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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Campus Book Rentals

My son just graduated from New Mexico State University. 
 I am not sure just how to explain the emotions involved when your child graduates from college. (I know he's 23 but...)  
  Is this the end of a certain bond or is it the relief of a job well done?  
 I just know it's highly emotional. 
 You think back over all the milestones in his life, that first day of kindergarden, the graduations of middle school and high school, the first time he drove to town in his pickup alone, and when he moved out of his childhood room. 
 I have already had the experience of turning loose of an adult child since he has two older sisters but it never gets any easier to let go. 
 I worked hard to raise responsible independent adults but neglected to raise myself to be the parent of adults (this obviously takes longer).   I still wish to solve all their problems (the old kiss and put a bandaid on anything that hurts)  but there is a line between suggestions or advice and what is taken as criticism.  LOL. 
 So I am still learning and growing!

My Son's 1442 fellow graduates!

One major tidbit of advice I have tried to share is money management and conquering the high price of college.   After sending three children off to college, I have come to the conclusion it could have been done ever so much cheaper.  I wonder how many  in this photo knew about renting textbooks? 

I have just learned about an awesome cost cutter on those 

expensive college textbooks.

These are just some of the perks:
1. Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices 
2. Free shipping both ways
3. Can highlight in the textbooks 
4. Flexible renting periods
5. No membership fee
6. Service is available to anyone
and they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
 Watch this video for the how to:)

And one of the perks I am relaying to my son is the Rent Back program:

RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students... which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money than they'd make if they sold their books back at the end of the semester! 

Live and learn! But better yet- live, learn and share.  So that's what I am doing today.  

Seriously go check out this web site and start preparing yourself for your child's future.  It all happens so fast so it's never too soon to be prepared!  


  1. This is good to know! My son still has a few years until college, but I know absolutely NOTHING about it.
    This is at least a start. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. I think it is so wonderful that he has completed college...and you should be totally happy as well. I can understand the "mother" thing, as we are always going to be mothers. Just what we do. Can't help it...we are just moms!!! Congrats to your son...welcome to the world of adulthood. :)

  3. Pinning this to show my daughter. We've been renting some of her books, but I've never heard of a Rent back program, thanks!
    Unfortunately, some of her courses (lately) have required digital books or computer access codes. Can't sell or rent that. UGH!

  4. This came at the perfect time! My son is headed to college in the fall. I am a newbie when it comes to the college scene. I'm your newest follower. I look forward to getting to know you and learning a trick or two!



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