Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Save Money on Textbooks!

I have a senior in high school. Right now we are in the process of taking college campus tours, filling out applications and applying for scholarships. I'm navigating new waters here, people. As lost as I am in this new role, I have an advantage over the general populace but I'm not feeling it. I am a public school counselor. Until June of this year, I was working as a high school counselor. Yet everything takes on a completely new meaning when seen from the eyes of a mother.

So we're looking at the cost of tuition, housing, and possible meal plans. I haven't even considered the cost of books. I took a look at the Intro to Psychology course at my Alma Mater. This is just one example but it's pretty standard:



From Campus Store

i$62.99 Campus StoreE-bookRight Book GuaranteedAdd to Cart
i$109.95 Campus StoreUsedRight Book GuaranteedAdd to Cart
i$138.25 Campus StoreNewOut of StockAdd to Cart

That's one book. One class. For someone who loves books as much as I do, I can't believe I can suffer from sticker shock.

Another option is to rent the book. I did some personal research and found that have the best prices, hands down.

Here is the same book, right HERE.

Just to clarify, that is a savings of well over $100.

Unless you absolutely MUST have that brand new textbook and have hundreds of dollars to spend needlessly, here are some reasons to use CampusBookRentals:

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-Donation to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

What I plan to do late summer is:
  • Find the required textbooks for each class my daughter will be taking
  • Rent the books through
  • Return the book at the end of semester without worrying that the author has printed a new edition. And, oh yes, they do that. All the time. Same information but different page numbers. 
Disclosure: My opinions are always my own, however I was compensated for this post. I will not endorse a product that I do not support. I feel strongly about higher education, reading, books, and saving money. 

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