What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear these words?: COLLEGE TEXT BOOKS
I think of the word EXPENSIVE.
I graduated from college in 1997 (OMG) and even waaaaaay back then it was easy to spend $450 a semester on books, if not more. Then at the end of the semester, because this was before ebay and the internet was so much a part of everyone's world like it is now, we'd stand in line at the bookstore and sell them back for pennies on the dollar. It was painful. A necessary yet painful part of going through school.
Now the young folks of today have options. Like this! Have you heard of Campus Book Rentals? This site is awesome. If you know of anyone who is going through school, please pass this along to them, all the info is right there on the website and it really couldn't be easier - or cheaper. The best part of the whole thing, I think, is that they partner with Operation Smile. Here is what part of their website says, "We're ecstatic to announce our 2011 Making a Difference Program. We have 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 to cover a minimum of 1,000 life changing surgeries. We hope To beat that number, but it's a significant commitment.
So for EVERY book rented starting now, we will donate a portion of those proceeds to Operation Smile with our sights set on meeting and exceeding our goal of 1,000 lives changed. So add that extra book to your cart, and consider this goal as you go back to school this year. Thank you for your support."
Really, if you know a college student, pass along the website to them. (Click here to go to their home page). It's a win/win!