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The kids and I have a tendency to borrow lots of books from the local library. Borrowing from the library is a environmentally friendly and frugal, provided that you don't keep your books too long and end up with a fine.
I haven't always had an effective system for keeping track of the long list of books we borrow (I get a print out of the list from the library now) and sometimes I just couldn't find the damned books when we were heading to the library. With four kids, each with their own secret hiding places, book wrangling can be a time consuming task.
So up until a few months ago, I pretty much always ended up with a fine of some size. The killer was the one we got for more than $15. At 20c per day, that is a lot of days looking for our missing book! Something had to be done about this budget busting habit.
We were doing the Buy Nothing New for a Year thing at the time, so I had to come up with a repurposing solution, rather than buying something to solve my little conundrum.
It was simple in the end. I got an old box from a pair of boots, wrote "library books" on the front, placed it next to the bookcase and put the books in it. I told the kids that the library books needed to be kept in the library box now and, hey presto, it actually worked.
Not a single fine since.
Simple, but effective.
Have you got any neat, frugal ideas that keep your cost of living down?