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10 Ways to Get Free School Supplies – The Rented Life

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It’s that time of year again — back to school! Time to get all of your new school supplies for this semester’s classes! Only problem: school supplies are EXPENSIVE, especially at the beginning of the academic calendar! Luckily, I’ve compiled a list of 10 Ways to get Free School Supplies!

  1. Shop at home — the number one way to get free school supplies is to go through the mess at home. Either do this yourself, or
    ive your parents a call to see if they can mail you any old binders, notebooks, pencils/pens, etc. Lord knows we did NOT use all of the things we bought in high school!
  2. Grab ad-pens — lots of on-campus organizations hand out free pens/pencils at the start of the year to advertise. Doctors offices and banks do this as well. Don’t forget to say thank you!
  3. Continue where you left off — if you have a notebook from last semester that’s only been 1/4 filled in, don’t buy a new one! Pick up where you left off and chances are you STILL won’t finish with it.
  4. Recycle printed assignments — all of those one-sided essay prints can be reused for future printed assignments. Most teachers will be fine with recycling printer paper as long as you cross off the old assignment and make it clear which side you’re turning in.
  5. Go to Welcome Week… even if you’re not a freshman — as long as you can sneak in (which is usually pretty easy), Welcome Week activities are PACKED with free stuff, a lot of which includes school supplies!
  6. Ask office friends — if you’ve befriended someone who either has an office job or works in an office supplies store, it’s best to get on their good side because once the school year rolls around they could get you some great discounts!
  7. Go to local fairs / conventions — the end-of-summer season is popular for things like Minnesota’s State Fair (where I’ll be headed this weekend!), at which lots of local organizations will be handing out free pens, pencils, and other knick-knacks!
  8. Use coupon books — Universities pass these out at the start of every year and most students toss theirs in the trash — don’t! Chances are there are some pretty good deals on school supplies, and much more!
  9. Take advantage of BookRenters’ free insertsBookRenter often includes free inserts of school supplies with textbook orders!
  10. Check Facebook — there are plenty of university Facebook groups dedicated to moving sales. Sometimes kids will give away things they just want to get rid of, and a lot of the time they will give away free school supplies!

Happy bargain-hunting!

-David

 

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Welcome to The Rented Life.

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rent everythingCollege financial problems. If you didn’t let out a frustrating “ughhhh” with those words, we did for you. And as college tuition costs rise, so does the need to make the other costs of college more affordable to try and live like less of a pauper. Maybe even like a normal person.

So what if we found a way to turn those costs on their head?

The Rented Life™ program is a social experiment trying to prove that a student can live comfortably in college on a small budget. But how? We may have the answer.

We’ll be following one student, David Levitz, for an entire semester. Give him a budget based on the national average of student spending habits ($6,803 to be exact). And see if he can do better by spending less in a variety of ways.

How? By finding the most important ways to bypass the system and keep costs at bay. Need to buy expensive textbooks? Maybe you rent them for cheap. Planning a weekend trip with nowhere to hang your head at night? Ride the couch surfing wave. Whatever the need, whatever the cost, David will be on a mission to find the best deal for pretty much everything.

Will he succeed? Stay tuned to find out – and watch his progress on YouTube, get a #RentedLifeTip on Twitter or see what he’s snapping on Instagram. And of course, get in on the action yourself by sending us your own tips and tricks to therentedlife@bookrenter.com.

A semester of living large on less awaits!

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25 Favorite Five Minute Study Breaks

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Study breaks keep the gray matter in your head fresh after long periods of thinking. With that in mind, the BookRenter “Digiterns” (aka Digital Interns) compiled their favorite five minute study breaks (in no particular order). So when you’re feeling the mental burn, take five and be ready to cram even more knowledge into that noggin.

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Websites

Real Life

  • 5 Minutes of Exercise

Apps

Online Games and Activities

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Why Renting Saves You on Textbooks – Infographic

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Ah, back to school. The time of anticipation and excitement for what the new year holds for you, seeing old friends and making new ones, and being one step closer to your degree. All moved in, dorm’s looking perfect. And then…

That moment of dread when you realize you have $100 to your name and you haven’t gotten your books yet.

Don’t get angry. Or cry. Actually, don’t fear at all,  because we’ve got your covered. Find out why renting your books with BookRenter saves you between $500-$1,000/year – and how you can climb aboard the cheap textbooks money train.

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5 Years. $200,000,000 Saved.

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That’s right, it’s our birthday!

Five years ago, a 28-year-old guy named Colin Barceloux took the rather disruptive idea that he’d come up with as a student mailman at Santa Clara University and launched the very first online textbook rental site. He picked the exceptionally straightforward name of BookRenter, bought the URL, and brought Tikiman here on board to be his mascot and ever-present student advocate. Not one to pass up a golden opportunity to save a buck…or $1,000, students started renting their textbooks in droves.

The next four years flew by, and while it’s been a whirlwind, we never lost our focus on the relentless pursuit of helping students save money so they can better afford college. Just last month, we were thrilled to announce that in the five years since Colin started BookRenter, we have saved students a whopping $200,000,000.

We want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for renting with us as we quickly re-cap these first five years.

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