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10 Places Where You Can Buy And Rent Textbooks Easily

10 Places Where You Can Buy And Rent Textbooks Easily

Attending college is expensive. Between the tuition, food, dormitories, parking fees, laboratory fees and text book expenses, most students will find the cost of college easily adding up to a much higher amount than they had originally expected.

College does not have to all be expensive. Some things you can pay much less for or shop around for, such as for your textbooks. Many students tend to complain whenever a new semester starts because of the increasing costs of textbooks.

However, thankfully, many companies have started to realize this and now they let you rent the textbooks that you need at a much lower price than buying the textbook. Or you can shop online and find the exact textbook that you need, instead of shopping in your expensive college bookstore. Being able to shop online and at multiple stores can save you money and time.

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There are many companies that you can use to buy and rent textbooks easily:

1. Chegg.

Chegg is a book company started in 2007 that buys and rents textbooks. They also provide homework help, course organization, scheduling and help find students scholarships. Chegg also started a Chegg for Good program which helps students to improve the cities that they live in.

2. CampusBookRentals.

CampusBookRentals is an online bookstore where you can buy and rent textbooks. It is a quickly growing company, and ranked number 17 on the Inc. 500 List in the year of 2012. CampusBookRentals’ Chief Executive Officer also won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. This same CEO was just a student when he started CampusBookRentals, so he truly understands the reasoning for why students want or need to save money. Since CampusBookRentals was started, over 1,000,000 textbooks have been rented by this company to students.

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3.CampusBooks.

CampusBooks allows you to buy and rent textbooks. You can easily find your books on this website. CampusBooks will also help you sell your textbooks when you are done using them at the end of a semester.

4. Book Renter.

Book Renter was also started by a student who was frustrated with the ever-increasing cost of textbooks. The company was founded in 2006 and allows students to buy and rent textbooks.

5. Valore Books.

Valore Books is a large textbook site for buying, selling, and renting. The website is sort of like an online marketplace for students to find, sell, and rent textbooks. There is also a commission-based program for students to make money as well.

6. AbeBooks.

AbeBooks buys and rents textbooks to students, and offers many books from all over the world. This is an international textbook store, which makes it easy for students all over the world to find the correct book that they need.

7. Textbooks.com

Textbooks.com was started in 2006 and is a place for students to download, buy and rent textbooks. They offer free shipping, and state that they have the largest selection of textbooks, with having over 10,000,000 textbooks in stock.

8. Amazon.

When I was in college, one of the main websites that I used to buy and rent textbooks included Amazon. They are easy to use and you can buy and sell on their website. Books are shipped from an Amazon or third-party warehouse easily and quickly as well.

9. eCampus.com

eCampus.com was started in 1999 and is one of the oldest online college textbook stores. eCampus.com was voted the top online textbook store, and in 2012 received About.com’s Reader’s Choice Award. The online store currently has over 3.2 million textbooks in stock. They look to save students money, and offer low and competitive pricing for the textbooks that they sell.

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10. Textbook Recycling.

Textbook Recycling is an online website that lets students buy, rent and sell textbooks. The company helps students save up to 90% on textbooks by comparing prices from many online bookstores all in one place. The company also donates 0.5% to the organizations that the company supports.

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Last Updated on March 4, 2019

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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Using Credit Cards with Rewards

Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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