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7 Websites that Save you Money on College Textbooks

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on July 16, 2016

Websites to Save Money on College Textbooks

Saving money on college textbooks is a goal for students year after year. As a parent with a child going to college soon, it is a goal of mine because textbooks can seem as high as quarterly tuition! The cost of the books is rising so it's even more important to do your research now and find the best price.

Read on to discover six website you can use that will save you money on college textbooks!

Amazon.com College Textbooks

Amazon sells lots of college textbooks at a fraction of the cost from a college bookstore. Plus, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can get free two-day shipping on many textbooks. Start your search here, using the ISBN for the textbook to ensure you get the right edition for your college course.

CampusBookRentals.com

If you don’t need to keep a textbook after the course is over, consider renting with Campus Book Rentals. They have many current textbooks you may need, and you get free shipping when you receive and return the books.

They even allow you to write and highlight important details in the textbooks while you are renting them. If you decide to keep a rented book, you can simply pay Campus Book Rentals the difference and it’s yours!

Chegg.com

Chegg allows you to save up to 80% off the cost of a textbook through their rental program. They have a large number of physical books and ebooks that you may need to get through college. Many books offer free 7-day instant access while you wait on the physical copy to arrive.


Rent or Buy Textbooks at eCampus.com

eCampus

eCampus is the site I have the most experience with as I used it when I was in college. So it's been around a really, really long time! You can buy, rent or sell from eCampus. There is also a generous rewards program where you can earn up to $20 off textbooks. That may not seem like a lot but when you are adding up college expenses, every little bit helps.

Half.com

This website is owned by eBay, so you will get similar buyer protection. There are many college textbooks available here from previous students or schools. You can purchase the books you need for college, or possibly rent them when the option is available. Renting will typically save you money over buying.

BookFinder.com

BookFinder lets you compare prices of new and used textbooks across thousands of booksellers. You can search by title and author or by ISBN to ensure you get the right edition for your course. With BookFinder, you may even be able to find out-of-print books that your instructors recommend.

BookRenter.com

With BookRenter, you have the flexibility to rent textbooks as long as you need them. They offer 5 rental options, ranging from 30 days to 125 days. If you are taking a shorter course, you can save money over renting for a full semester. Shipping is free both ways for orders over $25.

When it comes to college textbooks, it really pays to search for the best prices. If you don’t need to keep a book after the class is over, you will likely save big by simply renting the textbook from one of the options above.

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School Lunch Ideas and Menu Planning

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on July 28, 2014

Momables School Lunch Ideas

We have been sharing several school lunchbox ideas of our own but I wanted to introduce you to a menu planning service!

MOMables is a school lunch menu planning service geared just towards packing school lunches. I am SO over the standard ham and cheese with chips and *maybe* a slice of fruit. I want to mix it up so the kids aren't bored. Heck, I want to mix it up so *I'm* not bored!

After signing up for the free trial, I saw the awesome lunchbox ideas that I know my picky eater kids will like. There is even one to recreate a pizza lunchable. They aren't really crazy or “pinterest” ridiculous either. These are practical recipes with ingredients you can purchase by shopping on sale, that are also healthy (which is important).

Sample menu of healthy lunch ideas for kids

Want to see what a typical menu looks like? Download a free sample menu here.

Want to hire MOMables to give you school lunchbox ideas with a menu plan that your child will enjoy? Sign up for the meal planning assistant program HERE. Pay just $6 a month for a 3-month plan. Or, you can select the annual plan and pay LESS on planning for your entire year than what you'd pay for 2 weeks of purchasing school lunches.

Whatever plan you choose, your weekly menu wll come with recipes, a shopping list and prep-ahead suggestions. So, there are things that will help the busy mom ensure their kids have a healthy lunch ready to go without spending a fortune = WIN!

Let me know how you like the service when you join. I'm going to sit down with our boys next week and start planning out their lunches for the first month of school!

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Menu Planning Services HERE

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Save Money for School Supplies with a Summer Yard Sale

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on July 08, 2014

Save on Back to School Supplies Sale

Back to school time is one of the most expensive times of the year. With the supplies, school fees and wardrobe, the expenses can add up. Multiply that by the number of kids you are sending to school, and it can be a LOT of money!

If you're going to be a little short on cash when it comes times to get your kids ready to return to school, have you thought about having a summer yard sale to make extra money?  A yard sale has almost no cost to it, just a little bit of labor.

Preparing for a Yard Sale

{1} Go from room to room in your house listing all of the items you don't need anymore. Get rid of those clothes that don't fit or cannot be passed down. Look for household goods too. If you haven't used it in a year, it may be beneficial to sell.

{2} Next, visit your kids' rooms. Do they have clothes they've outgrown that are still in decent shape? Maybe they've got toys they don't play with anymore.

{3} Children's clothing and toys tend to sell really well, so you'll definitely make a few bucks for school shopping on those items.

{4} Now let's hit the garage. Have you been placing boxes of stuff out there that you don't know what to do with? Perhaps you ought to go through the boxes and do a quick sort to get rid of the items you can live without. You might have a potential gold mine out there!

Yard Sale Advertising

{1} Pay a few dollars for stick-on pricing tags. You can get these at the dollar stores so they aren't that expensive. If not, use a roll of masking tape to write down your prices and place on the objects to be sold.

{2} If you advertise your yard sale in the local newspaper, you'll most likely pay a small fee. Advertising can pay off, though, as avid “yard-sale shoppers” devote their weekends to driving from yard sale to yard sale advertised in the newspaper. Put it on Craigslist, too.

{3} In a well-trafficked area, you only need to put out a couple of signs directing people to your residence. Plan on having your yard sale over two days – Friday and Saturday are most recommended.

Having a summer yard sale will not only clean out your rooms and garage, you will earn money to pay for those back to school supplies and necessities your kids need.  Who knows, your yard sale profits may be all the money you need to prepare your kids to return to school!

Have any other yard sale tips to share?
Leave a comment and let us know!

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OfficeMax Sales: Week of September 1

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on September 01, 2013

office max back to school sales

The Back to School sales for OfficeMax are now ready! Find the best deals listed below.

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Search for the best prices and create a customized shopping list.
Save time AND money this shopping season!

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Meijer Sales: Week of September 1

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on September 01, 2013

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The Back to School sales for Meijer are now ready! Find the best deals listed below.

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Check out the School Supplies Sales Price Comparison Database.
Search for the best prices and create a customized shopping list.
Save time AND money this shopping season!

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Target Sales: Week of September 1

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on September 01, 2013

target back to school deals

The Back to School sales for Target are now ready! Find the best deals listed below.

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Check out the School Supplies Sales Price Comparison Database.
Search for the best prices and create a customized shopping list.
Save time AND money this shopping season!

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Kmart Sales: Week of September 1

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on September 01, 2013

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The Back to School sales for Kmart are now ready! Find the best deals listed below.

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Check out the School Supplies Sales Price Comparison Database.
Search for the best prices and create a customized shopping list.
Save time AND money this shopping season!

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Kroger Sales: Week of September 3

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on August 31, 2013

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The Back to School sales for Kroger are now ready! Find the best deals listed below.

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Check out the School Supplies Sales Price Comparison Database.
Search for the best prices and create a customized shopping list.
Save time AND money this shopping season!

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Rite Aid Sales: Week of September 1

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on August 30, 2013

rite aid back to school deals

The Back to School sales for Rite Aid are now ready! Find the best deals listed below.

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Check out the School Supplies Sales Price Comparison Database.
Search for the best prices and create a customized shopping list.
Save time AND money this shopping season!

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Staples Sales: Week of September 1

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on August 30, 2013

staples back to school deals

The Back to School sales for Staples are now ready! Find the best deals listed below.

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Check out the School Supplies Sales Price Comparison Database.
Search for the best prices and create a customized shopping list.
Save time AND money this shopping season!

Find ALL Back to School Weekly Sales

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