– Get More Money From Your Used Textbooks

In our neck of the woods, college semesters are wrapping up.  Students are looking forward to the summer off to relax and recuperate.  But for some (like Art) summer school looms on the horizon, and realistically, September (or August) and the fall semester will be here before you know it!! is a great way to save money on textbooks!!  Here are some of the advantages:

  • save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
  • free shipping both ways
  • 30 day risk-free returns
  • can highlight in the textbooks
  • flexible renting periods
  • they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

Operation Smile is a charity organization for children – donate non profit

Operation Smile works is to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe.  Their medical volunteers treat children with cleft lips, cleft palates, and other facial deformities, and leave a legacy of trained medical professionals, surgical equipment and professional partnerships to expand local medical infrastructures and create self-reliance in the developing world.  And your textbook rental through helps fund this worthy cause.

In addition, has a new program called  With this new program, students who purchased their books, can rent them to other students, through  Here’s how it works:

What a great program!! With, students can make 2-4 times what they would make from a traditional buyback program.  And we’re all trying to optimize our dollars in this economy, aren’t we?

Why not try it for yourself? has a handy search tool which allows you to look a book up by isbn, author, title, or keyword.  Once you choose the book you want to rent out, will let you know how much your book is worth and how many times you will be able to rent it out before it is unrentable.

Give it a shot and let me know how much money you saved or how much you made!!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of  All opinions are 100% my own.


Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

One of our favorite family treats has always been cinnamon rolls.  For 20+ years, on special occasions, or sometimes just because, we would buy a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and bake them up!!

A few years ago, I wondered how hard they were to make.  I made them from scratch a few times, but in order to have them ready for breakfast I would have to make the dough the night before, put it in the refrigerator, and do the final rise and bake first thing in the morning.

For Christmas, I got a new bread machine and decided to try making the dough that way.  If your family are early risers, you may still need to put the dough in the refrigerator the night before, but total time from putting the ingredients in the machine to pulling hot yummy rolls out of the oven was 2 1/4 hours as compared to almost 3 hours without the machine.


3 1/2 to 4 cups flour1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt1 egg
1 cup room temperature water1/4 cup butter, softened
1 pkg. yeastfiling (see recipe below)
2 Tbsp. butter, softenedvanilla glaze (see recipe below)


Combine first seven ingredients, in order into bread machine pan.  Select Dough cycle.  Once timer beeps, remove dough from pan immediately.  Gently push fist into dough to deflate.  Roll dough into a 15 x 10 inch rectangle on lightly floured surface (I recommend flouring the rolling pin also – this dough is sticky!!)  Spread with the 2 tablespoons of butter.  Sprinkle with filling.

Filling: Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.  I used a restaurant-style cheese shaker, which you can buy for around $2 online or at a restaurant supply store.

Roll rectangle up tightly, from the long end.  Pinch dough under to seal.  Cut into 1 inch slices, using dental floss.

cinnamon rolls recipePlace slices slightly apart in a jelly roll pan or deep cookie sheet.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until double, about 15 minutes.

Heat oven to 350F.  Bake rolls for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

cinnamon rolls recipeRemove rolls from pan to wire rack.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Drizzle with vanilla glaze.

Vanilla glaze: Melt 1/3 cup butter in a small saucepan over low heat.  Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla.  Continue stirring and add hot water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until consistency of thick syrup.

cinnamon rolls recipeEnjoy!!