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August 17, 2014

EXTRA EXTRA! Calling All College Students! III


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
Now, does your college campus bookstore do all of that and possibly more? If so, please let me know what school you attend so I can possibly request a transfer (joking!). You can even find many more perks on their website. Honestly I'm kicking myself in the butt for not knowing about CampusBookRentals sooner! Not only are their textbooks relatively cheap to rent, you'll also be donating to a wonderful cause in the process.

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!

xox.

krissy

*This post is sponsored by CampusBookRentals*

22 comments:

  1. I remember when I was in college I bought an English text that was close to $200 new. Not even sure why I purchased a new text anyway because I hardly ever used it. I wish I had this back in my days because I could have saved quite a lot of money then.

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    1. Luckily there are some companies out there now who aren't trying to charge you $200 for a textbook! :)

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  2. I love that they support Operation Smile. I think that is a great cause, that is really make a difference in people's lives.

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    1. Me too! I appreciate companies who contribute! :)

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  3. Thank you for this son is looking into colleges in the next few years and this would be very helpful.

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  4. Back in the day, I remember spending a small fortune to BUY my books and then at the end of the semester, I would only be able to sell back a few of my books for a fraction of what I paid for them.

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    1. I also purchased my books this semester and rented one (from Barnes & Noble). I really wish I knew about CampusBookRentals beforehand! Saving money is definitely what I'm into. Not sure how the resell rate would be for me at the end of this semester. Maybe I can look into RentBack. :)

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  5. I really wish this had been around when I was in college! All those big thick science textbooks that were out of date by the next semester were $150 and UP!!! I would have saved a bundle.

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    1. Well if you ever decide to go back to college it's good to know that there are options out there! :)

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  6. Honey, I am STILL PAYING for college LOL And I've been graduated for a while! You are so right, it's not cheap! I wish I would have had something like this to help with the books, for sure!

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    1. I really wish college was cheaper overall!

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  7. I have heard of this company a year or so ago...they are a great company!

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    1. Glad to know that you already knew about them! :)

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  8. For some textbooks it may be good to have ... but most can be rented for sure.

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    1. Yes that is true! I'm definitely keeping the textbooks I major in but others are quite pointless almost.

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  9. I love the service they provide. I know how expensive those college textbooks can run. When my daughter starts college in 3 years, we are definitely going to use CampusBookRentals!

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    1. Oh yes, those textbooks are not cheap at all!

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  10. Such a great way to save money!! My husband spent $300 on books last semester and he's only in two classes (and he buys used!).

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  11. I so wish this was around when I was in college. I spent hundreds of dollars on books and it was mostly a waste.

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    1. I've already spent hundreds and so far I'm regretting it.

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