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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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If you are looking for another way to save money in addition to couponing, your local public library is a great place to start.

If you haven’t been to a library in a while, it may surprise you how far along they have come. You can find things like iPad rentals to test prep services.

Here are a few free services found at my local public library:

Free Checkout Program

My girls and I love to browse through books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, newspapers and magazines. This is the traditional library approach, but it is great to have access to thousands of books for free. I love saving money, so this is just another great way to save money and still enjoy some of your favorites.

Tip: If you love watching movies and television shows, check your library before you go out and buy or rent a movie. You may be able to watch it for free.

Free Online Services

Libraries have changed a lot as we have become more technologically advanced. Now, you can read articles, books, magazines and more from the comfort of your home for free. Instead of spending money on yearly magazine and newspaper subscriptions, you can view them online.

Check with your local library to see what online services are available to you. On my library’s website, you can also access testing and education information, which is great for students preparing for tests like the SAT or even the LSAT.

Free Personal Enrichment Services

The public library is also a great resource for personal enrichment. Most libraries hold classes and events that offer a broad range of activities for people of all ages. Classes and events during the summer are a great place to spend time with your kids.

If you have ever wanted to start a book club but haven’t been quite sure where to start, your local library might be able to help. At my library they offer entire book sets with questions and other materials to start you off.  Another great service my library offers is a business and job center reference area. You can learn about interviewing skills, open jobs in the area and more.

Now, I know not every library may have all of these features and services, but these are some that I have at my library that can give you some ideas for added savings. If you don’t have a service listed above, you could even talk with your library about adding the service.

What’s your favorite way to save money at the library?

    • Tori

      I love my library! From their website, I am able to reserve books, DVDs, CDs, etc, I receive an email when they are available and THEN I use the drive-thru window to pick up the reserved materials. I receive email reminders to renew materials so, no more late fees. My library has over 25,000 digital books for download, thousands of movies for streaming (watch out Netflix), as well as digital magazines, more.

    • dbb

      My library has discounts for museums, etc.

    • Debbie

      I love to borrow cook books and travel books from the library.

    • Elizabeth

      We need to support our public libraries and school libraries too. Sadly, our state has not funded school libraries since 2008. Many children do not have access to public libraries so school libraries are very important. Love my local library!

    • Corrie D.

      Ours has State Park passes you can check out for a week and free Atlanta Zoo passes for 4. Love it.

      • Tori

        What a great feature!

      • JulieBaby

        We offer passes to several local history museums, the symphony, and some science museums. Check them out!

    • JF

      Love our audiobooks! One Click Digital.

    • Kristina

      We check out DVD’s every week. I can’t even tell you how much money we’ve saved by not renting movies.

    • Ren

      Libraries are my second favorite government handout. Free digital tv is still tops.

      • laura

        Ren, can you explain about the free digital TV?

    • Khadija

      I love it all!

    • Mary

      Another option from my library – free online live tutoring from grade school to college level. You can also submit papers and have them evaluated. On the digital side, free music downloads to keep. Online videos where you can learn all types of different skills – from basic and advanced computing to general life skills like cooking.

    • Savannahm0m

      I love our local libraries, but my two favorite features are: Kindle books (or other e-reader formats) available to borrow online and state park passes available to borrow. It’s amazing how few people utilize these services!

    • JulieBaby

      I work in our beautiful, local public library. We offer lots of free programs and concerts throughout the year. We own thousands of DVDS for grownups and for kids. It is a joy and a pleasure to be able to provide wonderful resources to bless our great patrons. Please remember that, if you end up having to pay a fine because you’ve returned items late, no one is picking on you. I have had patrons complain heatedly about a fine of a few dollars when their multiple items were late due to their being away on a lavish vacation. Yeah. Please don’t complain about that. And please do not say that your fines are “my way of contributing to the library.”