Saving Hundreds of Dollars on Textbooks is my Favorite Passtime

The first blog post in the series (link below), was very effective for all the people who used it and continue to use it.

But there are a couple scenarios in which the first textbook tactic is not possible, one of which will be discussed in this blog post.

Imagine a professor that is so heartless toward her student's wallets, that she decides to compile 4 various textbooks into "her own" compilation textbook. That's the book seen in the image above.

That book costs $157. That's right. A thin, cheaply made, paper back book that a teacher quickly threw together costs $157.

Guess what? I bought it. I had to... or so I thought.

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I done did got ripped off.

My demeanor expelled frustration as I sadly trudged out of the Mizzou Bookstore with 2 cheaply built textbooks in hand.

Not only did those textbooks run me over 3 Benjamin Franklins, but the bookstore decided to up-charge me $40 to give me a new textbook rather than a used textbook without my consent.

I was angry at the Mizzou bookstore's scammy tactics, angry at my professor's book assigning practices, and angry at Pearson publishing company for their logo being on the books I was not happy with.

I drudged down the street to my usual hangout spot and plopped down in a chair next to my buddies. Whipping out my laptop, I ragefully opened my web browser and declared to everyone who wanted to hear my woes, "I will now write an angry email to my professor about her textbook."

Somehow, 21 is an age where we are supposed to decide to do unhealthy things to our bodies. At least that's what people keep telling me. Sure, they haven't yelled "Hey J.T., do unhealthy things to your body!" but they have decided that my decision to remain sober on my 21st birthday is highly unusual.

Beyond drinking, I'm expected to get completely plastered on my 21st birthday.

That's what I'm told by my coworkers at least. That's what they did, that's what their friends have and will do, and that's what they generally expect everyone to do. Getting plastered on the 21st is a societal norm.

The government's restriction on underage drinking of alcohol has created an extremely unhealthy and dangerous tradition. Getting plastered is no longer immoral; it's expected and I'll explain how underage drinking laws have done serious damage to society.

I have no idea the origin of the phrase, "Don't tell me how to live my life." It probably came from a bad rap song or something, but people have taken it to heart and I therefore must debunk it.

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Usually people just use the phrase when joking around, but as with everything these days, there are people who take it as a life lesson. It's become an excuse to do the stupidest things possible to themselves.

Usually, you hear people say "life is unfair" when things seem unequal. That is, if someone else is better off than someone else, that is usually the occasion where you'll hear third parties spouting off their counter-comforting statement.

I disagree. If things were perfectly equal, that would truly be unfair. Let me explain.

I could list tens of situations where one person being treated the same as another would be unfair.

What if I told you that faith and blindness are not mutually inclusive concepts? In other words, being blind isn't a requirement for faith, and being faithful doesn't require blindness.

Don't kill Christianity...
Despite popular belief, the strongest believers have very strong reasons for their faith. Maybe they have a personal connection to God, have theological and historical reasons for their belief, or something about the message rings true to their core in a way they can't explain.

That being said, there's a myth permeating culture today that is extremely detrimental to the Christian faith and faith in general. Something isn't right about the way we teach people to believe, completely contrary to the way things should be done.

Am I the only one who has never actually seen a good use for this cliche? This bad of a cliche shouldn't have stood the test of time.

Don't Knock it until you try it. The worst cliche ever.

Not only will I knock it, but I will never try it.