Check Out our Savings and Finance Magazines, Free
Could you take a second to look at our Saving and Finance Magazines from the library? If you don’t have the time because you’re busy, that’s fine, but I think that you’ll get a lot out of learning that you have all these free magazines available to you with your library card. It’s easy to do. You can click on the link here for Zinio or here for Flipster. Pro Tip: They’re also available under the Articles & Research Section of the homepage. You’ll just need to put in your library card number and sign up with your email address.
It’s easy because digital magazines have come a long way. For one, they aren’t heavy. They have become incredibly easy to read on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. In fact, Zinio and Flipster both have apps for your smartphone and tablet. Here’s the link for each of them (Zinio: Apple App Store/ Android – Flipster – Android / Apple App Store. You don’t have to wait to read them; you just click and start to read. There’s no wait for a new issue; the new issue is available as soon as it comes out on newsstands. And best of all, they don’t expire. No late fees. Ever.
Not only are there a lot of great magazines available in general, but I want to talk about savings and Finance. Zinio has Forbes, The Economist, Consumer Reports and Family Handyman. Forbes is great if you want articles on how to have a great retirement, and stock information that can help you maximize your 401(k). The Economist has information on world news and politics, which helps if you’re investing in foreign companies. They also include news on Science and Technology. While they could be a little complicated for beginner investors, they are an excellent way for people who maybe know a little bit and want to delve deeper without taking a class, like a Coursera Course on Finance. And Consumer Reports, too. Just like the hard copy, CR has information on credit cards, warranties and whether they’re worth having, and issues related to consumer advocacy. Having Consumer Reports (and their back issues) are worth having when you want to buy something big but need to know if it’ll last. By improving your knowledge of quality products, you could save yourself hundreds of dollars.
For Flipster, Money Magazine and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance are two excellent tools to strengthen your financial skills. Money Magazine has great big infographics that are easy to read and understand. They cover topics like the best way to maximize your rewards credit card and where to sell your old tech for the best prices. With more consumer-friendly articles on money and retirement tips for people who may have a long way to go before they retire. It also has a big one: how to lend money to your family and get it back. With Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, the magazine is geared more towards investors that are closer to retirement than not. Their articles are more in-depth and contain issues closer to people who are in retirement. Things like the new rules regarding reverse mortgages and how to get tax savings. Its investment advice is more practical than The Economist with articles on investing safely. They also have information on Credit Card Protections.
If you had time to read this, you just learned a lot about what your library card can offer you. If you didn’t have a chance to read this, that’s okay too.