That's why, when I discovered www.campusbookrentals.com, I was pleased to find that there was a cheaper alternative for students these days - especially when they're taking electives or compulsory prerequisites for their program and they'll never need their textbooks again.
When I perused the website I was pleased that they're program is simple and easy to use - and includes free return shipping! They also have rental programs that match different term lengths, so you are able to rent for exactly what you need. You can even buy your texts at the end of your rental period if you fall in love...
What impressed me most though was something I found under their Making a Difference tab:
www.campusbookrentals.com has officially teamed up with Operation Smile, an out of this world, awesome organization, that performs life changing cleft lip surgeries on children whose families could not otherwise afford it. The long term Improvement in quality of life for the children that receive these surgeries is almost incomprehensible. We have committed to donating enough money to cover a minimum of 1,000 life changing surgeries. We hope to beat that number, but it's a significant commitment. Like Big!
So for EVERY book rented this year, they will donate a portion of the proceeds to Operation Smile with their sights set on meeting and exceeding the goal of 1,000 lives changed.
I really appreciate when a company works hard to give back in such a big way.
Campus Book Rentals is also giving back to one lucky Acting Balanced reader in the US with a giveaway for a Chocolate-covered Fruit Basket