How to Save Money at College/Uni // Giveaway

If you have read my blog over the past few months you will know that I’m in the middle of revising for exams at the moment (fun, fun).  I thought I’d seen the last of them when I finished university but it turns out I’m doing more due to my job and this time round it is much harder as I’m juggling revising and working full time. Today’s post is a little different to my usual beauty or fashion.. this time it’s lifestyle and related to studying.

I remember spending a fortune on books every year at university but in the UK there seemed to be no alternative.  In the USA, however, there is!  Campus Books offer students the opportunity to rent textbooks which can save you a lot of money as they are very expensive to buy and most people never look at them after graduation.  I must admit I did keep the majority of mine but that was because my job relates very closely to my degree (Business Administration with Computing) so it made sense to keep them as I have referred back to them, plus as I said, I didn’t have much choice than to buy them!  Many of my friends, however, have had their books sitting on a bookshelf and getting dusty since final exams (over two years ago) so for them it hasn’t been quite the same investment.

Renting textbooks can save you a lot of money and it sounds pretty easy to do as you place your order online. Other advantages include:

  • Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
  • Free shipping both ways
  • Can highlight in the textbooks
  • Flexible renting periods
  • A donation is made to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

Operation Smile is an international charity to help children who are born with a cleft lip.  These children often find it difficult to eat, drink and smile are can be bullied because of the way they look.  Operation Smile is a volunteer based medical charity that helps thousands of children in over 60 countries by offering free surgery.


An alternative for those who have already bought there textbooks is to rent them out to other students.  This is a new initiative introduced by Campus Books and means that you can regain some of the money you spend on your purchases. To find out more about this look at the Rent Book website.

Over 1 million customers rent textbooks from Campus Books at over 5,500 college campuses across the nation (US only) and you could join them by visiting the Campus Books website here.


I have teamed up with Campus Books to offer one of my readers a $25.00 discount on textbook rental.  To enter please use the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


– The giveaway will run for two weeks (ending on 16th July) and is only open to people in the US (sorry!)
– The winner will be emailed my myself and given a discount code that will be provided by Campus Books
– The winner will have 3 days to claim their prize.  If I do not hear from them within this time frame a new winner will be picked.
– If you are under 16 please ask parental permission before //

Do you think you would rent a textbook or let other students rent yours?

*This is a sponsored blog post written by me.  Giveaway prize is provided by Campus Books

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  1. Grace Kendrick
    July 1, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    Lovely advice, I'll be going to university next year, and finance sounds terrifying (I'm going to have to be soooooooo strict with my spending)..

    My email address is:


  2. Tinxabellie
    July 2, 2013 / 11:15 am

    I suppose it depends on what course you are doing. I did a history course and I rarely had to buy my own books as we had a library packed full of material and online journal access. Other courses don't have it so easy though 🙁 what a great giveaway though! 🙂 x

  3. Melissa
    July 2, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    This is a good idea!

    Love, The mind of an exchange

  4. Kimberley Johnson
    July 4, 2013 / 6:57 am

    Oo wow you're really lucky! I had to use books out of the library for my dissertation and essays but I had to have core textbooks to for lectures and background reading. Nightmare!


  5. anna
    July 8, 2013 / 1:41 am

    I love the idea of renting books because you can save a ton of money!

  6. Denise S.
    July 10, 2013 / 10:47 pm

    Thanks for the chance.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  7. erica
    July 12, 2013 / 9:03 am

    I don't think that was an option during my college years, I wish it were!
    indypassionlady at gmail dot com

  8. Tahina Quezada
    July 12, 2013 / 1:16 pm thanks for the awesome giveaway this would help me a lot i am taking six classes

  9. YennySweeps
    July 13, 2013 / 7:06 am

    great giveaway!

  10. Deb S.
    July 15, 2013 / 2:46 pm

    This would be great for my son.

    theskyisblue1215 (at) gmail (dot) com

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