Friday, November 4, 2011

Saving Money While In College (Campus Book Rental)

I may or may not have mentioned before but my husband is going to college as a full time student. That means that each new semester he gets new classes, new teachers, and a whole new list of books to buy. Some of his teachers seem to love having their required book to be the newest addition and so the cost for getting all those books adds up FAST.

Well I then heard about and decided to check it out. Unfortunately I heard about it about half way through the current semester so all the books Daniel needed were already rented out to other students, and we had already paid some ridicules prices to BUY his books. We decided to still look around the site and check to see if they even had listing for the books he would have needed because we had an extremely difficult time finding them anywhere else online. They did! And for a pretty darn reasonable prices (especially considering it was the newest addition, and we had just bought it for more than double that amount).
Some specific info I discovered about are:
-That they offer their textbooks at 40-90% off bookstore prices (including the newest additions from what I saw).
-Free shipping both ways (that means you don't have to spend your own money to send the book back when you are done).
-They have flexible renting periods (because some classes don't actually go the whole semester and there's no point in spending money to rent a book you don't need any longer).
-The largest selection of textbooks in the nation (we couldn't even find some of Daniels needed books on Amazon).
-You can highlight in the books (guess that would be useful to a student as they wouldn't need to copy page after page of notes).
- & They donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented! (For more info on Operation Smile or to donate please click the above link)

I told Daniel that as soon as he gets signed up for next semesters classes and knows what books he will be needing we are heading to that site and trying to RENT them!
I really like the idea of renting the books and sending them back once the class is over with. It saves us money number one, it's really more economical, and I don't have a ton of 2+ inch thick books just sitting around my house taking up room while trying to resell them (really have you tried to resell stuff on Amazon, it's just annoying).
I also really like that a portion of each "sale" that is made is donated to Operation Smile because it's a very worthy cause to donate too.

I would recommend that any student in need to textbooks for the semester and hoping to save some cash definitely make the number one place to check on your list! Out of all the textbook rental sites I have seen/checked out it is by far the most superior and I do not believe that you will be disappointed.

This was a sponsored post written about for all opinions and words held with in are 100% my own.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing such great information. This provide useful information for school and college students to save more money on textbooks. To save money, students may share books or purchase used books from a college bookstore. However, renting textbooks online is also one of the effective way for students.