I remember what it was like to be a university student and to have to worry about all of the cost at come along with earning my degree. One of the items I had to find a work-around in order to help cut down on costs was with text books. If they were too expensive, I had to either borrow one from a friend that took the class before me, split the cost with a friend and share the book, or go to the library and use their copy to photocopy what I needed. Luckily, college and university students have more cost effective methods to help this necessity to higher learning become less of one. One of these amazing options is CampusBookRentals!
How does CampusBookRentals help students save money?
Founded by Alan Martin (a former student himself), CampusBookRentals is a service where students can rent textbooks that they need for their classes for as long as they need them, and pay a fraction of the cost of having to buy these books from their campus bookstore. You might be wondering why you would want to rent your textbooks instead of just paying for your books. Well, here are some of the perks to using CampusBookRentals:
- Students are able to save 40-90% off of the bookstore prices.
- Free shipping both ways! So the price you see to rent your textbook is the price you are paying!
- Rental periods are flexible, so students are not rushed in the rental of a textbook.
- With each textbook rented, a donation is made to Operation Smile, sostudents are helping to support a worthy cause.
Students can also take advantage of RentBack, a new program from CampusBooksRentals, so they can make more money while they study!
How Does RentBack Work?
RentBack allows students to rent their textbooks so they can make money off of the books they own! Here is how RentBack works:
- Find your books in the system at RentBack.com
- Ship your books to CampusBookRentals
- CampusBookRentals receives your books so they can then become available for other students to rent
- Other students rent your books, and you get paid!
- Your books get sent back to CampusBookRentals so other students can rent them over and over again! This will allow for you to get paid over and over again!
What is Operation Smile?
I also mentioned how CampusBookRentals donates a part of each textbook rental to Operation Smile. Operation Smile is a group of mobilized medical professionals who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and other relative medical care to children and youth born with a cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities in some of the poorest regions around the world.
These procedures are very costly in many of these regions, and, if these children make it past their first birthdays with many of the aforementioned deformities, they have trouble eating, speaking or smiling. These children are also often shunned in their communities, and their parents are not able to afford the surgeries they need to lead more productive lives.
Operation Smile believes that these children deserve to have access to safe, quality surgical care in order to have a better future. Due to the help of dedicated medical volunteers, Operation Smile has provided over 200 000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities. This organization also trains local doctors in developing countries and helps to strengthen healthcare systems in these countries so more children can be taken care of and lead more productive lives.
This is the third year that CampusBookRentals has been involved with Operation Smile and between June 2013 and June 2014, CampusBookRentals have pledged to donate a minimum of 80 surgeries to Operation Smile based off of a portion of the proceeds it receives from every textbook rental. CampusBookRentals is also allowing students who choose to use the RentBack program to allocate their earnings towards Operation Smile as well, so even more money gets directed at this great organization. For more information about Operation Smile, please go to operationsmile.org! This is another reason I like CampusBookRentals. I like companies that knows the importance of giving back, and I love Operation Smile and what it does for children in need, as well as for the communities its helps!
So, Readers, if you are a student and you are looking to for an alternative to having to buy your textbooks for your next semester of classes, maybe you should go to CampusBookRentals.com and give them a try! It helps students to save and make some money while they study, and it also wants to help brighten the future of children, one smile at a time.
Until my next post, Readers!
Even though I have been compensated for this post, the opinions expressed are honest, and are solely my own.