Family Budget Cutting and Public Libraries

The Wall Street journal has two articles today (July 17th) that are interesting. The first one by Neal Templin, "If It's Not by Tolstoy,
Hold On to Your Rubles." July 17, 2008; Page D5 talks about using libraries rather than bookstores, or buying used books. "Owning a book is a serious relationship. Once I've bought it, as a cheapskate, I feel obligated to read it -- even if it turns out to be a dud. By contrast, many books I get from the library go unread. I get a few pages into them and realize I can't stand the way the author writes. Or the topic simply doesn't hold me. Back to the library it goes." Read more about it at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121624737790059931.html

"The Library Closes Early: Why Being Cheap isn’t Always Efficient"
Posted on "Juggle" by Cybele Weisser. She writes: "In our post yesterday about rising health care costs, some commenters mentioned having to cut luxuries out of their budget in order to afford basic medical care. In this week’s Cheapskate column, writer Neal Templin argues that new books are an easily expendable extravagance.

While I agree, in theory, I’ll admit: I buy new books on a semi-regular basis. Like making coffee at home, or packing a lunch, good budgetary intentions can easily fall victim to the Juggle. When it comes to trips to the public library, there’s a major time crunch: the nearest library to me is closed long before I get home from work, and is only open limited hours on Saturdays (a crucial day to do long-neglected errands and chores from the week). The nearest good used bookstore is a 20 minute subway trip from my home, and it’s not exactly a fun way for my 1-year-old son to spend his time. " Read more about it at: http://blogs.wsj.com/juggle/2008/07/17/the-library-closes-early-why-being-cheap-isnt-always-...

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