Special thanks to Metroblogging Houston’s katya for posting her recipe for keeping within her budget while having summer fun: using the local library.
I know this isn’t rocket science, but I’ve been saving money like crazy by skipping Border’s and heading towards the Houston Public Library instead.
The Heights library is the closest branch to our house, but just doesn’t have the majority of the books that we are addicted to. Enter the online catalog, full of pretty much everything (even some out of print surprises) that you could possibly want. Do a city-wide search and have the books delivered to the nearest location to you – and never be book-less again!
Easy as pie and way cheaper than indulging at the bookstore for every little summer reading craving you get.
I’m always amazed when people “discover” the library. Being an avid library user, I borrow DVDs and CDs, download audiobooks to my laptop, use the interlibrary loan to borrow books that my library doesn’t own, and use the online databases to do research. All for free.
Not a bad deal.