Saving Money and Saving Smiles with One Stone

Do you remember college?  Do you have kids in college?  Do you have kids that will be going to college soon?  If you answered yes to any of these three questions, then you are very familiar with the costs that are associated with university.  Tuition, books, lab materials, housing, food, and on and on and on.  The outflow of money is unceasing at this point in one’s life!
I am a proud graduate of Texas Tech University ~ Go Red Raiders!  Heading off to college was one of the great highlights of my life.  I was on may way, with my best friend, to head out west six hours from home in a great 1500 square foot apartment.  We both were SO excited for the liberties and independence that was about to behold our new lives as adults.
Although we each secured part time jobs and our parents both assisted in our collegiate expenses, it was still daunting.  I remember the bookstore.  Although it was old, and I’m sure greatly renovated since we graduated nearly 15 years ago, it was so much fun to head to the back and buy our books …. and all the other school supplies that were required for each class that we had registered for.
Looking back, it was sickening the amount that we would spend on books (even the used ones) only to receive pennies on the dollar at the end of the semester when we would try to sell them back.  If only a company like Campus Book Rentals would have been in existence at the time that I was enrolled!
Campus Book Rentals is exactly what their name implies.  Renting textbooks for your college classes at 40-90% off of bookstore prices WITH the allowance to highlight in the textbooks!  With free shipping both ways, flexible renting periods, 30 day risk free returns, live customer support AND helping a valiant cause at the same time ~ It doesn’t even seem like a question.  I would have participated without hesitation!
Parents…..think about it.  You could rent the books FOR your kids and force them to avoid the bookstore (and extra purchases) all at the same time!  For example, one of the entry classes that most students have to muster through in their freshman year is College Algebra.  Here is one College Algebra book offered byCampus Book Rentals for $20.26 that you can hold onto until December 21st.  In comparison, the same book is offered for purchase on for $143.44 new or $48.07 used.
2012 is a new year, with a mix of old and new in their making a difference program. First off, Campus Book Rentals is keeping their partnership with Operation Smile. They are an awesome organization that performs life changing cleft lip surgeries on children whose families could not otherwise afford it. The long term improvement in quality of life for the children that receive these surgeries is almost incomprehensible.
Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe.
All children deserve to live their lives with dignity, and for those suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities, dignity begins with a smile.
Driven by their universal compassion for children, they work worldwide to repair childhood facial deformities by delivering safe, effective surgical care directly to patients. The global partnerships they create, the knowledge they share and the infrastructure they build leave a legacy that lives well beyond the medical missions, making a lasting difference in our world.
Their impact is felt not just through the children that they heal, but through the daily transformation of donors, volunteers and staff as they fulfill their shared vision and see immediate, life-changing results.
With every book rented from Campus Book Rentals, a donation is made to this amazing cause!
Campus Book Rentals have  also set aside $90,000 in textbook scholarships to be distributed to students in communities just like yours. That’s a lot of books, and they hope to touch a lot of students who could use a hand.
So add that extra book to your cart. When you rent textbooks …. you can make a difference.
CONNECT!    Take a moment to visit the Campus Book Rentals website to see all of the great features offered, as well as information on renting books for yourself or your kids that are headed to college or are there already!  Also, make sure to follow them on Facebook by liking Campus Book Rentals and Twitter followers will be excited to hear that Campus Book Rentals is also tweeting, so make sure to follow them on Twitter as well!

~ Melanie

* I reviewed this website via A Nation of Moms


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