what is necessary. Check to see if the new book comes with a CD or student access code, and make sure it is in the used book.
If you need to buy them from a bookstore, shop early. Used books go fast, and there is no reason why you need to pay double for a new book.
Tip: Keep your books in good condition so you can sell them back. If possible, don't make notes or highlight in the book. It's a good idea to hang onto books in your major classes to use a reference in future classes.
You can completely avoid the cost of a computer by using your school's. Chances are you're paying for a lab fee anyways.
At many schools, you can print for free. Between ink, paper and a printer, this can be a huge savings.