That semiannual post about textbooks

Yes, it’s that time again.  Time for all college students to complain about how much textbooks cost.  (I seem to be making a habit of that on this blog!)  This year, I calculated that if I bought all my books at the campus bookstore, I’d be spending about $850!  For me, that’s one of the highest amounts for textbooks out of my entire college career!

Because of this, throughout all of grad school (and I think part of undergrad), I have purchased my books online.  This saves hundreds of dollars, even after shipping!  What I do is buy my textbooks online through a store’s website, first going through BigCrumbs or some other rewards/cashback site.  I highly recommend BigCrumbs, as I have gotten money back on my purchases before.  (They pay through PayPal.)  After this semester’s purchases, I will probably get about $30 back!

Anyways, I have included my referral link above, in case anyone wants to try BigCrumbs.  You can shop Half.com (my favorite site for buying AND selling textbooks), Books a Million, A1 Books, and Barnes & Noble through them!  I can personally vouch that this method will save significantly more than buying through the campus bookstore.  Good luck price-hunting!

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New shopping program: Good Housekeeping Rewards

In my July issue of Good Housekeeping, there’s a page introducing their new shopping rewards program, Good Housekeeping Rewards. While I encourage you to check out their site, I’ve included a program summary in this post.

Shop at specific online retailers (currently including Target, Macy’s, Banana Republic, and others) through the GH Rewards website and you can earn up to 20% back each time. The small catch: you have to wait until you’ve accumulated $20 in rewards before you can request your rewards, but you can get your rewards by check or by a prepaid, GH branded MasterCard. Although you have to remember to shop through GH’s Rewards website, their site offers many coupons and deals that you can use to further save money.

Finally, you must be a Good Housekeeping subscriber to participate. (Non-subscribers can participate, but only through a 90-day trial.) However, if you’ve been reading my blog, you know that that doesn’t mean you have to spend any money to subscribe! AdPerk is still offering Good Housekeeping for free, just for watching some online commercials.

What do you, the readers, think of this? Does it compare to other shopping rewards programs you are familiar with?

MyPoints – Snapfish offer

I am a member of MyPoints. As a member, I earn points simply by clicking on links in emails they send me. I can also earn points by completing free trial offers or shopping at certain websites. I have even earned points by printing and using their free grocery coupons! Thus, you don’t have to spend any money to earn points. (If you’re interested in signing up after reading my little spiel, let me know and I can email you an invite!)

So why am I babbling about MyPoints? Well, it’s not just to get you to sign up using my referral 😉 . I wanted to share the good deal I just got. As I mentioned a few entries ago, I recently returned from a road trip. Thus, I have many vacation pictures and a need for prints! A recent MyPoints email advertised a free flip book plus 50 free prints for new Snapfish members (which is possibly a non-MyPoints offer as well). Since I’ve never used Snapfish, I took advantage of this offer. (I must warn you that the flip book is only for 4×6 photo flip books with only 5 pages. I opted to pay $0.99 to get 5 extra pages.)

So, I paid for shipping and 5 extra pages in my flip book, and I’ve already gotten
emails saying my orders have been completed and shipped. That was fast!

Has anyone else heard about this offer? Does anyone else use Snapfish regularly? I’d love to hear what you think.