The above comic is supposed to be funny. Sadly, it’s not funny at all. In fact it’s true. College is incredibly expensive. Many kids graduate college already $50,000 – $200,000+ in debt, and only 22 or 23 years old. Most students graduating today will probably never pay off their student loans. That is why it’s important for students and their families to find as many ways possible to reduce their college expenses.
I have two teenagers. The idea of them going to college makes my stomach turn. Not only is tuition costly but so are the extra fees and textbooks. My family found out the hard way my first semester at college about the text books. I had bought them all new and it came to HUNDREDS of dollars. My parents were in SHOCK! They never anticipated that. From that point on I would only purchase used textbooks or borrow them from a friend.
Did you know that you can RENT college text books? Not only can you rent them but you can also rent them at a fraction of the price of a used text book purchased at the college campus.
CampusBookRentals.com rent textbooks for upwards of 40%-90% CHEAPER then college bookstore prices. Plus they offer FREE SHIPPING both ways. I’m sure that saves a lot since books are heavy (especially college textbooks!) and shipping can really add up.
CampusBookRentals.com also offers flexible renting periods and they even allow you to highlight in the textbooks. Not only is that helpful but you can also benefit from the highlighting of other students in case they stumble across some very important key points you should take note of.
With your order you also receive pre-paid envelopes so when you are done with the book you can drop it into the mailbox to send it back. You can also return the book/books within 30 days for a full refund. This is especially handy if you drop a class or a class doesn’t run due to low enrollment.
Just for the fun of it I found a book on the CampusBookRentals site, Principles of Chemistry : A Molecular Approach by Tro, Nivaldo Jose. To rent is at CampusBookRentals.com for the semester is $43.56. I found the SAME book on Ebay for $200.55 and another copy for $184.08. WOW! That is a huge difference.
Another bonus to renting textbooks is that you can send them back when you are done. With textbooks that you purchase you either keep them, give them to somoene else, donate them or recycle them. When you rent them you don’t have to worry about what to do with the books when you are done with them.
Another thing I really like about CampusBookRentals.com is that a portion of their rental profits goes towards an organization called Operation Smile.
If you are not familiar with Operation Smile it’s an organization that helps children around the world with cleft lips, cleft palates or other facial deformities. The provide surgery to correct these problems so that a child is able to smile again. . You can learn more about the organization at www.OperationSmile.org.
I commend them for donating to such a worthy cause.
To learn more about CampusBookRentals.com simply visit their site. You can also check out this interesting video (below) that explains the entire process to you. It’s worth watching.
I know when my children are off to college we’ll be using CampusBookRentails.com. With a 15 1/2 year old and a 13 year old those college years are fast approaching.
*I will be receiving a free gift as compensation for this post. All opinins expressed are my own