Aug 5, 2013

Going Back to School & Campus Book Rentals

It's August. I work at a university, so every August, the roads start to jam, the hallways get busier and Target gets really crowded. Of course, I love students (hanging out with students is my job!), but every August is an adjustment. This fall will actually be an adjustment in more ways than one. My boo (husband), Eric is going back to school for his MBA. Full-time. He will be filling every minute of non-school time with part-time work and studying.

I am SO happy for Eric and I can tell he is really excited. BUT, there will be some big changes happening in a couple of weeks. First of all, we will be spending a lot less time together. We are used to spending most of our evenings together and nearly every weekend. Quality time is really important to us, so cutting back on that will be hard. I'm going to try encourage him to study instead of hanging out with me, but we'll see how that goes...

The second area that will be an adjustment will be financial. As I mentioned, Eric will be going from working full-time to part time. We are definitely going to have to cut back in a lot of areas and adjust our budget (I will share more about that later). We also have to be really smart about purchases, like Eric's college textbooks.

Did you guys know you can rent textbooks now? That wasn't really an option when I was in college, but it's genius. Who wants to hold on to their Principles of Managerial Accounting II textbook for 10 years? With CampusBookRentals you can rent books for whatever time period you need them (a year, a semester, 8 weeks, etc.). Some other perks are:

- you save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-you can highlight in the textbooks
-they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

Pretty great, right? There is also a new program called Rent Back that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students. So instead of selling the book back to the bookstore at the end of the semester (and getting something like 8% of what you paid) you can make 2-4x more money through Rent Back. Seriously... where was this when I was in college?!

Saving money on books will be really significant for us as we enter this "new phase." We are also planning on cutting back on eating out, clothing purchases and rounds of golf - Eric doesn't know about that last one yet :)

Have you ever "gone back to school?" Do you have any tips for cutting back? Have you ever used CampusBookRentals?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


  1. Ok, you gotta tell me...since we're both Okies and both work at universities, WHERE ARE YOU?

  2. I bought all of my textbooks from the used section on I was able to get many of my books for just pennies!

  3. Sounds like an awesome program! And I am so glad that I'm not the only one here who really dislikes Target getting more crowded. Adam says I'm crazy and it isn't any more crowded than any other time but I swear once school starts its crazy there!

  4. such an exciting new season for you guys!

  5. I certainly wish it were available when I was in school. Books are so expensive.

  6. I have heard about this and I think it's great. I finished school in Summer 2006 so this was definitely not possible back then, in college. =(


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