(Closed) Cost of Books?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

yeah, it was over $700 for me one semester. I kept wanting to throw up a little every time I thought about it. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I heavily considered it. It balances out with some other semesters when I get lucky, but overall it’s still an utterly terrifying amount. When I think about the cost of my education, I swear my heart stops. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

Chegg was a godsend to me in my last 4 semesters of school when I was taking all of my upper level legal classes. Those books get super, super expensive. Whoooooooeeeeee.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Books are always crazy expensive, and I was super shocked my first few semesters. After a couple of crazy book tabs, I quit buying them. Maybe I’ve been lucky, but I’ve managed to make it for years only buying a couple of books. I’ve found that you don’t usually have to have them. Wiki is an amazing tool, sometimes they’re available in the library, and, if all else fails, one of your classmates will probably share if a certain assignment depends on it. I’m not sure that everyone could avoid buying books, but DH and I have. It’s certainly worth at try!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My books for one semester in first year university were $1500 (I just graduated from my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing).

I’ve heard that you can buy books for steep discounts on Amazon, and some are available on iTunesU.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MsPoodles:  That’s an excellent point, and a great strategy. I’ve skipped books in the past, and I would do it more often if I didn’t absolutely need straight A’s. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

Yep, books always got me! I think I spent between $400-600 every semester, and I always bought used whenever possible. It also sucked that as an English major, I never wanted to sell any of my books back. On the plus side, I have an amazing book collection now!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Years ago (about 7 for grad) I averaged $500 a semester. It sucks

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Oh man they are awful. Mine cost like $500 every semester minimum.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Taeyers:  You may be surprised at your ability to maintain those A’s without the books. I have a 4.0 even though several professors told me there was “no way” I would make an A in their class without the book. It just takes a little more time/planning.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Omgbunnies:  Have you looked into renting them?  Are you living on or near campus?  The library will have copies of all your textbooks.  

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MsPoodles:  Definitely.  I didn’t buy the books for at least two graduate classes, and I still got As.

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