I love books! As much as I try to be more electronically savvy and use my Kindle, I just can’t help but go back to traditional books. The weight I feel in my left hand as I progress further in the book. The smell of musty paper. The way the pages cascade off my thumb as I flip through them. The words that inspire. The stories that provoke. The authors that share their creative honesty. It’s amazing!
When I was young working my first full-time job, I spent a lot of my paycheck on books. The Boof and I had just started being exclusive. We’d spend evening after evening at our local bookstore reading. Our love for books and our love for each other seemed parallel, but that’s a story for another time. Over the years, I amassed a large library of books and to this day most of them have been half read.
Shortly after I had Loca #1 I realized my book buying days had come to a halt. Money was tight and being able to spend long nights in the bookstore were out the door. I’ve always been a fan of the library but had this lingering thought that I owed $60+ and I wasn’t about to cough it up. At least not yet. So I did what every parent should. I got Loca #1 a library card. We used her card until I was brave enough to check my balance. Luckily, my fear was incorrect and I didn’t owe anything.
Our uses for the library have evolved over time. So much so that the library saves us upwards of $300 a year because I use the library for a number of things.
Kick Going to the Movies to the Curb
Now with two little ones in the house, going to the movies is not only difficult, it’s pricy. One trip to the movies can cost us upwards of $50. I’m sorry but for two hours of entertainment that’s a little too much. Every once in awhile is okay, special occasions or date night. To save use $50, we visit the library every week. Our library has a wide selection of children and grown-up movies. Everything from old cartoon classics to new releases. As long as you don’t break the cardinal rule and return the movies on time, you’ll have an evening of entertainment for FREE. Let’s assume the average family goes to the movies once every three months. That’s a savings of $200 a year!
Feed Your Magazine Addiction
I’m a huge magazine fan. Since I was 10, I would beg my mom to buy me a magazine every time we went to the grocery store. As years passed, I got wise and subscribed since it would save money. The only downfall to getting older is that I had a number of interests, which meant more magazines. My thrifty ways has taught me how to score stuff I love for free and that includes magazines. Through a number of resources, including the library, I am able to feed my magazine addiction for free. Saving me nearly $60 a year!
Read Until Your Heart’s Content
Did you think I would leave out the main reason why people go to the library? Of course not! The books are endless and at times more than I can handle. When we make our weekly trip to the library, I have to check out the new release section. It doesn’t matter if I have a book at home I haven’t finished reading, I still have to see if another one is waiting for me. I’ll admit a lot of times, I bring home more books than I’ll actually read. Compared to the days when I would buy those books, I’m now saving over $100 a year!
Learn Something About Your Community
Our library is great about having free community events. Anything from free movie screenings in the summer for kids to hearing a World War II veteran speak about his life. It’s a great way to connect with like minded people and learn about the history our town offers. The really isn’t a price on how amazing the events are. All I can say is that they are free and you can’t beat free.
Dust off that library card! Your wallet will thank you.