The Ultimate in Frugal Pastime
The local library is a plethora of ultimate in frugal living. You can learn how to do something for yourself; from gardening, to deck building, to plumbing, to grooming your dog. The more things we learn to do for ourselves, the more money you save.
I love borrowing books on CD to listen to on my hour drive to and from work every day; that way my time is not wasted. I can feel like I am still keeping up on my "reading" on time that would otherwise be wasted.
You can borrow magazines that you have been thinking about subscribing to (as a little trial) or just browse through them to get some gift-giving ideas. In my opinion; a home made gift is far better than anything that can be bought in any store.
Often times libraries have sales on books or videos. I just bought a VHS tape on learning to crochet and two brand new cardboard books for my soon to be grandson. I paid a total of 75 cents for all three of these things....very frugal.
For more entertainment ideas; often libraries have movies you can borrow. Our local library doesn't have a very good selection of "entertainment" type videos; but they have a great selection of videos for kids that I borrowed quite a bit when my kids were smaller.
Next time you think you need to head to the store to buy that new book from your favorite author; check your local library....then pocket those $avings.