Nope, this isn't your average "save money by going to the library" post. This post is for people who could use some serious retail help. I have some personal experience with shopping addictions (the not so serious kind). For some reason there's just something so satisfying about liking something in a store and bringing it home that same day. I've come up with many tricks to help myself save money on things, but I found that going to the library can be great way to prevent unnecessary spending.
The key to replacing retail shopping with "library shopping" is to just browse through those aisles. When I started browsing my library instead of creating lists, I got that same rush of excitement that only buying a new outfit used to give me. Now, when I need my fix, I just walk aimlessly through the aisles looking for things that might catch my interest. Usually, I create a nice pile for myself (something about the weight of it all makes it more fun) and walk out the door without spending a cent! The best part is that I don't get that same guilty feeling from not reading the books that I got when I would buy clothes or home decor items and leave them in their bags for a couple of weeks (don't act like you haven't been there).
Check out a few of the books I "scored" at the library yesterday:
What do you do to replace your spending addictions?