The Library: Cheapest Entertainment Around

September 28, 2009 · Posted in Personal Finance 

Entertainment is a very important part of the lives of most people. It’s something that you do to relax, de-stress, or simply to have fun. However, it is this entertainment that tends to be a budget breaker. Movies cost an arm and a leg to buy admission, and that’s just to get in the door. Add popcorn and drinks, and you have spent enough to pay for dinner in a nice restaurant. Concerts are fun but those are also very expensive. What’s a person with little money to do for fun?

Surprisingly enough, your public library could very well be the answer. This is especially true if you happen to live in a large city because these libraries are a wonderland unto themselves. There is rarely a fee to get a library card, but even if there is, it is an amount that you can easily afford. Libraries are not just about books. They have branched out into offering all sorts of ways to enjoy yourself, and they are all free.

Obviously, libraries have books, and lots of them. For a reader, the library can be one of the most amazing places on the planet. Reading for pleasure is one of the best past times you can indulge in. There is nothing better than getting lost in a great book and you will most likely find so many books you will love in the library that you can’t imagine having time to read them all.

Everyone enjoys a good movie. Libraries have lending programs just for the many DVDs they have on hand. These usually have a shorter check out time than books, but they are reasonable, and will give you plenty of time to enjoy a new movie, or an old favorite. You can pick up some inexpensive soda and microwave popcorn, and enjoy a movie night at a fraction of the price of going to the theater.

The library also has music. Popular CDs, as well as older cassette favorites, are usually many and of varied tastes. The check out time on these is normally about the same as books. This is a great way to find out if a CD you think you want to buy for your personal collection is actually worth the money. It’s also nice to just get to enjoy new music without having to pay a lot of money to do so.

The next time you are bored and broke, take a trip to the library. You may be amazed at all the entertainment you will find there. And the best part is that it’s all free!


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