Being a broke college student is rough, especially when it comes time to buying books. I swear, I just begin to save up money and then BAM! I have 5 required texts I have to buy from $50-$200 a piece. Goodbye savings, hello debt.
That said, many folks out there are getting clever with their money and textbooks. Some are going to the library and praying the books they need aren’t already checked out, other rent, and others go online. You be surprised how many textbooks you can find on Google Books. However, sometimes it is helpful to have other resources at your fingertips as backup. Free Technology For Teachers has a list of online sources where teachers and students can find free texts.