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New Year’s Resolutions – Why?

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By BookRenter Andy

New Year’s is over, so it’s high time you decided on your New Year’s Resolutions and wrote them down/printed them out. Don’t think you can get away with just thinking about them, no one can do that. Not even Tikiman (aka “The Man”).

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by Phillie Casablanca

First, General Complaints about NYR’s:

  • New Year’s resolutions are personal goals. So why make them on Jan 1? Is your birthday on Jan 1? NO! (If it is, we’ll send you a birthday t-shirt).
  • It would make more sense to make a New Years Resolution on your birthday, when it’s actually a new year for you. On your birthday, you are entering into a new year of your life. On Jan. 1, you are probably the most hungover you’ve ever been in your life, and you’re probably still the same age in years you were on Dec. 31.

Still, there’s no defying tradition in America, so you have to make NYR’s. I asked The Man what his were. He sent a spear flying my way with some NYR’s on it:

  • Save students tons of dough by renting their textbooks. (Check out our new coupon tab)
  • Donate even more books, this year through our partnership with First Book, to put new books in the hands of children.
  • Get some shoes (?)

Mine are a bit more traditional. What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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Mike’s Top 3 Tips To Maximize Thanksgiving Break on the Cheap

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By BookRenter Mike

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The pilgrimage back home for Thanksgiving Break is one of my favorite times of the year. Since, I go to school so far away from home, it’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and see my family! That being said, I want to have as much fun as I can this week without spending a ton of money. Check out my top 3 favorite ways to enjoy Thanksgiving break without having to spend any money!

1) Enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner at home with Family

My fraternity house has a meal plan that enables me to enjoy lunch and dinner four nights at week at a very low cost. Unfortunately, the meal plan food is less than satisfying. One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving break is enjoying my mom’s home cooking. A family dinner always offers good laughs, plus it’ll help you rejuvenate for the upcoming finals push.

2) Attend a local event such as an High School athletic competition or Performing Arts Event

Often times these events will free or offered at very little cost to your wallet. These events will help you catch up with old friends and help you rediscover what makes home so special. Plus, there’s nothing better than watching your alma mater beat up on your local rival on the way to the state championship!

3) Give back to the community by helping out at a local food bank or soup kitchen

A lot of people say that their favorite part about Thanksgiving is the leftovers and for good reason, they are absolutely delicious! However, instead of enjoying them of Friday, why don’t you drive them over to the local food bank and drop them off to those in need? Better yet, helping out for a few hours at a soup kitchen will make you feel good and maybe help you work off some of the calories you accumulated from your Thanksgiving feast!

Since Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks, let your wallet have the opportunity to give you thanks my doing things that won’t cost you much money. What activities do you like to do when you go home that don’t cost much money?

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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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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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