There's nothing more satisfying to a book lover than walking out of a store with brand new adventures, but it's so easy to drop an insane amount of money while achieving that book buying high. You walk out of there with your wallet much lighter and while that initial new book rush is amazing it can be hard to budget yourself. Here's where this pro tip comes in. It's so simple you'll think, oh duh!



Get Yourself A Library Card!

All the books you are thinking about buying are at the library, for free! Everything that you would have picked up at the store is sitting on those shelves. True yes, someone else might have checked out the book that you wanted and now you have to wait. That is unfortunate I agree but hey, read something else in the meantime! Yes it can be frustrating but consider the price vs. the immediate gratification and see if you can wait a little while or if you need to make that purchase. You'll be on a waiting list for some of the acclaimed brand new releases that are getting a lot of attention but you'll save yourself so much money in the long run.

They have books on everything! If you want to try out some new recipes they will have a whole section on that! Take your cookbook home and try a couple of exciting recipes! If you really love them then get yourself a binder and photocopy recipe pages that you really love to make your own personalized cookbook of pre-approved recipes at a fraction of the price. Travel advice, graphic novels, audio books, magazines, all the latest best sellers, and so much more. If they don't have it there then they'll get it through inter-library loans so you'll always be able to get a hold of what you're looking for.

If you have a DVD player then you have lucked out! In a way Blockbuster has never died because you can search the libraries movies to see nearly anything you want. There are so many favorites both old and new that are available at your local library! Go revisit old film friends from your childhood or see the newest releases without having to illegally download them; messing up your computer with a virus in the process. You can look for something intentionally or just peruse and pick up anything that strikes your fancy in the moment. Hey, get crazy and see if they have any tapes for your ancient VCR player.

Wandering the stacks of the library can be just a thrilling as exploring the bookstore and there are just as many hidden gems. Libraries can have books way older than your average bookstore and they have an incredible range. You'll get the same variety at a fraction of the price. Same experience, just with less knick knacks for sale at the counter. A lot of libraries also have online databases so you can get books downloaded to your preferred reading device! Librarians also have good memories and if you are a frequent visitor they can recommend amazing reads you would never have found otherwise. The sense of community in libraries means that book lovers will get a personal experience when they check out their books. Quick readers have no fear! You can take out so many books at once it will seem like the sky's the limit.

While it can be amazing to own your favorites, you probably already own them. It's so much cheaper of a plan to explore books via library and only buy the books you've decided you can never live without.

Go find your favorites because they're out there waiting for you!

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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When the new Tiffany's campaign was unveiled, reactions were mixed.

Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.