Looking for something to do this weekend? Sure, you could pay go to the movies, or rent a movie, or buy a book. But there’s an untapped resource that can help you avoid consumer debt– the library. National Library Week is coming up, and we’d like to celebrate by letting our readers know that the library is much more than just a place to get books or use the Internet.
Avoiding Consumer Debt By Visiting the Library
There are plenty of media options now available at libraries. Music, DVD’s and more are becoming a staple offering.
Save Money on Music- Go to the Library
The library is an excellent source for music. Most libraries have an extensive music collection for you to borrow from. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, you can request them from other libraries in the same network. This is a good way to get access to hard-to-find albums and check out new artists without going into any credit card debt to find new tunes.
Borrow Movies & TV Shows
Gone are the days of the library video shelf containing a handful of old cracked VHS cases for movies that you’ve never heard of (at least, that’s how I viewed the video selection as a kid). The library is now a great source for movies, even some newer releases. Some, like the Boston Public Library, are even offering streaming services for videos.
You can even stream movies, television shows, music, and audio books. Many libraries host movie screenings of classics or documentaries, all for free. Why rent a movie for $8, or attend a movie for $12 per person, when you can do the same activities at your local library for completely free?
Attend Free Library Events & Activities
Always hubs for education and learning, libraries are a haven for the intellectual and those curious to learn more. Many libraries even host events, like author readings, writing workshops, and exhibits. Some of these are evening events (great date ideas), and some are weekend events that are friendly for the whole family. There may even be a financial workshop covering ways to budget or how to eliminate debt.
Library benefits also include activities that aren’t even at the library – local libraries often have free passes to other attractions, like aquariums and museums. Though these are limited and often require planning ahead, you can get free admission that would otherwise cost upwards of $20 per ticket. This is a great option if you are working on eliminating credit card debt.
So the next time you’re bored and don’t feel like spending money, check out your local library. Take advantage of the free benefits and entertainment possibilities.