Today's libraries are much more than places to check out books. A huge portion of your local library's budget goes to maintaining information databases and purchasing computers to provide patrons with Internet access. Libraries also maintain extensive DVD selections for patrons.
It may seem obvious, but if you total up your book purchases and DVD rentals over the course of a year, they can really add up. As long as you make sure to return the materials on time and avoid late fees, you can keep reading at the library without the expense.
The biggest savings a library can offer is free Internet service. Broadband internet costs about $50 per month. Computers at the library are free.
Living without Internet access may seem inconceivable, but getting rid of a dedicated Internet connection is an opportunity to save money by combining expenses. Imagine that you cancel your telephone landline and get a smartphone. You have to pay the monthly fee for data on your smartphone, but if you can accomplish basic functions like e-mail and Facebook updates with your phone, you can save $100 to $150 or more per month.
If you have to write a lengthy e-mail or spend some time searching the internet and don't relish the thought of using a public computer, you could take your laptop to a location with free WiFi. You might have to buy a cup of coffee every now and then, but if you don't rely on this option daily, you'll still save money.