Making College Less Expensive- Book Rentals

I will admit that before Maddie, my oldest started college I knew that college textbooks were expensive but I didn’t realize how expensive they actually were. Seriously one book would have been close to $300 if not more for one of her classes.


I am excited that there are companies that allow college students like my oldest, the opportunity to rent their textbooks.

Not sure if you would want to rent your textbooks just look at all the advantages to renting.

  • You can save 40-90% off of bookstore prices.
  • Free shipping- to and from- I don’t know about you but sometimes shipping an item can cost as much as the item you are buying.
  • You can still highlight in your books. Basically treating them like they are your own books.
  • There are flexible renting periods. Because let’s face it not every college runs on the same schedule. I know that my nephew’s college and my daughter’s college schedules don’t always line up. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t.
  • Companies that give back. I know you are probably thinking how does that pertain to renting textbooks. But just indulge me for a moment and smile. There is one company called Campus Book Rentals that donates to Operation Smile with each textbook rented. Not sure what Operation Smile is all about just read a brief description of the program. It is a medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries. Now I don’t know about you but I love companies that give back to the people.

So if you are facing college for yourself or your child please consider renting your textbooks because not only will you be saving some money but also helping children but in a way you will be saving the environment as well.

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  1. I wish this had been an option when I was back in college. I spent thousands in useless books.

  2. What a great idea! College is expensive enough without adding a mountain of high priced textbooks.

  3. What great tips. College is expensive as it is, anyway to save is great!

  4. College is so expensive. I bought used books and sold mine off when I was done.

  5. I wish book rental were an option when I was in college! The best we could do was buy them and try and sell them as used to another student at the end of the term

  6. Book rentals is genius! I remember paying a fortune for books and getting just a few dollars back when I sold them. Such a great idea!

  7. Gosh, I wish they had these available when I was in college. It really would have made my life easier, especially as I worked for every dollar I spent in college.

  8. After 10 years in college and a small fortune on books, renting books is a great idea! So many time the instructor would order a new edition of a book and the instructor of the class for the following semester would do the same, making the buy back value of your $300 book a whopping $5! I kept those books on principal. I advise renting books whenever they are available. My only warning is that you may get books that look like they’ve been colored in because of all of the highlighting.

  9. My daughter ended up renting a lot of her books for this college semester because the books are so expensive and are barely used. Why do the books have to be so expensive?

  10. I rented book my last semester. It was such an easy thing to do and I wish I had started sooner!

  11. Great tips! Wish I’d had this option back in college. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

  12. It is astounding just how expensive text books are. Book Rental, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – You are an AWESOME Co-Host, and I love partying with you!. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

  13. I must appreciate your idea that we could make our education bit less expensive through renting books online. I am sure that i will try this one. Thanks

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