Save on Textbooks: Rent Your Textbooks

Rent your college textbooks. Highlighting and margin notes allowed.  Use the textbooks as you would if you owned them, then return them. Rentals are usually for the average semester. Even though you have to pay the rental fees, you will still save money since the final rental cost is less than the purchase cost.

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You’ll find many of your classmates renting their textbooks this year. But, if you’d rather buy a new textbook and then sell it back, you have that option at, too. It’s best to contact their customer service department to find what percentage they use to pay you for your used textbook and compare the net cost to the cost of renting the same textbook.

A math teacher friend of mine brought up the subject of textbook rentals at lunch one day last May. She recommended it as a helpful way of decreasing the cost of college since college textbooks are very expensive. Since renters are allowed to mark up the textbooks as if they were their own, she felt students can save money that could be used for other college expenses.

When you compare the costs, be sure to allow for the 5% off rental discount, too!

Textbooks - Rent'em or Buy'em

As soon as you get your syllabus and list of textbooks, look online for the best rental or purchase prices.

Kids & Toy Clutter: How to find the floor

We love to buy our grandchildren toys, books, and clothes…just like most grandparents…aunts, uncles,before the toy dumping family friends…and birthday party guests. Make that times 3 and what do you have? Wall to wall clutter. Last Saturday we visited as usual, only this time we couldn’t walk into the girls’ bedroom…there was no where to step! Sunday they spent most of the day cleaning up what they hadn’t taken the time to do so after their play time. You’d think that wouldn’t happen again but hindsight tells me it will!

How to Organize Kids & Toy Clutter

Fortunately, there are talented organized people out there that are so organized they have the time to write a book on that very same subject.  Barbara Tako is one of those organized mothers that my daughter envies. It’s so difficult to keep up when you work full time, care for 3 kids (one being an infant), and have a husband who works 6 days a week. So, I’ve recommended she read Barbara Tako’s self-help book, especially the chapter on Kids & Toy Clutter: How to find the floor. Among her relevant organizing tips, she addresses “toy dumping” at which we discovered our granddaughters are very good!

A partial excerpt from Clutter Clearing Choices: Clear Clutter, Organize Your Home, & Reclaim Your Life follows:Read more: Kids & Toy Clutter: How to find the floor

Free Books and More

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While the eligible books (under $10) are not expensive, they can be very personal and meaningful gifts showing the recipient that you took the trouble to find something special just for them.  Remember, it is the thought that counts when selecting gifts for someone you care about.

If you need more ideas for your gift giving, this 4 for 3 offer extends to magazines, DVDs, and Home and Garden products. With more than 100,000 eligible items to choose from in the 4-for-3 promotion, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your gift list.