An Opportunity For College Students
In just a few short months, my oldest daughter will enter into her Senior year of High School. We have already been looking at colleges this year and visiting different campuses on our search for the perfect fit for her and her interests. In doing so, we have learned of the cost of tuition at these schools as well as the cost of books! All of this can be extremely pricey, as you can imagine. However, I just recently learned of an opportunity for college students where they can actually rent textbooks instead of buying them. At first I was not sure about this option; however, upon researching it further, it sounds like a great deal for college students! Before you dismiss this option, consider the following perks of renting textbooks:
• You will save 40-90% off of bookstore prices.
• Shipping is free both ways – to you and back to the company when you’re finished.
• You don’t have to worry as highlighting is allowed in the textbooks.
• They have very flexible renting periods.
• And, (this is huge for me), they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented!
There are certainly more benefits to going this route, but those leaped off the page at me when I learned of this opportunity.
To further expound on Operation Smile, please consider the following quoted from their website:
Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives.
As an international charity for children, we measure ourselves by the joy we see on all of the faces we help. At Operation Smile, we’re more than a charity. More than an NGO. We’re a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.
Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft. One in 10 of those children will die before their first birthday. The children who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can’t afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a productive life. Every child deserves access to safe, quality surgical care. Every child deserves a future filled with hope.
That’s where we come in as the largest volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgeries. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided more than 3.5 million comprehensive patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities. Our work creates a lasting global impact. We train local doctors in developing countries and strengthen healthcare systems so more children in some of the poorest areas in the world can be treated.
As one of the most prominent charities for children in the world, we work in over 60 countries to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future. Together, we are saving children’s lives.
Thanks to the generosity and spirit of volunteerism shown by our supporters, we heal thousands of children per year. With your help, how many lives can we change tomorrow?
In addition to all of the above, please also consider that Campus Book Rentals (www.CampusBookRentals.com) has a new program called RentBack (www.RentBack.com), which is a new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own – to other students! This is a wonderful opportunity for them to make use of their old textbooks that they no longer need to study with as they can earn two to four times more money compared to what they would ordinarily make through buyback options or selling their books back at the end of the semester!
We will definitely be looking into these options and programs as my daughter goes to college in the Fall of 2015!
March 19, 2014 @ 7:37 am
I’ve rented textbooks before, and it is a great way to get the books you need but don’t intend to keep (or don’t want to purchase!) for a better price! It’s great that Campus Book Rentals donates to Operation Smile!
March 19, 2014 @ 7:45 am
How awesome that you’ve tried this before and had a good experience renting textbooks! Thank you for adding this comment to help encourage others to do the same. Yes, if I was ever “on the fence” about trying this option, Operation Smile won me over!
March 19, 2014 @ 10:52 am
What a great option for college kids. I always see the kids in our area trying to sell their books online and it never seems to work for them. You would think in today’s society, there would be a way to just offer the rentals, etc. online via ereader, and so on, you know? I’ll have to save this…my son will just be ending 7th grade this year, but interesting for when he gets older!
March 19, 2014 @ 12:59 pm
I have seen that around here, too, Jamie! It is hard to sell their old books, but now, this sounds like a much easier solution! My friend’s son graduates this year, so I will be recommending this for him when he enters college in the Fall!
March 19, 2014 @ 1:18 pm
Wish this was around with my daughter. Books cost me 1000 per year
March 19, 2014 @ 1:44 pm
Tara, that is what had me cringing, too, when I was looking at books for college for my daughter next year!
March 19, 2014 @ 2:12 pm
I just love that they are helping Operation Smile, such an amazing charity!
March 19, 2014 @ 2:36 pm
Yes, it is, Heidi. They are helping these precious children, and that means so much! They have my full support!
March 19, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
I had NO idea that you could rent textbooks! What a wonderful service! And that they benefit Operation Smile, to boot. Stopping by from Better Blogs and so glad I did!
March 20, 2014 @ 7:27 am
Hi Missy! Thanks for joining us today! We were very excited to learn about this opportunity also. Just to know that it is helping such a great cause as Operation Smile, oh it just melted my heart!