Want to save some money in a really pleasant environment? Use the library. Today’s library is great for a lot more than just books. You can rack up a lot of savings by using all that your local library has to offer.
My parents loved books. We had bulging bookcases everywhere in the house I grew up in. My mother loved fiction. Not pulp, but the classics, much more highbrow than I like to read. My father loved history, politics and biographies of great people. I developed my love for books earl through my parents.
Books, Books, Books
I have accumulated books at every stage of my life. I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars, literally, on the purchase of books over the years. Then, each time I move, I sell them off.
Amazon is great for selling those books. I always make back some of the money I spent on the books originally, and I had have the pleasure of book ownership. But I never make back all of the money I have spent.
That flushing sound that you hear is the balance of the money I have spent on books going straight down the drain.
Duh! Getting books from the library is free. You only need to sign up for a free library card. Free. Free is a great word. When you use the library you save all of the money that you would otherwise have spent on books. Free.
Use the Library For Free
Free is a great price. Always.
Many libraries operate within a network. If your library does not have the book that you need or want, they can get if from another library within their system. Many libraries also will let you renew your selections on line. If you need more time with the works that you have checked out, you no longer need to spend resources going to your branch to renew.
You can still buy books. I never learn. I still feel better, more educated and secure, if I have stacks of actual books surrounding me. But now I can prescreen the books I buy by checking them out of the library first. I can read a chapter or two, get a feel for the book, and see if it is what I think it is. Only then do I decide if the particular book is worth adding to my collection.
Many More Ways to Use Your Library
Libraries these days go far beyond the business of just book lending. You can use the library to save you money in a lot of different ways.
For example, you can borrow movies from most libraries. Rather than going to the movies (for $10 each, minimum) subscribing to Netflix, or renting a DVD, you can get your Friday night date movie at the library. I have even actually seen libraries that will sell you popcorn to go along with your movie.
The same is true for music. You can check out your favorite music from the library, once again, for free.
I love classical music, but not all classical music. I can check out a variety of music from the library and make sure that it is something I want to add to my collection. By prescreening, I can save a bunch of money. Unpleasant and costly surprises are a thing of the past.
Many libraries also let you use their fully functional computers. You can get great access to otherwise costly software by using it at your local branch. With cloud connections you can access and save your information easily.
Speaking of software, many libraries also will loan otherwise costly software. The extent of software availability will vary from library to library. Check out your local branch to see what they have to offer.
Libraries are also a great place to find fee classes as well as activities for your youngsters.
From time-to-time your library will also offer low price book sales. I know a couple of Amazon sellers who stock their inventory by going to library book sales.
Find Love at the Library
Finally, if you want to avoid the match.com monthly fee, the library can be a great place to find love, between the stacks. There is a pretty good chance that any romance you do find will be with someone who is also a book lover. At the very least, you and your library love will have something to talk about in the beginning.
There was a time when I would never use the library. These days, I find it to be a major resource. Check out your local branch. See what they have to offer you.