WOW!!! I just saw how much first semester books cost!!!

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    hello all....

    okay, can you tell me if this is normal.... i only have two classes this semester, intro to nursing and a sociology class. i browsed the schools bookstore website and books alone for my nursing course will run $700. i noticed there are alot of study guides, a medical dictionary and other course supplementals. besides the textbook, how much of this stuff should i purchase...so, much reads required.. . how much did you all spend on first semester books???

    below is the dreadful list... thank you for your help!!!

    brunner and suddarth's textbook of medical-surgical nursing. 2 volume set. text with internet access code and dvdthis product is [color=crimson]required for this course your price: $118.80 savings: $13.20 (10%) list price: $132.00
    calculate with confidencethis product is [color=crimson]required for this course your price: $61.16 savings: $6.79 (10%) list price: $67.95
    exploring medical language. text with flash cardsthis product is [color=crimson]required for this course your price: $62.95 savings: $7.00 (10%) list price: $69.95
    fundamentals of nursing. text with cd-rom for windows and macintoshthis product is [color=crimson]required for this course your price: $99.00 savings: $11.00 (10%) list price: $110.00
    mosby's manual of diagnostic and laboratory teststhis product is [color=crimson]required for this course your price: $46.76 savings: $5.19 (10%) list price: $51.95
    mosby's pocket guide for health assessmentthis product is [color=crimson]required for this course your price: $35.96 savings: $3.99 (10%) list price: $39.95
    nursing diagnosis handbook: an evidence-based guide to planning carethis product is [color=crimson]required for this course your price: $49.45 savings: $5.50 (10%) list price: $54.95
    pearson nurse's drug guide. text with internet access code 2011this product is [color=crimson]required for this course your price: $37.76 savings: $4.19 (10%) list price: $41.95
    pharmacology and the nursing processthis product is [color=crimson]required for this course your price: $79.16 savings: $8.79 (10%) list price: $87.95
    pocket guide to apa style. updated editionthis product is [color=crimson]required for this course your price: $26.95 savings: $3.00 (10%) list price: $29.95
    study guide and skills performance checklists for potter/perry fundamentals of nursingthis product is [color=crimson]required for this course your price: $25.16 savings: $2.79 (10%) list price: $27.95
    study guide for brunner and suddarth's textbook of medical-surgical nursingthis product is recommended for this course your price: $26.05 savings: $2.90 (10%) list price: $28.95
    taber's cyclopedic medical dictionary. thumb-indexed version with taber's plus dvdthis product is recommended for this course your price: $37.76 savings: $4.19 (10%) list price: $41.95
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    I spent $1500 but we use the books for the next 2 years
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    Have you looked at Amazon.com? Do a search by title and make sure that you get the same edition that your school is requiring. I know a lot of people suggest that you buy a later edition to save money but I have been burned by that in the past. Good luck and you don't have to buy from the bookstore!!!
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    I spent around $1100 for my first semester/year. I would highly suggest going to Amazon to find them at cheaper prices!
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    Shop around. I purchased all of my books online at amazon, walmart, and b&n. I only spent $465. College bookstores are notorious for marking up prices.

    -B

    Edit: Brunner's Med-Surg
    $100.52 for both volumes of Brunner's.
    Last edit by braithiar on Jun 15, '10 : Reason: Book update
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    Quote from CBsMommy
    Have you looked at Amazon.com? Do a search by title and make sure that you get the same edition that your school is requiring. I know a lot of people suggest that you buy a later edition to save money but I have been burned by that in the past. Good luck and you don't have to buy from the bookstore!!!

    Do this but I have found it makes it easier if you just search for the ISBN number then you know you have the right book. If you click on your books it brings up the description and the ISBN number can be found there.
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    If you shop online for books, this will cut your costs a lot. I never use the college bookstore! As a general rule, if the textbook is listed as required, I buy it. But, some things, like an APA guide.. well, I would leave that out and just use the internet.
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    I spent a little over $800 for 1st semester....but that included a supply bag which was $295. Our books are all bundled together so unfortunately I can't look on amazon because I don't know what's in the bundle. But I definitely agree with everyone else, if you can, try somewhere else. Good luck!
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    Ah, books. SO overpriced. After spending $1200 for my first year and cracking some of the books only once or twice, I learned my lesson.

    Now I utilize the school library, which often has copies of class required books on reserve, during the semester to actually evaluate how useful the text actually IS. If I don't use it more than once or twice, then what's the point of owning it?

    However, like many have stated, for those books I actually DO utilize and find very useful, I will buy them online. Last fall I crunched some numbers and found that I could save at least $150 buying the exact same books, brand new, on Amazon with free shipping. College bookstore robbery.

    In short - don't buy everything they tell you to. There are free/cheap options available....like the library, or sharing with a close classmate, or even digital copies. I bet you'll barely crack the spine on half that lot.
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    Check out alibris.com! I got my books there last semester and only paid $3.00 for the textbook and workbook I needed. They were the previous edition...but a lot of instructors don't mind. Definately check it out!! You can also go to couponcabin.com and there are tons of coupons you can use when you order online. If you decide to get your books at the campus bookstore or from amazon.com go through your book list again. It looks like there is a couple of hundred dollars worth of books you wont need this semester. Narrow down what you need right now...and get the others as you need them.
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