Living On Less: College Edition

pic source: Campus Book Rentals

If you read my first Living On Less post, then you know that my husband has returned to college.  I’m also sure that you know college isn’t cheap.

Like most students, we are taking out student loans; however, we try to pay as much as we can out of pocket.  This mainly includes: textbooks and parking.

On the parking side of things, it is expensive and a pain no matter what you do, so my best suggestion is to hitch a ride, but I can offer plenty of advice for textbooks.   
(I SO wish this was an option during my college years.  It would have saved me a ton of money.)

Here’s the tip.  

Rent your textbooks!  If you haven‘t heard of this novel concept, then I’m about to tell you all about it along with the company that we personally use and trust.

How does it work & what company do you use?

First, let me tell you the company name; Campus Book Rentals.  

As for how it works…well…it works just as it sounds! Simply go to, type in the book you need, and then how long you need it.  You pay on a secure server, then they ship it for FREE!  How painless is that?!
Bing, Bam, Boom and your holding a textbook for a fraction of the cost.  Genius, I tell you.
Plus, you won’t have to worry about the parking at the campus bookstore.

….and because I know you’re wondering, here is a list of the other perks that come with renting your textbook.

Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
FREE Shipping (This includes returning your textbook!)
It’s OK to highlight in the textbooks
Flexible renting periods
A donation is made to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

Here is an example of a book that came from Campus Book Rentals.  It was Bubba’s Pre calculus book.  If we had purchased it from the campus bookstore, it would have cost us $190!  We paid, $49.

As if this weren’t enough, the company offers a Rent Back program for all the old textbooks that the school/other store wouldn’t buy back.

We had to purchase a book and now, if we want to, we can rent it out to other students using Rent Back, which you can find more about, here.

So if you know someone in college, or are returning yourself, then this is my friendly shove to save yourself the money and rent your textbooks.

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