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If you do not mind other people's notes or wear and tear, used texts are a good option. Illustration.

YOUR MONEY: Smart ways to save on college textbooks 101

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Aug 14 (Reuters) - With the cost of college textbooks surpassing $1,000 a year for many students, soon-to-be sophomore Matt Schroeder came up with a smart way to trim costs.

He worked out a system of borrowing books from upperclassmen, offering nominal compensation to get them to delay selling them back.

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