Monthly Archives: March 2010

BookRenter, Twestival & over $375,000!

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On Thursday March 25, 2010, in cities all around the world, people came together to support the importance of education via Twestival.  BookRenter was excited to be part of the over $375,000 the event has raised to date.

The Twestival event was to support Concern Worldwide.  Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization dedicated to reducing suffering and ending extreme poverty.

What is a Twestival you ask (we had to ask the same thing!)? A Twestival is a worldwide event that brings hundreds of cities together to rally and create awareness around an important cause.  Last Thursday’s event was to raise awareness for the 72 million children in the world who do not have the opportunity to go to school. Concern Worldwide was selected by the Twestival Global team and local organizers to be the recipient because of their comprehensive and well-respected approach to education.  You can learn more about Concern Worldwide here.

We look forward to participating in future  events and recommend you do the same. Giving back in small ways can add up to a big impact.

Here are the results of the fundraiser as of March 30, 2010:

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And The Winners Are…..

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BookRenter’s been doing a lot of celebrating over the last month and a half.  In February we had fun with Mardi Gras and in March we said cheers to St. Patrick’s Day.  During these holidays we also asked our customers and facebook fans to participate in some fun contests.

To celebrate Mardis Gras, we asked you to create your own Tiki mask and the artist behind the best one would win a $500 party in a box.  The party box included $200 cash, $100 in Domino’s Pizza, bottlepoppers, Mardis Gras beads, a jester’s hat, and more.  The winner of this prize was Lulu He, a student over at Cal State Fullerton, who used her prize to celebrate Mardis Gras in Las Vegas with her friends for her 21st birthday.  Here’s how Lulu described her trip:

The beads definitely came in handy; my friends and I really stood out on the streets! I loved the bottlepoppers, at first I didn’t even know what they were but they are sooooo cooolll!!! We ordered pizzas with the giftcards and I tried the Domino’s pasta in a bowl, soooo fulfilling. We all couldn’t even move after eating all that. My boyfriend wore the hat the wholeee time, it’s a really nice hat. :) He looked silly though. I spent the cash on the hotel room. Overall it was one of the best parties I had in my life. There is only one party pooping part. I dropped my camera in the water when we were out on the busy street and my camera died. :( I wish I was more careful. Luckily, everything else went great! Thank you guys so much for everything! I loved my Mardi Gras/Birthday Party. :)

Lulu wasn’t the only winner recently.  Over 1,000 Facebook fans got lucky around St. Patrick’s Day as they entered our contest to win pint glasses, weepuls, Papa John’s gift cards, and more.  This contest had a grand prize of a 16GB iPod nano, which was awarded to Nicole DeRosa.  Nicole, a nursing student at Pierce College in Washington was excited for her iPod and couldn’t believe she won. After winning, she told friends “I was soooo surprised and excited! I never win anything.”  Nicole also got some advice from those on Facebook for how she should enjoy her prize.

Congrats to both Lulu and Nicole for being our recent winners.  We’ll be giving all of our fans chances to win some more great prizes in the near future.  Stay updated with our emails and Facebook page so you can participate in our next promotion and win some cool stuff!

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Solution to a Stone Age Problem

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We just came back from sunny and warm Orlando, Florida.  No, we weren’t at Disney World; we were at Camex, the premiere trade show for college bookstores.  As you may have heard, we just rolled out a new service whereby anyone can launch their own textbook rental store on our BookRenter Platform.  And by anyone, we mean groups, clubs, organizations, or even college bookstores! So watch this space; we’ll soon be announcing our first partnerships with college campuses that are using our platform to run their own textbook rental stores and help you save money!

Saving you money since the Stone Age

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Michael Geller
VP, Marketing

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6 Ways to Save Money on Medical Expenses

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Graduating students always have a lot on their mind. Between homework and classes, and internships and career hunting, there is a lot to prepare for before a student gets to throw that cap in the air. And as if there wasn’t enough to worry about, graduation is also the day that students typically become ineligible to qualify for coverage under their parents’ insurance plan.

And insurance is expensive.

Family health plans typically stop covering dependents once they hit age 18. Often, companies extend coverage as long as the dependent is a full-time student up to the age of 21. A lucky few may have this benefit as long as through the age of 3.  As kids, the ability to go to the doctor when sick is a privilege often taken for granted. As  kids grow up, they come to realize the going to the doctor takes money.

Even if you have a job lined up that includes monthly benefits, you’re still going to have to cough up cash for prescriptions, co-payments, and monthly plan fees.  Here are six ways you can save money on your medical expenses.

1.  Don’t be a brand snob.

Buying generic brands or over the counter drugs like aspirin can save you dollars that will add up over time.

2.  Get yourself checked.

Yearly physicals go a long way in saving money. Getting preventative care will help you avoid spending money on more expensive treatments in the future.

3.  Keep your body fit.

Exercise has other benefits besides just looking good. Maintaining a healthy body keeps your immune system strong, which in turn keeps those germs from taking over.

4.  Calm down.

Stress can cause a lot of health issues; in college, anxiety can be a huge issue. Make sure to take time to unwind and de-stress between all those classes.

5.  Put down those potato chips.

Haven’t you heard?  Milk, it does a body good.  Eating healthy keeps you healthy, meaning fewer doctor visits and prescription drugs.

6.  And don’t watch so much television.

Keep your mind sharp by being active and exercising those mind muscles. While immediate effects may not be noticeable, long term benefits include less likelihood of cognitive decline.


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Get Lucky For St Patty’s Day!

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Pot of gold

Saint Patrick’s Day is next week (March 17th) and BookRenter is helping college students celebrate via the Win Prizes tab on its Facebook page.

By entering our sweepstakes, you’re guaranteed to be lucky and win a prize.  Prizes include St Patty’s Day pint glasses, Papa John’s pizza, Brainmass.com library credits, BookRenter coupons for your next textbook rental and more.   You can enter once a day, and everytime you do, you’ll be entered to win the grand prize, a shiny green 16 GB iPod nano.

Don’t wait any longer, check out our fan page and get lucky by winning St Patty’s prizes!

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