8 Things to Do on a Summer Staycation

July 27, 2016

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There’s nothing quite like a summer vacation. It’s warm and sunny, the semester has ended, and you’re yearning to get out of the house and forget about your daily responsibilities. Proper travel vacations can get expensive, though, which is why staycations at home are a popular rejuvenator for college students. You take time off work to relax and unwind without paying hundreds of dollars on a hotel room.

Here are 8 things you can do to enjoy a summer vacation right from your own home (and bed).

1. Unplug for a bit

These days, it feels like we’re always plugged in. Our phones, tablets, TVs, computers — we’ve always got something electronic in front of us. While it can be tempting to spend free time flopped out on the couch binging the newest season of your favorite show, vacation is a time to change your daily rhythm.

So turn off your electronics. Put them away, if only for a day. Go for a walk without your phone, read a book in the park, or do a crossword. Everything will be there when you get back! Change up your routine; your brain (and body) will appreciate the change of pace.

2. Take naps — outside, if you can

Running the rat race of modern life can be exhausting. A third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. You can’t catch up on all of your sleep over a few days, but strategic napping can help you enjoy your moments of relaxation and give you an energy boost.

While some of us nap best in an armchair or on the couch, summertime weather makes napping outside a joy. Whether you’re in a hammock or nestling on the grass in the shade of a tree, it’s easy to drift away for the better part of an hour.

Just remember to put on sunscreen. Waking up to sunburn can spoil the joy of a summer nap!

3. Get a local history lesson

No matter how small your college town, there’s a good chance there are some historic places near you. The National Register of Historic Places catalogs famous, interesting, and sometimes quirky places in your area where history was made. Many of them are free or at least cheap to visit! Checking off a few of these is a good way to spend your afternoon while learning about the past.

4. Go for a hike or a long walk

You may be on a budget, but you know what doesn’t cost a penny? Moving your legs. If there are hills around you, go for a hike! If you’re in a flatter area of the country, find a nearby park and go for a walk.

For an even better experience, bring a friend, significant other, or family member(s) and pack a picnic!

5. Get wet

Most of the nation’s population lives within driving distance of some body of water. Enjoy a good summertime dip in lakes, rivers, swimming pools, or the ocean. Whether you’re heading to the beach or the poolside, beating the heat with good old-fashioned H2O is a time-honored way to spend your R&R during the summer.

6. Have a movie night

Going out to the movies is pricey. Popcorn, drinks, candy, and tickets all add up to one expensive night out. So why not bring the movies home? Better yet, build a backyard movie screen. Invite friends over, grab a couple of movies you’ve always wanted to see, and have all the fun of a night at the movies for a fraction of the cost.

7. Explore local events

When you’re on a vacation, you want to have experiences you’ll remember, right? That doesn’t mean you need to go far to find them. Go to local fairs, festivals, and other events. Some may be small, but that just gives you more of a chance to meet interesting people doing things you might not have known about!

8. Host a cookout

Nothing says summertime more than a grilled feast. The smell of hotdogs and hamburgers sizzling on the barbeque is summer. Celebrate your staycation by having good friends over and cooking a meal — or ask everyone to bring something potluck-style.

Most of these ideas cost little to no money, especially when split among friends. For the things that do — or to put some extra cash in your pocket for summertime treats — make sure you’re selling your used textbooks at Cash4Books!

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The 5 Emotional Stages of Selling Your Textbooks

July 13, 2016

Good things can come in five stages. For example, did you know that scientists view sleep as a repeated progression of five stages? Who doesn’t enjoy a good night’s sleep (and then some)? People trying to make a change in lifestyle typically follow a 5-stage process to new habits, even if they don’t do it consciously.

Believe it or not, there are even five stages of selling your textbooks for real money. Here are visual representations of the five stages that every Cash4Books user will recognize!

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Stage 1: Overwhelmed by the number of old textbooks you own

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Save in the Sun: July Bonus Code

July 6, 2016

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Is it July already? It’s time for fireworks, cookouts, and hitting up the beach (or pool, for those further inland). There’s no better time of year to have an extra hot dog or slice of watermelon. It just tastes better when it’s this hot out!

You might have some old spring textbooks you haven’t parted ways with yet. Remember, they’re worth real money! If you missed last month’s bonus code, there’s no need to worry — we’ve got a new one fresh off the July barbecue! Sadly, this isn’t literal. Bonus codes are not edible, but they do get you an extra 16% in cash when you sell your books to us!

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7 Top Camping Spots to Experience This Summer

June 29, 2016

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If you’re someone who’s always up for adventure, you know just how to avoid spending the summer cooped up indoors. You don’t need a high roller’s vacation budget to have a ridiculously fun time closer to home. Here are seven of the most beautiful camping spots to hit up before fall semester comes around. With so many places to explore in every corner of the country, it’s time to gear up and get out there to enjoy the sunny season with your friends!

Southern California: Sycamore Canyon Campground

Want to escape to the wilderness without leaving the city too far behind? This campground is a favorite, but not so popular that it’s lost its charm! Enjoy a fun campfire on the beach along with a nice, leisurely hike when you visit this spot just outside of Los Angeles.

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