I’ve always loved libraries.

I think they are such a precious resource, and I know not everyone has them, so I appreciate how easily we can access libraries all over Greater Vancouver. I’m a member of many districts, because, to alter Forrest Gump’s famous line, you never know where you’re gonna end up.

In our area, we pay about $75 per year in taxes to cover library expenses, and that is a wicked deal.

I love books and magazines, but my main attraction at the library is the movie and TV series section. Anything British including detective series? Bring it on. Light hearted rom-coms? Yup. Heavy, moving dramas? Check. Westerns, sci-fis, and ethereal Terrence Malick films? Um… perhaps it’s a book night.

The fun part of library visits is that there are no limits, as in, I can try a wide range of shows and if I don’t like something, I just turn it off, with no money lost.

It’s not that we never rent a film but it’s pretty rare as it’s just not that necessary. And we do make occasional purchases of physical books, eBooks, and magazines, but the total is only about $100 per year.

If I were to calculate even on a modest level what we save per year on books, magazines, and films, it would easily be $50 a month or $600 per year for just me and my husband. (Our cat has her own exciting show going on called ‘Birds Outside’, so she doesn’t work into the entertainment equation.)

To rephrase Forrest’s words once again, the library’s like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. The rich, tasty, exciting, educational, fun, and entertaining aspects of libraries know no boundaries, and are a great way to spend less, save more, and enrich your life.

Are you ready for a new adventure?

P.S. My new book ‘The Art of Stretching Your Dollar Part One: You and Your Money’ is available at www.amazon.com/dp/B015EXEA44 or www.amazon.ca/dp/B015EXEA44 or at other international Amazon sites. And off I go to work on the other five books!


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