Stop wasting money and cluttering up your home with single-use purchases when you could borrow them instead for a small fee or absolutely free.
Beyond lending books, your local library may offer a treasure trove of entertainment. Don’t miss the chance to take home items such as movies, video games, language-learning courses, current magazines, board games, American Girl dolls, and even telescopes like this Celestron Travel Scope—all for the price of your library card (which is free for local residents). Here are more ways to save money without feeling the pinch.
E-books and ’zines
Save money and reclaim bookcase space by reading e-books. If your friend owns an Amazon Kindle, she can lend you e-books by clicking “Loan this book” from the product page of the book you want to read. Once she enters your email address, you’ll receive an email notification allowing you to accept the loaned book for up to 14 days. If you have a Prime membership, log on to the Kindle Lending Library and borrow a wide range of e-books at no cost. If you don’t have a Prime membership, you can borrow that, too! Ask a Prime member to add you to his or her Amazon Household; then accept the emailed offer to include you. You can also forgo the messy magazine pile and instead “check out” your favorite magazine as an online ’zine and enjoy it on your e-reader.