It’s back-to-school season, which means college students are on the prowl for cheap textbooks.
The average college student spends more than $1,100 a year on college textbooks. With textbook prices rising twice as fast as inflation during the past 20 years, I’d sure be looking for cheap textbooks if I was a student.
There are more options than ever to find cheap textbooks. You can buy used college books from a dizzying number of websites and you can also rent textbooks. There are also textbook aggregators that can pinpoint where the best deal is for each textbook on your list.
One of my favorite suggestions is to simply buy an old edition of a textbook. Usually the content hasn’t changed much, but an obsolete edition can cost mere pennies on the dollar.
Last week I wrote a post for my college blog on CBSMoneyWatch that lists seven ways to cut the price of textbooks. You can find more details on saving money on textbooks by reading that post: