Here’s an older post by me that I like!


February 2019

Some of these tips will be fairly obvious. Others, maybe you didn’t know about. Either way, I hope this post will inspire you to use your local library! It is a shame that most people don’t know what a gem public libraries really are.

1.  Books

Well this is a pretty obvious one, right? I often dream of a house with wall-to-wall bookshelves, loaded with lovely hard-bound copies of the great classics and all the art books I studied in college. Alas, that would be an epic waste of money and only for show. Very rarely will we re-read the books we have already read and chances are we run out to the store and pick up books we need to projects or inspiration, then they just collect dust. Unless the item is a hot best-seller in high demand, you can most likely get it at the library in-house or via interlibrary loan in under a week. My library has a system where I can request books or other items I can’t find on the shelf and receive a text message when it arrives and is ready to be picked up. WOW. How is that for convenience? Let’s say I am an avid reader of novels. A hardcover novel averages about $27.99 in the store. If I read a book a week I would be spending over $100 a month! That doesn’t include other fun books I might like to check out like DIY books, travel guides and whatever new inspirational self-help book is all the go. Sweet!!

2. Digital Books: e-Books & e-Audiobooks 

I love to read. I am obsessive about wasting time when I could be reading. I often carry a book in my purse, but that can get heavy. I wish I could read while I walked my dog – OH WAIT, I CAN!!!!  My library offers free digital downloads. Often I will download an audiobook to my smartphone so I can listen while I walk the dog, clean the house or even in the car.

Also, e-Books are great for traveling. If I am away for a week or two at a time, I cannot possibly lug around 4-5 hardcover books through airports and on the plane. I have an old Nook e-reader that I try and load e-books on that way I have one slim and light item with all my books in it for the plane.

3. Museum Passes

I live in a small state, but it seems there are so many good museums here! Most admissions range from $5.00-$30.00. If I went to a new museum every weekend at $30.00 that would cost me well over $100.00 a month! Yikes. I can borrow library passes and present them at the admission counter at these museums and I will receive the discounted rate of the pass. Sometimes if I am lucky, this means free admission. But that isn’t always the case. Sometimes it will be a percentage off or even just $5.00. But that is $5.00 I can save or choose to spend in the gift shop OR if I like the museum that much, I can put that $5.00 toward a yearly membership which always includes perks like free admission and discounted admission to events.

4. Learn a New Skill

Libraries have so many programs. I can take one (or a series of) classes to learn writing, drawing, painting, sewing and so much more. Libraries also have talks and seminars about financial literacy, health care and cooking! Why would I pay Joann Fabrics or Michael’s Stores to learn a craft when I can learn at the library for free?! And most times, they will supply all the items you need. Holy moly!! A sewing class at Joann’s costs $35! Library = FREE!! Free learning?! WHOAH!!

5. A Quiet Space

Sometimes I need to get out of the house to do creative work. There are too many distractions here. I used to head over to a coffee shop, grab a drink and a muffin and stay a while, much to the owner’s dismay. Instead, I go to the library. I find a cozy corner and dig right in. Price – FREE!

6. Judgement Free Zone

It is scary to say this but I have worked at the library for over a decade. I have learned a ton along the way. But one thing I notice is that all libraries are judgement free – the patrons, the staff etc. There is no shame at the library like there might be at other places.

7. Freedom

What could I mean here? Freedom to educate yourself on any topic. Freedom to learn. Remember – many countries don’t allow such luxuries like freedom to learn!! I can go into the library, take a book out on any topic (or even a banned book) and read it because I feel like it!

Well, I could go on but I think at this point you should be running to the library!

Frugal AF.

Super excited about my library 24/7. But this just made my day. This is just ONE check out, by the way! I would be interested in knowing my total savings for the year!

 

 

Every year I try and find last year’s resolution blog post, repost it and see if I actually did what I said I would do. Usually of the five I list, I get to at least three items, which isn’t bad! Seems I cannot find those old posts, so I will recap what I remember and look forward!

2019 may have been my least favorite year so far. While it wasn’t the worst I have ever had, it was not the most fun and there were some pretty stressful events that happened. Boo. What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger. Right? Right.

So, for most of December, I have been psyching myself up for 2020 being a really good year. I’ve started to reflect on last year. I am a little disappointed because I did not read (or listen to) as many books as I usually do. I didn’t walk as much and didn’t photograph (document) life enough!

I recently sold my wedding photography equipment and bought myself a nice little camera for vlogging. I want to dip my toe in the world of video. I dabbled in it briefly for my Youtube channel, but found I didn’t enjoy being in front of the camera. I think I will try and film what I capture as stills. I would like to compare the way my eye works with stills versus filming. I am excited about that.

I also really want to write more this year. I’ve been saying for years that I want to publish a book. I have lots of notebooks with sloppy, handwritten stories but none are complete. I always try and envision what kind of book I want to write. Perhaps, instead, I should just write write write then examine the content to see what kind of book I can make. I feel like with my photography and writing, I would write some kind of inspirational book or journal. Maybe this year will be there year?

And finally, the dreaded financial goals. Unlike every Youtuber out there, I will not share my finance goals here, so use your imagination. I am a pretty frugal girl in general. I have my weaknesses – Starbucks, Michaels and books. But this year I will try and hold myself back! I stocked up on sales and have a few gift cards from Christmas. Hopefully that will get me through part of the year! I’ve made a promise to unsubscribe from retail emails and immediately throw away retail coupons in the mail. That way, I avoid any temptation to go to the store.

OK 2020, I am ready for you.

-IBG