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About Me...

In June 2007 I decided to look into returning to school for my Bachelor's degree. I had been managing okay with my Associate's degree, but the idea of moving back home [South Florida] without more education under my belt was not so appealing. By the end of July I had started my first class. Two years later I am five classes away from completing that degree and my oldest child is about to start her college journey. View my complete profile

About This Blog...

With this blog I hope to share some of what I have learned through my experiences as an online student and now, mom of a college student. Here you will find great scholarships, student deals, and other information to help with your voyage into higher education. Happy Studying!

For College Students











Mashable is a wonderful site with the all-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-social-media-but-were-afraid-to-ask information.  Quick!  Get an extra A for effort if you can name the movie reference!  =)

Thanks to Mashable and David Spinks for this wonderful list of social media sites every college student should check out:
  • Cramster.com - Find resources, answers to questions, study help, and more.  And did I mention this is free?
  • IntershipRatings.com - Want to know what to expect when it comes to internships?  Find out from those with experience.
  • Zimride - Carpooling for college students.  Find a ride across town, across state, or across the country.
  • Box.net - Collaborating software for college and beyond. 
  • Remember the Milk - A task master for those who need some help in keeping it all straight.  Works with various applications.
  • Gradefund - Get paid to make the grade.
  • Evernote - Find information now, retrieve it later from any computer or internet-capable device.
  • Zumeo - Find a job, connect through Facebook.
  • CampusBooks - Search for your textbooks, get the best price, sell them back when you are done.
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And as if that list was not extensive enough, I would like to add a few of my own:
  • ISleptThroughClass - Connect with other students, upload notes, share, get points, earn rewards.
  • SallieMae's Free Scholarship Finder - A great resource from a name synonomous with higher education.
  • ExpoTV - Submit video product reviews, apply to be the first to try new products (for free), get paid for doing so.  This is not specifically for college students, but what student couldn't use a little extra spending money or free products, am I right?
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Know of any great sites not listed here?  Looking for something specific?  I want this site to be as helpful as possible to all that visit.  Your comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

Saturday Scholarship Roundup - 8/29/09

College is expensive. Nothing like stating the obvious, huh? Good thing there are TONS of scholarships available to help offset some or all of those costs. So what are we waiting for, let's get this show on the road!

Thanks to FastWeb.com for providing information on these and other great scholarships. Want to be in the know on the newest scholarships and internships available? Why not join FastWeb today. It is free and it is easy. Join FastWeb today.

Thanks to SallieMae for providing information available for those noted below.  Sign up for SallieMae's scholarship finder today and find scholarships that match your profile.


Scholarships Ending Soon

Linda Lael Miller Scholarship for Women
Deadline: September 1, 2009
Amount: Unspecified
Website: http://www.lindalaelmiller.com/scholarships/scholarships.asp

Zinch Super Student Stimulus Scholarship
Deadline: September 5, 2009
Amount: $5,555
Website: http://www.zinch.com/Scholarship/Super-Student-Stimulus-Scholarship.aspx?utm_source=FastWeb utm_medium=scholarshipsubmit

Share the Wealth Sweepstakes (courtesy of Levi Strauss & Co. and J.C. Penney Stores)
Deadline: September 7. 2009
Amount: $50,000
Website: http://Levistuition.com

Why I Deserve A Scholarship
Deadline: September 7, 2009
Amount: $2,500
Website: http://www.whyideserveascholarship.com/

New Scholarships

$1,500 SuperCollege Scholarship (courtesy of SallieMae)
Deadline: September 30, 2009
Amount: $1,500
Website: http://www.supercollege.com/scholarship/

$1,500 Scholarship Detective Launch Scholarship (courtesy of SallieMae)
Deadline: September 30, 2009
Amount: $1,500
Website: http://www.scholarshipdetective.com/scholarship/index.cfm

C.I.P. Scholarship (courtesy of SallieMae)
Deadline: December 31, 2009
Amount: $1,500
Website: http://www.collegeispower.com/content.cfm?area=4

A. Patrick Charnon Memorial Scholarship (courtesy of CollegeBoard)
Deadline: March 31, 2010
Amount: $1,500
Website: www.cesresources.org/charnon.html
note- only first 250 applications will be considered

All-Ink.com College Scholarship Program (courtesy of CollegeBoard)
Deadline: December 31, 2009
Amount: $1,000
Website: www.all-ink.com/scholarship.aspx

Datatel Scholars Foundation (courtesy of CollegeBoard)
Deadline: January 30, 2010
Amount: $1,000-$2,400
Website: www.datatelscholars.org

Sweepstakes

Bed, Bath & Beyond Mastercard 2009 Tuition Sweepstakes
Ends: September 8, 2009
Amount: Varies (up to $50,000)
Website: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/sweeps/swpBTCUS09a_enter.asp?order_num=-1&

Textbooks.com Back to Campus Cash Giveaway
Ends: September 14, 2009
Amount: Varies (up to $1,500)
Website: http://textbooks.promo.eprize.com/cashgiveaway/

Sallie Mae Monthly Drawing
Ends: ongoing
Amount: $1,000
Website: https://www.collegeanswer.com/global/about/about_disclaimers.jsp#rules

What I Learned Wednesday - Life is Short, Make the Most of It

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This week I took my 16 year old daughter to get her driver's license. Let me explain. In Virginia the kids can get their learner's permit when they are 15 1/2 years old. Once they turn 16 years and 3 months they can get their 180-day license (they must wait 9 months from the date of receiving their learner's until they may get their 180-day license). This is a piece of paper they carry along with their learner's permit until they receive notice from the court to pick up their permanent license. Today we arrived at the courthouse promptly and took our seats and waited.

About a year and a half ago I did this very same thing with my oldest child (now 18). So, I knew what to expect although this time seemed to go by a bit faster. The sheriff's officer reminds us to turn off our cell phones. If it rings, whether it be parent or child, the child will not get their license, so sorry. Next, the judge enters and says a few words. Then the state trooper does his spiel on safety belts, zero-tolerance for alcohol, curfew, cell phone rules, etc. And then the part that always gets to me - the video.

Back in June 2006 a co-worker of mine was in a fatal car accident. She was a few weeks shy of her 20th birthday and a few days shy of her 1 year out of high school. It is believed she fell asleep at the wheel. Alcohol did play some role in this as her and another girl were partying the night before. Additionally, she was not wearing her seat belt. The passenger walked away with a few scratches and appears in court each time licenses are issued to tell her story. The video is a tribute to Melissa's life, and death. And I cry every time I see it.

My oldest child is 2 years younger than Melissa was when she died. I can not imagine having only two more years of memories. I have no idea of how her family must feel. I do know what it is like to miss someone because they died at an early age, but losing a child is different. And it is one feeling I hope to never have first hand.

Life is short. Spend time with those you love. Do not let hate or negativity take hold of you. Take time for the little things. And make the most of each and every day. I know I will.


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Saturday Scholarship Roundup - 8/22/09

College is expensive. Nothing like stating the obvious, huh? Good thing there are TONS of scholarships available to help offset some or all of those costs. So what are we waiting for, let's get this show on the road!

Thanks to FastWeb.com for providing information on these and other great scholarships. Want to be in the know on the newest scholarships and internships available? Why not join FastWeb today. It is free and it is easy. Join FastWeb today.

Scholarships Ending Soon

Education Xpo
Deadline: August 27, 2009
Amount: $500
Website: http://edu.educationxpo.com/v/flow/flow

Linda Lael Miller Scholarship for Women
Deadline: September 1, 2009
Amount: Unspecified
Website: http://www.lindalaelmiller.com/scholarships/scholarships.asp

Zinch Super Student Stimulus Scholarship
Deadline: September 5, 2009
Amount: $5,555
Website: http://www.zinch.com/Scholarship/Super-Student-Stimulus-Scholarship.aspx?utm_source=FastWeb utm_medium=scholarshipsubmit

New Scholarships

Share the Wealth Sweepstakes (courtesy of Levi Strauss & Co. and J.C. Penney Stores)
Deadline: September 7. 2009
Amount: $50,000
Website: http://Levistuition.com


Why I Deserve A Scholarship

Deadline: September 7, 2009
Amount: $2,500
Website: http://www.whyideserveascholarship.com/

Mooching Scholarships (courtesy of Zinch.com)
Deadline: December 31, 2009
Amount: Varies
Website: http://www.zinch.com/Scholarships/ScholarshipProfile.aspx?s=8303

J.W. Saxe Memorial Prize (courtesy of Zinch.com)
Deadline: March 15, 2010
Amount: $2,000
Website: http://www.zinch.com/Scholarships/ScholarshipProfile.aspx?s=8457

Sweepstakes

Bed, Bath & Beyond Mastercard 2009 Tuition Sweepstakes
Ends: September 8, 2009
Amount: Varies (up to $50,000)
Website: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/sweeps/swpBTCUS09a_enter.asp?order_num=-1&

Textbooks.com Back to Campus Cash Giveaway
Ends: September 14, 2009
Amount: Varies (up to $1,500)
Website: http://textbooks.promo.eprize.com/cashgiveaway/

Sallie Mae Monthly Drawing
Ends: ongoing
Amount: $1,000
Website: https://www.collegeanswer.com/global/about/about_disclaimers.jsp#rules

Brickfish Campaigns
















Check out these current campaigns at Brickfish:

  • Kiss and Tell Your Huge Lips Skinny Hips I.D. - 426, ends 8/27/09
  • Who's Got You Covered? - 320 entries, ends 9/3/09
  • Hang with Ryan - 111 entries, ends 9/10/09
  • Tools for Celebrity Style - 360 entries, ends 9/14/09
  • got2b's Hot Hollywood Hair-Do Rescue - 34 entries, ends 9/29/09
  • Back in Black and White Photo Challenge - 447 entries, ends 11/5/09
  • Design Your Health Care Rally Sign - 110 entries, ends 11/9/09
  • Pet and Doll Parade - 80 entries, ends 11/16/09
Find the campaign(s) that you want to enter, upload your photo, then tell all of your friends, tweet about it, post it on Facebook, MySpace, or your favorite social media site. There are new campaigns starting all of the time and plenty of money and prizes to go around. Who knows, the next winner could be you!


Image courtesy of Brickfish.com

Share the Wealth Sweepstakes












This is a great opportunity to win one of two $50,000 college scholarships. You can enter once every 24 hours through September 7, 2009.


How to Enter:
  1. Text "tuition" to 36638
  2. Go to Levistuition.com and complete the entry form.
  3. Mail-In: legibly hand print your name, age, and complete mailing address on a 3"x5" piece of paper, insert the paper into a stamped #10 envelope and mail to: "Levi's Share The Wealth Entry", PO Box 10790, Bozeman, MT 59719-0790. Entries must be postmarked by September 7, 2009 and received by September 14, 2009.
Selection of Winners: Winners will be selected on or around September 30, 2009. Potential winners who entered via mail-in or online will be notified by certified mail on or about October 7, 2009. Potential winners who entered via text message will be contacted by phone using the number from which the text message was sent.

Eligibility: Must reside within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and be at least 13 years old on the first day of the sweepstakes period (August 2, 2009).

Rules: Click here for complete rules.


Image courtesy of Levistuition.com.

What I Learned Wednesday - Take Time for Yourself

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This past weekend my family and I took some time out and took a little trip to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. School for my youngest two (13 & 16) starts today and my oldest starts college at the end of the month. Me, I am perpetually in school, but have a week off between semesters next week. It was nice to get away from school, computers, blogging, and phones and just be for a few days.

I had won four tickets to any Six Flags park and was really glad I did. The family wanted to go to a theme park this summer, but did not think we could afford it. Not that the trip was entirely free. The four free tickets were a nice discount, though. We spent seven glorious hours at the Six Flags last Saturday; most of it in the water park. It was hot!

Each night I read before falling asleep. And it was really nice being with the family without all of the technological distractions. Taking time for yourself can be as simple as reading a few chapters of a book each day for fun or a nap in the middle of the day. Just remember to unwind and unplug every once in awhile and recharge those batteries. You will be glad you did; I am.

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Great Deal on a Netbook @ TigerDirect

Here is a great deal on an Acer Aspire One netbook over at TigerDirect.com. This is a refurbished netbook with 1.5 GHz, 1 GB DDR2, 160 GB, 8.9" LED, GSM Card, and Windows XP Home. I have been trying to justify getting one, but without an actual job I will just have to wait. But, you can get yours now for as little as $214.78 shipped.

Here is the deal:

  1. Shop through Ebates. If you do not have an account, then get one today; it is free. And, just for signing up you will get a $5.00 bonus making this an even sweeter deal.
  2. Find TigerDirect.com and click on the link to receive 3% back on your purchase.
  3. Find the Acer Aspire One netbook (item # S445-89007) and add to your cart.
  4. If you live in Florida or North Carolina you will be charged sales tax, if not, then you only have to pay shipping. Shipping for me is $1.99 for 3-7 day ground, so this could be inexpensive.
  5. Pay using PayPal and receive $20.00 cash back. (this is good on any qualified purchase of $200 or more made by August 31, 2009)
  6. Receive $7.20 cash back from Ebates ($239.99 x 3%)
That is it. A netbook for as little as $214.78 shipped. Just in time for back to school, too. I have purchased computer supplies and upgrades from TigerDirect for years. Shipping is fast and they are super reliable. You can rest assured you will not be disappointed.

Saturday Scholarship Roundup 8/15/09

College is expensive. Nothing like stating the obvious, huh? Good thing there are TONS of scholarships available to help offset some or all of those costs. So what are we waiting for, let's get this show on the road!

Thanks to FastWeb.com for providing information on these and other great scholarships. Want to be in the know on the newest scholarships and internships available? Why not join FastWeb today. It is free and it is easy. Join FastWeb today.

Scholarships Ending Soon

Linda Lael Miller Scholarship for Women
Deadline: September 1, 2009
Amount: Unspecified
Website: http://www.lindalaelmiller.com/scholarships/scholarships.asp

Zinch Super Student Stimulus Scholarship
Deadline: September 5, 2009
Amount: $5,555
Website: http://www.zinch.com/Scholarship/Super-Student-Stimulus-Scholarship.aspx?utm_source=FastWeb utm_medium=scholarshipsubmit

New Scholarships

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Deadline: September 17, 2009
Amount: $10,000
Website: http://www.aynrand.org/contests

Eugene S. Thorpe Scholarship
Deadline: November 1, 2009
Amount: $2,000
Website: http://fee.org/contest/eugene-thorpe-essay-contest/

A GPA Isn't Everything Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2009
Amount: $1,000
Website: http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/GPAisntEverythingScholarship.jsp?code=FW_32

Cutting-Edge Careers Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2009
Amount: $1,000
Website: http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/cuttingEdgeCareersScholarship.jsp?code=FW_88

I Don't Want to Pay for College Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2009
Amount: $1,000
Website: http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/noPayScholarship.jsp?code=FW_98

Sweepstakes

Bed, Bath & Beyond Mastercard 2009 Tuition Sweepstakes
Ends: September 8, 2009
Amount: Varies (up to $50,000)
Website: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/sweeps/swpBTCUS09a_enter.asp?order_num=-1&

Textbooks.com Back to Campus Cash Giveaway
Ends: September 14, 2009
Amount: Varies (up to $1,500)
Website: http://textbooks.promo.eprize.com/cashgiveaway/

Sallie Mae Monthly Drawing
Ends: ongoing
Amount: $1,000
Website: https://www.collegeanswer.com/global/about/about_disclaimers.jsp#rules

Back to School Giveaway


















As I was browsing the web in search of places to get the word out about a giveaway I am hosting over at my personal blog AnneOnLife, I found this great giveaway for college students.

Head on over to Mom Start and enter to win a 4GB Mimobot Flash Drive courtesy of mimoco.com. These are familiar character flash drives to add a little something something to your study-time experience. There are several ways to gain entry and this giveaway ends August 19, 2009.

After you are finished there, why not head over to my giveaway sponsored by MyBlogSpark and Yoplait FiberOne yogurt. Three (3) lucky readers will win a FiberOne gift pack which includes an insulated lunch tote (with 2 separate compartments), a microwave safe divided plate, a cup with lid and handy measurements for making smoothies or carrying your drink with you, two (2) fork/knife/spoons, and a VIP coupon for a FREE four-pack of any flavor Yoplait FiberOne 50 calorie yogurt.

Now you possibly can head back to school with a new flash drive to store your homework on and a healthy snack package to get your day started right. What could be better!

What I Learned Wednesday - It Takes Money To Make Money

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Sure, we all know the saying 'it takes money to make money'. One usually says this when making a bet or buying stocks, but it is also true with careers. Think about it. In order to make decent money you have to spend *a lot* of money on an education. My daughter just finished her financial aid package. Not including the Pell Grant and not including any increase in tuition or interest accrued, her total financing will be $55,000! All of this just to become a teacher. No wonder they complain about the low pay.

My return to college has cost me $30,000 in loans and another $3,000 in textbooks. Not to mention the two calculators (1 scientific and 1 financial). I could add the cost of the MacBook I purchased and the upgrade to DSL, but they benefit me in other ways as well. Sadly, when all is said and done there is no guarantee of a job to pay for this lovely education. Yet, without the education there would most certainly be no job, at least not the kind of job offering the kind of pay I would want.

What have you learned this week? Grab the button from my sidebar, then add a link to your post below using MckLinky. Not sure how to link up? Leave a comment or send me an email (or both) and I will happily walk you through it.

The Ultimate Steal - Microsoft Office for $59.95

This has got to be the best offer to be found for Microsoft Office. This is not the student edition or just a few programs. This is everything you could want for office productivity.

Buy Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007!Programs Include:
  • Word 2007 - Create and share great looking papers and reports.
  • Excel 2007 - Versatile software tools help you organize, compile, and compare important school information.
  • PowerPoint 2007 - Make great school presentations fast with new formatting and graphics.
  • Outlook 2007 - Stay in touch with multiple email accounts, don't miss events by using your calendar, and synchronize/backup your cellphone contacts.
  • OneNote 2007 - Save precious time - and headaches - by managing all your notes and information in one easy-to-use and search software tool.
  • Groove 2007 - Share, store, and communicate project information on or off-line securely and easily.
  • Publisher 2007 - Save time and money by creating high-quality print and online publications for your clubs and organizations.
  • Access 2007 - Easy-to-use new database-management software tools to help you track, report, and share important information for class projects of your own business.
  • InfoPath 2007 - Easily create electronic forms to gather data for class or extracurricular projects.
Compared to over $300, this truly is The Ultimate Steal. So, you are asking: What is the catch? Valid question. To qualify for this *awesome* deal you must:
  1. Be a current student.
  2. Attend a school that is registered and approved.
  3. Have an email address that ends in .edu.
That is it! No tax, no shipping. As soon as payment is processed you will be given the link to download your software. Want a hard copy? For just $13 more you can request a cd be sent to you.

I bought this and can say it is the real deal! This site is part of Microsoft and just one way Microsoft supports education.



Program information courtesy of The Ultimate Steal.

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are used.

Saturday Scholarship Roundup 8/8/09

College is expensive. Nothing like stating the obvious, huh? Good thing there are TONS of scholarships available to help offset some or all of those costs. So what are we waiting for, let's get this show on the road!

A very special thanks to FastWeb.com for providing information on these and other great scholarships. Want to be in the know on the newest scholarships and internships available? Why not join FastWeb today. It is free and it is easy.

Scholarships Ending Soon

College Prowler "No Essay" Scholarship
Deadline: August 15, 2009
Amount: $2,000
Website: http://collegeprowler.com/scholarship/apply.aspx

Linda Lael Miller Scholarship for Women
Deadline: September 1, 2009
Amount: Unspecified
Website: http://www.lindalaelmiller.com/scholarships/scholarships.asp

Zinch Super Student Stimulus Scholarship
Deadline: September 5, 2009
Amount: $5,555
Website: http://www.zinch.com/Scholarship/Super-Student-Stimulus-Scholarship.aspx?utm_source=FastWeb utm_medium=scholarshipsubmit


New Scholarships

Ruth Stanton Community Grant
Deadline: November 1, 2009
Amount: $500
Website: http://www.actionvolunteering.com/apply.htm


Sweepstakes

Bed, Bath & Beyond Mastercard 2009 Tuition Sweepstakes
Ends: September 8, 2009
Amount: Varies (up to $50,000)
Website: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/sweeps/swpBTCUS09a_enter.asp?order_num=-1&

Textbooks.com Back to Campus Cash Giveaway
Ends: September 14, 2009
Amount: Varies (up to $1,500)
Website: http://textbooks.promo.eprize.com/cashgiveaway/

Sallie Mae Monthly Drawing
Ends: ongoing
Amount: $1,000
Website: https://www.collegeanswer.com/global/about/about_disclaimers.jsp#rules

Education Investment Planner

Sallie Mae has a free tool available for those wanting to know how much money it is going to take to get that degree. It answers the following four questions:

  1. How much might college really cost?
  2. Is there a way to compare costs from different schools?
  3. What will my student loan payment be after I graduate?
  4. What are the different ways I can pay for school?

Did you know when I started pursuing my degree at Keiser University I did not know how much it was going to cost? I had a vague idea, sure. All in all, I estimate the cost of my returning to school to be $25,000, not including books. When I am finished I will have taken 30 classes with an average book cost of $100, paid out of pocket (not through loans).

In-state versus out-of-state; local versus going away. It costs almost three times as much to attend an out-of-state school. My daughter did not apply to her first choice school due to the expense. Room and board plus a meal plan really adds to the cost of an education as well. If you have a college nearby, then save some money by living at home instead on in the dorm.

Many schools are seeing a decrease in enrollment. What does this mean for you? It could mean you have a better chance of getting into your first choice. But, it most likely means you will be paying more for your education. With the drop in students, colleges and universities are looking to make up this lost income through higher tuition. The good news is there are plenty of ways to fund your education.

With Sallie Mae's education investment planner you can estimate costs at over 5,500 colleges and graduate schools for every year in school. Then you can build and save plans to compare costs. Forecast monthly loan payments for after you graduate. And explore the many funding options: savings, scholarships, grants, student loans.

When you sign up (remember, this is a free service) you are automatically entered in Sallie Mae's $1,000 monthly drawing.

What I Learned Wednesday - Repetition Works

Welcome to my very first "What I Learned Wednesday" post. The first of many, many more to come. Join the fun, post what you learned this week, and link up below. The code for the image is located in my sidebar. All I ask is you link back to this post. Oh, and make sure you link to your post and not your blog in general, okay?

Ever notice many of the classes taken are quite repetitive? I have taken several classes on variations of management accounting, statistics, ethics, and cross cultural management. Oh, I am an accounting major, in case you did not know this already. So, I have often wondered about this redundancy. I mean, why do I have to keep learning the same thing in a different way under a different course title? I believe they call it "sinking in". See, redundancy is the wrong word; they are repetitive. You know, like when you were younger and were learning how to spell and the teacher would have you write the words 5 or 10 times. This was to get the spelling to sink in and come time for the test you would know the correct spelling for each of those words, hopefully.

After taking my umpteenth management accounting class it is finally sinking in for me. I remember more and more of what terms mean, how they are used, the formulas, the reasoning, the what, why, where, how, and why. Who really thinks they can remember all of this stuff? I save all my accounting books for future references (that and I will never recuperate the costs). Now I know while I may need to reference some things, I will remember many others. And this is a GREAT feeling.

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Low Price & Eco-Friendly Textbooks


For the past two and a half years I have been paying anywhere from $100 to $200 for textbooks, per class! That is right! I just paid $200 for a textbook and another $100 for a workbook for just one class. And my school does NOT buy back books. This is a tremendous expense and one that should be addressed, but that is another post.

What would you say if I told you I found a way to pay much, much less than $200 for a textbook? You would be there, right? There is one little catch. I know, I know, but if you can handle it you will save a TON of money. And who does not want that?

First, an example. I bought the textbook Information Systems Today for just under $200 through my school. I am fairly certain I will not be using this book beyond this course, so that is $200 thrown out the window. For $89.67 I could have purchased a 180-day eTextbook subscription from CourseSmart. Yes, an eTextbook. These are available in two versions: online and download.

Since I take all of my classes online, an eTextbook would work out well for me. I would always have it available (as long as I had my laptop and internet access, for the online version), it would not take up space in my house (along with all of the other dust collecting texts), and it would save me money. In this instance it would be a $110.33 or 55% savings.

Unfortunately, I am almost through with my education and have paid full price these past two and a half years. Fortunately, you can learn from my mistakes. If you are in the digital age, then eTextbooks could be just what the professor ordered! Why not give them a try? Save a little money and a tree at the same time. Talk about your warm, fuzzy feelings!
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