If you've had a chance to read the tips/rant I posted a few days ago about college, you've probably already come to your senses that college is not cheap! Don't worry, I'm also agreeing with you. Today I would like to focus more on college textbooks since that topic seems to fall under the "why are they so expensive?!" category.
As an incoming freshman I'm definitely agreeing that textbooks are pretty pricey. Maybe a bit too pricey for their own good. Most of the books that you end up purchasing for a semester may not be used more than twice if you're lucky. So why charge your student account with over $1000 worth of books per semester? Please don't! There are options out there that need to be discovered and I'll gladly introduce you to one of them today.
One word (or maybe three): CampusBookRentals
Renting your textbooks is probably not the first choice that popped into your head when you saw your college textbook list, but I can assure you that it is one that you should think about! CampusBookRentals is a company popularly known for renting textbooks and they also have their even more popular perks. Here's just a few that I'll list below:
- Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
- Free shipping both ways
- You can highlight in your rental textbook
- Flexible renting periods
- CampusBookRentals donates to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
But wait, the best part of all is their new program, RentBack!
I hope I clarified that renting textbooks can surely save you a lot of money. However, with RentBack, you can save yourself even more money. This program is a new initiative that allows you to rent the textbooks you own to other students! If you ended up like me and purchased most of your books new or used, you'll have the opportunity to make use of them (after you're finished using them of course). Is that not the greatest idea ever? You'll have the chance to double the amount of money you spent on your textbook originally than reselling them back to a retailer or local and you'll be helping another student in need for that textbook! Believe it or not, I've listed a video below about the program for you all to learn more.
I really hope I was able to save some wallets and tears out there when it comes to your required textbooks list! Remember, there are other options out there other than your college campus bookstore. And if you were already lured in by them, there is always next semester. Make good choices!
*This post is sponsored by CampusBookRentals*