How I Get My Entertainment for Free
I plan to spend this weekend like I do many weekends: at home watching several movies, reading a couple new books, and listening to new CD's...without spending a dime. The not-so-secret secret to getting new media free is the library. Yep, that's right. The good old library.
Now before you nay sayers just stop reading, hear me out. I've saved hundreds of dollars every year since I signed up at the library. And in this economy, who couldn't use that kind of saving? So what can you really get the library? Well, I regularly get movies newly out on DVD. When I say new I mean movies released within the last few weeks or months. If you're a person who just has to see a movie right when it comes out on DVD, well than you'll have to learn a bit of patience. Other people have wised up to this awesome library situation and will get themselves in line for the newest movies. But if you're willing to wait a few weeks to forego paying a rental fee, than the library is just what you need. Another bonus is that by using the library I get to hang onto DVD's for a whole week before having to return them. Now let me dispell some come misconceptions about library DVDs. They do have "R" rated movies. And they do have TV shows. So, if you want to catch up on the latest season of Grey's Anatomy but don't want to pay $50 or $60 bucks, then just check out your local library.
As for books, the library is bound to turn you into a more prolific reader. Why? Well, let's face it. When you have to shell out $10 or $20 for every book (or more), you're bound to be somewhat selective to what books you pick out. Maybe you'll just pick up another Grisham novel or a book on something you know you're interested in. Otherwise you might waste money on a book you don't like. But what if you've got a slight interest in beekeeping, or want to peruse dozens of bread-making books before deciding on the perfect one for you? When it comes to getting books from the library, I don't need to be at all selective in what I read. Because I'm not paying for it, I can check out lots of books that I otherwise may not have read because I would have had to pay for them all.
Just as it is for DVDs, if the book is very new and popular (like a new Harry Potter book), then you'll probably need to have a bit of patience. But libraries are usually pretty good about knowing which books are going to be in high demand and therefore order many of them ahead of time. Probably the hardest thing for book lovers to get used to when it comes to using the library is accepting the fact that they don't own all the books they are reading. But you'll find that's not too high price to pay for all the benefits the library has to offer. Besides, if you truly love a book you've checked out there is nothing stopping you from buying it later.