WAYS TO SAVE: Think “borrow”

TOPEKA, Kan. – Here’s a useful way to save: think “borrow,” not “buy.”

Tip #1: Go to the library.

The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library has a plethora of books and DVDs you can check out for free. And, the library is free daytime entertainment for your kids too. Bring them to the library to read a book or play educational computer games.

Tip #2: Read free books online.

Did you know you can access free books from your home computer or smart phone? There are thousands of books in the public domain; that means they aren’t protected by copyright. Google has been working to scan them and make them available on the internet free of charge.

Tip #3: Adjust your movie night plans.

According to the National Association of Theater Owners, the average cost of a movie theater ticket in 2013 was $8.13. Add popcorn, candy, and a drink into the mix, and you’re looking at spending a big wad of cash each time you go to the cinema.

To save money, have more movie nights at home. Online streaming services like Hulu provide free TV shows and movies you can watch on your computer.

Or, do things the old fashioned way: rent a movie for cheap or borrow flicks from your friends’ movie libraries.

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