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Money Tip: Scour Your Shelves for Free Entertainment

There's an untapped resource for entertainment in most of our living rooms, and the best part is that it's free! If you're like my friends and me, you probably have a bookshelf with some titles that haven't been opened since you first read them. We keep great books with the intention of re-reading them at some point, but that goal is often forgotten when the review of a great new book catches our eye.

Enjoy free entertainment this weekend and save gas by not having to drive to your local library — simply scour your shelves until you find a title that suits your mood. And if you're tired of your books, why not organize a book exchange with a friend or two? It may not be as fun as getting lost in the aisles of Barnes & Noble, but it's much kinder to your wallet.


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Advah Advah 8 years
I haven't bought a book in a while either. I have about half a dozen books on my shelf I still haven't read, the library is around the corner from my house, and my flatmates also have plenty of books in their room so we swap a lot. :)
hannahsnow hannahsnow 8 years
I haven't bought a book in a while. I love going to the library and browsing through the books. Plus, I know whatever I check out will be free.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I'm not much of a re-reader, either. But I usually have a dozen or so library books on my shelves.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
I am a HUGE re-reader. And yes, Belle was easily the best Disney princess due to her innate nerdiness and brown hair :)
GinaSnyder GinaSnyder 8 years
I go on book-buying sprees but rarely end up reading everything. I could probably get myself through the winter with the things on my shelves!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
:rotfl: Same here Renee and Julia! I thought I was the ONLY one! I keep all of my books too so that I could hopefully one day buy a house with a library like that! :)
iuliasuavis iuliasuavis 8 years
renee, i have the same dream!!!! Belle has always been my favorite princess because of that amazing library.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I like to keep all my books and reread a lot of them. I hope to one day have a library :-) It's been a dream of mine since I saw Beauty and the Beast haha
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years is a great website for book swapping. I've been participating for a couple years and have TONS of books on my shelves that I've received from other people just by sending along books I don't want anymore. The basic membership is free.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm the kind of person that once i read something once i don't usually feel the urge to re-read it, so either i recycle the book or i go to sites supported by eBay like HALF.COM and i resell the books. i'm usually very good with them so they are usually in excellent condition and even though i don't get the full value of the book back when i sell it, i still get a little something.
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