Consumer: Save on textbooks, cheaper cars and more

July 18, 2011 3:01:14 PM PDT
Students can always use a way to save a little money, and has a way that can help them do just that!

Amazon has announced Kindle Textbook rental.

Amazon says tens of thousands of textbooks are available for the 2011 school year. You can choose a rental length between 30 and 360-days and pay accordingly.

If your rental time period runs out before you're ready - you can extend it even by just a single day or convert the rental to a purchase at a discounted rate.

Also - you can access notes and highlights after your rental period ends by going to Amazon's website.

Here's an example of how much students can save: The hardcover for "The Handbook of Journalism Studies" will cost you at least $246 on Amazon - new or used - while the paperback will cost you at least $70. The Kindle eBook price to buy is $64. However, the new Textbook Rental fee is just $30 for 30 days.

Students - here's a way to beef up your online resume.

LinkedIn has a new profile section for you. You can add things like projects, honors and awards, organizations, test scores and courses.

You can also better detail for prospective employers the experiences and expertise you culled from past internships and temp jobs.

If you're thinking about getting a more compact car with better gas mileage, you might want to wait a little longer.

Prices for small cars are expected to come down this fall.

The average new compact car, which cost a record $20,500 in June, should fall to about $19,300 by the end of the year. The average USED compact car should fall from $11,300 to about $9,600.

That's according to the Kelley Blue Book auto pricing service.

The reason for the expected price drop is anticipated lower gas prices. Honda and Toyota cranking up production of small cars and automakers offering big discounts on smaller models as their lots fill up.