(WXIX) - A new survey from Cengage finds that nearly half of current and former college students say they skipped meals so they could afford textbooks!
The average college textbook now costs more than $200.
College textbook prices have skyrocketed more than 800% in price over the last four decades.
So if you've got kids in college or headed off in the next few years, here are some ways to save.
Before you d rop a fortune at the campus bookstore, shop for used textbooks online! Amazon and Chegg both have a ton of offerings.
Renting also saves you the hassle of trying to sell those books once you're done with the class.
There are also now some digital solutions. Cengage Unlimited allows you to access a digital library of textbooks for $119 a semester, or $180 a year. There are 22,000 textbook titles to choose from.
There are also digital textbooks on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, among other sites.
Waiting to buy those books until after the first class can pay off, too.
Some sympathetic professors will use open source textbooks that are free to access or may offer another, less expensive option.
Picking up everything at the campus bookstore may be the easiest option, but it's likely the most expensive.
Investing a little time before you buy can save you a bundle on those books.