Today I am going to talk about buying books--or, rather, not buying books. My husband and I love to have a date night and go to our local Barnes & Noble store for the evening. Up until the fall of last year we went 2-3 times a month and always came home with $25-30 worth of books or more.
One day I was cleaning off my shelves and began picking out books to give to a neighbor. These were books I had already read and did not want to keep. I made a stack of books in a paper bag and then wondered how much money those books had cost me. I added up the price on the books and was astonished to see that I was giving away over $200 worth of books! I was astonished and amazed!! That was the moment that I decided to use our very nice library.
Now I go, check out books I want to read on many subjects, renew them online if I have not finished them by the due date, keep them as long as I want--even if I am traveling, and return them when I am finished. I have found only one book on oil painting that I would like to keep and may order a copy for my shelves. Otherwise, the library is a great place for me to save many, many dollars. It is also a great way to de-clutter my house. No more unwanted books to dispose of when I finish reading them.
For more money-saving ideas go to Barbara's post on ways to be prepared during this difficult financial time.
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