Text Books – don’t wait until you get to the bookstore.
- With recent changes, text book prices have to be printed on the course schedule. This will give you an idea of the cost of each class’s books.
- Don’t stop there. You can see if there are used copies to purchase, saving you some money. But make sure they are the same edition.
- Another way might be to look into www.BookRenter.com and www.Chegg.com. These will help you price shop for your children’s text books.
Doctor – near campus and in your network
Kids don’t think about needing a doctor ahead of time. If you have medical insurance that covers your child at school, do some research. You want your child to have this information before he gets sick or hurt. That way you won’t have out-of-network medical expenses.
Printer – do you really need one?
- Talk with the school and see what options are available to use on campus.
- If that’s not the answer, then look for an office store, such as Staples or Kinkos, that is easily accessible.
- You might think a printer is not a big expense, but the paper, ink and toner can be.
These types of expenses can put a kink in your budget.
Next week I will continue with a few more things to think about before your child heads off to college.