There is another way to save money on college textbooks and that is to try textbook rental. Campus Book Rental ( is one source. This online book rental service has the following:

  • 40-90% off of bookstore price
  • free shipping both ways
  • can highlight in the textbooks
  • flexible renting periods
  • donation to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
  • 30 day risk free guarantee

I still have a few (very few because I’m not a hoarder) of my music textbooks from college but kept none of the ones unrelated to my major. My son is at a seminary and his books are pretty specific to his Christian studies major, but any of those other subject textbooks that he wouldn’t want to keep are in his best interest to rent. Renting textbooks, especially for those first semesters when the courses are more generalized, is an excellent idea. With Campus Book Rentals you can choose to rent for a semester, quarter or for the summer. There is also the flexibility to rent for your own specified amount of time.

One of the books my son is reading is Plato Complete Works edited by John M. Cooper. It is $54 list price and less than $30 for a semester rental. My son is going to keep this book for his library, but there are many other options for him to use at Campus Book Rentals. Renting textbooks is a great way to teach our college students how to save money.

Excerpted from articles which originally ran on Marty's Musings here, here and here. Used with permission.

marty waldenMarty Walden is passionate about sharing her life, faith, dreams and adventures as a DIY, crafty, bargain hunting, homeschooling, memory keeping mom of both biological and adopted children. You can connect with Marty through her blog Marty’s Musings, email, facebook, twitter, pinterest or google +.

Publication date: April 10, 2013