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5 DIY Halloween Costumes for Cheap!

October 21, 2015

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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. Continue reading

To Pack the Teddy Bear or Not: 9 Tips for Starting College Right

August 19, 2015

Starting College 9 TipsStarting college is a big deal. It can also be a stressful and overwhelming experience. In the past, we’ve asked our customers what advice they’d give college students.

Now, we’ve compiled our own ideas on the matter. Continue reading

7 Reasons to Sell Used Video Games Online

March 12, 2012

Sell Used Video Games Online with GameRevive

March is well underway, and here’s a way to put aside some money for your Spring Break getaway or get some cash toward the most anticipated video game releases of 2012: sell used video games online to Cash4Books.net’s new website, GameRevive.com.

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I don’t have to tell you that it’s spring cleaning time, and here at the Green Frugal, we are big fans of clearing out clutter and making a few extra bucks in the process. We’ve been buying and selling used books at Cash4Books and MKZBooks.com for years now (and developed a loyal following too), and now we’re offering the same great deal and same great customer service to all of the gamers out there (we know how college students love to play video games–doesn’t everyone?). At Cash4Books, we’ve been buying your used textbooks for years, and now we want to do the same with your used video games.

Do you have a pile of used video games that you have already conquered (and are now just collecting dust)? Looking for a way to sell your used video games in order to offset the high cost of new video games? Or do you just need extra cash deposited into your account?

Here are the 7 key reasons why you should sell us your used video games:

Sell Used Video Games Online with GameRevive.comReason 1: Easy checkout process

Simply enter the title or UPC code in the search box, and you will get an instant quote for your game. When you’re done, you can print a free shipping label–voila!

Reason 2: Online convenience

Just like Cash4Books, you can go through the whole process online, so you don’t have to lug a big box of stuff out to a brick-and-mortar store.

Reason 3: Gives you fast cash through PayPal instead of sticking you with store credit

When you sell your video games to brick-and-mortar stores, you often have to choose store credit to get a competitive price, but GameRevive can give you what you really want–cash–to do with as you will.

Reason 4: Free Shipping

That’s right, I’ll say it again: we pay the cost of shipping.

Reason 5: You’ve conquered the game, now get reimbursed with cash through the GameRevive website

Get some cash for the used video games you’re not playing; it’s as simple as that. Use PayPal so we can quickly and efficiently deliver that electronic payment to you. After we inspect the game, it only takes about a day.

Reason 6: Use the money to offset the cost of new games

Here’s a secret that voracious book buyers know: the best way to afford the cost of new books is to sell back your used books that are just sitting around on the shelf. Now gamers have that same opportunity with GameRevive.

Reason 7: Wide variety of games

We are currently purchasing hundreds of used games for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii games. Check out the homepage at GameRevive to see some actual sample quotes that we’ve offered customers.

We are very proud of our new website and checkout process at GameRevive (we think it’s a very handsome website, indeed), so please come and visit us to find out why we earned a stellar reputation as the go-to place for selling textbooks online and sell us your used games today. Easy process, free shipping, and fast cast deposited into your account. Check it out and tell us what you think.

Save Money in College | Money Saving Tips for Students

November 30, 2011

How Students Can Save Money in College

College is an exciting time in students’ lives.  Students learn about new subjects and explore their career options in a safe, knowledge-based setting. However, it is important college students also begin to form healthy financial habits in college. Too often, students that start off on the wrong foot make poor decisions later on, especially when it comes to their finances. Here are some ways students can save money in college and use their money in smart ways. These methods have worked for a number of students and are a good way to usher in adulthood and responsibility.

Purchase Second-Hand Supplies & Textbooks

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You'll probably have some of these items that you can bring from home. Credit: William Hook, Flickr.com.

Many students want all new supplies for their dorm room. This can cost students and parents a lot of money and frustration when the bill arrives.  Thus, consider borrowing and buying used as strategies to save money in college:

  • Buy items like furniture, second-hand. You may find good second-hand supplies like coffee tables or lamps at consignment shops or garage sales. You might even have these supplies at home and can easily transport them with you to college.
  • Talk to family and friends and see if they have any supplies lying around you can buy at a lower cost. You never know when an old desk can become a study companion at college!
  • Bring materials and supplies you already have. Your pillow from home will work just as well at college and decorative items like photos or pictures you wish to hang up might be suited for your dream dorm room design. Additionally, bringing items you already own may help when you feel homesick at college. It is always a better option to add a touch of home to a dorm room rather than shopping for brand new items at stores.

Use Meal Plans

Most colleges require students to purchase a meal plan as part of their room and board. Even commuter students that live at home or have an off-campus apartment may be required to have a meal plan in order to keep their enrollment status. Meal plans are often grandfathered into costs and are difficult to avoid. Here are some tips for strategically using a meal plan to help  save money in college:

  • The meal plan is typically already paid for as a set number of meals per week or in points for food and beverage items on campus. The school may offer a combination of both of these options in their meal plants. Students do not have to spend extra money on meals with meal plan options, which is a benefit for those students that do not work while in school.
  • Colleges have begun focusing on healthier meal options. This helps students avoid calories and unnecessary spending on unhealthy foods they might be tempted to buy off campus.
  • Check your school’s policy on meal plans and any restrictions, such as times the cafeterias might be closed. This can help you plan your schedule better and make plans with friends to meet on campus for meals.

Check out even more advice on how to save money on food in college.

Avoid Using Credit Cards

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Leave the plastic at home and save money in college. Credit: Andres Rueda, Flickr.com.

Credit cards are readily available on college campuses and can easily lead students down to a dangerous path of increased debt and frustration. Avoid using credit cards or being cajoled into signing up for one while on campus. The benefits the salesperson might tell you at the table will not outweigh the cost of high interest rates.

  • If you come on campus with a credit card, use it sparingly. Students typically have a parent as a cosigner on credit cards, so overuse of credit might harm the parent’s credit score, too.
  • Avoid using credit by leaving the card out of your wallet altogether. Store it in a safe place, such as in a small safe with a lock, so you are not tempted to use it on a regular basis. If you must use credit for purchases, pay the debt off immediately the next month.

It may be challenging for students to save money in college, but it is not impossible! Following these steps will ensure many dollars (and headaches) saved during your college experience!