The Secret To Saving Lots Of Cashola On Textbooks

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If you’ve got a kiddo heading to college any time soon or if you are taking classes yourself and need textbooks, you might wanna perk up those ears. No, you have to know about this.  Even if you don’t need it right away, pin it for later.


My oldest is in his last year of college and I’ve been shocked at how much money he has shelled out for books.  Some textbooks I’ve seen listed for $400! What is going on here?  

The saddest part is that after the class is over, the college bookstores want to only pay peanuts and the chances of finding someone who wants to buy your specific book is a pain and a long-shot.


The Solution to overpriced textbooks

I’d heard briefly of the rental of textbooks, but I wasn’t too impressed with the information I’d found and/or they didn’t have the books that were required.  Then I stumbled upon a cool little secret called Campus Book Rentals.  I am so impressed with this company that I don’t want it to be a secret to any of my people, including you.

They allow you to search for the books you need, pay a fraction of the cost, and then send them back when you have finished your class.  Btw, you do not necessarily have to be college-aged to borrow books, anyone can use it.   

I know, you’re wondering if it’s worth the trouble and if any money is truly saved.  Do you have thoughts like these?

  • If the books are cheap, the shipping will be outrageous 
  • The rental timeframe will be too short and it will be stressful 
  • There are probably hidden fees so we may not come out saving any money  
  • You can’t underline or highlight to make studying effective

 I had those thoughts too but here’s the real deal:   the shipping is free when you order and when you ship books back,  there is a very flexible plan and grace period, you save 40-90% off of bookstore prices, and you can highlight and underline as you normally would.


I’m being a real friend when I tell ya that this company is legit and truly stands above the rest on price, convenience, and customer service. 

#1,  I think it’s so cool that Campus Book Rentals was started by a college kid who felt like there had to be a better, cheaper alternative for poor college students that were spending enormous amounts of cashola on college textbooks.  He found an incredible need and he filled it.

#2,  You can feel wonderful knowing that besides being a good steward, some of the money that you spend from each textbook will be donated to Operation Smile. {more on the awesome ministry of Operation Smile in a sec}

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 Operation Smile

One amazing thing that Campus Book Rentals does {that has nothing to do with textbooks} that may go slightly unnoticed is that they donate a portion of every book rented to Operation Smile.

What is that?

Glad you asked!  

It’s an organization that forever changes children’s lives through reconstructive cleft lip surgeries.  The children’s quality of life because of these surgeries is almost incomprehensible.

operation smile

OperationSmile was created when Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, traveled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates.

What they found was overwhelming. “People pushed their babies at us.” recalls Kathy. “They tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes and begged us to help their children.” In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children. 

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Wow, what a ministry!

Save money and help to bless a child have a healthier life.

Yes, please.  

How about you?

You can search the database for specific textbooks at Campus Book Rentals for books you need or call them at (855) 200-0021.  If you want to do more for Operation Smile, donate/fundraise or call them at (888) 677-6453.

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  1. Rachel
    June 11, 2015 / 1:02 am

    Thank you so much for this great article. It’s good to know where to get college text books reasonably priced!

    • Shan
      June 11, 2015 / 6:46 am

      Thank you so much, Rachel. I hope it helps-the price differences are astounding!


  2. Jen
    June 16, 2015 / 8:34 am

    Wow! This is great. I would have been so excited about this when I was in college. I’ll be passing along the info. Thanks!

    • Shan
      June 16, 2015 / 8:56 am

      Me too Jen! I want to shout it from the rooftops! lol


  3. Heather
    June 23, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    Aaaah! Good stuff! I’m going back to school (ack! at my age!), and this is really good info. Thanks so much for linking it up at last week’s Tips & Tricks linky party! I’m heading to pin it, now. Hope you’re joining us for this week’s party? It is live, now.

    Have a great week!

    • Shan
      June 23, 2015 / 1:37 pm

      That’s awesome, Heather! To think of all the money we’ve wasted to this point on textbooks, but no more, Sister! Have fun at school!


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