Now, before you go and do the math, I was not within the “normal” age range of other students in college. My parents couldn’t afford to finance four college educations, so my siblings and I had to come up with our own plans. I worked full time for three years after graduating high school. When I still hadn’t saved any money towards going back to school, I applied for grants and loans.
If I knew then what I know now, I would do everything differently.
Well, maybe not “everything”.
One BIG thing I would definitely change is rent my textbooks instead of buying them. Even 15 years later, I still cringe when I think about how much I had to spend to buy my books. The worst part was trying to sell them back at the end of the semester only to find out the instructor wasn’t going to use it again. UGH! The second worst would be getting back less than half of what I paid.
Now that I know there is a more budget-friendly alternative, I would definitely opt for renting from Campus Book Rentals.
Some of the perks of renting your textbooks are:
-Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-Shipping is FREE both ways
-You can highlight in the textbooks
-Flexible Renting Periods
-21-Day Risk Free Returns
They Make a Difference
Campus Book Rentals donates to Operation Smile with each textbook rented. To learn more about what the organization does, check out their website.
NEW: RentBack Program
RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own to other students. You earn 2-4x more money compared to what you’d make through buyback options: (selling your books back at the end of the semester). I think that is beyond fantastic!