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Consumer Watch: Saving big bucks on entertainment

A patron is using a computer in one of the branches of the Metropolitan Library System. (KOKH)

Getting out of the house and saving money sounds too good to be true, but it is possible, and could potentially save you $100.00 a month. The budget friendly entertainment can be found in many local libraries.

Let's start with the high tech advancements. You don't even have to come to the library to use its perks anymore.

“They are at their home and they can't make it up to the library, they can just jump on their computer and use all of our resources online,” says Victoria Garten, communications coordinator for the Metropolitan Library System.

A library card will now get you free access to the site Hoopla, a streaming service for movies, audiobooks, and even comic books.

“I think the biggest misconception is probably just that we only have books because we have so many things available for our library customers,” says Garten.

If you prefer to read using a Kindle or your iPad, libraries also offer eBooks and magazines that can be downloaded straight onto your device. It can be worth it to check if what you want is available for free before dropping some cash on it.

So, whether you are into reading physical books, maybe e-books, or you just want a subscription to a video and music service, your local library could save you somewhere between $50 to $100 depending on use.

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