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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 June 26, 2020

25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

“How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

  • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
    • food
    • rent/mortgage
    • cell phone
    • insurance
    • socializing/entertainment
    • transportation
    • hygiene products
    • household bills
  • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
    • travel
    • clothing
    • medication (*depends)
    • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
    • gifts

Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

Save Money on Food

1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

2. Buy the store-brand version

Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

4. Have group dinners

If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

Save Money in Transport

5. Get a bicycle

Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

7. Find the cheapest gas

Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

Save Money in General Shopping

8. Shop online

Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

9. Sell your old stuff

Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

10. Bulk buying stores

For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

12. Generic brand medication

More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

Cut Down on Household Expenses

14. Printing

Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

16. Shop around for insurance

Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

18. Don’t get a TV

Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

20. Have house parties

Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

21. Open festivals, meetups and events

It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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22. Volunteer

If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

23. Housesit

There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

24. DIY beauty

French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

  • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
  • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
  • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
  • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
  • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
  • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
  • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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