Hope you all had a very enjoyable holiday spent with family and friends!
Today I am gonna sit down with you and share a little more about my journey through college and some true advice all you students should definitely use, that helped me!
For those of you who are enjoying your winter break, and don't want to be reminded of how you have to go back to class, I apologize now!
Life had happened to me, it got in the way of me going to school like the traditional student. I went to an out of state school, Northern Illinois University, and ended up coming back home after finishing my first year there. In the fall I became really sick, and with trying to figure out my diagnosis with Lupus and figure out the disease, as well as time in the hospital, I decided to stay closer to home for school.
It took me quite awhile to finish college, but I made it. Jesus taught me throughout my journey that it was never a race and it was always a journey. Much like life! Many people that started never ended up finishing, so the fact that I was 25 just finishing my undergrad didn't bother me. He taught me to be faithful and it would pay off!
I had a full-time job & became a full-time student.
Little did I know, most of my college life would like this. Coming from quite a large family, (seven of us!), I was putting myself through school and had to take on the financial responsibility of the role as well!
One of the major ways I saved on expenses was by discovering a book rental service, like CampusBookRentals.com. Every semester I would buy books for well over $500+, and then the end of the semester be able to only sell back and get a portion of the funds back! While I was excited when I got that $200 back, I had a net loss of $300! Not okay!
Well, I never went back to buying books, unless needed! I would spend $50-75/each renting most of my books each semester - maybe totally $200 which was so much less than buying!
Perks of renting: First off, you save 40-90% off of bookstore prices by renting used books! And with CampusBookRentals.com you get free shipping both ways, you can highlight in the books like it's your own, they have flexible renting periods, and the icing on the cake is that they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented from their site!
(Operation Smile is a charity that helps heal children's smiles through medical procedures; dealing with cleft lip and palate)
They also have a new service, RentBack, that allows you to rent out those textbooks you own to other students! Hey you could start a business with this, just sayin :)
ON TO THE GOOD STUFF...
For any of you who are interested in trying this out, I've got something special for you!
I am teaming up with CampusBookRentals.com to give one lucky reader a $25 credit towards your book rental from their site!
Just enter by using the rafflecopter below! Good luck!