Slice of Life is sponsored every Tuesday by Stacey and Ruth from Two Writing Teachers. For the month of March we are challenging ourselves to write a slice every day.
As I glanced around my desk this morning in search of a topic for writing, I decided to share my favorite money-saving tip. I go to the library often. By often, I mean at least two to three times a week. We are limited to a 100 book checkout total. Sometimes I switch over to use another family member's account when I hit my limit. I keep many books in my classroom to connect with current Social Studies curriculum, to provide titles for book talks, and to allow my students to browse titles that I recommend. It saddens me that many of them go to the library infrequently, so I try to bring the library to them. I'm fortunate that KCLS only charges ten cents a day in late fees. I love that I can renew books online, but I still found myself occasionally missing due dates and accruing late fees. I tried putting due dates in my phone or writing them on the calendar, but with so many different due dates that took too much time. So I finally hit upon the perfect low-tech reminder system. It's a sticky note that I move forward each time I renew books. When I renew books, I check for the next upcoming due date and then move the sticky note to one day in advance of that date (it covers two dates). That way I can miss a day and still be on time for renewal. What tricks do you use to keep yourself on track?