12 Dumb Things We Pay For, but Don’t Need To

We pay for so many things that we can actually get for free or cheap. Here are some, and how to stop making these dumb purchases.

2. Books

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It’s fun to buy new books, but let’s face it: They are expensive and most of us read them exactly once — or, I will confess, sometimes not at all if I’ve bought one of those “should read” tomes.

There are a few books out there that it’s nice to own — maybe a cookbook or other reference book, or a classic that you read and reread — but most books, once read, just fill shelves and collect dust.

So, when the temptation next arises, try this: Borrow the book from the nearest public library. (You’ve already paid for it with your tax dollars.)

Many older books also can be downloaded for free because they are now in the public domain. Project Gutenberg offers more than 50,000 e-books. Or you could opt for free audiobooks through sites such as LibriVox.

But if it’s relatively new or you want to own a book because you liked it so much you might read it again — buy it used on Amazon.com or any number of more specialized book websites for a fraction of the cost of a new book.

Check out: “Five Easy Ways to Get Free Book.”

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