our best friend the library

maybe Walter is upset about how much he spent on entertainment

maybe Walter White is upset about how much he spent on entertainment

We are big fans of our local library. It blows my mind every time I go in there, they let your borrow things for FREE! Our local library has generous lending periods, 14 days to month to be exact. Our State library system also lets library card holders check out anything from the other libraries in the State system so if our local library doesn’t have what we are looking for chances are we can order it from a different library. This isn’t your Grandma’s library either, while it may still have the musty book smell they also provide very modern amenities, like Televisions series, blu rays, popular movies and computers.

One of our favorite things to do together is watch (and by “watch” I mean get really emotionally involved in and obsessed about) a TV series. Luckily for us our library system has a wide variety of TV series to choose from. Now I know there is a good chance you will think I am a pathetic TV junky after you read the list below but that’s a chance I’m willing to take in order to prove libraries can be awesome. Also keep in mind we watched these over the two and half years we’ve been married.

Here’s a list of Television shows we’ve watched:

Band of Brothers (1 season, 6 discs)

Big Love (5 seasons, 19 discs)

Boardwalk Empire (3 seasons, 15 discs)

Breaking Bad (5 seasons, 16 discs)

Carnivale (1 season, 4 discs)
Axmen (1 season, 4 discs)

Dead Wood (3 seasons, 19 discs)

Extras (2 seasons, 4 discs)

Lifes Too Short (1 season, 2 discs)

Mad Men (5 seasons, 20 discs)

News Room (1 season, 4 discs)

Nurse Jackie (4 seasons, 12 discs) *my favorite

The Pacific (1 season, 6 discs)

Planet Earth (5 discs)
The Tudors (1 season, 4 discs)

The Big C (2 seasons, 6 discs)

Walking Dead (2 seasons, 8 discs)

The Wire (5 seasons, 23 discs) *my Husband’s favorite

 Totals:   18 shows, 177 discs 

(if you are just going to comment about how lame we are because we watch so much TV don’t worry we already know)

Why am I putting all our TV viewing obsession and shame out in public? Simply because I want to share with you what a money saving resource the library has been for us. If we were to rent all these hours of entertainment at the local video rental place it would have easily cost us roughly $680. Most movie rental stores charge by the disc and most series have more than one disc per season. For example, for us to watch The Wire we would have had to rent 23 discs at $3.99 each for a grand total of $91.77 to watch one single series. And that $91.77 is if we remember to take everything back on time. I know a lot of people are probably thinking why don’t you get Netflix or Hulu? Valid question. Here’s the answer, the library is completely free. FREE! Why not take advantage? Our taxes already go to support the library so our money is being spent there whether we like it or not so we might as well use it.

Of course there are draw backs to the using the library as our TV watching entertainment source. We have to wait for a show to come out on DVD before we can borrow it from the library. We will never be “in the know” when people are talking about a current show because we are always at least a season behind. Sometimes other people have rented the series we want to watch and we have to wait weeks, or a month for it to be returned so we can our hands on it. But I’m always in need of a reminder to be more patient. We wouldn’t have watched all these series if we had had to rent them, but because they were free we got to widen our viewing horizons. Not all of the series were slam dunks. Some of them we only watched the first season and called it quits. But the price tag of $0 gives us more freedom to explore more series. Our local library has saved us over $700 on entertainment in the last couple of years!

What series are you into now? We’re always on the hunt for something good to obsess over. Have you ever used your local library?

Disclaimer: we don’t only watch TV, we also use the library for books but that is a different post.

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