College Students: Why Buy Textbooks When You Can Rent?

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I feel like a seasoned career student, for as long as I have been in college. But I know I do have a tendency to rush and buy all my books before classes start. Well that changed this semester because I got tired of being burned in my wallet due to buying a book when I didn’t need to. Case in point; I bought an anatomy book that was over $200 only to find out I didn’t need to buy it and it was available for rent. There could also be a lot of places that rent textbooks cheaply near you, and you just don’t know about them yet.

This semester I am renting a textbook for the first time. I am renting a kindle version even so I don’t even have to worry about more books to carry. Are you thinking about renting? Check out just a few perks you can get from renting your books at Campus Book Rentals:

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices

-free shipping both ways

-can highlight in the textbooks

-flexible renting periods (you can rent for 60 or even 120 days)

Another reason I wish I had rented my books? Because programs end and my college won’t be buying my books back from me, so I am stuck with them. Had I known, I would have rented and saved my money!


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About Candace Reid

Candace Reid is the owner and author of Serendipity Mommy. She is the mother of 3 and a recent college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. Candace is a member of the American Culinary Federation and is pursuing a Food Photography business. She also loves to blog about family, food, fun and photography. Email Candace


  1. Marnie Byod says:

    It’s really ideal to just rent a book rather than buy.
    Main reason is of course to save and of course reduce the clutter at home whenever you don’t need them anymore.

  2. J.T. Smith says:

    One method I love doing is to purchase a textbook edition older than the one they require. The 9th edition of my statistics textbook is $205 cheaper than the 12th.

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