Advertorial: College Book Rentals & Operation Smile

Meet my college books. Books, meet these lovely people! All of their content is safely stocked on the hard disc that is my brain. The thing about college books is that they are really expensive. And it’s hard to sell them off to students from the next years, as the teachers always find a way to tweak them a little for the next school year. A lot of these books have never even been used. See those four binders? Only two turned out to be relevant, meaning I wasted more than a hundred dollars on them. I can’t sell them. I can’t update them without an expensive subscription. One hundred dollars,  that’s the price of a mini trip to Paris or a high quality new bag. Auwtch.

Talking about College, just quickly throwing this in between this post here, I just received the grades from my exams! Guess what!? My degree in Social Work just got one big step closer! I passed them all! Who’s in for some pie to celebrate!?  I’m in a good mood now! 

I was contacted by the sweet people behind Campus Book Rentals to promote their services to you today. Their concept is basically GENIUS. Even though they are based in the United States, and my text books are written by my own professors and therefor can’t be found online, I really wanted to point out their services to you. Because I know how big of a bite college takes from your savings and because I hope that I can save you the money you need for that trip to New York you’ve been dreaming of ;). It’s simple really. You can rent textbooks online, and return them for free at the end of your year or semester. This way Campus Book Rentals helps you save money. They also asked me to specifically point out they you are allowed to highlight in their books. Which is probably the best perk of all! And if you, like me, have old textbooks laying around you can check if they are on the list of their Rent Back project. If they are, you may ship them to CBR and they rent the books to other students for you. That way or old books can actually help you earn back your money.

For every textbook rented they donate to Operation Smile. Operation Smile is a medical charity organisation that helps fund cleft lip surgeries for children in families who could otherwise not afford it. Worldwide. These surgeries heal the smiles of young boys and girls, changing their lives forever. When I was little, there was a young boy in our school who was born with a cleft lip. In fourth grade we all had to make a presentation about a life changing event. As most of us talked about the birth of a younger sibling, he told us about how he was bullied at his old school and how the surgery changed the way he looked at himself. I remember all the girls crying and all the boys turning quiet. It was until today one of the best presentations I’ve seen.I haven’t seen this boy since we all left for highschool, but I still think about him every now and then.

This was, as was probably very obvious, a sponsored post. I received a small payment for writing this post that I used to partially pay for the printing and bundling of the first part of my thesis. This way Campus Book Rentals was able to help me with my studies too! As a college student I thought this post was fitting and the opinions I gave in this post are my own. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to comment or email me

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  1. 6 February 2013 / 21:07

    Congrats on passing your exams!!! LOL I guess textbooks are expensive everywhere, and here I thought it was just a Canadian school thing. I always have at least 2 books I should not have bought, because they were hardly used. And its so true, profs have some sneaky way of making that addition outdated so you can't even sell it..not fair! xo

  2. 7 February 2013 / 13:21

    What an amazing program! Benefits all around. Now you've got me thinking about what books I might have lying around my apartment…


  3. 7 February 2013 / 16:20

    This is really quite genius and that photo of you is too cute. Lucky for me though I study a lot of french novels which cost only two or three dollars. Hurray for the Humanities!

    Also such a great cause. This sounds like a really great organization. And i love that you were able to use the money for school.

  4. 7 February 2013 / 17:55

    I do not miss college! Not one bit 🙂

  5. 8 February 2013 / 02:41

    Oh my goodness I don't envy you. I too remember the extreme cost of books for college. It's so unfortunate that students are forced to spend good money on something they may crack open to read a few times that semester.
    Regardless I hope you find great use of these at some point.
    Cheers. 🙂

  6. 8 February 2013 / 06:56

    I did whatever I could to scrimp and save on textbooks when I was in university. I'm pretty proud of my thriftiness, honestly. But the times I had to cave and just buy the book… it hurt.

  7. 8 February 2013 / 22:25

    Yay for passing all your exams!

  8. 9 February 2013 / 09:54

    Oh zo'n ontroerend verhaal van dat jongetje! mooi initiatief!
    en proficiat dat je erdoor bent voor je examens!
    en hoe bedoel je dat je een verkeerde keuze hebt gemaakt destijds? bedoel je je studie?
    xo Charlotte – aliceroxy

  9. 9 February 2013 / 23:36

    I hated the cost of textbooks. After noticing that all the books I actually paid for I didn't end up actually reading, I just gave up altogether. I bought only language books I had to write in, and the rest I got from the library. If I couldn't check them out, there was always at least a copy in reference, so I could just hand out at the library and get all my homework done without spending $500 a semester needlessly.

    Sophisticated Lace

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