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8 Ways to Find Affordable Media

Updated on November 6, 2017
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Lanecia is a writer and blogger from Ohio who has worked in a library.

Are you the type of person who loves media, but tries to avoid paying the big bucks to enjoy it on a regular basis?

Today, there are many ways to access different types of media. Whether you choose a television subscription or to buy media on your smart device, there is always something available.

What you may not know is that there are a lot of ways to enjoy all types of media and save money at the same time.

Here are eight ways you can enjoy all types of media without breaking the bank.

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1. Visit the Library

There are so many ways to access material at the library. Not only does the library still cherish the idea of books as entertainment, today you can find all types of cool digital apps to download on your smart phone or tablet as well.

E-books and audio books are available to borrow for weeks at a time, but keep in mind you'll need a library card to access these materials for home use.

Not only will you have access to digital media, you can find CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, console games, and more. If you happen to be a book lover, magazines, newspapers, and thousands of books are provided for entertainment as well.

If you are not sure what libraries may have these materials available, take a trip to your local library and ask about ways you can download and enjoy media with your library card.

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2. Television Subscriptions

There are many television subscriptions with affordable prices you can pay for monthly. With a little research, you'll be sure to find something that is suitable for your budget.

Subscription services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Roku have an unlimited amount of shows and movies you can watch for under $20.00 a month. If you don't want to pay hundreds of dollars for local cable services, try using one of these convenient online streaming services instead.

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3. Downloadable Apps

You can access hundreds downloadable apps from your smart phone or tablet. Usually anything you are looking for is accessable using the app marketplace. You can find all sorts of interesting apps, which can be useful for listening to music, watching videos, reading books, and more.

If you find games entertaining, there are an abundance of those as well.

Not sure how to access the app marketplace of your smart device? Try visiting a local tech store for help. Tech experts can walk you through the difficult twists and turns of app technology.

4. YouTube

YouTube offers a thousands of videos for entertainment in just about any category you are looking for. If you are looking for a good laugh or even a good cry; there is always something on YouTube for everyone.

All you need is internet access and you have thousands of videos at your disposal on a daily basis.

If you happen to be the creative type, you can even make videos of your own for others to watch as well. YouTube offers a variety of great media that you can enjoy just about anywhere with your smart device.

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5. Free Public Domain Books

If you are looking for books to read, and don't have time to visit the library, oftentimes you can read books online instead. There are many websites that will allow you to access books online for free.

These websites provide "free public domain books", where you can read books online for free. The genres are endless, and there are all types of notable authors to read from.

If you are curious, you may even get a little background information on the author you are reading about. Not sure how to access these websites? Here is a website that provides a list of 25 great free public domain book sites: https://ebookfriendly.com/free-public-domain-books-sources/.

The Thrift Store

The thrift store is a great place to find affordable media. With endless donations received on a daily basis, there is always something available. If you are not sure where to find these sections ask a store professional to show you around.

Oftentimes you can find music, movies, books, magazines, video games, and more.

Usually these items are sold for less than half of the retail price. Be sure to check the quality of any media you purchase to make sure everything is in working condition. Also, be sure to ask about coupons and discount days for even bigger discounts and reasonable prices.

Game Exchange

The game exchange is the place to go for new and used games and other media at discounted prices. Here you'll find anything from country music to video games to the next blockbuster.

If you are not sure where to find your favorite types of media and genres, ask for a tour of the store.

Game exchange stores are also known for housing classic records and artifacts you may want to purchase as well. If you happen to have any media you want to get rid of, this is also the place to trade what you have in for cash.

The Book Store

We just mentioned the library, but book stores are also great places to find affordable media.

Books are a main source of entertainment sold at most book stores, but you can also find music and movies as well.

Some bookstores may offer memberships and discounts for many or all of the entertainment they provide. There are many types of book stores to visit if you are looking for a vast collection of new media.

Also, be sure to check out clearance sections to score all types of media at discounted prices.

© 2017 Lanecia Smith

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