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The following is a guest post from Christina of Northern Cheapskate.

Sometimes it’s a real challenge just to get a shower each day, let alone find time for some pleasure reading.

But if you look around, you will find that there are lots of options for grabbing your reading on the go without dropping a lot of cash.

Check out your local library. Many libraries offer books on CD and even free downloadable MP3s to put on your iPod or MP3 player.

Scope out garage sales, thrift stores, estate sales and used book sales for great deals on paperbacks or books on CD.

Check out the free downloadable books at Barnes and Noble. You can get free books from Barnes and Noble when you download their reader onto your PC, Mac, Blackberry or iPhone. It’s simple to use and a great way to spend time in waiting rooms. Other books start at 99 cents.

Amazon also has free books for the Kindle (you have to search a little, but they’re there) and free e-books in PDF format. There are hundreds of titles to choose from and you can download the Adobe Reader for free.

You can also get a chapter sent to you via e-mail at the pace you choose for free from DailyLit. Read it in your inbox when you have time or read it on your smartphone. There are more than 1,000 free titles to choose from. You can also purchase books from Daily Lit, too, but the good thing is you can try the first chapter before you buy.

No excuses! You should be able to get at least one book read before the year is done!

Christina is the author of Northern Cheapskate, a frugal living blog dedicated to freebies, coupons and money-saving ideas. Christina writes from the woods of northern Minnesota, where she clips coupons, pinches pennies, and chases three little boys as a stay-at-home mom.

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