Wednesday, September 5, 2012

back to school with Campus Book Rentals

Back to school can be an expensive time of year. Not only are you purchasing school supplies (such as back packs, notebooks, lunchbags and clothing) but if your a college or university student you have your tuition payment and your textbooks too.

I remember being shocked at the price of my books when I was in college - some were getting precariously close to the $100.00 mark. Why not save some of your money by checking out Campus Book Rentals. They didn't exist back when I was in college, but since 2007 they have been offering a rental service for texbooks. That's right - you pay a low rental fee (saving 40-90% of the book price) and it allows you to keep it for the duration you need with the applicable rental cost. Here is an example of a textbook that retails for $136 - but you save 90% by renting it with Campus Book Rentals.

How does it work? You search the website for the books you need, place your order and then wait for them to arrive. You can write or highlight as necessary (however, others will be renting afterwards so please keep in mind and don't destroy the book).  When you are finished, you can return it OR pay the difference between your rental and the purchase price if it is something you feel you need to hang on to.

Another great thing about Campus Book Rentals? They donate a portion from each book rental to Operation Smile. Operation Smile helps to bring surgerys to those born with a cleft lip, cleft palates or other facial deformity.

Campus Book Rentals also purchases books - if you have old textbooks your looking to get rid of, check them out to see if you can make some extra money for them!

**this is a sponsored post; Tales of Mommyhood was compensated for this - your opinions/experience may vary**


  1. I have never heard of them. Interesting service. It makes sense. I could have used them when I was at university.

  2. I love that they donate a portion to charity. I doubt that my old boat anchors would be worth any money but good to know that they buy them as well.

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

  3. I have never heard of them, but love that they are giving back!
    Great post!


  4. Where was this when I was in school??? I needed a PT job just for books!

  5. Uni textbooks are so expensive. I found out the hard way. But yet, I was so scared to buy something second hand with highlights already in it. Not sure why. Now, when my kids go to school, I will definitely be looking for services like this! But I have many years to go for that yet.

  6. I'll have to pass this on to my sister, I remember how expensive all my books were to buy brand new. This seems like an amazing idea!


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