I remember how expensive college was–mostly because I’m still paying for it. In fact one of the loans I’m paying back to my University was taken out for college textbooks, equipment, and lab fees. And it was not a small loan. Every time month, when it’s time to pay, I am not smiling.
So when I began considering going back to school, I was most interested in finding ways to make it affordable, now that I have a family to feed. I was also looking for a way to make it easier. My plan is to go back to school online–so where would I find my textbooks? Even the thought of going to a traditional college bookstore sounds bad to me. Not only is it usually overpriced–have you ever been to one of those stores at the start of a semester? Crowded, noisy, pushy, and time consuming–none of which a mom of a toddler feels like dealing with after work or on her day off. I could go to a large online bookstore and buy them, but that isn’t always the cheapest way either.
When I found the option of CampusBookRentals.com, I smiled for the first time. It was a way for me to rent textbooks at a 40-90% discount, delivered right to my door free of charge. No fighting with pushy college students while pushing a stroller–hallelujah!
What I especially loved was that while it’s true I was renting the books, I could write and highlight in them–something I need to do while studying! Yet another reason to smile. And with flexible rental periods, even if I attend a school with a non-traditional start date, my books will be ready for me.
But you know me, scientifically curious–I had to do an experiment. I looked up a textbook for a class similar to the one I anticipate taking soon. I then compared it with the prices on CampusBookRentals.com and here is what I found:
Book title: SINGLE-CASE RESEARCH DESIGNS (for grad Psychology classes) ISBN: 9780195341881 My Brick-and-Mortar Alma Mater’s price: $41.85 (used) to $92.65 (new) A large online book store: $57.15 (rent) to $83.86 (new) CampusBookRentals.com: $27.51 (130 day rental)
Now I’m really smiling!! What a huge price difference–and I can get all of my textbooks without leaving my house. Fabulous!
But what if someone bought a textbook already? What if I wanted to buy my textbook because I knew as a professional I might want to reference it later? Contrary to freshman students’ belief, some textbooks are worth keeping. Well the sister site RentBack.com is yet another reason to smile!
With RentBack.com I could keep the textbook that I want to own, but make money off it by renting it to other students. And I remember the pitiful offerings of the bookstore for my textbooks. Sometimes I’d be so mad at what they offered I’d keep the books because I felt like I was being robbed. But not with RentBack.com. Not only do you retain ownership of the book–but you’ll actually make 2-4 times MORE money than selling it the bookstore! Sounds like a win all around, and another reason to be chessin’!
And you might wonder why I keep referencing smiling. It’s because CampusBookRentals.com and RentBack.com are my kind of business–ones that give back. A portion of every book rental from CampusBookRentals.com goes towards Operation Smile. And RentBack.com allows you to donate any portion of your earns to the worthy cause.
If you don’t know about Operation Smile, an organization that provides free surgery to children around the globe to correct cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities, you really should check them out. And you can learn more about CampusBookRentals.com and RentBack.com’s commitment to Operation Smile on their website.
And if you’re looking for a smart way to get the books you’ll need for college, or make some money off of the books you own, do like me and check out CampusBookRentals.com and RentBack.com!
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