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7 Secrets to Maximizing Your Local Library to Save Money

There’s something about the library that I just love. I think it’s because I can explore any interest that pops into my head and not have to invest much more time and energy than what it takes to simply flip through a couple of books.

While the funding to local libraries is rapidly-decreasing in many areas, public libraries are still very much relevant in our technology-dependent society — they can save people money several different ways.

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    Secrets to Maximizing the Public Library and Saving Yourself a Ton of Money in the Process
  • Book Borrowing 2 of 8
    Secrets to Maximizing the Public Library and Saving Yourself a Ton of Money in the Process

    Brand new books can be very expensive. With $30 cover prices, reading can be a costly hobby. The local library can lend you books of your choice at no cost. Many libraries are interconnected to make it easier to find exactly the books you are looking to borrow, even if your local branch does not own it.

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  • Magazine/Newspaper Reading 3 of 8
    Secrets to Maximizing the Public Library and Saving Yourself a Ton of Money in the Process

    The cost of newspapers and magazines is on the rise, and if you are looking to cut expenses, you can use the local library to keep up to date on the news or enjoy reading your favorite periodical at no charge. They often carry local and national newspapers as well as the latest editions of the popular magazines. This also allows you to bypass the task of recycling the old copies. 

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  • Free Movie Rentals 4 of 8
    Secrets to Maximizing the Public Library and Saving Yourself a Ton of Money in the Process

    Many libraries have been offering free DVD movie rentals for a while now for both kids and adults. The rules for movies may be a little stricter and the late fees a little higher than with book rentals, but it is still a really great deal.

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  • Free Personal Growth Opportunities 5 of 8
    Secrets to Maximizing the Public Library and Saving Yourself a Ton of Money in the Process

    Many libraries stay very active and up to date with courses and classes for adults and kids including photography classes, crafting courses, and book clubs. Many events are free or at least low cost for the lesson and supplies.

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  • Internet Availability 6 of 8
    Secrets to Maximizing the Public Library and Saving Yourself a Ton of Money in the Process

    If you are really pinching pennies, the Internet may be something that has to go at home. If you still need to Google on occasion, use the computers at the local library for free. 

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  • Entertainment for Kids 7 of 8
    Secrets to Maximizing the Public Library and Saving Yourself a Ton of Money in the Process

    Public libraries have long catered to kids. They offer opportunities for fun and learning for kids of all ages with an emphasis on reading. Taking your kids to the library each week allows them to explore many kinds of books and develop a love of reading. Kids clubs and story groups are also a great free resource for families on a budget.

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  • New Job Resources 8 of 8
    Secrets to Maximizing the Public Library and Saving Yourself a Ton of Money in the Process

    If your finances could use a boost, use the public library's resources for scoring a new job. You can utilize the Internet for job searches and emailing resumes but you can also check out books on strengthening your resume and preparing for a job interview.

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