|The husband (who was just the fiancee then)|
the day I graduated from University
Textbooks have had a constant presence in my life since I was wee tiny.
I graduated from University in 2006. I have a degree in English Lit and History. Or as I like to tell people I have a degree in Novels and Trivia. My husband on the other hand has a degree in Computer Science, Math and Philosophy. His major constantly has people impressed and in awe where as mine just leads to people asking if I want to be a teacher or if I have plans for grad school.
I went to school to study something I liked. I chose English Lit and History because I knew I would enjoy 4 years of being immersed in it. Although at one point it was English Lit and Philosophy...and then History and Philosophy and then back to English Lit and yeah...you get the picture. The nice thing about my Arts degree though is that books for most of my classes could be found in used book stores, thrift shops and in discount bins at chain bookstores. Only downside is that my copy of The Portrait of Dorian Grey for my Gothic Lit course was missing the last chapter....and of course my prof did a pop quiz on the last chapter before I could get my hands on a new copy...lesson learned...always make sure the last chapter is still there.
I had traditional textbooks too that I had to get at the campus bookstore, particularly for the History portion of my degree...and for my 6 credit hours of a science. But an English degree requires things like novels and anthologies so my textbook costs were actually pretty reasonable on the whole.
My husbands textbooks on the other hand....ouch. I remember him telling me about sharing textbooks because some of them cost the same prices as buying your own private island. When he was in the campus bookstore with me to help me get my books for my last semester of school I plunked down all my books down on the counter and was paying about 250 bucks for the whole lot he looked at me and said, "all your books just cost the same price as one of my cheaper textbooks." I've never been so thankful for my pursuit of an Arts degree and I think he was super thankful he was finished his degree.
I know a lot of students aren't as lucky as I was. Textbook costs can be through the roof. So that's why I'm super pleased www.CampusBookRentals.com exists. Just a quick note for my Canadian readers: As of right now they do not ship to Canada.
Here's a quick video that explains how it works.
Isn't that awesome!?
So let's go over those perks again:
- save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
- free shipping both ways
- can highlight in the textbooks
- flexible renting periods
- 21 day guarantee. If you drop the class or don't need the book. You have 21 days to return it for a full refund.
You know what's even more awesome? They have a new initiative called RentBack. It allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students which is great because it makes them 2-4 time more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options.
But I haven't gotten to my favourite part of this whole initiative yet. CampusBookRentals.com has been working with Operation Smile. They have pledged to donate 1,000 life saving cleft lip surgeries this year to children in need. So with every textbook that gets rented a portion of the proceeds goes to literally bringing a smile back to a child's face.
How amazing is that?!? So if you or someone you know is heading back to school in the states and they still need some textbooks let them know they can not only save some cash but change a life with campusbookrentals.com
Disclosure: I have partnered with Campus Book Rentals to bring you this post. All opinions expressed are my own and 100% honest.