Well, my little summer vacation is over and it's back to graduate school for me. I don't really mind the school work (much), but I always dread buying textbooks because they are so expensive! I got a bit of sticker shock when I checked the price of the textbook for my class that starts this week. The book was $232.00 brand new in my school's bookstore! I simply could not see myself spending that much money on a book I would probably use very little after I complete the class in December.
I checked Amazon and Half.com; the usual places where I purchase used textbooks, but I was still hesitant to spend $60 which was the cheapest price I could find for this particular book. I decided that I would check out this book rental website called http://www.chegg.com/ I heard about from classmates and also read about in the newspaper this summer. You can also sell used books to Chegg and receive payment for them. Chegg plants a tree for every book donated. So not only are you saving money, you're 'being green' at the same time.
I found the book I was looking for on the site am renting it for the semester for $19.99! That sure beats buying it brand new for as much as I sometimes spend on food in a month! This site was around when I was in college, but I'd never heard of it back then (I could have saved SO much money...). If you are currently a student or know students and haven't heard of the site like me, check it out.