My Biggest Tip

jannieApril 10, 2012

My biggest money saving tip is this: Check your Public Library. I visit mine about once a week. I sit in a comfy chair and read the latest newspapers and magazines. Also books according to my interests/problems at the time. My Library also sponsors classes (Using Ebay, Computers, Yoga,etc) as well as bus trips to local gambling casinos, Christmas shopping in New York City, museum and garden tours. Events are free or reasonable (Yoga is $6 for a one hour class, bus tour is $24).They have events for everyone from pre-schoolers to Seniors. A great money-saver. There's NO WAY I would drive to New York City on my own. I'm afraid of traffic and would have no idea where to park, etc.

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Lab399

I whole-heartedly agree. Our local lib has free DVD rentals - books on tape/CD too. Also great place for my 9-month old to play, crawl, and watch other kids in the children's library not to mention the programs for kids. I hope yours is as great as ours!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 8:05PM
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grainlady_ks

The library is also a great place to volunteer. -Grainlady

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 12:07PM
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kirkhall

Library is a GREAT resource, but I don't think I would include trips to local gambling casinos as a money saving tip... :-/

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 3:18PM
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LuAnn_in_PA

Agreed!

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 6:32PM
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neesie

A few years ago our county library started offering passes to local museums. There is a limit to two passes per museum with about a dozen museums participating. Some of the museums charge in the neighborhood of $15 for one adult so this is a significant savings.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 11:21AM
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miscindy

I do love the library! However, since I live in a very small community I only have 2 small libraries to choose from and they do not have very long hours. The large libraries in town charge an annual fee if you don't live in their tax-paying area. Anyway, my husband suprised me with an Android Tablet a few months ago (used a $100 rewards card from our debit card to get a good price), so now I use the digital library whenever I like! I can "browse" at 11 pm in my pj's and download available books instantly for free! I love books, but I only purchase reference books since I rarely read novels more than once!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 12:08PM
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joyfulguy

Stuck my finger into a (rare) pay phone the other day ...

... pulled out a Loonie ($1.00 coin - and that's Canadian)!

o j

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 6:26PM
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katlan

When I was growing up, and there was no such thing as cell phones, computers, etc., I didn't pass a pay phone without checking it for left behind change!

Thanks OJ, nice memory.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 6:00PM
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ilene_in_neok

You can also use the computers in your local library. If you want to print something, that can be expensive. Some things, though, you can copy the text and paste into an e-mail and send it to yourself at home, if you have an e-mail address that can be accessed online. Genealogy is one of my hobbies and I can access Ancestry.com through my library, saving the expense of buying membership for my home computer. My library also has a website where I can enter my library card number and access their card catalog and certain other databases from my home computer.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 8:31AM
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joyfulguy

Some local libraries charge 10 cents per page ...

... but in my municipal system, one can print up to ten pages from computer/internet per visit free ... then it costs 10 cents per page.

Photocopying is 10 cents per page.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 3:05PM
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tripletmom83

My library has a magazine exchange, I never purchase new mags anymore because they show up there sooner or later. I just bring them back when I'm done. Also, they have an ongoing used book sale. I only purchase reference or cookbooks but they are often like new and about 1 or 2 bucks.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 8:22PM
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ChrisMarry

Library is a great place.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 2:36AM
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jannie

I still stand by my suggestion of visiting your library for great free or low-cost lectures and programs. My library does run casino trips, but I'm not much of a gambler. I bring one roll of quarters (ten bucks), play the slots till my money is gone, then quit. I go walking and sight-seeing, enjoy the food buffets, etc. No need to lose a lot of money to have fun.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2012 at 8:39AM
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ChristopherMarry

If you want to print something, that can be expensive. Some things, though, you can copy the text and paste into an e-mail and send it to yourself at home, if you have an e-mail address that can be accessed online.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 2:21AM
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