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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

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Why Buy When You Can Rent


How many textbooks do you own that you will never open again?  Since beginning my journey towards my degree I have taken 25 classes.  Of those 25 classes maybe 5 books will prove useful beyond college, maybe.  With an average cost of $100 per book that is $2,500 on textbooks that have very little resale value.  Some of my books are worth nothing, while I may get lucky and get 1/3 of what I paid with a textbook buy back service.  So I am thinking renting textbooks, what a great idea! 

PhotobucketI just paid $97.95 plus shipping for the textbook to the left.  This is not even a hardcover book!  To me it is absurd to think college students (who have no money) are forced to pay so much for a textbook.  What a racket!  It is the equivalent of the mafia, only in the form of strong-arming the higher learning sect.

Chegg is simple to use, too.  Just go to their site and enter in the ISBN number, Author, or Title of the book you need.  Their smart recognition will list books that match your request.  Pick your text, and then select the length of time you need, and add to your cart.  Chegg pays for you to ship the books back when you are done.

My classes run month-to-month, so I only use my textbooks for one month.  With Chegg you get four options for renting:
  1. Rent by the semester
  2. Rent by the quarter
  3. Rent for 60 days
  4. Pick one of the options above and requst additional time be added
So, I would choose the shortest term of 60 days.  Which would then result in the lowest cost.

PhotobucketAs you can see from this screenshot, I would have saved $68.78 on my current textbook by renting it from Chegg as opposed to purchasing it. 

And I have not even gotten to the best part.  Chegg will plant 1 tree for every textbook you rent.  Save money and be environmentally friendly all at the same time.

Just ask yourself, what could you do with all of that extra money?  Do I hear student loan payback?

One last thing...
make sure you use this special promo code CC103319. You’ll get an extra 5% off your order.
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