Looking for Cost Savings in 2011? Try Your Library

My wife is a voracious reader.  I can only aspire to her levels.  After cleaning out the bookcase for the umpteenth time and risking a slipped disc carrying boxes of books downstairs to place out on the porch for pick-up, she decided that a new plan was in order.

A state of the art solution to book clutter at your fingertips – the library.

That’s right, the public library.  When was the last time you visited your public library?  If you are like most it was probably when you graduated from college.  If so, you’d be surprised how far they’ve come.  They have entered the digital world and you can even get dvd’s (goodbye Redbox and Netflix too).

Don’t want to pay $25 for the latest Patricia Cornwall novel in hardback and not a fan on e-books?  You can try Costco to see if they have it for $16, but I would suggest first checking with your local library first where you can get it for free.  If they don’t already have it in stock they will order it for you.  You can then celebrate spending your hard earned cash on designer coffee and a croissant with your best friend.

For those of you who love to read, but also tend to procrastinate, the due date for returning the book acts like a goal or objective for completing it.  Not good with deadlines?  Not to worry, you’ll get reminder email notices well in advance of the return date.

I’ve enjoyed our new found resource.  I’m reading more hardbacks than ever before and my back feels great!

Give your local library a try.  The price is right.


About Mike

Mike has been an executive in the biotechnology industry for the past 20 years. Mike is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning Bachelors degrees in Business Economics and Geography. Mike also earned his MBA in Finance from California State University, Fresno. Mike is married to the mother of his 3 children and currently lives outside of Boulder, CO. In his spare time Mike enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, reading and coaching basketball.
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