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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Back to School: Save on College Text Books with College Book Renter


Back to School prep continues all across America. One more week lovelies and then all littles on this end of the USA will be back to full time learning. For those of us not going into grammar school, I have a great post for you. Who just gets all kinds of stupid excited when you have to buy college text books? I know right.... me either. Hubby has to purchase text books every single semester. Oh my how that dreaded book list is met with much distain, on our part. I mean seriously you pay for classes and then are told you have to purchase a book as well. What the heck! Most of the time you have to buy up to 4 books and they are never cheap. Please tell me I am not the only woman out their frustarted. I know a bunch of my readers are busy working ladies, who are going to school as well. This post is for you!

Last week I received an e-mail in my in-box. Someone must have heard my frustrated cries at the text book bill this semester. Samantha, from College Book Renter, told me all about a great place she works for. She told me that "Our research indicates that a great portion of our customers are non-traditional college students. Many are stay at home moms that have decided they are ready to re-enter the workforce, or people that have been laid off and need to go back to school so they can get the education they need to qualify for a new job. What I love the most about our company is that our mission and focus is really helping all kinds of college students reduce the costs of post-secondary education so they can focus on their coursework and not have the stress of managing students loans or credit card debt." I thought this was pretty dang awesome. Now we already purchased hubby's book for this semester, so we can't take advantage of this deal, but I couldn't deprive you from the savings.

You can save 5% on rentals of $50 or more, by using code Fall512
You can also save 10% on rentals of $130 or more using coupon code BND10

I wanted to make sure I got these codes out here quick, so you all can snag your college books for a great price. The process is easy peasy. Just go to their site, type in the book you are looking for, and purchase. See simple as pie. 

I hope everyone is having an easy time, as we all prepare for back to school. No matter where we are at or what age we are, lets save as we prepare to learn and grow this coming season.

Have a great day Lovelies!

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  1. This is great! I *might* be going to college part-time soon and this site will be a blessing to me!

  2. Thank you so much! I've been dreading getting books for fall!!


  3. I came across your blog last week and have been fascinated with your money saving tips! In fact, you inspired my blog article today-- would love if you have any additional quick tips to share on this post...

    Thank you so much!

  4. Just felt the need to chime in here. I've been through undergraduate and graduate school and purchased my fair share of textbooks! I can give you even BETTER advice (I hope, anyway). I caught on to this about mid-way through my undergraduate education - borrow the books from the library! Seriously. Check the college library (they usually allow books to remain checked out a decent amount of time, and I was always able to recheck twice - this is at a public state university). If their copies are already checked out, see if they are available at your public library OR... interlibrary loan! You may be able to do an inter-library loan through your public library, but even better for me, we have an inter-library system called MOHELA in Missouri - you can check out books from across the state's university libraries. I ALWAYS found what I needed (and then some!), and I was able to recheck multiple times. I was never at the mercy of the collection in one library - I had an entire state university system! :) If I was not able to borrow a book or just really wanted to own a copy (as a history major, that DID happen on occasion), I could usually find them cheap online -, eBay, etc. You just have to look and research. If you think you can get by with an older edition (you probably can), that is a great, cheap alternative as well. If anyone would like more info about any of this, feel free to email me (P.S. I work for a college now!)

  5. Don't buy your textbooks!! :) I made it through graduate school, so I've purchased my fair share of textbooks. I have a couple of great options for you. First - BORROW them from your college or public library. I went to a public state university, and although we had a generous textbook rental program, we couldn't obtain all of our books that way, so we had to buy some. I found out midway through my undergraduate years that I could find what I needed either in the college library OR (even better) I could do an inter-library loan through Missouri's MOHELA system. MOHELA is a system that allows the state's colleges & universities (public & private) to check out books to patrons through their local colleges. It was fantastic, FREE and I still use it personally (I work at a college now). They have a very generous re-check policy too (I would re-check a couple of times per semester). Your state may have a similar program. If, on the rare occasions I couldn't get what I needed through the library system, or, being a history major, I just wanted a copy for myself (it DID happen), I would buy used through, eBay, etc. Also, if you think you can get by with an older edition (most of the time, you can), that's a great way to save money! Hope this helps. :)


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