Have you ever been tempted by magazines at the check-out counter? Sometimes a picture of an enticing dish (and promised recipe) catches my eye. Or, I might find myself lingering at the magazine's article titles about organization or decorating.
A few weeks ago, I discovered that I can get these magazines without paying for them! My local library lets me check the magazines out. Not only that, they have a free magazine section where where recycled (gently used) magazines are available. I now gather recipes from Taste of Home magazine. I have also gotten some delicious dishes from Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle. At my library, the current magazine cannot be checked out. So, I can only check out magazines one issue back. I found lots of great Valentine's day ideas in the February 2008 Better Homes and Garden magazine. When I used to get Newsweek, it was rare that I would finish it before the next copy came out. (I am doing good if I am only a week behind!) Now, I am not spending money unnecessarily on magazines. I know many magazines can be viewed online. However, I really enjoy leisurely flipping through the pages. I often keep a stash of magazines in my car so I can check out articles when I have a chance (like when I am waiting in line to pick up my son from school). Checking out magazines from the library (or picking up the freebie magazines) really works for me!