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Cheap and Easy Thanksgiving Travel Tips


Thanksgiving is coming, which means it’s almost time for a long weekend full of family, friends, and delicious food! Unless your family lives close by, you probably have a day of traveling ahead of you.

Cash4Books loves saving you cash, so here are some awesome travel tips to save you time and money while heading home for Thanksgiving:

Traveling By Plane?

Book your tickets early.
Booking tickets in advance saves you a ton of cash in the long run. While it’s a bit late to be booking tickets for Thanksgiving, think ahead to future trips, like Christmas, or possible summer vacations.

Travel early in the day.
If you choose an early morning flight, you’re much more likely to leave on time. Flights leaving later in the day often have multiple delays in front of them, making them even later. Airports are also less crowded and congested in the morning, making it easy, and less stressful, for you to get to your gate on time.

Pack light!
Be sure to pack wisely for your trip. Heavy checked bags can unexpectedly go over the weight limit, so narrowing down to what you REALLY need could end up saving you cash. If you manage to only have carry-ons you can save even more time by skipping the checked bag line! Packing light is definitely the way to go.

Bring your own snacks.
Steer clear of expensive airplane meals and snacks past the security check. Purchase pre-packaged food beforehand at the store and take it with you. If it’s unopened, TSA shouldn’t have a problem with it.

Traveling By Road?

Explore other routes.
Instead of sitting in traffic trying to make it home for the holidays, be smart and let technology work for you. Apps like Waze have been developed to help you find the perfect route.

Fill up the tank early.
Save yourself some time on your driving day and fill up your gas tank the day before. Not only will you miss the line of cars at the gas station, you’ll get on the road, and to your destination, earlier. Get ready for that pumpkin pie!

Get your sleep.
Be sure to get to bed early the night before your trip home. The extra sleep will help keep you alert during your early morning drive, and help you prepare for spending the whole weekend with family! That can be exhausting too…

Slow Down
Be sure to watch your speed on your trip home for the holiday. Fuel efficiency goes down significantly when you drive over 50mph. Do your wallet a favor and take it easy on your trip home.

Now that you have the secrets to a smooth day of travel, enjoy your long weekend and Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Cash4Books!

Lifehack Guide: 4 Tips That Will Save You Cash


There are tons of ways to save cash, some of which you may never have considered!

Here are four lifehacks for saving money that you can customize for your personal use!

1. Adjust Your Thermostat

An incredibly easy, money saving lifehack is to adjust your thermostat. Try raising the maximum temperature in the summer and lowering it in the winter. Energy companies, like PGE, suggest similar strategies to save money in warm and cold weather. It’s ok to bundle up a bit at home, especially with all those cozy sweaters you’ve pulled out of storage for the winter season! Experiment a bit and see what temperature you’re comfortable with. Is 75 in the summer too hot, or just right? Is 65 in the winter too cold? Adjusting your heat and air conditioning is an easy way to save a chunk of change, and some small adjustments can make a big difference over time. Keep in mind that you don’t have to freeze or overheat to save money this way, just try changing it a few degrees. You’d be surprised how quickly it adds up!

2. Sell Your Old Devices

Don’t let your old electronics lay around unused and gathering dust. There’s no point in letting them get old. Instead, make easy cash by selling them to online technology buyback programs, like TechTwice! You can even put that cash toward buying a new phone, iPad, or anything you want! After all, it is YOUR money…

3. Set Up A Carpool

Make it a goal to carpool more and drive solo less often. Does one of your co-workers live nearby? Set up a carpool and alternate days you drive. Cutting back the number of miles you drive instantly saves on gas, as well as long-term maintenance for your car. It’s also a way to get to know someone new and socialize on your commute. Don’t have any coworkers nearby? Take a look at different carpool apps, like Carma and Hitch-A-Ride. Try it out!

4. Find Coupons and Bonus Codes

It’s time to get savvy with coupons! Online coupons and bonus codes are a great way to save money on products you’re already planning on purchasing. At Cash4Books, we have a monthly bonus code that adds additional, free cash onto your total order value! It’s a great way to make easy money selling books you don’t want or need. Additionally, there are countless coupons sites available that promote wonderful savings on everyday items.

Hurray for lifehacks! Remember, making small changes in your purchasing activity or transportation plans can save you major cash in the long run. Think of all that money you could save! All you need to do now is decide what to spend it on. Enjoy!

What Your Favorite Class Says About You…


Here at Cash4Books, we want to help you settle in at school as best we can. We’ve helped you pack, ace your test, and get the most out of college!

Now, it’s time to start picking a major. Need help with that? No problem!

Your favorite class says a lot about you, and could be helpful in picking a major. Read on to get insight into yourself, and your friends!

As a history buff, you are patient and stubborn; you have to be in order to complete all those long, intense, and sometimes boring readings for class. You’re also thoughtful, contemplative, and have a great memory (seriously, your recall on dates is awesome, and you can write an annotated bibliography at the drop of a hat – it’s your party trick). You do get annoyed when people question your favorite class. After all, you don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.

If economics is your favorite subject, you must be an analytical and driven individual. You have an eye for politics and an interest in the stock market. With your vast understanding of how the market shifts, you sometimes find yourself getting into arguments at the pub about current trends. Also, you actually love group projects! Seriously, you’re really good at them!

You’re a chemistry fan, which means you’re definitely detail oriented and a total problem solver. You might be considering med school after graduation, or maybe research. Large life questions don’t faze you, since you’re AWESOME at handling stress.

If you’re an English major, or love journalism, you’re probably an intense individual. You don’t do anything halfway, and often find yourself correcting your friends’ grammar. You are opinionated and fast to explain your point of view. Debates are the best!

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5 DIY Halloween Costumes for Cheap!


Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get your costume ready! The internet is full of great costume ideas, but finding the right one can be tricky.

Buying costumes online gets expensive, and making one at home can get time-consuming. Here at Cash4Books, we always have ideas for saving you money, but this time we found a way to save you money AND time with these 5 DIY Halloween costumes.

Check out our costume ideas and prepare for a spooky Halloween!

#1 Halloween Classics

Ghosts, vampires, and witches are all wonderful costumes, and they also don’t have to break the bank. Snag an old sheet and play up the silly, kitschy nature of the classic ghost. Alternately, you can get a cheap pair of vampire fangs, some fake blood (or ketchup) and talk in a crazy accent all night. Do you have a witch hat? Wear all black, don the hat, and you’re done! Classic Halloween costumes are a fun, easy, and cheap way to go.

#2 Start with an Accessory

For this costume idea, you should find a crazy accessory you already own and build your costume around it. If you have a funny wig, goofy classes, or an awesome jacket, roll with it! Use your colorful old windbreaker and rock the ‘80s look. Those nerdy glasses come in handy for many costumes, including the classic nerd, and any crazy wig can be the start of a clown costume. Get going!

#3 Wear Crazy Makeup

A cheap makeup set from the costume store can go a long way and is a great start to your costume. Consider options like a fox, deer, or even grumpy cat! Doing crazy makeup means the rest of your costume can be downplayed, which is a plus. You might want to practice putting your makeup mask on in advance; practice makes perfect.

#4 “Punny” Ideas

Consider something clever and simple, like a pun based costume! Put on a pig nose and carry around a blanket for an instant “pig in a blanket” costume. Go as a “smarty pants,” and glue small packages of Smarties to an old pair of sweatpants. The possibilities here are endless, and lots of fun at a party.

#5 Masquerade Mask Time

When all else fails, go for a fun and crazy masquerade mask. You definitely don’t need to buy a fancy or expensive mask. Instead, start with some cardboard, paper, glitter, feathers, or even flowers! Cut out a mask base from cardboard or paper and then add your decorations! (The more glitter, the better.) Pair it with a nice outfit, whether it’s a cute dress or a button up with slacks.

With all these DIY costume ideas, how will you ever decide what to wear? Have a spooky Halloween!

6 Foolproof Ways to Make Extra Money in College

Make Extra Money in College

Is your wallet feeling extra light? Are you rationing your meal plan points? Even if you’re successfully balancing a budget, it sounds like you could use some extra cash. Being a student is expensive; textbooks, school supplies, housing, and food add up quick. Take a look at these 6 foolproof ways to make extra money in college, and make life a little easier:

1. Tutor your classmates

Many universities have tutoring programs, where students who are excelling in particular classes get paid to tutor their struggling classmates. Whether you participate in one of these programs or set up your own tutoring arrangement, it’s an easy way to get several hours of work each week without taking on a full time job.

2. Sell copies of your class notes

Many universities also hire student note-takers. This means you can get paid for taking notes in classes you’re already in! Taking great notes is a worthwhile skill, so buff up on your note-taking strategies and go make some extra cash!

3. Find a part time work-study job

There are countless work-study jobs in the library, lifeguarding at the student pool, manning the front-desk of the rec center and more! Snagging a few hours of work each week folding towels, answering phones, and filing paperwork are great for padding your wallet.

4. Sell your writing skills

A more unconventional approach to student employment is freelance writing. Put your college education to work, before you even leave school. Here’s a great list of blogs that will pay for your tips and stories. Check it out!

5. Sell stock photos

If you’re an artist at heart and are always snapping photos, consider selling some of your pictures to a stock photo site! You’ll be able to explore your creative side and make cash in the process. Additionally, sites like iStock Photo and Shutter Stock are almost always hiring contributors. Check out this list of sites for more stock photo sites.

6. Sell last semester’s textbooks

Another awesome way to make extra cash is to sell your old textbooks! Whether they’re from last semester or last year, there’s usually no reason to hold on to your used textbooks. Head to our homepage and get a price quote on your books. It’s time to make extra money!

Now you have the secrets to making cash, all while working as a full time student! Be sure to keep up with your homework and school activities though…