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How to Find No Cost Entertainment

by Anna Haug

The U.S.A. is called the land of the free, and no one knows this better than the smart consumer. Anyone willing to take the time to look--and ask--around is sure to find bargain entertainment at the best price of all: nothing.

Where do you begin? Start in the place that has offered free entertainment for years, the local library. As one Minnesota credit union member told readers of the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA's) Home & Family Finance Resource Center:

"Visit your local library--if you haven't been there for a while, you'll be surprised, as I was, to see what they have to offer. Aside from current books and magazines, you can get free or very cheap DVD rentals. In addition, our county libraries have free museum passes--they give you no-cost admission to many area museums and attractions. No strings attached. It's a great way to get truly free entertainment."

Libraries all around the country are coming up with ways to offer unusual services for free or a small fee. For example, at many branches you can rent framed artwork for your home. Some libraries circulate toys for kids and household tools for grownups. You might even be able to check out an electricity monitor to modify your home electrical use or borrow an e-reader to take on vacation.

Ask library staff to help you track down free opportunities in your area. Many communities have neighborhood festivals and art fairs. Almost all museums have free days or partial days--find out when they are and arrange your visit around those days. See if your children's museum, science center, zoo, or aquarium has free times or free special events.

Depending on where you live, the opportunities keep coming. For example, if you're in a college town, find out about free performances by music department faculty or students. If your community has an orchestra or symphony, see if it allows free access--even if it's for rehearsal time. Many churches and schools offer free entertainment for children and their parents.

And speaking of free access, most public libraries allow you to get online at no charge. On the Web, participating credit unions provide free financial advice.

With the help of your friendly librarian, you can find great sources of entertainment for free. 

Published 07-15-2015

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