Save Up: Rent Your Books

If you aren't in college you know someone who is. Either by personal experience or because of family and friends you know how expensive college is and how expensive books can be. Right now I am in graduate school working on my masters, while I am teaching. It amazes me how much money I spend on a signal class and the required materials for that class- it is very easy to drop a couple of thousand for one class. Recently, I found out that you can rent your textbooks for a semester. Renting can save you 40-90% off what the bookstore would charge you.
One service is called CampusBookRentals.com that lets your rent your books at the beginning of the semester. After finals you mail your books back to them free of charge to you. If you really liked a book you do have the option of purchasing it. You can treat these books just like any other. You can highlight in them and everything! Another perk to using CampusBookRentals.com is that they are partnered with Operation Smile and are donating over 1,000 life saving cleft lip surgeries this year to children in need. One thing I found really interesting about CampusBookRentals.com is that if you own your books you can mail them to the company and they will rent your books out to others, this is their RentBack program. Every time they get rented you get paid! This could earn you 2 to 4 times what you would get back for them at a bookstore. If you want to learn more about this check it our here.

**This was a paid sponsorship by www.campusbookrentals.com.


  1. This is a great idea!! As I remember in College I bought some books for class as I was told I'd need them & once in the class, the teacher told us we wouldn't be using the books, I was annoyed. And then I got very little back for them. So, this would have saved me the time xx

  2. I wish we had this back when I was in school. Books while important, are extremely expensive especially for a student who already has a limited income! love this! A Fine Balance

  3. I've started doing this pretty regularly and it's worked out great! I still try and buy the books I think I'll need for reference later for research or anything like that, but for general classes, no way.

  4. That sounds a great idea - I know my university library did something similar where key subject text books where kept in a different room and you could only borrow them for four hours - that really helped.


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