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A Tip For The Freshman In College

Elizabeth LuscombComment

Over the years, my husband has noticed the freshmen college students not always take advantage of all the deals they can receive.  He sees them line up outside the bookstore paying marked up prices for books and supplies.  He gets it.  If no one has explained to them that there are other options, then of course they will spend all their money at the bookstore hoping they can at least score a used textbook. 

So here’s my tip.  Save your money and Rent your textbooks!

We’ve tried buying books from various online sites that are deeply discounted only for them to arrive late--weeks after his class began!!--or it would be the wrong book all together.  We decided that enough is enough.  So we went back to our tried and true method of renting.

Here is an example of a book that came from Campus Book Rentals.  It was Bubba's Pre calculus book.  If we had purchased it from the campus bookstore, it would have cost us $190!  We paid, $49.

How does it work & what company do you use?

First, let me tell you the company name; Campus Book Rentals.

As for how it works...well...it works just as it sounds! Simply go to their website (link above), type in the book you need, and then how long you need it.  You pay on a secure server, then they ship it for FREE! 
Bing, Bam, Boom and you’re holding a textbook for a fraction of the cost.  Genius, I tell you.

....and because I know you're wondering, here is a list of more perks that come with renting your textbook.

  • Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
  • FREE Shipping (This includes returning your textbook!)
  • It's OK to highlight in the textbooks
  • Flexible renting periods
  • A donation is made to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

So if you know someone in college, or you’re attending for the first time, then this is my friendly shove to save yourself the money and rent your textbooks.

Useful links for Campus Book Rentals

Campus Book Rentals

Operation Smile

Bubba uses Campus Book Rentals to rent his textbooks which is why I agreed to write this post.  In exchange we will receive a free book rental!  They are a dependable company with great customer service. 

Thank you for your support as I accept sponsors to help our family.  All opinions are mine.  

NC Transportation Museum

"life"Elizabeth LuscombComment

If you don't want to read my rant of disappointment then please feel free to skip to the last paragraph!  Fair warning! :D

Way back in December I purchased tickets from Living Social to visit a local transportation museum that included a train ride.  Since Scout's obsession with trains is still going strong and the price was right: $24 for 5 people, I thought I couldn't go wrong with this trip.  I mislead myself.  First, this place is in the boonies.  To get there, it took an hour and a half because you have to drive down every back road known to man.  The town itself is a rink-a-dink place with the dump site located just at the end of main street.  Secondly, they only allowed you to use the tickets right smack in the middle of January.  Not the worst scenario, but jeez, I should have read the fine print.  Then, on the only day Bubba was free before school started, we drove all the way out there to find it is closed.  Why?  Because their hours changed and we can only ride the train on Saturday.  So we triple checked the schedule, Bubba used a vacation day for work, and we made the long drive there for a second time.  Next up on my list of complaints was that the ride lasted a mere 15 minutes.  (Although you could technically ride 30 mins  by riding it back to the station.  Only if you wanted to skip the museum though.)  We had to walk the mile back to our car, while going through many closed, sectioned off, and uncompleted "museums". 

This is getting ugly.  I need to switch gears before this post becomes a downer.  All that really matters is that the little kids loved the train ride and were thankful for the opportunity.  The kids equally enjoyed being able to chose a toy from their souvenir shop.  :)  Our time wasn't a total waste, but I don't think we will ever go back.  Oh!  And another plus was being able to grab lunch at the local Cracker Barrel.  It was sooo good and it was pretty easy to eat vegetarian there.  (This was before going vegan.) 

The kids are easier to take out to restaurants now, making the lunch a pleasant experience.  No meltdowns! Woo hoo!