Hollywood Video has been my friend and foe for my last two family vacations. In an effort to make my travels temper tantrum free, I rented Elmo, Thomas the Train, Tom & Jerry, and Clifford the Dog DVDs. Unfortunately, my trip dates make it impossible to return them on time. The $12 charge is worth the rentals, but the accompanying late fees make it debatable.

On my recent trip to our local library, I stumbled upon a fantastic kiddie DVD selection. Surprised and elated, I asked the clerk about the "check out" policy. You can rent up to six DVDs for a seven day time period — FREE! Anticipating another long travel weekend ahead, I am heading there tomorrow for a slew of cartoon videos to entertain my wee one. Before you run to your local video store, hit your closest library branch.
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