Libraries don't just offer the books we remember from our childhood. Today, libraries offer money-saving fun for all ages, says Isra Hashmi, who blogs at "The Frugalette." Libraries offer a frugal entertainment alternative with their extensive music and DVD collections. Children and teens alike can be kept busy with library story reading, craft projects and singalongs.
Some libraries even offer passes to museums and attractions. These passes can be checked out, just like a book. "In Boston, just for having a library card, I've gotten free passes to the aquarium and zoo," Hashmi says.