When I was young, I really didn’t enjoy reading. I’m not sure why that was the case, perhaps it was because I didn’t like school, and reading reminded me of school. :)
As I get older, I am finding that I’m picking up books a lot more often than before. Nowadays, I’d prefer to pick up a book than to turn on the TV. My favorite books are the ones on the topic of personal finance and investing strategies. Where do I get my books? Typically from Amazon or Chapters. This, however, can get expensive where it can run up to $500/year for me. I read somewhere about how you can get some of the newest titles at the local library. This got my wheels turning, perhaps I could find some good books at my library. I had my doubts…
Yesterday, I headed out to the local library. Besides University, I’ve never been to a library to get a book, and I’ve certainly never been to a library to get a book just for the sake of reading. I arrived at the library and as any curious customer would, I approached the front desk to get the low down. Among the series of question, I came to the question “How much does it cost?”. The lady librarian cheerfully replied “It’s free!”. I was in shock, how many valuable services in this world are FREE? I’ve hit a gold mine!
After browsing around the personal finance/investing section of the library, I found a couple of books that interested me “The Millionaire Next Door” and “Canadian Personal Finance for Dummies“. I quickly grabbed them and brought them to the front desk. As I put the books down on the desk, I had to ask again “So this is free, as in no charge?”. The lady just laughed. So I get 3 weeks with two great books at no cost. On top of that, I can extend my time with the books for free also! Life is good.
I also noticed that they have free internet access for those with library cards. This gave me the idea of bringing my future kids to the library on a Saturday afternoon. What a great way to get your kids to do some reading while Daddy surfs the net. ;)
So, if you enjoy reading and you haven’t been out to your local library, go soon! It can be a great resource to get the books that you’ve been wanting for FREE. For those of you who use the library often, you’re one step ahead of me, but i’m catching up. :)If you would like to read more articles like this, you can sign up for my free weekly money tips newsletter below (we will never spam you).