Why buy books? Instead, keep a list of what you want to read, and go to your local library's online site. Request the books. Wait a week or two (sometimes more). They'll email you when they come in. Go pick them up. Read them. Return them within 3 weeks or renew them. Completely FREE!
Why buy magazines? My library allows magazines to be borrowed! Not every issue is available, but there's a pretty good selection. The back issues are always available. When I was working, I liked to go to the library during lunch and just read the magazines without borrowing them. It was relaxing.
We never buy/rent DVD's...we just request what we want from the library.
You can even make purchasing suggestions for a library if they don't have the book/DVD you want within the library system!
Guess who funds libraries. Taxpayers! May as well get your money's worth from your library!