CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - With about a month to go before many universities and colleges in the Tri-State start classes, parents and students are already doing the math. How can they afford it? Textbooks themselves often add-up to hundreds of dollars a year.
In fact, according to Huffington Post, the College Board says many students are out nearly $1200 annually for books and materials.
However, there are websites out there that can save you a lot of money by finding places where you can rent textbooks or buy them used (Just make sure you're buying or renting the same edition your professor calls for).
BookFinder.com is a great one for comparing many websites at once. FOX19 searched for a textbook a journalism major might need, Writing Creative Nonfiction: The Literature of Reality by famed journalist Gay Talese. According to multiple websites, including one run by the Library of Congress, the book dates back to the mid-1990s and hasn't been updated. Yet a newly printed version of the textbook will cost you as much as $186.36.
You can even find sites, like Amazon.com, that allow you to rent your textbook. Before you purchase, be sure to check a site's buyback policy, too. You may be able to recoup some of those hard-earned dollars.