For the longest time, I made time for everything except for reading.
My excuse was either I didn't have time to read or I didn't want to lug around a big book. Not too mention the cost.
This year, I was done with making excuses and made it my goal to read or listen to at least five books every month.
Feast your mind for only $8.99 a month
I thought I was going to have to spend more than a hundred dollars a month to do this, and was almost willing to, until I came across Scribd.
I haven't spent more than $8.99 a month. Scribd has more than one million books and 700,000 subscribers, so you know they're doing something right.
If you sign up now, you can get a free 30-day trial to the subscription service to give you time to think about investing a few dollars each month. (Trust me, it won't take a month. You'll be hooked on day one.)
When you did decide to renew your subscription, you'll only have to pay $8.99 each month, which is basically the cost of one fast food meal. Instead of satiating your hunger for a few hours, you can feast your mind for a whole month.
Scribd will give you access to unlimited books, audiobooks, magazines and the news. If you're a musician, they'll even give you sheet music.
You can access their site through your computer, phone, and tablet. The best part is that you can save titles offline to read them when you're on the go.
I used to be obsessed with feeling books in my hands, mostly because I could add notes or bookmark sentences I like and want to read later, but now I can do all that on Scribd.
During the first month of my free trial, I read and listened to books that have been on my "to-read" list for a very long time.
A month ago when I was on vacation in Mexico, I loved reading Yes, Please by Amy Poehler.
Now before I go to bed, I read a few pages of Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey or catch up on where I left off in Life of Pie by Yann Martel.
The secret to getting the most out of your subscription
1. You can also stream movies
Scribd curates movies from around the world and lets you have access to them. They do this by giving you access to MUBI, which is a streaming service that hand-picks cult classics and award-winning films.
What I love about this added service is that it aligns with Scribd's mission to spread knowledge.
2. Give it to someone as a gift
It's hard to find the perfect gift for someone. Instead of getting a friend or family member a generic gift card or stuffing money in an envelope, give them a Scribd membership.
I've given them to my friends and now they're all obsessed.
There are three options you can choose from: Three months for $25, six months for $50, or one year for $100.
At the end of the day, you can't put a price on knowledge.
3. Use the search tool the right way
If you can't find the book you're looking for, try searching for key words in their library.
For example, you may not be able to find the exact cookbook you saw in a local bookstore, but you may find things that are very similar to it.
Plug those key words into the search bar and you'll be surprised as to what you may find.
Keep in mind, there are more than a million books you can you choose from.
4. Keep track of your books
There's nothing more satifsying than seeing all you've accomplished at the end of the month.
Don't stop setting goals for yourself. The more you read and take advantage of this service, the more it will be worth your buck.
5. Let your kids use it too
If your kids are between the ages of two and nine, Scribd is just the thing they need to get a head start in school.
My younger kids love asking for my tablet and adding books to their collection. The best part is that they're actually excited to read the books.
My teenager is obsessed with all the comic books the service offers. He loves not having to spend part of his paycheck on the next volume of his favorite Marvel or Archie Comics series.