cheap entertainment http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2743/all en-US 15 Life Hacks for College Students (or Anyone Else Trying to Save Money) http://www.wisebread.com/15-life-hacks-for-college-students-or-anyone-else-trying-to-save-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-life-hacks-for-college-students-or-anyone-else-trying-to-save-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chemistry-student-83402553-small.jpg" alt="chemistry student" title="chemistry student" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For many, college is the first time living away from home &mdash; and often living without a lot of money.</p> <p>Necessity is the mother of invention, though, this is why students discover and develop hacks to save money. Beyond the Ramen meal cliche, college students are true DIY masters that know how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Here are 15 useful college student hacks that can help anybody save money around the house. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-freebies-for-college-students?ref=seealso">20+ Freebies for College Students</a>)</p> <h2>1. Double Your Storage Space</h2> <p>By folding your T-shirts <a href="http://lifehackprofessional.tumblr.com/post/57638036704/so-this-came-up-in-a-different-moment-but-i">the right way</a> and re-using soda can rings to stack <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=YDOxYV0JIMs">hangers on hangers</a>, you can increase your room for storage. Another closet organizing trick is to use an empty wine box to keep shoes neat and organized under your bed, and avoiding the where-is-that-darn-shoe game before rushing to your morning class.</p> <h2>2. Find Free Air Freshener</h2> <p>If you cannot afford a can of Febreze or scented candle, here is a nifty trick. Since you must wash your clothes, you might have some dryer sheets. Once your room starts getting smelly, tape the dryer sheet to your AC and crank it up. This trick also works with regular fans. Leave your AC unit or fan running for a couple of minutes and &mdash; voila! &mdash; fresher room.</p> <h2>3. DIY Speakers</h2> <p>Fit your smartphone into an empty plastic bottle, and you will amplify the sound of your device. Another trick to make your phone's alarm clock sound extra loud is to drop into a glass vase. Not only will you have a harder time pressing the snooze button, but the sound will be much louder.</p> <h2>4. Make Vintage Soft T-shirts</h2> <p>Skip the $30 dent on your wallet and give any T-shirt that smooth feeling with this trick. Mix one quart of water and half a cup of salt. Brine your T-shirt in the salt water mix for about three days. Then machine wash with a dash of detergent. Tumble dry, and enjoy.</p> <h2>5. Unclog Any Drain</h2> <p>To save money, students often get roommates, and having several people sharing the same bathroom puts a lot of pressure on plumbing. <a href="http://www.crunchybetty.com/clean-your-drains-with-baking-soda-and-vinegar-surprise">Baking soda, vinegar, and hot water</a> get the job done as well as expensive chemical products and are much friendlier to the environment. First, pour some piping hot water down your drain. Then, pour half a cup of baking soda and wait about 5 minutes. Then add a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup hot water. Wait 10 minutes, and then wash down the mix with piping hot water again. Open (drain) sesame!</p> <h2>6. Clean a Cast Iron Skillet</h2> <p>Cast iron skillets are awesome for crafting some amazing breakfasts. However, they can be really hard to clean, and too many people end up throwing away these expensive kitchen tools because they cannot remove stuck-on food or use steel wool scrubbers. If you scrub too hard or use chemicals, the skillet is ruined. Instead, scrub the pan with a paste of coarse kosher salt and hot water. If you are trying to remove rust, rub the skillet with half a raw potato and a sprinkle of baking soda. After using either method, you often need to re-season the skillet.</p> <h2>7. Take Care of Stripped Screws</h2> <p>Too many pieces of flat pack (or Ikea) furniture cannot be fixed because people strip those screws. During my college days, a friend of mine would give &quot;ruined&quot; chairs, book shelves, and night stands a second life with this trick: Place a rubber band on top of the stripped screw, and then put the screwdriver on top of that. The rubber band helps the screwdriver grab the stripped screw.</p> <h2>8. Cover Up Scratched Wood</h2> <p>Speaking of furniture, wood pieces in college dorms and apartments usually take a beating, but scratches on wood are no match for walnuts. Take care of those bumps and scrapes by rubbing a walnut on the damaged area. The areas will darken as you rub. My college fraternity always had a stash of walnuts in our dining room.</p> <h2>9. Polish Scuffed Linoleum</h2> <p>Many college students can only afford on old houses and apartments, which often come with scuffed linoleum floors. Using white toothpaste, rub the spot with a dry cloth.</p> <h2>10. Leverage the Power of WD-40</h2> <p>This a must-have a tool for any college student. WD-40 can:</p> <ul> <li>Take care of hard-to-open sliding windows.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Remove decals by spraying surrounding areas and lifting edges with a credit card or spatula.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Clean up walls with crayon markings.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Polish scuffed linoleum (make sure to wash area clean afterward!).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>And of course, lubricate squeaky door hinges.</li> </ul> <h2>11. Restore Sagging Caning</h2> <p>You don't have to wait until your chair's canning completely gives. Take action by rubbing the bottom of the sagging caning with a wet sponge that has been submerged in warm water. Let the canning dry overnight. Repeat as necessary to tighten up that canning.</p> <h2>12. Open Beer and Soda Bottles</h2> <p>People, particularly college students, are obsessed with figuring out <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unusual-ways-to-open-a-bottle-of-beer-without-a-bottle-opener">how to open beer and soda bottles without a bottle opener</a>. If you can't find an opener, here's one thing you almost always can find &mdash; a Macbook charger. If it is one of those that has the metal part, you can use it to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUGlOUJXjoM">open a beer bottle</a>. Make sure that the charger is unplugged from the outlet! If you're too afraid to use a Macbook charger, then learn <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Open-a-Beer-Bottle-with-a-Lighter">how to open a bottle with a lighter</a>.</p> <h2>13. Cook With a Coffee Cup</h2> <p>Coffee is a college student's best friend &mdash; and now, the cups can be too.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/13-easy-mug-cakes-that-are-all-grown-up-195159">Coffee cup cakes</a> that actually taste good</li> <li><a href="http://heartsandlaserbeams.com/2013/04/05/microwave-coffee-mug-recipes-scrambled-eggs/">Scrambled eggs in under 2 minutes</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/recipes/coffee-cup-quiche/article_2d121f31-d6b0-564c-bbac-6fca97a08276.html">Fancy quiches</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/instant-mug-o-mac-cheese-in-the-microwave/">Mac &amp; Cheese without a pot</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/recipes/coffee-cup-chilaquiles/article_d5d6a5c0-5fb6-588f-b929-5438eff3a1f0.html">Chilaquiles</a>, a Mexican breakfast staple, in a cup</li> </ul> <h2>14. Power Up Your Wi-Fi Router</h2> <p>College students are the masters of finding free Wi-Fi. So when they pay for it, they want to make sure that they can use it as much as possible, no matter where in the house they are. Instead of buying a Wi-Fi extender (starting at $30), you can increase <a href="http://www.labnol.org/software/increase-wifi-signal-strength-with-aluminum/8064/">Wi-Fi strength with aluminum foil</a>. You can also use a soda or <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tonZeKP-Mi4">beer can to boost your router</a>.</p> <h2>15. Transform Your Hoodie</h2> <p>Another must-have item for college students are hoodies. They protect them from a cold morning or a bad hair day&hellip; or they can be turned into a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNiP953SCOg">laptop bag</a>. Or a <a href="http://www.conceptualdevices.com/2010/03/just-undo-it/">pillow, strap bag, backpack, or baby carrier</a>. No wonder Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg never left the house without one!</p> <p><em>What are other college students hacks that we could add to this list? Let us know in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-life-hacks-for-college-students-or-anyone-else-trying-to-save-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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From relaxing rides on a water taxi to checking out John Waters' old haunts, Charm City has a little something for everyone at an affordable price. Check out these 20 things to do for $20 or less. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>1. Ride the Water Taxi Around the Harbor</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/water-taxi-42361944_cfbe6b0f03_z.jpg" /></p> <p>For just $7 one way you can board the <a href="http://www.baltimorewatertaxi.com">Baltimore Water Taxi</a>, which will take you on a relaxing ride around the famed Inner Harbor en route to local landmarks. You'll see the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and Fort McHenry, and travel to nearby neighborhoods like Fells Point and Canton. You can hop off at any of the taxi's 17 stops, but you'll have to buy another ticket if you plan to ride it back. Savvy spenders, however, will buy the $12 all-day pass that allows you to hop on and off as much as you'd like. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-new-york-city-the-15-best-ways-to-spend-it?ref=seealso">$20 in New York City</a>)</p> <h2>2. Picnic at Fort McHenry</h2> <p><img width="605" height="338" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/fort-mchenry-8430562303_6e9946d73f_z.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm">Fort McHenry</a>, a coastal star-shaped fort best known for its role in the War of 1812, is a great place to brush up on your history (there's more to this national monument and historic shrine than being the birthplace of our National Anthem) and remember those who fought for our freedom all those years ago. Make a day of it by packing a picnic that you can enjoy along the water's edge. Admission is $7, and the pass is valid for seven days.</p> <h2>3. Enjoy the Scenery at the Walters Art Museum</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/walters-museum-3217358273_bf29204371_z.jpg" /></p> <p>Home to thousands of artworks from around the world, <a href="https://www.thewalters.org/">The Walters Art Museum</a> was founded in 1934 and still remains one of the most popular attractions in Baltimore. Perhaps that's because admission is free, but the museum also is well known for its permanent collection of ancient, medieval, Asian, and Islamic art. The limited-time exhibitions are worth popping into, but those require a fee.</p> <h2>4. Settle In for a Double or Triple Feature at the Local Drive-In</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/bengies-theatre-4655502553_340a6dae9c_z.jpg" /></p> <p>Hands down, spending an evening at <a href="http://www.bengies.com/Home.php">Bengies Drive-In Theatre</a> (located about 20 minutes from the downtown area) is one of my favorite activities in the area &mdash; and you can't beat the deal. For an admission price of around $8 (prices vary according to the website), you can watch two or three first-run movies back-to-back starting at dusk. It's a fail-proof date night; trust me. There's also a concession center where you can stock up on all your favorite movie munchies, or you can bring in your own goodies if you buy a $10 food and drink permit. Bring pillows, blankets, and bug spray to make the experience all the more comfortable.</p> <h2>5. Play a Game of Disc Golf at Druid Hill Park</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/druid-hill-park-6780079712_1f8760308b_z.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/ParksTrails/DruidHillPark.aspx">Druid Hill Park</a>, which is situated adjacent to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, features 745 lush acres of playgrounds, ball fields, tennis courts, and public pavilions, among many other recreational areas. One of the most interesting activities the park offers is disc golf, which is played like golf on an 18-hole course with a Frisbee replacing the ball (and clubs and snootiness). Get a group together for a little friendly competition.</p> <h2>6. Visit the Animals at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/maryland-zoo-3579663441_008682826d_z.jpg" /></p> <p>If you're an animal lover, you'll enjoy <a href="http://www.marylandzoo.org">the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore</a>, home to a wide array of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and more. Among the most popular attractions is Polar Beach Watch, an exhibit about life on the edge of the Arctic. You'll use most of your $20 budget on admission &mdash; it's $17.50 &mdash; so you might want to pack your lunch.</p> <h2>7. Visit the Graves of Historic Figures</h2> <p><img width="605" height="339" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/green-mount-6125797054_d4aacba768_z.jpg" /></p> <p>Plenty of famous (and infamous) people have lived and died in Baltimore. Thus, if you enjoy delving into the macabre every now and then, plan a visit to a local cemetery &mdash; like <a href="http://greenmountcemetery.com/greenmount-cemetery-features-nature.html">Green Mount Cemetery</a> &mdash; where you can visit the graves of Betsy Bonaparte, John Wilkes Booth, and a large number of the state's politicians and servicemen.</p> <h2>8. Try Your Luck at LGBT Bingo</h2> <p>For $20 exactly you'll receive a book that will allow you to play <a href="http://clubhippo.com/ai1ec_event/gaybingo/?instance_id=">LGBT bingo at the Hippo</a> for several hours every Wednesday night. Though the price is hefty, your investment could pay off in cash prizes or the progressive jackpot.</p> <h2>9. Experience Cinema in a Beautiful Setting</h2> <p>For the low, low price of just $6, you can <a href="http://horizoncinemas.com/rotunda.asp">catch a movie at the Rotunda</a>, a favorite local landmark. And since you saved so much on admission, you can splurge at the concession stand.</p> <h2>10. Get Inspired at the American Visionary Art Museum</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/avam-5992538230_252fecfc7c_z.jpg" /></p> <p>If your idea of great art includes mirror mosaics and paper mache statues, the <a href="http://www.avam.org/">American Visionary Art Museum</a> is right up your alley. There's lots to enjoy here &mdash; inside and out &mdash; and it'll only set you back $15.95. Show your student ID, however, and you can gain entry for $9.95.</p> <h2>11. Have Lunch at the Famous Lexington Market</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/lexington-6256233786_dc402b6f30_z.jpg" /></p> <p>Opened in 1782, <a href="http://www.lexingtonmarket.com/"> the World Famous Lexington Market</a> is one of the longest-running markets in the world and a true Baltimore icon. Inside you'll find a plethora of shops, but it's the food that keeps the crowds coming. If you want to eat like a local, order an all-lump crab cake ($12.95) for which Faidley Seafood is renowned; snag a bag of fresh Utz potato chips; and satisfy your sweet tooth with a Berger Cookie, a shortbread delicacy topped with a thick layer of chocolate fudge.</p> <h2>12. Say Your Prayers at the First Metropolitan Cathedral Built in the U.S.</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/basilica-8700551954_37ca5a729b_z.jpg" /></p> <p>If you have an urge to get closer to God during your trip, pop into the <a href="http://www.baltimorebasilica.org/">Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary</a> &mdash; billed as America's first cathedral &mdash; for a few moments of peace. While you're there, look around to discover neo-classical architecture, a 17th century organ, artwork, and more.</p> <h2>13. Show Your Team Spirit at a Baltimore Orioles Game</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/orioles-5965612831_566e828961_z.jpg" /></p> <p>If you don't mind nosebleed seats, you can watch the Baltimore Orioles take on a rival team from April to October for under $20 &mdash; sometimes less than $10, even. Food and drinks inside the park will add up quickly, so I recommend grabbing your hot dog, peanuts, and drinks from a street vendor and taking them inside. Luckily, Camden Yards allows outside food and beverages.</p> <h2>14. Put On Your Dancing Shoes for Free Salsa Lessons</h2> <p>If you feel like cutting a rug &mdash; and learning a few new steps along the way &mdash; stop by Talara Restaurant for <a href="http://www.talarabaltimore.com/events.html">free salsa lessons from 9 to 9:30 p.m.</a> with open dancing from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.</p> <h2>15. Test Your Knowledge at Bar Trivia in Federal Hill</h2> <p>Another one of my personal favorite activities, bar trivia in Baltimore will test your knowledge in a wide range of categories. You'll vie for prizes like free shots and money toward your tab all while kickin' back with friends and learning something new. It's free to play, and there are <a href="http://www.charmcitytrivia.com/locations.php">plenty of locations from which to choose</a>, courtesy of Charm City Trivia.</p> <h2>16. Cool Off On a Hot Day at the Walter Sondheim Fountain</h2> <p>Weather too hot to handle? Visit Baltimore in July or August, and it may be. Don't get me started on the humidity. Yeesh! Thankfully, there's a free way to cool down with the public <a href="http://waterfrontpartnership.org/photo-gallery/id/4/walter-sondheim-fountain">Walter Sondheim Fountain</a>. All you have to do is slip on your swimsuit and act like a kid again.</p> <h2>17. Exercise Your Dog in Patterson Park</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/patterson-8281444420_92e3f29c02_z.jpg" /></p> <p>Spend some quality time with your pooch at the <a href="http://www.pattersondogpark.org/">Patterson Dog Park</a>, a fenced-in off-leash park where your furry friend can run and play all day. Afterward, take a walk around the grounds to appreciate its <a href="http://pattersonpark.com/history-nature/general-history/">storied history</a> that dates back to 1669.</p> <h2>18. Ride Your Bike Through the Gwynns Falls Trails</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/oriole-nature-4609853413_aa03169a7a_z.jpg" /></p> <p>Hop on your bike and ride along 15 miles of the <a href="http://www.gwynnsfallstrail.org/">Gwynns Falls Trail</a>, which starts on the Baltimore City/County border. Bring a camera to snap shots of wildlife, like the native Oriole bird.</p> <h2>19. Become a Hon During a Walking Tour of Hampden</h2> <p>Baltimore is known for a lot of things &mdash; crab cakes, snowballs (you MUST find one while you're in town), pit beef, Natty Boh &mdash; but its most characteristic element is the Baltimore accent, which is at its heaviest in the Hampden neighborhood to the north. Famous for its Hon subculture (<a href="http://www.honfest.net/">there's even a festival to celebrate it</a>), and its appearance in several John Waters movies, Hampden is a great place to soak up the quirky idiosyncrasies that make Baltimore special.</p> <h2>20. Start Up a Game of Bocce Ball in Little Italy</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/bocce-2559207275_467674e0c0_z.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://lascaladining.com/">La Scala Ristorante Italiano</a> can put a dent in your wallet if you don't watch yourself, but there are items on the menu that are both filling and affordable. After you've noshed at this Little Italy staple, head to its private bocce ball court, where, if you're lucky, you can start a game with a friend or join a game already in progress.</p> <p><em>Are you from Baltimore? Ever been there? Tell me some of your favorite activities for less than $20 in the comments below.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this Post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F20-in-baltimore-the-20-best-ways-to-spend-it&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F%2420%20in%20Baltimore-%20The%2020%20Best%20Ways%20to%20Spend%20It.jpg&amp;description=%2420%20in%20Baltimore%3A%20The%2020%20Best%20Ways%20to%20Spend%20It" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/%2420%20in%20Baltimore-%20The%2020%20Best%20Ways%20to%20Spend%20It.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-baltimore-the-20-best-ways-to-spend-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-san-francisco-the-best-ways-to-spend-it">$20 in San Francisco: The Best Ways to Spend It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-best-ways-to-spend-20-in-chicago">10 Best Ways to Spend $20 in Chicago</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hotel-room-booking-tools-every-frugal-traveler-should-know">5 Hotel Room Booking Tools Every Frugal Traveler Should Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youre-paying-too-much-for-when-you-travel-and-how-to-pay-less">10 Things You&#039;re Paying Too Much for When You Travel (and How to Pay Less)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel 20 bucks baltimore cheap entertainment cheap outings cheap travel Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:00:20 +0000 Mikey Rox 1142083 at http://www.wisebread.com $20 in New York City: The 15 Best Ways to Spend It http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-new-york-city-the-15-best-ways-to-spend-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-in-new-york-city-the-15-best-ways-to-spend-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/new-york-76755193-small.jpg" alt="new york" title="new york" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>New York City has it all &mdash; recreation and restaurants, theaters and tourist attractions. Since NYC has it all, it was hard to narrow down the best ways to spend $20, because there are pretty much a zillion ways to spend 20 bucks in New York City!</p> <p>If you have been thinking of taking a trip to visit the Big Apple or if you are a local resident without a lot of cash to spare, know that you can still have fun and create great memories for $20 or less. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>Here are 15 ways $20 or less can get you a great day in the big city.</p> <h2>1. Dine a la Food Carte</h2> <p>Some of NYC's best eats come from the many food trucks parked on the side of the city streets. For $20 or less, you can order a wide variety of tasty treats &mdash; from dumplings to eggplant panini &mdash; in just a few minutes. Grab your grub, and head to Central Park to people watch.</p> <p>Check out <a href="http://newyorkstreetfood.com">NewYorkStreetFood</a> for more details on all that the Food Trucks have to offer!</p> <h2>2. Visit the Chelsea Market</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.chelseamarket.com/">Chelsea Market</a> is an indoor affair that offers NYC souvenirs, fresh foods, and so much more in the block-long space. You could spend a whole afternoon browsing the shops without spending more than $20.</p> <p>For $20 you can get yourself: a fancy coffee, a cinnamon bun, a NYC bookmark, and a lightweight scarf.</p> <h2>3. Wander the Met</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/">Metropolitan Museum of Art</a> is one of NYC's most popular places to visit. You can hang out all day long with a donation of your choice for admission. For a little extra you can partake in a delicious martini at the Martini Bar found on the rooftop, where you can take in the skyline of Manhattan and other landmarks as you relax from a day of exploring.</p> <h2>4. Ferry Around a Bit</h2> <p>Take a ride for free on the Staten Island Ferry as the locals do. You get to see Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and the New York Harbor on the 25 minute (one-way) journey and then make the return trip back to Manhattan.</p> <h2>5. BYOB Nights</h2> <p>New York City offers several locations where you can <a href="http://www.nyctourist.com/all-best-byob-restaurants-nyc%20">bring your own booze</a> to a public restaurant. Entrees are affordable, and for $20 you can hang out with friends and spend a great evening indulging in your favorite food and drinks.</p> <h2>6. Bike the Brooklyn Bridge</h2> <p>For under $20 you can rent a bicycle and head over the famous Brooklyn Bridge, especially if you hunt down <a href="http://bikenewyorkcity.com/submain.php?category=rentals&amp;subnav=fleet&amp;classid=0&amp;equipid=1">rental coupons</a> ahead of time. It's great exercise and a great way to see the sites of the city.</p> <h2>7. Head to the Pier</h2> <p>At <a href="http://pier25.com/">Pier 25</a> in Tribeca you can get physical in a game of football, volleyball, or mini golf for just five bucks, which is donated to charity. There is also a skate park and several exhibits that change throughout the months.</p> <h2>8. Get Out on the Water</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.centralparknyc.org/things-to-see-and-do/attractions/loeb-boathouse.html">Loeb Boathouse</a> is located in Central Park, and when you're there, you can rent a boat for just $12 for an hour. It makes a great date activity for its romantic setting.</p> <h2>9. Check Out the Brooklyn Flea Market</h2> <p>If you have a knack for finding deals, explore the <a href="http://www.brooklynflea.com/markets/">Brooklyn flea market</a> in search of vintage, second-hand, and unique finds.</p> <h2>10. Go Out for the Trivia</h2> <p>There are a host of eateries that sponsor <a href="http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Best+Trivia+Nights&amp;find_loc=New+York%252C+NY">trivia nights</a>. In most cases, the cover charge is free and you can use your $20 to pay for a few favorite drinks while you show off your skills by answering questions and hanging out with friends.</p> <h2>11. Get Risque</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.slipperroom.com/">Slipper Room</a> is a great place to take in a burlesque show for just $10.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">B</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">igger stars will come with a bigger cover charge, but you can still get an experience of a lifetime on the cheap.</span></p> <h2>12. Guided Tours</h2> <p>There are a lot of different tours available throughout the city &mdash; from Coney Island to Chinatown &mdash; and from the historical to the entertaining. Many are priced under $20 and last for an hour or two, giving you an opportunity to get an inside look at specific neighborhoods, historical sites, and where the movie stars live or work.</p> <p><a href="http://bigapplegreeter.org">Big Apple Greeter</a> is a donation-based, volunteer operated non-profit organization where you get to meet a &quot;real New Yorker&quot; along with getting to go on some very cool guided tours. The guides don't even accept tips for their service!</p> <p>Another tour option is to do a free walking tours. (New York really does have it all!) Find out more by checking out <a href="http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/new-york-tours/walking-tours/">New York Walking Tours</a>. Then you can save that $20 for something else!</p> <h2>13. Visit the Only Aquarium in NYC</h2> <p>For $13 (less for kids and seniors), you can check out the flora and fauna of the underwater world. The <a href="http://www.nyaquarium.com/">only aquarium in New York</a> is located in Brooklyn and houses over 8,000 different creatures of the deep.</p> <h2>14. Laugh Out Loud</h2> <p>A variety of comedy clubs featuring local acts that will be highly entertaining for a low cover charge (typically $5 or less) or the cost of a few drinks. Many of today's most famous acts started out on these NYC comedy stages.</p> <p>To find show check out: <a href="https://twitter.com/tyfcomedy">Tell Your Friends</a>, <a href="http://comedyattheknittingfactory.tumblr.com">Comedy at The Knitting Factory</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/WhiplashComedy">Whiplash Comedy</a>, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pretty-Good-Friends/142053815843260">Pretty Good Friends</a>.</p> <h2>15. Go Off-Broadway</h2> <p>If theater is what you love, buy a ticket for an off-Broadway show. Prices average around $15 depending on the show and time. There is a great selection of shows to choose from to spend an enjoyable afternoon.</p> <p>You can find Off Broadway shows by going to the <a href="http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/index_off_broadway.php">New York City Theatre</a> site.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to spend $20 in the Big Apple? Please share in comments!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this Post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F20-in-new-york-city-the-15-best-ways-to-spend-it&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F%2420%20in%20New%20York%20City-%20The%2015%20Best%20Ways%20to%20Spend%20It.jpg&amp;description=%2420%20in%20New%20York%20City%3A%20The%2015%20Best%20Ways%20to%20Spend%20It" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/%2420%20in%20New%20York%20City-%20The%2015%20Best%20Ways%20to%20Spend%20It.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anna-newell-jones">Anna Newell Jones</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-new-york-city-the-15-best-ways-to-spend-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-new-york-without-going-broke">How to Visit New York Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-los-angeles-the-16-best-ways-to-spend-it">$20 in Los Angeles: The 16 Best Ways to Spend It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-baltimore-the-20-best-ways-to-spend-it">$20 in Baltimore: The 20 Best Ways to Spend It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cash-back-vs-travel-rewards-pick-the-right-credit-card-for-you">Cash Back vs Travel Rewards: Pick the Right Credit Card for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel $20 big apple cheap entertainment new york Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:01:02 +0000 Anna Newell Jones 1141574 at http://www.wisebread.com 19 Frugal Ways to Entertain Teenagers http://www.wisebread.com/19-frugal-ways-to-entertain-teenagers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/19-frugal-ways-to-entertain-teenagers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/teen_girl_painting.jpg" alt="Teen Girl Painting" title="Teen Girl Painting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="156" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Teens can be a tough audience to entertain. Their free time is precious, especially for those loaded with AP classes, sports and music commitments, work, and extra-curricular obligations. For many, down time is spent looking at screens, interacting with friends via social media and Skype, or both. So coming up with ways to engage them without resorting to digital devices is hard. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/timeless-money-lessons-from-teens">Timeless Money&nbsp;Lessons From&nbsp;Teens</a>)</p> <p>But even the most restless and demanding teens will enjoy these frugal activities.</p> <h3>1. Learn Family Secrets</h3> <p>Your kids have most likely been protected from family information or just were bored or confused by your stories when they were younger. But now that they are teens, they are ready for greater honesty and more grown-up tales. Intrigue them with explanations of how grandma paid for college, why great-grandma got divorced, how family members lived during the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/survival-basics-for-depression-era-kids">Depression</a>, what unpopular stances your parents took on controversial topics, and why a distant cousin ran away from home.</p> <h3>2. Enter a Contest</h3> <p>Teens like working with adolescent companions, being inventive and competitive. A contest that is neither sponsored by the school nor graded by school officials is especially inspiring to this age group. The research, collaboration, and execution of ideas involved in winning a competition are great sources of entertainment for extended periods of time.</p> <p>For example, my oldest son assembled and entered a team in a church-sponsored dodgeball tournament. He especially wanted to win first place for uniforms and so coordinated concept meetings, shopping trips to Goodwill, and uniform construction sessions. I think he spent more time planning and executing his uniform design than he did filling out <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-college-applications">college applications</a>. (Epilogue &mdash; his team won &quot;best uniform,&quot; and he got into the university of his choice.)</p> <p>Similarly, I envision teenagers happily and eagerly getting together to do science experiments, create engineering marvels, practice for mud runs, etc. in hopes of winning a competition. Not only is contest preparation a frugal activity, but this kind of entertainment could reap <a href="http://www.siemens-foundation.org/en/competition.htm">financial rewards</a>&nbsp;as well as bragging rights.</p> <h3>3. Get Away From It All</h3> <p>Arrange an outing that you enjoy and invite one of your child's friends. At first, the teen will probably not get excited when you mention hiking in the woods, camping at the lake, or picking berries on a farm. But if a teenage buddy or a colorful friend of the family accompanies you on the trip, then they may actually look forward to such activities.</p> <p>Many teens who are otherwise sullen and whiny on a family only trip often become polite and even fun people when they are around those who are not mom, dad, and sibling. Friends provide both a distraction from what the teens might consider boring and serve as entertainment through conversation, humorous insights, and funny stories.</p> <h3>4. Go Bargain Shopping</h3> <p>Shopping is entertainment for many people, including teens. But rather than seeing how much your teen can spend, set a budget and let her have fun putting together outfits for nearly nothing&nbsp;while perusing fashion apparel and accessories at discount stores, consignment shops, and thrift shops.</p> <h3>5. Eat Outside</h3> <p>Teenagers will go wherever the food is. Serve a meal outside on your patio or deck to get them out of their element. Take a picnic to a nearby park, careful to find a spot where friends or classmates are unlikely to appear. Linger to spot wildlife (we have squirrels, rabbits, and the occasional deer in our backyard), enjoy the view of a pond at the park, or watch the sunset.</p> <h3>6. Attend a Play</h3> <p>Catch a theater performance at one of the local high schools, colleges, universities, or community centers. Many of these are free or cost $5 or less, though it&rsquo;s wise to check the ticket prices and suggested arrival times instead of making general assumptions. Plays can be frugal sources of entertainment for teens, especially if their friends are performing or helping stage the performance.</p> <h3>7. Listen to a Concert</h3> <p>Free or low-cost concerts are also often available at area schools and community gathering places. If friends of your teens are performing, they may like to see and hear the concert band, jazz band, orchestra, chorus, or choral groups.</p> <p>In addition, look for times when professional groups perform at low-cost venues, such as college campuses, street festivals, and community events.</p> <h3>8. Go to a Sporting Event</h3> <p>Go to a ballgame, track or swim meet, or other sporting event at the local high school or college. Most are priced reasonably, and some are free. Athletic competitions are often gathering places for teens, so they can enjoy being a spectator and hanging out with friends.</p> <h3>9. Visit the City</h3> <p>For those who live in the country or suburbs, visiting a large city can be an adventure. Teens may like to do simple things that city dwellers find tedious, like ride the metro, commuter train, or light rail to the city center. They may enjoy just walking around, doing some window shopping, analyzing architecture, and sampling treats sold by street vendors.</p> <h3>10. Visit the Country</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking to entertain city kids, take them to the country. Many rural areas and small towns offer attractions that teens find entertaining even if they won&rsquo;t admit to having fun.</p> <p>Plan ahead to make sure there is something to do. Look for outings to natural attractions like <a href="http://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/">waterfalls</a> and mountain vistas; <a href="http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/travel/dozen-distinctive-destinations/listings.html">quaint downtowns</a> with full-service stores, fine art shops, and old-fashioned diners; and interesting <a href="http://www.nps.gov/nr/">historical sites</a>.</p> <h3>11. Ride a Bike</h3> <p>One of my son&rsquo;s friends recently got a low-priced road bike to ride around town and in the mountains near his home. When students were asked to submit photos to the school newspaper to show what they did over spring break, he was featured smiling broadly with his bike and helmet next to photos showing teenagers in much pricier locales such as the Caribbean, ocean cruises, and amusement parks in Florida.</p> <p>Take teens on a spin on lightly traveled roads. If you don't want your teen on the road, visit mountain bike trails or multi-use trails.</p> <h3>12. Take Photos or Videos</h3> <p>Another friend of my son&rsquo;s is an aspiring filmmaker. I&rsquo;ve seen him recording quirky teen activities (such as the aforementioned dodgeball tournament) and imagine that he spends much of his free time in this pursuit. Likewise, teens with strong visual or storytelling abilities will be entertained by capturing images on camera.</p> <h3>13. Visit a Museum</h3> <p>I know that a lot of teens find anything that might involve learning to be painful. But some museums are so well designed that even boredom-prone teenagers may consider them entertaining. Newer and updated museums with lots of ways to interact (watching video, listening to audio, playing trivia games, touching stuff, etc.) as well as zoos, aquariums, and art galleries can be enjoyable.</p> <h3>14. Tour College Campuses</h3> <p>Many teens will eventually go to college and, though visiting campuses is most prominently featured on the parent&rsquo;s to-do list, such a trip can be entertaining for adolescents. There are campus tours focusing on academics as well as those highlighting architecture. Plus, there is usually free or inexpensive entertainment, such as plays, concerts, and sporting events along with lectures and campus festivals.</p> <h3>15. Make an Art Project</h3> <p>Creative teens are entertained by participating in artistic endeavors, particularly those not associated with academics or grades. They especially enjoy working with other teens, either on the same project or side by side (just like when they were younger). Challenge them to make art out of trash for a fun project.</p> <h3>16. Go to the Park</h3> <p>Teens can enjoy going to parks without being loiterers or worse. There are lots of fun and frugal activities for teenagers, such as renting canoes and paddleboats, swimming, playing tennis, or strolling in the rose garden.</p> <h3>17. Take a Walk at Night</h3> <p>Add a bit of mystery to an otherwise dull activity &mdash; teens will love walking at night. Look at the stars and planets, planning evening outings in sync with <a href="http://astroguyz.com/2011/12/30/the-top-astronomy-events-for-2012/">astronomy events</a>.</p> <p>Choose a safe, preferably out-of-the-way place. Be careful, carry a flashlight (or wear a headlamp), and wear reflective gear.</p> <h3>18. Let &lsquo;em Play Pick-Up Ball</h3> <p>Pick-up ball and similar spur-of-the-moment games were a mainstay of my childhood, but my children never wandered miles from home to an open lot to play with neighborhood kids. Such things just didn&rsquo;t happen because well, kids rarely walk around neighborhoods unattended, and an open space without organized sports is rarely available. By the time they are teens, though, they should be fine playing pick-up basketball games or working out in public areas accompanied by friends.&nbsp;</p> <h3>19. Volunteer</h3> <p>Most of the teens I know are involved in an organization that requires community service. Though many of these hours are spent fulfilling obligations, volunteering can be entertaining, particularly if the teen is pursuing an activity that he really enjoys, working alongside friends, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-ways-to-get-a-free-meal">getting a free meal</a>. My sons, for example, like the country ham biscuits at the church's yard sale and pizza at community recycling days.</p> <p>Beyond regularly scheduled volunteer activities are even more intriguing and engaging opportunities. For example, one of my sons enjoys hanging out with younger kids in the inner city and their adult teachers in a childcare setting, which syncs (partly) with his career goal of teaching at-risk high school students. A friend&rsquo;s son loves serving at the animal shelter. Find meaningful volunteer gigs to entertain them while helping others.</p> <p>By the time they are 13, your children ought to be able to entertain themselves. But, sometimes, they can use a prod toward a healthy, wholesome, and frugal activity.</p> <p><em>What do the teens in your life do for cheap entertainment?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-frugal-ways-to-entertain-teenagers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-living-skills-you-should-be-teaching-your-children">7 Frugal Living Skills You Should Be Teaching Your Children</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-college-kids-home-for-the-holidays-for-cheap">6 Ways to Get College Kids Home for the Holidays for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-your-kids-rich-friends-from-ruining-your-budget">How to Keep Your Kid&#039;s Rich Friends From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-frugal-families-love-boardgame-night">8 Reasons Frugal Families Love Boardgame Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-alternatives-to-pet-boarding">5 Affordable Alternatives to Pet Boarding</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Family cheap entertainment teens things to do Fri, 18 May 2012 10:24:10 +0000 Julie Rains 929170 at http://www.wisebread.com Netflix Pricing Changes: What Now? http://www.wisebread.com/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mailing_netflix.jpg" alt="Mailing Netflix" title="Mailing Netflix" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I flinched when Netflix raised its monthly rate for DVD + Streaming from $8.99 to $9.99. Briefly I pondered whether I should discontinue one or the other; I decided to stick with the combination service. But when the company <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/235636/netflixs_60_price_hike_youve_gotta_be_kidding_me.html">upped its prices</a> for the same services to $16 (okay, $15.98) just months later, I was upset. The change represents an overall +70% increase in less than a year, making me wonder about the stability of future pricing and rethinking the value of the service altogether. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/party-like-its-1999-the-psychology-of-pricing">The Psychology of Pricing</a>)</p> <h3>Decision: DVD or Streaming?</h3> <p>When I told my family that Netflix prices were increasing, I gave them the option of choosing DVD or Streaming (rather than both). The fast, unanimous decision was &quot;streaming.&quot;</p> <p>The truth is that we use the streaming option more often because of its convenience, despite the deeper selection available on DVD.</p> <p>Still, I am torn. Having never been a big movie-goer, I saw Netflix as my ticket to seeing the movies that I had missed in the past couple of decades, partly because of other priorities and partly because of the expense of viewing first-run movies in the theater. And, after having children, I rarely visited the movie-and-game-rental stores, opting to purchase children&rsquo;s titles like the <a href="http://veggietales.com/">Veggie Tales</a> series and watching these over and over.</p> <p>As my children turned into teenagers, they became more interested in current movies, and I decided I finally had time for them myself. But my first visit to the nearest Blockbuster location became my last, as the store closed soon after my initial rental.</p> <p>Soon, with the help of my youngest son (who has the family&rsquo;s biggest appetite for culture and entertainment), I discovered streaming video. I decided to try Netflix, as its monthly price was below the typical expense of a movie ticket. Since then, we have viewed some movies on DVD, but mostly watched television series and full-length movies through the streaming option. So, when the email about the price increase came, the decision to drop the DVDs was straightforward, based on actual usage rather than predictions of future habits.</p> <h3>Possible Glitch: Cost of Bandwidth</h3> <p>The cost of a subscription to Netflix or a similar service is just one component of a total entertainment package. Expenses for over-the-cap usage of bandwidth can also increase, as Internet service providers move to change how they bill Internet usage (even as they <a href="http://gigaom.com/video/att-bandwidth-cap-netflix/">insist that few customers will be affected</a>). Likewise, those who stream movies to mobile devices may see higher costs associated with <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20079103-94/virgin-mobile-bids-farewell-to-unlimited-data-too/">limited data plans</a>.</p> <p>For now, bandwidth issues may not be a factor affecting expenses. But as consumption-based billing or usage-based billing becomes more prevalent, overall expenses will rise and decisions will become more complicated.</p> <h3>More Entertainment Options</h3> <p>Having been new to streaming content specifically and entertainment options in general, I didn&rsquo;t realize that there were so many choices. According to a Wise Bread post on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">ways to watch TV and movies without cable</a> and a recent article by Consumer Reports on <a href="http://news.consumerreports.org/money/2011/07/how-pricier-netflix-stands-up-to-other-options.html">Netflix alternatives</a>, consumers have plenty of choices. Both sources mention <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&amp;nodeId=13819211">Amazon Prime</a>, which offers free access to thousands of titles as a benefit to its flat-rate membership program for free-and-fast shipping of Amazon.com orders.</p> <p>Even more options for entertainment via DVD and/or streaming:</p> <ul> <li>Watch streaming movies on a pay-per-view plan, rather than unlimited option (great if you watch occasionally)</li> <li>Switch back and forth from streaming-only to DVD-only plans in order to view movies from both categories</li> <li>Rent DVDs at the library (DVDs are free at my library, but the selection is limited)</li> <li>Buy and swap DVDs using PaperbackSwap's sister company <a href="http://www.swapadvd.com/index.php">Swap-A-DVD</a> (I have used Paperback Swap, but not the DVD service)</li> </ul> <p><em>Did the recent Netflix price increase affect you? What is next for you in terms of movie viewing?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-own-your-finances-how-much-people-spend-to-watch-movies">You Own Your Finances: How Much People Spend to Watch Movies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience">6 Tricks for a Better Netflix Experience</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment cheap entertainment movies netflix Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:24:07 +0000 Julie Rains 628360 at http://www.wisebread.com 45 Other Things to Do on Super Bowl Sunday http://www.wisebread.com/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/knitting_1.jpg" alt="Knitting" title="Knitting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm not a football fan in general &mdash; clutch your pearls! &mdash; and I&rsquo;ve been particularly disinterested in the Super Bowl since 2005, the year the half-time acts got all family friendly because Janet Jackson showed a little booby 12 months prior.</p> <p>Am I bitter? For sure. But I won't be bored, and neither will you with these alternative game-day activities.</p> <h3>1. Bake a Milky Way Bundt</h3> <p>Gotta love a good Bundt. But this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,173,147165-224204,00.html">Milky Way Bundt</a> recipe, courtesy of Cooks.com, takes the cake. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dump-cake-and-other-sweet-easy-treats">Dump Cake and Other Sweet, Easy Treats</a>)</p> <h3>2. Challenge a Facebook Friend to a Game of Scrabble</h3> <p>Just make sure you find someone who&rsquo;s committed to finishing a game in one sitting. It&rsquo;s annoying when it spans several seasons. I&rsquo;m talking to you, Jake A.</p> <h3>3. Rearrange Your Bedroom</h3> <p>Position the bed in front of the mirror.</p> <h3>4. Update Your Contacts</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m notorious for getting drunk, making new friends and naming them in my phone after the establishment in which we met. For example, Frank Hooters or Mandi IHOP. The next day I have no idea who they are, and I never speak to them again. Time to downsize.</p> <h3>5. Write a Letter to Your Congressperson</h3> <p>Surely there&rsquo;s something you need to get off your chest. I still can&rsquo;t legally marry in most states. That&rsquo;s a start.</p> <h3>6. Catch Up on Your DVR</h3> <p>My DVR is loaded with episodes of &ldquo;The Graham Norton Show,&rdquo; &ldquo;Skins,&rdquo; &ldquo;Being Human,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Smurfs&rsquo; Adventures.&rdquo; What do you have waiting for you?</p> <h3>7. E-file Your Taxes</h3> <p>Get ahead of the game &mdash; and get your refund faster &mdash; by filing your taxes online. Easy-breezy.</p> <h3>8. Dust</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s a dirty job, but somebody&rsquo;s got to do it. Yep, even you.</p> <h3>9. Go Sledding</h3> <p>What good is all this snow if you don&rsquo;t make proper use of it? There has to be a hill close by that&rsquo;s calling your name.</p> <h3>10. Clean Out Your Closet</h3> <p>Make a charitable contribution &mdash; to your local thrift shop or your best friend &mdash; while making room for new spring additions.</p> <h3>11. Make a Handmade Valentine for Your Sweetie<o:p></o:p></h3> <p>Mine will be an interpretation of one of <a href="http://www.jackthreads.com/sales/2058">these prints by Gaping Void</a>. He&rsquo;ll return the gift in kisses.</p> <h3>12. Sanitize the Refrigerator</h3> <p>And while you&rsquo;re at it, throw out anything more than one month past its expiration date. You don&rsquo;t want to start the next global pandemic, do you?</p> <h3>13. Film Your Own Commercial</h3> <p>The sky is the limit, but <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcfViklWRsU">this amateur submission is pretty darn funny</a>.</p> <h3>14. Learn How to Play Texas Hold &rsquo;Em</h3> <p>A good way to earn some extra cash &mdash; if you know how to play better than your unsuspecting friends.</p> <h3>15. Memorize the Budweiser Pledge</h3> <p>One of my fraternity brothers could <a href="http://www.helium.com/items/1080802-budweiser-beer">recite this verbatim</a>. I always thought it was kinda neat. One of those idiot savant qualities that you can&rsquo;t help but envy.</p> <h3>16. Scrub the Tub</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s not supposed to have a ring around it. Neither should the toilet, for that matter.</p> <h3>17. Make Decoupage Magnets</h3> <p>I picked up the necessary items to <a href="http://www.craftbits.com/project/craft-marble-magnets">make these magnets</a> at my local craft store for under $4. A lot of times Michael&rsquo;s has a 40% off one item coupon in the weekly circular, and you can save even more money by cutting pictures out of magazines (or old photos!) instead of buying scrapbooking paper like the post suggests. You don&rsquo;t need a circle cutter or a cutting mat, either. Regular scissors work just as well.</p> <h3>18. Read the Book &quot;Swamplandia!&quot;</h3> <p>I&rsquo;ve heard and read so many excellent reviews on this new release. I can&rsquo;t wait to dive in.</p> <h3>19. Sign up for RentAFriend.com</h3> <p>I did. You can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-online-5-websites-that-can-seriously-pad-your-pockets">read all about it right here</a>.</p> <h3>20. Embark on a Local Road Trip</h3> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to go far &mdash; or spend a bundle &mdash; to see new sights and enjoy exciting experiences. Hop in the car and take a drive.</p> <h3>21. Take Down the Christmas Decorations</h3> <p>Seriously. It&rsquo;s almost Valentine&rsquo;s Day.</p> <h3>22. Call Grandma</h3> <p>Full disclosure: Mine called me at the end of December, and I still haven&rsquo;t returned her call. I think it&rsquo;s time to take my own advice</p> <h3>23. Create a Five-Year Plan</h3> <p>If you make a formal plan, you&rsquo;re more likely to achieve your goals. But you don&rsquo;t have to believe me. Wise Bread writer Janey Osterlind <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/trade-in-new-years-resolutions-for-achieving-life-goals">details how in this article</a>.</p> <h3>24. Hold a Séance</h3> <p>You&rsquo;ll need a Ouija board, a few candles, and an open mind. Extra points for authenticity if you can convince your friends that the poltergeist living in your basement is showing you &ldquo;signs.&rdquo;</p> <h3>25. Build an Igloo</h3> <p><a href="http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14255">A few geniuses in Slovenia charge people to stay in theirs</a>. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.</p> <h3>26. Learn Spanglish</h3> <p>This really depends on how ambitious you are. I would start with the bad words.</p> <h3>27. Alphabetize Anything That Has a Title</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s just something about books and movies filed from A to Z that soothes the soul. At least for someone with OCD, like me.</p> <h3>28. Roll Loose Change</h3> <p>Everybody has a change jar. It may not look very promising, but I bet there&rsquo;s at least $30 in yours. That&rsquo;s enough for groceries, a partial tank of gas, or a movie with concessions. Your call.</p> <h3>29. Take Up Knitting</h3> <p>The possibilities are endless. You can make scarves, sweaters, potholders and lots of other things that old people will like. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uw-nUvGrBY">Learn knitting basics</a> with this video.</p> <h3>30. Feed the Homeless</h3> <p>Not everybody cares about the Big Game. Some people are just tryin&rsquo; to stay alive.</p> <h3>31. Study the Science of Mixology</h3> <p>Anyone who can make a cucumber cocktail is OK with me.</p> <h3>32. Give Yourself a Mani-Pedi</h3> <p>You&rsquo;ll save cash &mdash; and your man will thank you for clipping those claws.</p> <h3>33. Discover Chatroulette</h3> <p>You&rsquo;ve heard the stories. Now experience the eye-bleaching action firsthand.</p> <h3>34. Put Your Gym Membership to Use</h3> <p>Trust me, there will definitely be an elliptical machine available this time. No excuses.</p> <h3>35. Make Reservations at a Fancy Hot Spot</h3> <p>Can&rsquo;t ever snag a table at that uppity new restaurant? Tonight&rsquo;s the night!</p> <h3>36. Host a Pre-Oscars Viewing Party</h3> <p>Rent two of the Best Picture contenders and pretend like you&rsquo;re part of the Academy. Before the show begins, critique each other&rsquo;s outfits.</p> <h3>37. Practice the Art of Cake Decorating</h3> <p>One of my aunts recently took a class and I was impressed. She&rsquo;s no Duff Goldman &mdash; yet &mdash; but for a novice she really knocked my socks off. You can do it the DIY way by picking up a decorating kit.</p> <h3>38. Go Mock Shopping</h3> <p>When I was bored and broke in college, I would head to the town Walmart and stuff my cart full of fancy items. Fancy for Walmart in 2001, at least. When I had everything I needed, I would abandon the cart at the end of a dark aisle for an unsuspecting employee to find and curse me for later. It was strangely satisfying.</p> <h3>39. Get a Tattoo</h3> <p>Just don&rsquo;t use <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/01/rapper_face_tattoos.html">Gucci Mane</a> for inspiration.</p> <h3>40. Volunteer to Be a Designated Driver</h3> <p>Chances are all your friends will be blacked out by the time the game is over. Be a hero. Save some lives.</p> <h3>41. Replace the Photos in Your Frames</h3> <p>People are doing this less and less as time goes on, because many of us put them online for the world to see instead of printing them out to enjoy at home. That's the downside to digital cameras, and it means that our hard-copy pics are out of date. Give your frames a facelift by ordering prints from Kodak Gallery, which offers <a href="http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/lp/new-member-offer-a/offer.jsp">50 free to new customers</a>. That&rsquo;s enough to share.</p> <h3>42. Clean Out Your Carryall</h3> <p>God only knows what you've got in there. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-items-city-dwelling-dudes-should-keep-in-their-bags">All you really need are these nine items</a>.</p> <h3>43. Manscape</h3> <p>Although if you're opposed to watching the Super Bowl, common sense says that you're already groomed better than a prize-winning poodle.</p> <h3>44. Attend a Church Service</h3> <p>It's long overdue. Plus, free wine!</p> <h3>45. Learn to Like the Super Bowl</h3> <p>If you don't, nobody will hang out with you. Living proof.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-other-things-to-do-on-super-bowl-sunday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-could-all-learn-from-dwayne-the-rock-johnson">6 Money Lessons We Could All Learn From Dwayne &quot;The Rock&quot; Johnson</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/spice-up-the-conversation-by-skipping-what-do-you-do">Spice Up the Conversation by Skipping &quot;What Do You Do?&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle arts and crafts cheap entertainment getting things done Super Bowl Thu, 03 Feb 2011 14:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 487650 at http://www.wisebread.com DVDs Freer than Free--No, Really, Really Free http://www.wisebread.com/dvds-freer-than-free-no-really-really-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dvds-freer-than-free-no-really-really-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/327651705_25b6801f56.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I noticed Paul&#39;s interesting article (<a href="/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">NEVER Pay for a Redbox DVD Rental Again</a> ) about using Redbox codes to rent movies for free, and in theory, I am all for it. But we don&#39;t have Redbox nearby, and I would never manage to return a movie in 24 hours with my crazy life. Fortunately, I have a diabolical method of getting movies for free. Even free-er than Redbox free! Nowadays, I laugh as I drive by Hollywood video. Why did I ever pay $4 to rent a movie? Why, God, why?</p> <p>Here&#39;s the secret. I use the library. I know that&#39;s not really a secret. It was even mentioned in the comments to Paul&#39;s post, but then quickly dismissed and/or ignored. I think the idea deserves to be revisited. See, most people assumed that you can&#39;t get the videos you want at the library, especially new releases. But I&#39;ve been getting just about any DVD I could ask for from the library using the computerized request system. I combine this with my reading wish list, enter my requests, and a few days later, I get an email saying my DVDs are waiting for me. I even put in electronic requests for materials that are not on loan, because I am too darn lazy to go to the shelf and look them up alphabetically. I just walk up to the hold shelf, grab the materials with my name on it, zap them through the self checkout, and walk out without paying a dime.</p> <p>The library has a full selection of new releases, and also popular television shows. We do maintain a netflix subscription, because there are some things we haven&#39;t found in the library. However, lately I have been experimenting with interlibrary loan for books. If the book is not found in the library catalog, you get the option to &quot;search other libraries&quot; and the system will look for your selection in the interlibrary lending system. I wasn&#39;t sure if this option existed for DVD&#39;s, so just now I went to my local library web page and searched for a DVD I was pretty sure they didn&#39;t have. Sure enough, I found it in a library in a neighboring town, and was offered the opportunity to request it.</p> <p>Since I&#39;ve been using the library pretty heavily, I&#39;ve noticed something interesting. A lot of other people are, too! I have one book on request in which I started out as the 135th request. It may seem like, with a month-long loan period, I would never get the book, but when I looked at the record, my library owned 45 copies, and was in the process of acquiring dozens more. That means that the library is not as much of a free ride as we thought. They are a major purchaser of books, DVDs, CDs, and other media, using taxpayer dollars, and there&#39;s no need to feel guilty about using it. They seem to keep enough books in stock so that the hold queue is about three deep. So for a book with 140 holds, they owned 50 copies. That seems completely reasonable to me.</p> <p>As it turns out, the hot books, movies, and cds are perpetually loaned out, and your only chance of getting them is to use the request system. (I always figured that mostly if I couldn&#39;t find it on the shelf, I couldn&#39;t get it from the library.) Waiting for things really hasn&#39;t been a problem, since new requests are coming up for me every few days. My biggest challenge has been keeping up with all the material I have requested. In fact, my Netflix queue has gone rather stale since we got a big batch of DVDs from the library. There is no limit on the number of items you can take out. You can keep DVDs for a week, and if no one has requested them, you can renew them nearly indefinitely. My library sends me an email a few days before materials are due, and I have made it part of my daily routine to pop in to the library web page and check my list of checked out items (up to 35 items right now!). If something is due that day, I try to renew it, or put it on the shelf next to the door to drop off on my daily errands. Often, at the same time, I swipe my holds from the hold shelf. (You do need a good home organization system for library materials if you are going to have a lot of them. I try to keep the DVDs near the TV, or on a shelf by the door.)</p> <p>I don&#39;t know if I&#39;ve talked you into using your public library more. I may have talked myself in to canceling my Netflix subscription! We already canceled our cable subscription and are frankly not missing it between DVD rentals and the odd iTunes purchase for very new TV shows. To ease the transition, at first we bought some current TV shows on iTunes for our son, but very quickly we weaned him onto older stuff we could get from the library. He is enjoying Looney Tunes now every bit as much as I did in my childhood, and we get them FREE from the library.</p> <p>But if you&#39;re still with me after all of this, here is an extra bonus for Michigan residents. Libraries in Southeast Michigan are loaning out free tickets to area museums now through October. Tickets are available in twos or fours for a long list of museums both big and small, including the DIA and other major attractions.</p> <p>Now, I expect the next installment in the Wise Bread DVD rental category will be about how to get someone to pay you to rent them. Anyone?</p> <p>(Life has been pretty busy lately, but I&#39;ll be back soon with more entries in my real estate rental series soon.)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/catherine-shaffer">Catherine Shaffer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dvds-freer-than-free-no-really-really-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers">21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-librarian-is-still-a-great-career-choice">5 Reasons Librarian Is Still a Great Career Choice</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-frugal-ways-to-entertain-teenagers">19 Frugal Ways to Entertain Teenagers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Life Without Television</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living books cheap entertainment DVDs library movies Sun, 06 Apr 2008 03:00:38 +0000 Catherine Shaffer 1983 at http://www.wisebread.com Save $115 to $150 on portable DVD players. http://www.wisebread.com/save-115-to-150-on-portable-dvd-players <p><img width="376" height="215" title="2dvds" alt="2dvds" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/maindvdimage.jpg" /></p> <p>I was sat on my computer quietly doing a little url hacking (75% off at Amazon...I'll show you how in a future post) and I came across these deals purely by chance. Two DVD players, one with a 2.5&quot; screen, one with a 4&quot; screen, and both over 75% off!</p> <p>Coincidentally, I just checked out <a href="http://www.bargainist.com/">bargainist.com</a> and they have the Samsung deal on their site, but for $2 cheaper! I still can't figure out how they do it. Anyway, here are the deals...</p> <p><img width="314" height="205" title="SamsungDVD" alt="SamsungDVD" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/samsungdvd_0.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-DVD-L25-Portable-Player-Screen/dp/B0009A2L80/ref=sr_1_1/104-9330099-3571917?ie=UTF8&amp;s=electronics&amp;qid=1175202829&amp;sr=1-1"><strong class="sans">Samsung DVD-L25 Portable DVD Player with 2.5&quot; Screen </strong></a> <br /> For just $34.88 (plus shipping...for me that worked out at $18) you can get a Samsung portable DVD player with a 2.5&quot; screen. Here are the specs.</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc; list-style-image: none; list-style-position: outside; padding-left: 25px"> <li>Handheld, portable DVD player; measures 4.3 x 6.7 x 1.3 inches (WxHxD)</li> <li>Plays 8cm (3.5-inch) Mini-DVD and Mini-CD discs</li> <li>2.5-inch TFT LCD screen, integrated mono speaker, headphone jack</li> <li>Compatible with MP3, WMA, and JPEG digital content</li> <li>Includes AC adapter and 4 rechargable NiMH AA batteries (and charger)</li> </ul> <p> <img width="374" height="171" title="DualDVD" alt="DualDVD" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/dualdvd_0.jpg" /><br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/DUAL-XDVD-110-Portable-LCD-Player/dp/B0006N2PAE/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-9330099-3571917?ie=UTF8&amp;s=electronics&amp;qid=1175202884&amp;sr=1-1"><strong class="sans">DUAL XDVD-110 4&quot; Portable LCD DVD Player</strong></a> <br /> If you want to spend a little more, and get a 4&quot; screen, go for the DUAL XDVD player at $49.99.</p> <div style="padding-left: 25px"> <ul style="list-style-type: disc; list-style-image: none; list-style-position: outside; padding-left: 10px"> <li>Plays DVD+R/RW and CD-R/RW</li> <li>DRAM anti-shock memory</li> <li>3 Second ASP</li> <li>Built-in MPEG 2/1 decoder</li> <li>Mulit-angle/audio/subtitles</li> </ul> </div> <p>Either way, you're getting a storming deal, saving anywhere from $115 to $150. I know, I know, they are probably only worth $70-$100 brand new these days. Well, work it out. They're still half price! I searched the web and couldn't find a portable DVD player by a known manufacturer like Samsung for this cheap.</p> <p>So, get one for the kids when you take long road trips. Or when you're waiting in the Dr's office. Or in a hotel. Or anything. At this price, you can afford a couple. Happy viewing folks. Get 'em before they're gone!</p> <div style="padding-left: 25px">&nbsp;</div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-115-to-150-on-portable-dvd-players">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4lb-box-of-sees-chocolates-for-1-plus-free-shipping-deal-ended">4lb box of See&#039;s chocolates for $1, plus FREE shipping. DEAL ENDED.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-bowling-balls-just-pay-shipping">FREE bowling balls - just pay shipping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-senior-discounts">Big List of Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-bargains-to-help-you-keep-your-cool-this-summer">5 bargains to help you keep your cool this summer.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/music-to-my-ears-guitar-center-50-off">Music to my ears - Guitar Center 50% off.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals bargains cheap electronics. cheap entertainment DUAL XDVD DVD bargains electronics portable DVD player Samsung Thu, 29 Mar 2007 21:22:13 +0000 Paul Michael 416 at http://www.wisebread.com