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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010

Comparing prices on textbook rentals

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If you're a college student or the parent of one, you're probably familiar with the sticker shock that can come when you buy textbooks.

Today, one of the best ways to save money is by renting your textbooks instead of buying them. RentScouter.com is one site that allows you to compare prices for textbook rentals from numerous vendors. The easiest way to use the site is to search by ISBN number. You can also search by title or author name if you don't have the ISBN handy.

When Clark was in grad school, his employer paid for tuition but not for books. It became a real struggle sometimes to get the books. In one course, the consumer champ actually shared a textbook with another student and split the cost that way. They had to take turns reading the book in class!

As it turned out, that class on organizational management was one of Clark's all-time favorites. Looking back, he often wonders if he should have bought the text outright and kept it for future reference.

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