Monday, January 6, 2014

How to go to School on a Budget

I'm not sure if I've told you yet but I am going back to school this fall.  If you've been here for awhile you might remember that I had to take a hardship withdrawal from classes during my second year of college because I was having seizures.  Well I am better now, and have not had a seizure for over two years!, so I'm ready to go back to school.

I am lucky because I still have the scholarship that I got, the Achiever's Scholarship, which will cover most of my tuition, along with any other government financial aid I may receive.  But it might not cover everything.  Last time I was in school it was a public university and this time it is a community college, which will cost way way less, but I don't know yet how much aid I'll be receiving.  Add to that the fact that I make minimum wage and only work part-time and you understand just how much money I don't have.  Money to spend on things like textbooks.  Textbooks are really expensive!  Last time I was in school, I had to buy at least one textbook per class and had five classes each quarter.  Textbooks cost between 70 dollars and hundred dollars, which makes at least $350 per quarter spent on textbooks alone!  The bookstore had a buyback option where I could sell back my textbooks at the end of each quarter but they usually wouldn't buy back a book because it wasn't the edition the class would be using next time, or if they did buy back the books it was for significantly less than I paid for them.  For a good quarter I might get back $30 of the $350 I had to pay.

This is where comes in.  I wish I could go back in time and tell past me about textbook rentals.  I could have saved so much money to use later on for fun things like paying my rent.  Here are some of the benefits of renting from

  • you save 40-90% off bookstore prices (yes, you read that right; save up to 90%!)
  • free shipping both ways
  • you can highlight in your textbooks (which is great because usually the bookstore won't buy back books that have been highlighted in)
  • they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented; Operation Smile is a great organization that gives cleft lip surgeries to children; You can make children smile while making yourself smile.  Sounds pretty good to me.
  • if you love a textbook and want to keep it, you can pay the difference and do just that
  • you can return your books for a full refund as long as it's within 21 days
Now if you're like me and are late to the textbook rentals party, you probably still have some old textbooks sitting around taking up precious bookshelf space.  Instead of letting your textbooks sit there and gather dust, you could be making money off of them through!  You get to send away your old textbooks and make money off of them every time they get rented.  Watch this video to learn more.

This fall I will definitely be renting all of my textbooks so I can save more money for paying my rent.

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are definitely my own.

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