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Budget Friendly Winter Wear

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By BookRenter Briana

Winter Fun!

The cold weather is coming! As much as we are going to miss the warm summer it’s time to pack in our shorts, dresses and tank tops and swap them warm scarves, coats and boots. But more clothes mean more fashion! Just because we have to wear more doesn’t mean that we can’t find cute winter wear that won’t hurt your budget.

Jackets– This is one item that you can feel good about splurging on. Every girl needs a cute winter coat that you can wear every day. My tip for you, try holding off buying a nice coat until after Christmas. This is when they are extremely cheap. If not try places like Macy’s, they have a wide range of coat selections and they normally always have great sales.

Boots– These are both functional and fashionable. They keep you warm and they come in very different styles and types. My favorite place to buy boots is Overstock.com. They have great prices and shipping is very inexpensive.

Briana's Scarf

Mofei's Shop

Scarves – The nice thing about these are that one size fits all! You can also swap or exchange them with your roommates plus they make for a great accessory! You can try Etsy.com which is a great site to find unique handmade clothes. I just got a cute purple scarf while browsing for good buys!

We wanted to give another Etsy shop a shout out- Susan Williams Designs – one of our amazing Facebook Fans. Thank you, Susan for the lovely necklaces and earrings!

Susan Williams Designs

Here are a few more places to check out;

Hercampus.com – Wrap it Up, has included there style tips on how to wear scarves.

Collegefashion.com is a great site to check the latest fashion tips and has helpful ideas for winter.

HowToLookGood.com – has a great site that helps you find clothes that fit your particular body type.

“Project Runway” judge Nina Garcia shares five fashion secrets. Nina Garcia from Project Runway shares here fashion tips with a video from ABC

So what’s your favorite winter wear?

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And the winners are………

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Lulu was our Grand Prize Winner of one year of free textbooks ($1,000 value) Back to School Sweepstakes.

Lulu a CalState fulerton senior was over joyed when she got the news:

I just want to say I LOVEEEEEE BOOKRENTER!!!!  I am sooooo excited to have won this sweepstake. 🙂 When I the news  I was jumping up and down screaming. Thank you sooooooo much and the one year of free textbook rentals will really be a big help to me towards school.

Lulu is currently enrolled in two school to try and meet her goal of graduating in 2011. She is an international business major- dreaming to someday work for herself.


Steven a Psychology major at Albright College was the winner of our $250 Scholarship!

A surprised Steven said:

For once, luck is on my side. I happened upon a way to save a lot of money on my books. Winning some extra money is always a plus.  Asked what he planed on doing with his winnings he said, ‘ I don’t know right now. I will most likely put it aside and save it for something important.

This past semester Steven saved $200 by renting his books from BookRenter! “Got what I needed, when I needed it. Saved around $200 this semester. Will use BookRenter again.”

Congrats to both Lulu and Steven! Hope you both have a great semester!

You can enter our Scholarship on our Facebook Fan page; http://www.facebook.com/BookRenter


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Tikiman Chats with 1st Time BookRenter Customer

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This week Tikiman had the opportunity to interview Harry Bowron, a student at the University of Virginia who rented his textbooks from BookRenter the first time this semester. A third year engineering student, Harry was happy to sit down and discuss his experience renting his textbooks online from BookRenter.

Tikiman: Harry thanks for sitting down and talking with me. I’m interested to know why you decided to rent textbooks for this semester. Have you ever rented before?

Harry: I actually rented through the UVA bookstore once before and found the process not only incredibly convenient, but also very cost effective. I figured that since I had such a good experience renting textbooks before, I didn’t have a reason to hesitate to rent from BookRenter.

Tikiman: Is renting textbooks a popular choice at your school?

Harry: I certainly think that the idea of renting is growing as the word of mouth spreads. I even saw someone with a BookRenter sticker on their notebook the other day in class! It was cool to know that there are other people at UVA renting textbooks and saving money just like I did.

Tikiman: Good Point.  How was your experience renting your textbooks via the BookRenter website?

Harry: I was actually really surprised at how intuitive the website interface was and how quickly I was able to find the textbooks I needed.

Tikiman: So how much exactly did you end up saving? Was it about as much as you expected it would be?

Harry: Before hearing about BookRenter from a friend, I had visited the UVA bookstore’s website and noted that my textbooks would have cost around $600. However renting from BookRenter enabled me to save over $400, much-much more, than the $100 I expected to save, by renting.

Tikiman: That’s great! So, you were able to save 4X as much as you were expecting. Since you had such a great experience, how likely are you to tell others about how easy it is to save money by renting?

Harry: I know a good amount of friends and fellow students who everyday worry about paying their way through college. Renting textbooks is such an easy way to save money that I feel like everybody who wants to actively be saving money should rent as well.

Tikiman: It sounds like you would be a perfect member of TikiTribe, our referral program that helps you earn cash for every friend you refer to BookRenter. Sound interesting?

Harry: Wow that would definitely be something I would be interested in joining. Where can I join or find out more details?

Tikiman: Head over to tikitribe.bookrenter.com to sign-up and get started building your tribe.

Harry: I’ll be sure to check that out, Thanks for letting me know!

Tikiman: No problem, thanks for chatting with me. Good luck this semester!

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Ohio State University- Alpha Gamma Delta Sisters Promoting BookRenter!

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Ohio State University- Alpha Gamma Delta sisters, are going to be out on campus for the next few days promoting BookRenter!

Check out the stylin’ shirts they’ll be sporting!

Modeled by BookRenter Staff.

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University of San Diego Acala Bazaar

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Guest written by BookRenter Andy

Last week, I flew to the University of San Diego’s campus on behalf of BookRenter. My assignment was easy enough: head down to the USD “Acala Bazaar”, hand out some bookmarks and bottle-opener key chains, talk to the students about textbook rental, and eat some tacos. The tacos part wasn’t quite in my assignment, but how do you go to San Diego and not eat tacos? Anyway, I left the house without applying sunscreen to my pale, sensitive skin, because I’d read the weather report and saw it would be cloudy until noon. Fail. It turns out -I can get sunburned even while sitting in the shade under a tent.

But back to the Bazaar. Although, I was representing BookRenter, I was really working on behalf of the USD bookstore. USD’s bookstore, like 250 other colleges in the United States, use BookRenter’s platform to power its online rental store. I was there to promote the University’s rental service. BookRenter has partnered with these schools in order to make rental more convenient for the students and schools alike.

Students like getting the bookstores because it’s easy (right guys?), and BR is making the process even easier. On the whole, the students were pretty jazzed about the option to rent, and my job did itself.

Student: “You can save money?”
Me: “Yes”, I said.
Student: “How much money?”
Me: “A- lot – like 75% off the full-retail price!”
Student: “Wow!”

Still, I had some stiff competition at the Bazaar. To my right, Will from Mochi was handing out free iPod touch cases. Will had a killer line, he would yell out every few minutes, which would reel in 5 or 10 freshmen searching for free stuff, “I have free iPod touch cases if you want them”. Heads turned, feet shuffled, and free iPod touch cases were handed out. Will was out of supplies in an hour. My bottle opener key-chains were also a big hit. By 2:30 pm I was wrapping up the table, having satisfied the key-chain needs of hundreds of students.

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