People who know me notice that I am always reading. Left unchecked (by work or other things), I would probably read 15 books a week. This would be a very expensive habit if not for the excellent Seattle public library system. I can either check out books from a location, or on my Kindle online. I can also check out DVDs with varying amounts of wait time. Mr. LL and I also like to spend time there reading books and magazines on the weekend.
We now use the library for these things (as a substitute for things that we would otherwise have to pay for):
1) Borrowing books (instead of buying them from Amazon or the bookstore): I rarely ever bought books before now, but Mr. LL tended to buy books since he doesn’t zip through them as fast as I do.
2) Borrowing DVDs (instead of having a monthly subscription to Blockbuster Online)
3) Recreation (instead of going to the coffeehouse to read and drink coffee)
The trade-offs are:
1) Wait times: I can’t immediately get popular books or DVDs, but there are plenty of other books to read, and in many cases, we got a DVD from the library while the same DVD was still languishing at #1 in our Blockbuster queue.
2) No coffee while we read and hang out: Normally we have coffee before or after we go to the library. What we really like is just being somewhere away from home.
This probably ends up saving us about $60/month in coffee drinks and DVD subscriptions, and even more if you count the books that we might otherwise buy.