Houston on the Cheap: Library Magic

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I know this isn’t rocket science, but I’ve been saving money like crazy by skipping Border’s and heading towards the Houston Public Library instead.

The Heights library is the closest branch to our house, but just doesn’t have the majority of the books that we are addicted to. Enter the online catalog, full of pretty much everything (even some out of print surprises) that you could possibly want. Do a city-wide search and have the books delivered to the nearest location to you – and never be book-less again!

Easy as pie and way cheaper than indulging at the bookstore for every little summer reading craving you get. If you like what you see, head over to Half Price Books or, even better, 1/4 Price Books and bring it home for keeps. This is especially a lifesaver for more expensive books – like cookbooks, photography books, etc.

Call me cheap… but alas, my reading habits don’t ever pay any attention to my book budget. Lovely bookcase photo from Chotda on Flickr.

2 Comments so far

  1. a~lotus (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 1:35 pm

    that’s why you’re not the only one using the library.. the library is heaven for me.. :)


  2. drc (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

    I love the library. nerds, unite. They also have free internet, and loan out CD/DVDs.
    1/4 price books had a horrible selection when I went by. In addition to 1/2 price books, I look for used books on amazon.com and katy budget books (if you’re on the west side).



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