Attention students: Buy your textbooks now
Whether you plan on enrolling in online schools or attending a brick-and-mortar university, chances are you'll have to invest in some textbooks and other required reading materials. According to the results of a recent study, buying books sooner rather than later could pay off in the long run.
CampusBooks.com conducted an analysis of textbook prices and how they stack up over time. The findings of the study revealed that as the first week of the fall semester approaches, textbooks often increase in price. If you're on a budget, this could mean paying extra for the materials you need.
The study revealed that the cost of used textbooks can increase by almost 10 percent in some cases.
"It’s actually really easy for students to save money," said Jeff Cohen, chief executive officer of CampusBooks.com. "The key is to shop early, compare prices and lock in savings before the cheap used books and rentals are scarce. Those who wait just might find the books to be more expensive in time"
If you only need a textbook for a few weeks, you might want to think about renting it instead of buying it. Textbook rental programs are becoming increasingly popular as students try to reduce the amount they have to spend on materials.