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Campus Book Rentals

If you have college age children, then you are probably looking for anyway to cut the costs.  I’m amazed at the cost of schools and can’t even imagine what it will cost us when our girls go to college.  We have about 10 years to go before we find out and I’m not looking forward to it.

I know a lot of my readers have college students so I wanted to share two websites that will help with the cost of college textbooks.  We are pretty much in the middle of the first semester right now,  but it’ll be over soon and that means new books will need to be purchased for next semester.   If you’ve ever purchased college textbooks, then you know how costly they can be.

Each college has their own campus book store but you don’t have to purchase your books there.  Actually you don’t have to purchase them at all – you can rent them!   If you are just planning on selling them back at the end of the semester, then why buy them in the first place?   At you can rent your books and save 40-90% off bookstore prices and get FREE Shipping both ways!  That’s an important part of it because if you had to pay shipping, it might not be worth it.

According to their website, renting books from is pretty easy and you can have them in your hands in about a week’s time.   And if you choose to keep the book after the semester is over, you can pay the difference and keep it.  Otherwise you are only paying a portion of the book cost since you aren’t keeping it.  You can highlight in these textbooks even though you don’t own them.

They also donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented.  I love that!

If you already have textbooks that you want to rent to other students, then check out their new program called RentBack is new site that allows students to rent the textbooks they own – to other students. This allows you to be able to earn money on your books and in some cases it could be more than you would make through buyback options!

Both of these options are a way for you to cut the costs of college books.  Check them out and let me know if you have any luck with saving a few bucks.