Don't waste your money on new books unless it's absolutely necessary.
Shop for used textbooks in your school's bookstore, or check out web sites like CheapestTextbooks.com, Booksprice.com or Amazon.com for good deals. TextbookMedia.com allows students to download textbooks for free.
In addition, many companies are now offering book rental deals. Barnes & Noble Inc. recently announced its book-rental program, now available in 640 of the nation's college bookstores.
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