5 Ways to Use Your Library (that You Might Not Know About)

5 Ways to Use Your Public Library (that You Might Not Know)

The public library. You may have gone there for story time as a kid, but haven’t set foot in one since. Or you may have spent some hours there in high school, scrambling for print sources for a research paper. You may even be a user now. If you’re in college or just out, you’re probably looking for ways to save what little money you have. and your local library can be such a huge resource in so many ways. So dig out your library card. Here are just a few tips to help you utilize your local library in ways you might not have ever considered.

(Note that availability and policies will be different from library to library. So check with your friendly local librarians if you have any questions.)


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6 Books You Should Read Before Your First Day of College


(Note: If this article looks familiar, it’s because it was previously posted when this site was www.booksinthepassengerseat.com. The site had a big of a meltdown mid-transition, so this article needed to be reposted.)

Looking at this list, I realize the main reason I didn’t read them before starting college was because none of them were actually published before 2007. Whoops. But here’s a list of eight books I wish I had read before I left for college and highly recommend incoming freshmen check out before arriving at the dorms. There’s a mix of fiction and non-fiction on here, so you should be able to find something either for the recent grad in your life or for yourself as you check your college to-do list one more time.

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10 Ideas to Perk Up Your Morning Routine

Ten Ideas to Perk Up Your Morning Routine

Some people are naturally morning people. I am not one of those people. In college, I stayed up late, woke up early, and lived on Red Bull. After college and working in food service and at evening library shifts for years, I was very much acclimated to staying up late and sleeping in late. But that all changed at the end of last year when my son was born. I suddenly had no choice but to get up at 5, 6am with him. And Red Bull just wasn’t as appealing as it used to be. I tried a number of things to make getting up so early a little easier. Some worked, some didn’t. I still have plenty of mornings where I stumble to the kitchen and try to put baby formula in the coffee maker.

Here are ten of the things that have worked for me. I don’t do all of them every single morning, but I try to squeeze in as many as possible. They’re all easy enough to adapt for dorm life as well.

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5 Apps That Will Save You Money on Groceries

5 Apps That Will Help You Save Money on Groceries

I’m not telling you anything new when I say groceries are expensive. Whether you’re a Whole Foods aficionado or a Market Basket girl, you’re probably spending more than you would like on your monthly grocery bill. There are plenty of ways that you can save money. You can shop the sales, clip coupons, or hit several stores rather than do all your shopping in one place (provided the savings aren’t canceled out by an increase in gas station stops). One way of saving money that I’ve found to be among the most efficient and convenient ways I’ve tried is apps. If you have a smartphone, you can download all of these apps for free. Just be sure to hang onto your receipt!

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