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Sell Your Used Textbooks and Old Books Online

Sell Your Used Textbooks and Old Books Online

Published 11/17/09  (Modified 3/9/11)

By MoneyBlueBook

Selling used books online is one of the easiest ways to significantly declutter your home and earn some extra money in the process. Although it might seem like the intellectual thing to do - to have volumes of books and textbooks lining your book shelves to offer up that desirable professional-looking scholarly facade, but chances are, after you've read those books once you're very unlikely to ever read the vast majority of them ever again. Thus in the name of decluttering and staying organized, why not try to downsize your personal library periodically, and make some extra money while you're at it by selling off some of your used books and textbooks?

As a part time personal finance blogger, book publishers and book authors frequently send me free personal finance books to read and review. After blogging about making money and a whole slew of financial topics for several years now, in this span of time I've probably received well over 30-50 books about money (the vast majority of them parroting and repeating the same material frankly). If I did not periodically sell them online or donate them away to friends and readers of this blog, the incredibly large pile of books would probably have winded up clogging a large corner of my house, gathering dust and taking up space.

College and graduate students in particular have the greatest to gain from not delaying in their efforts to sell off their old and used textbooks online. School textbooks are by their very nature profitable exchanges

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Reviews Of The Best Discover Credit Cards and Offers

Published 12/9/08  (Modified 8/24/20)

By MoneyBlueBook

Updated List Of The Best Discover Credit Cards Below

Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers have expired and are no longer available.

In the United States and Canada, most people are familiar with major credit card networks like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. However, fewer people have had experience or exposure to another quiet, but big player in the credit card industry - Discover Card. Introduced in the 1980's as the preeminent card of choice for the Sears department stores (the dominant retailer at the time), the Discover Card has had its share of ups and downs in terms of card acceptance and popularity, and has been facing a tough battle for its piece of the pie recently. Currently, Discover has the lowest market share of any major credit card issuer in the United States, and overall card acceptance at smaller stores and remote markets remain spotty. Most of the major merchant stores and retailers take Discover for payments, but smaller retailers and more obscure websites are less likely to accept it. However, despite the highs and lows over the years, the Discover Card has managed to evolve its program with attractive offers to grow with the times and remain continuously relevant.

The Discover Card was the first credit card I ever applied for and my first exposure to the use of revolving debt. I applied for the Discover Card back in high school during the height of its popularity, because at the time it was my parent's primary credit card for everyday purchases. Since then, I've applied for other cards, but my old Discover Card remains

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Tips For Buying, Giving, and Using Discount Gift Cards

Published 12/1/08  (Modified 3/9/11)

By MoneyBlueBook

As a stereotypical male, I seem innately handicapped when it comes to performing certain tasks - "confusing activities" that include shopping and picking out the right gifts for the right occasion. I'm sure there are some men out there who love to cruise the malls and spend hours window shopping to their hearts' content like most of the women I know, but I'm most definitely not one of them. I can engage in strenuous physical activities and participate in aggressive sports, but yet somehow, whenever I step foot in a retail department store, I quickly become fatigued. Somehow, I instantly become drained of all energy and stamina the moment I am faced with the grueling ordeal of mall shopping. Worst yet, I'm a terrible buyer when it comes to gifting - which is why gift cards and gift certificates are such a God send for people like me.

Despite all the negative impressions and opinions that some online commentators and emotionally sentimental pundits have regarding the negatives of giving gift cards as presents, I love having at my disposal the option of buying gift certificates and store vouchers as presents for people. While it's true that gift cards are not the most particularly thoughtful present to buy for someone you really love or care about, they are incredibly convenient and financially versatile gifts for many people. For frugal savers like myself, gift cards present the perfect compulsory incentive and forced opportunity to buy and treat oneself when we'd otherwise choose to save the money instead.

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The Best Reward Credit Cards and 0% Offers For Christmas Shopping

Published 11/7/08  (Modified 9/22/14)

By MoneyBlueBook

Updated List Of The Best Christmas Credit Card Offers With Shopping Rewards and 0% APR Deals Below

Well it's almost that time of the year again. No, not tax season - I'm talking about Christmas! For many Christians, Christmas is first and foremost a deeply religious holiday tradition that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. For the vast majority of folks though, the Christmas holiday season is all about shopping, buying gifts, and exchanging presents. The incredible compulsion to shop till you drop is so potent and all pervasive because the holiday starts so early and ends so late. Currently, the winter shopping season starts on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when retail stores unleash their tidal wave of heavily discounted sales and free giveaways to jump start the holiday shopping race. Black Friday is quickly followed by Cyber Monday, when online shoppers take to the Internet airwaves after their Black Friday shopping binges to seek out the best online shopping deals and offers. Helped along by the shopping demand of other winter holidays like Hanukkah, the cycle of Christmas bargains and shopping deals doesn't let up until well into the new year. Even then, hardcore shoppers still continue to raid the retail outlets and department stores for leftover holiday closeout sales and bargains.

Overwhelmed by the sheer number of retail store sales, promotional discounts, and limited time offers during the Christmas shopping season, it's no wonder the amount of money spent on Christmas presents for many far exceeds the seasonal spending rates of other

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How To Apply For An American Express Black Centurion Card

Published 9/18/08  (Modified 2/24/14)

How To Apply For An American Express Black Centurion Card By MoneyBlueBook

Update: Check Out The New For The Uber-Rich

Editor's Note: These offers expired and are no longer available.

What's the deal with status symbols these days? While I'd like to think that I'm perfectly immune from the need to walk around and carry lofty symbols of wealth, power, and status on my shoulders, sheepishly, I must admit that I'm not. I don't occasionally wear designer clothes or don expensive apparel brands solely for the quality threads, or dream of buying a BMW or Mercedes sports sedan for crash test safety reasons alone. After all, there's something about rarity, uniqueness, and exclusiveness that beckons each of us at some point in our lives. Whether it's the elite acknowledgment that one gets from being an alumni of a top tier Ivy League university, or whether it's membership into an ultra exclusive golf club usually reserved only for top celebrities and the rich and famous, I'm sure many of us secretly envy at times, those who are in this special inner circle.

Actually, the notion itself is quite silly really - the idea that simply because you possess something unique that very few other people have, or have VIP membership into some special organization, that you are somehow better off than others or worthy of admiration. But it's simply human nature I suppose. We all innately appreciate the attention and envy of others, whether we truly want to admit it or not. Don't believe it? All you have to do is observe the rise and popularity of television shows like MTV's Super Sweet 16 to see how the

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Buying A New Laptop Computer And Getting Rid Of Sony VAIO Bloatware

Published 8/18/08  (Modified 3/9/11)

By MoneyBlueBook

As I grumbled a bit in an earlier personal finance blog post, I'm suffering from a bit of a bout of blogger's block recently. What started out as a torrent of gun-ho, blog posting eager beavery has dwindled to a couch potato-ry display of procrastination and summer slumpery (yes I know, I'm making up words here). However, despite my motivational troubles of late, I made the decision recently to rekindle my blogging business drive. To jump start my previously respectable and focused work at home habits, I decided to force an immediate change of scenery solution to get myself out of my temporary rut - by going on an overseas vacation. Of course, I wouldn't want to head out without the ability to bring my blogging business platform and online writing tools with me - I will require the services of a portable notebook computer.

Since I gave my only existing laptop computer away to my younger brother so he could use it for his new graduate school studies, I decided I needed to go out and buy a new one for myself. As I'm actually in the midst of working my way through one of those supposedly free online laptop gift reward offers at the moment, I debated whether to wait around until I received it before heading off on my trip. At the end, I decided I could always sell the free laptop reward on eBay or Craigslist for extra money some other time in the future. So I decided to go

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