Monthly Archives: November 2010

Top 5 Tips for Surviving Black Friday

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By BookRenter Briana

by robholland

Black Friday… everyone looks forward to the sales, but dread the crowds. It can be a very hectic day if you aren’t prepared, so I have prepared a list of  tips so you can go out their with a little less stress.

1.      Do your research: Make sure you know what you want to buy and have a list prepared. Going into stores unprepared is like a war zone! Make sure you have your ads ready and organized. Check out for a round up of all the sales and deals for your Black Friday shopping all in one place.

2.      Compare prices : check out sites like Price Grabber that can compare prices on certain products and tell you where the better deal is.

3.      Rest up and go prepared: After your Thanksgiving festivities head straight to bed. Hey,  if you are planning on hitting the stores at 3am you will need those extra zzz’s. Don’t forget to bring snacks and a water bottle. You don’t want low blood sugar and dehydration to add to the insanity.

4.      Divide and conquer & practice the buddy system. Bring family and friends with you ‘cuz its more fun and can be super helpful.  Plan your attack- have one person hold your spot in line while the others go grab the goodies.

5.      Stay home and shop on-line! – Online websites have caught onto Black Friday and have offered the public great deals right at your figure tips.

Don’t forget about Cyber Monday!

Hopefully you have gained a few tips on how to cope with shopping on Black Friday. It’s crazy out there so be prepared and try and have fun!

What do you do to prepare for black Friday?

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Friday Funny YouTube Tom Lehrer Element Song

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Weekly Coffee Winner!

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Congratulations, Sherry you are this week’s $10 coffee gift card winner!

“We dont have 7 eleven, so McDonalds!!”

Comment on our blog from now and until the end of November and be entered in to win one of our weekly coffee giveaways. Each winner will receive a $10 gift card, to one of the following: Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or TBD.  Winners will be chosen at random and announced each Wednesday.

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BookRenter Visits Local School

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Capri Elementary School

The BookRenter Team took a mini-excursion to Capri Elementary School in Campbell, California to spend some time talking about the importance of education and going to college.  Hopefully, the kids had as much fun as we did.

It’s been forever since I had to sign in at the front desk of a school and slap on a name tag. Armed with a box of goodies and fun facts about both what we do at BookRenter and higher education we crossed the playground and headed into our first class.

We began with simple introductions and gave a short overview of what each of us do in our roles at BookRenter. We talked a bit about why renting your books just makes sense – kind of like going to the library.  We explained how BookRenter donates to First Book for every rental, putting books in the hands of kids just like them.

Finally we opened up the floor for questions (in preparation for our visit the kids had written questions on sticky notes). Here are some of the highlights:

-What do you do at BookRenter?

-Why are textbooks so expensive?

-How many hours do you work?

-How many years do you have to go to school to be a doctor?

-Do you have books about dress making?

-Does BookRenter have any books over 1,000 pages?

During our Q&A time Rebecca’s phone (our community manager) began ringing. She quickly turned it off and put it back in her pocket.  One of the boys in the class raised his hand and asked, “Are we that important to you that you would hang up on a call like that?” Rebecca responded, “YES” (of course).

Another boy in the class announced that his dad’s phone was way cooler than Rebecca’s phone. His dad has an iPhone 4 and works for Apple. This same young man had one of our favorite comments of the day. We had asked how many of the kids wanted to go to college. His response: “I don’t want to go to college I plan on working in a fast food place or a coffee shop.” Something tells me that he will change his mind when he realizes how much an iPhone 4 costs.

Many of the kids had general questions about college, so it was exciting to see that they were enthusiastic about the process and that BookRenter could help enlighten them. But I think each student’s favorite part was receiving a cute fuzzy BookRenter bookmark!

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Mike’s Guide to Healthy Dorm Living

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By BookRenter Mike

by Courtney Carmody

It’s called “dorm cough” and every time I call home to talk to my parents about how school and life are going, they always ask why my voice sounds a little raspy. I say, “Mom, its dorm cough. There’s nothing I can do to avoid getting sick living with so many people in such a small space!” But in reality there is a lot you can do to avoid getting sick in college. And the best part about beating sickness in college? You can do it on the cheap! Here are my top 3 ways to stay healthy and active while in college:

1) Work together with a good friend to push you to eat healthy and exercise.

One of the hardest parts about starting a nutrition program or a new exercise regimen is motivating yourself to continually follow your new routine. Having a close friend doing the same health program will help flow your competitive juices. You’ll always have someone there to help you if your plan falls by the wayside. According to, having a friend by your side helps “keep your spirits up and you focused and on track.”

How to Stay Healthy in College

2) Always have an ample supply of over the counter medications or a great first-aid kit.

When I first started college I thought I would be able to “tough out” any illness or battle through a cough. But what I didn’t recall were all those times back home when my Mom made sure I took Advil if I had a headache, or cough syrup if my throat was hurting. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen writes that students don’t know when to go to the doctor, and having a good first aid kit will enable students to prevent small irritations from becoming more serious illnesses.

Solving College Problems – 8 Tips for Staying Healthy at College

3) Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Did I mention that you should get more sleep?

The constant noise and partying in a dorm or off-campus house can make it hard for anybody to fall asleep, but it’s very important to develop a good sleeping routine and stick to it! Not getting enough sleep will make you groggy the next day and make you even hungrier for unhealthy cafeteria food. Getting enough sleep is one the most important things to do in college, but nobody ever seems to do it. Andrea Buginsky writes, “College students will need about eight hours of sleep a night in order to stay healthy and alert.” If noise bothers you make sure to wear earplugs or headphones – soft music can help you fall asleep!

Staying Healthy in a College Dorm

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