I’m cheap (well, I prefer the word frugal). However you say it, I’m always on the lookout for a good deal.
As much as I like to read (magazines included), I do not like to pay for magazine subscriptions. After I stopped working, this was one of the things I vowed to myself never to do again – it seemed like a pretty frivolous expense (of course, no offense intended to those of you who do it!).
Recently I discovered that my local library has a bin of used magazines in the entryway (near the drinking fountain, for any of my IRL friends). The idea is that instead of pitching a magazine after you’ve read it, people can drop it off in the bin and let others read it. Totally Awesome, I say!
They have quite a variety of magazines – I’ve seen everything from Newsweek to Good Housekeeping to hunting magazines. Yesterday I picked up a copy of Marriage Partnership which I’m really enjoying. I usually read the magazine(s) I take, then return it afterwards for someone else to enjoy.
So next time you’re at the library stop in the lobby quickly and take a look in the bin. You know, you can do it whilst carrying a baby and trying to corral your older children. And taking their mittens and hats off and on. And helping one of them get a drink at the fountain. And carrying all the books. Because we’re supermoms and we can do anything, right?