We’ve got one in college now and one headed to college in the fall. We have two elementary school aged children and it seems that the number of things we have to purchase for them every year, no matter what their age grows. Sure, it starts off easy with fundraisers and school pictures. Then we slide into popcorn sales and teacher treat days and holidays. There are school supplies and classroom supplies (I was just yesterday told that my daughter needs another math notebook). Last, but not least and quite often the most expensive for the older children are textbooks and books. For example one was asked to read a certain piece of fiction, which of course we had to go buy. Will they ever read it again? Probably not. They will do the report and the book will gather dust on their desk or bookshelf. But I’ve learned about a way to rent textbooks and it can not only save our family money but also be good for the environment.
Campus Book Rentals.com is one place I’ve learned about in our quest to save money on textbooks. They offer a wide selection of books in a variety of topics and for a wide range of ages. Most of the books are geared towards the college crowd, but many a high school parent will be happy they didn’t have to buy Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” when they could just rent it for a few weeks. Here’s a few of the benefits of using Campus Book Rentals:
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-donations to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
Yeah, they donate to Operation Smile with each book rented. How cool is that? Operation Smile is the amazing international organization that helps children with life threatening dangers and illness caused by severe cleft palates. So, they are money saving, charitable and eco-friendly. I like that!
They recently added a new service where college kids can earn some extra money from the textbooks that they own. Who hasn’t tried to sell their one semester used textbook back to find out that 1) they are accepting anymore because they are overstocked and/or 2) they receive pennies on the dollar for the purchase? Instead of selling back used textbooks students can now rent them to other students using the Rent Back program from Campus Book Rentals.
Here’s how it works:
- You look up your books using their easy search tool.
- Ship your books to them using the FREE shipping label.
- The book(s) is rented to other students.
- You get paid.
- The book is returned and rented again . . . and you get paid again.
I think that you get the idea. So now we can save money because we don’t buy books, and the books we do buy we can make money on. Okay, this textbook thing may not be so bad after all. Now if I could just find a way to reduce and reuse those tuition payments as easily!