Thank you to CampusBookRentals for sponsoring this post on saving money on college text books.
It took me what seemed like forever to pay off my student loans. And that includes our debt snowball and getting some loans forgiven for teaching chemistry in a high risk school.
While most of those loans were for paying tuition and room and board, I would guess a large chunk of it went to textbooks. Some of them I was lucky enough to be able to sell back, but a large portion of them ended up in a box in our garage (because I can’t just throw them away). And, I have found a couple ways to repurpose some of those books.
Look at my fancy monitor stand. Yep, a Chemistry textbook and a Principles of Instrumental Analysis textbook. Nerd alert anybody?
In all honesty, since my major is Chemistry, I did intend to keep those books, but I have so many others that our school didn’t use again or a new version came out that I am stuck with. But, you know what would be cool? If I could have either rented those books originally with a site like CampusBookRentals or, even better, that I could have rented out the text books that I own to other students, and then got them back when they were finished by using RentBack.
Using these services, I could have
- saved 40-90% off of bookstore prices
- received free shipping both ways
- highlighted in the textbooks
- had flexible renting periods
- had a donation made to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
CampusBookRentals and RentBack have partnered with Operation Smile and are donating over 1,000 life saving cleft lip surgeries this year to children in need. So not only would I be saving myself money renting a text book, or even getting money by renting one of mine out, but I would also be helping with Operation Smile. Win-Win.
Do you still have a ton of your college textbooks sitting around your house? How have you repurposed them?