My name is Clarice, but most people, call me ReCe. I'm a happily married USAF spouse, mother to 3 girls, and an older sister to many....Here is my blog and here are some of my candy filled thoughts, lol

Friday, October 5, 2012

Renting College Books Saves You Money!!

My beautiful younger sister is currently in college and called me recently to voice her frustrations about how much school really costs. Often times, we think about tuition, lab fees, and what we could possibly get for less than $5 to eat because we ran out of the house before eating. But, not about buying books for classes or the fact, that the books could cost hundreds of dollars! Even if you sell it back to the school, you NEVER get back what you paid for it. Boy, do I remember those days! 

Bummer, right?

She said this book pictured above was $80 and that she barely uses it for class! It's hurtful when you're told you need something, to find out that, you may only glance at it occasionally or could have reduced your expenses by renting the book versus buying.  

Campus Book Rentals offered this book to rent for half the cost of this book. Just $40 dollars. That's a big difference when you're trying to decide between gas money, food for the week so you can cook food instead of eating out, or just saving it for the next book rental! 

There are plenty of textbook rental options you can utilize, but what I loved most about Campus Book Rentals is that they give a portion of each book rental to Operation Smile.

If you've never seen the posters for Operation Smile in the mall or on a billboard,I'll tell you about them. They are a worldwide children's charity organization that helps treat facial deformities such as cleft lips & cleft palates. It's nice to know that you can help them and yourself while on a budget! It's a win-win. :) 

Here are some more perks:

Some perks are:

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices

-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
-etc...(you can find more perks at their website :)
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  1. As a college instructor, I TRY to pick books that won't hurt the students, but it's nearly impossible!! I think textbook rentals are an excellent idea!!

    1. Awwwww you care!!!! LOL But, I know it's hard, but if you need the books for class, you need them for class. I'm glad they have rental companies too, especially the ones that donate to charities like this one. Thanks for stopping by! :D