movies http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/46/all en-US 6 Tricks for a Better Netflix Experience http://www.wisebread.com/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_streaming_video_000024578966.jpg" alt="Woman learning tricks for better netflix experience" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While the recent price increase of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-employer-benefits-that-can-leave-more-spending-money-in-your-pockets">Netflix standard plan</a> by $1 a month ($8.99 to $9.99) might not seem like a big deal, it certainly can be if you feel you're not using your subscription to its fullest potential. Here are some way to greatly improve your Netflix experience.</p> <h2>1. Access the &quot;Hidden&quot; Stream Manager</h2> <p>One of the most frustrating aspects of Netflix is you're often at the mercy of the quality and speed of your Internet connection. Fortunately, there is a trick to change the quality of your stream to avoid any buffering issues. When streaming Netflix content from a desktop or laptop, access the little-known&nbsp;<a href="http://qz.com/261426/the-hidden-commands-for-diagnosing-and-improving-your-netflix-streaming-quality/">stream manager</a> and use the following keyboard shortcuts to your advantage.</p> <h3>Control + Alt + Shift + S</h3> <p>This will allow you to access the control panel for your video. You can then change the bitrate and CDN (Content Delivery Network) of the stream you're watching. If you're having buffering issues, select the lowest bitrate. Or at the very least, select both available bitrates and your video will stream in-between both selections.</p> <h3>Control + Alt + Shift + D</h3> <p>This allows you to view important statistics about your stream. Things like bitrate, buffering speed, and framerate are displayed. Check out these stats after you change your bitrate to see how it impacts overall performance.</p> <h3>Control + Alt + Shift + L</h3> <p>This will display a record of all the changes you've made to your settings so you can easily track your progress in getting a stream speed that works for you.</p> <h2>2. Reactivate App to Kill Buffering</h2> <p>If you view Netflix via a Smart TV, game console, or Blu-ray player, and are having recurring buffering issues, try deactivating the Netflix app, and then reactivate it again. According to the folks at Netflix, a handy little trick to quickly make this happen is to <a href="https://help.netflix.com/en/node/13815">press the following sequence</a> on your device's controller or remote: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up.</p> <p>After pressing this sequence select, &quot;Sign Out&quot; or &quot;Deactivate,&quot; then simply follow the on-screen instructions to sign back into your Netflix account. In many cases this should solve your buffering issues, especially if you're receiving the &quot;AIP-701&quot; connection error.</p> <h2>3. Know the Right Time to Watch</h2> <p>If you can wait and do your binge watching late in the evening, or in the early morning, your streaming experience will be noticeably better, according to Digital Trends. From their in-depth research, they &quot;discovered that the biggest factor influencing stream quality is <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/getting-hd-netflix/">time of day</a>, and whether that time falls under typical peak hours for watching.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Rate Everything You Watch</h2> <p>By getting into the habit of rating everything you watch on Netflix, the service can better understand the programming that you enjoy. Also, it's worth the effort to complete your &quot;<a href="https://help.netflix.com/en/node/9898">Taste Profile</a>&quot; to better help Netflix make selections that interest you.</p> <h2>5. The Best Netflix Viewing Guide&hellip; EVER</h2> <p>Another one of the complaints that Netflix users have is trying to figure out which programs come and go each month, along with weeding through the large amount of content. I recently discovered a fantastic solution to this problem via an amazingly thorough Reddit forum titled<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/netflixbestof"> NetflixBestOf</a>. It currently has over 287,000 readers and is chock full of information to make your viewing experience more enjoyable.</p> <h2>6. Consider a Netflix Unblocker</h2> <p>While this tip might be not be for everyone, if you're the techy-type, it could be right up your alley. Did you know that Netflix offers different content to different countries? You can tap into that content by using a free Netflix unblocker service like&nbsp;<a href="https://tvunblock.com/">TVUnblock.com</a> or&nbsp;<a href="https://hola.org/">Hola!</a>, which helps you change the DNS address settings of your device to point to their servers. Once this is done, some of your web browsing will be routed to a proxy server which modifies your location and gives you access to Netflix content beyond your borders.</p> <p><em>How are you getting the most out of your Netflix subscription? Is the $1/month increase going to be a deal-breaker for you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience">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/the-8-best-ways-to-stream-tv-and-movies-for-free">The 8 Best Ways to Stream TV and Movies for Free</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/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now">Netflix Pricing Changes: What Now?</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-dramatic-vacation-spots-for-tv-and-film-fanatics">5 Dramatic Vacation Spots for TV and Film Fanatics</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/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-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 hacks movies netflix streaming TV shows Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:15:33 +0000 Kyle James 1605756 at http://www.wisebread.com The 8 Best Ways to Stream TV and Movies for Free http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-stream-tv-and-movies-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-8-best-ways-to-stream-tv-and-movies-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_tablet_000024578966.jpg" alt="Woman finding best ways to stream tv and movies for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Cutting the cord&quot; to cable and satellite TV seems to be everyone's dream these days. However, getting rid of your cable bill often only makes sense if you can find cheap (or free) replacements for your viewing habits. Fortunately, cord-cutters have some pretty amazing free &mdash; and totally legal &mdash; streaming options available to them. While many of these are still fairly unknown services, they can provide some terrific options for your viewing needs. Here are eight streaming services worth checking out.</p> <h2>1. Crackle</h2> <p>Owned by Sony,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.crackle.com/">Crackle</a> has an excellent selection of free streaming movies, TV shows, and original content. If you have a smartphone, tablet, smart TV, PlayStation 3 or 4, or current Xbox, you can stream Crackle content for free. Current top movies include <em>Joe Dirt</em>, <em>Click</em>, and <em>Underworld,</em> while popular TV shows include <em>Seinfeld</em>, <em>The Shield</em>, and <em>Damages</em>. The original content available on Crackle is what gets it on my list; popular programs include <em>Sports Jeopardy</em> with Dan Patrick, and the highly acclaimed series <em>The Ropes</em> produced and directed by Vin Diesel.</p> <h2>2. Hulu</h2> <p><a href="http://www.hulu.com/">Hulu</a> is by far the most recognizable service on my list, and for good reason. While they have a premium service that will cost you $7.99 per month, their free content is pretty darn amazing as well, and worth a look. As I type this, I'm watching last night's <em>The Daily Show </em>for free, without commercials. Other network programming that you can watch for free (eight days after they air), includes <em>Once Upon a Time</em>, <em>Modern Family</em>,<em> Nashville</em>, and <em>The Mindy Project</em>. It's also worth noting that they offer a free 30-day trial.</p> <h2>3. PopcornFlix.com</h2> <p>While&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popcornflix.com/">PopcornFlix.com</a> has hundreds of movies and TV series available for free streaming (most of which you'd never heard of), they make my list simply for their awesome selection of kids' titles and &quot;general family&quot; viewing. A few that immediately caught my eye include Jim Henson's <em>Mee-Shee</em>, <em>Jack and the Beanstalk</em>, <em>Benii</em>, and <em>School of Life</em> starring Ryan Reynolds. Supported devices include Android phones, Apple devices, Roku players, Samsung Smart TV's, and Xbox consoles.</p> <h2>4. MoviesFoundOnline.com</h2> <p>The movies tend to be indie classics along with some cult favorites, but it's the variety of TV shows available for streaming that makes <a href="http://moviesfoundonline.com/">MoviesFoundOnline.com</a> stand out from the crowd. A few examples include <em>The Lucy Show</em>, <em>Mr. Bean</em>, <em>BattleBots</em>, and stand-up comedy acts from Robin Williams and Zach Galifianakis. Watch shows on their website, as they do not have an app available for mobile viewing yet.</p> <h2>5. RetroVision</h2> <p>If you're a big fan of classic TV shows like <em>Bonanza</em>, <em>Alfred Hitchcock Presents</em>, <em>Star Trek</em>, or <em>Dragnet</em>, you'll want to give&nbsp;<a href="http://retrovision.tv/">RetroVision</a> a solid look. Many of these classic shows are hard to find on DVD, or regular cable, making RetroVision a pretty cool and valuable service. Supported devices are limited, and thus requires you to view via your computer or with their free Google Chrome app.</p> <h2>6. Watch Documentary</h2> <p>The name&nbsp;<a href="http://watchdocumentary.org/">Watch Documentary</a> pretty much sums up what's offered. They stream over 9,000 free high-quality documentaries for your viewing pleasure. A few of their currently popular documentaries include <em>Planet Earth</em>, <em>Roger &amp; Me</em> by Michael Moore, <em>From the Earth to the Moon </em>by Tom Hanks, and <em>The U</em> by ESPN. While they allow viewing from any computer or Android device, they currently do not have an app for Apple products.</p> <h2>7. SnagFilms</h2> <p>The folks at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.snagfilms.com/">SnagFilms</a> differentiate themselves by specializing in over 5,000 indie films and what they term &quot;hidden movie treasures.&quot; A few of their current favorites include cult classics like <em>Heavy Metal Parking Lot</em>, <em>Murder on Flight 502</em>, and <em>The Boogey Man</em>. You can stream content via their iOS or Android app, Kindle, smart TV, computer, or Xbox 360.</p> <h2>8. Yidio</h2> <p><a href="http://www.yidio.com/">Yidio</a> is a popular streaming service that allows you to search and watch TV shows and movies &quot;across Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and hundreds of other providers in one place.&quot; While they do have free stand-alone content available, the power of Yidio is shown when you pair it with a Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime subscription. Essentially they pull all content available into one handy interface to make searching and viewing a breeze. Yidio is compatible with iOS, Android, and smart TVs.</p> <p>The amount of free content available online for free streaming is truly remarkable. If you're on the fence about removing cable or satellite from your monthly bills, these resources are definitely worth a look. It's easy to make an argument that a combination of several of these free services can easily satisfy your family's TV and movie needs.</p> <p><em>Have you used any of these streaming services after cutting the cord to cable? If so, what's your favorite?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-stream-tv-and-movies-for-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-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/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience">6 Tricks for a Better Netflix Experience</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/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">8 Alternatives to Cable TV That Will Keep You Entertained</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/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</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/want-free-hbo-or-showtime-just-ask">Want Free HBO or Showtime? Just Ask.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment cable free tv movies smartphones streaming Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:00:29 +0000 Kyle James 1530585 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Dramatic Vacation Spots for TV and Film Fanatics http://www.wisebread.com/5-dramatic-vacation-spots-for-tv-and-film-fanatics <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-dramatic-vacation-spots-for-tv-and-film-fanatics" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/breaking_bad_grafitti.jpg" alt="Breaking Bad fan graffiti art " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having a hard time deciding on your next vacation destination? Try looking through your DVR or Netflix queue! These are some of the five cheapest TV and film fanatic <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-cheap-summer-vacations">vacation spots</a>.</p> <h2>1. <em>Breaking Bad</em>: Albuquerque, NM</h2> <p>Got a hankering for an action-packed road trip on the cheap? Heisenberg-hat wearing fans of <em>Breaking Bad</em> will want to pack up and drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a few days. Not only are there tons of real-life standing locations where Vince Gilligan and crew shot <em>Breaking Bad</em>, but there are even <a href="http://www.visitalbuquerque.org/albuquerque/film-tourism/breaking-bad/">self-guided and guided tours</a>!</p> <p><strong>Key Costs</strong>: Your biggest will likely be gasoline for driving to and from your place of origin, and prices vary across the U.S. Accommodations are cheap and plentiful in Albuquerque &mdash; try staying in the <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60933-d92752-Reviews-Hotel_Andaluz-Albuquerque_New_Mexico.html">well-priced Hotel Andaluz</a>. Meals at <a href="http://www.today.com/food/breaking-bad-fans-flock-albuquerque-restaurant-1C8896426">Los Pollos Hermanos</a> are very cheap!</p> <h2>2. <em>Best Exotic Marigold Hotel</em>: Jaipur, India</h2> <p>This smash-hit movie (and sequel) has inspired lots of empty-nesters to visit India. While you may not be flush enough to retire there, you can probably afford a two-week trip to Jaipur, one of the most beautiful cities in India.</p> <p><strong>Key Costs</strong>: The biggest expense will be airfare from your nearest international airport to the Jaipur airport, which could be approximately $1,600. However, once you are in India, one can live quite comfortably for $20 a day, and extremely well for $50 a day. Food and entertainment are cheap enough so you can splurge on plush accommodations.</p> <h2>3. <em>Game of Thrones</em>: Northern Ireland</h2> <p>Addicted to the racy, bloody, and exciting land of Westeros? Much of <em>Game of Thrones</em> is shot in Northern Ireland, where they shoot much of &quot;The North,&quot; from The Haunted Forest to Winterfell. Come to Ireland for <a href="http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/gameofthrones/">gorgeous, scenic tours</a> of the misty moors, then stay for nice B&amp;Bs and authentic Irish food and drink. While you're there, soak in some real history by touring Belfast and seeing the <a href="http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/downloads/Itineraries-Belfast-TimeTogether.pdf">birthplace of the Titanic</a> and famous prison Crumlin Road Gaol.</p> <p><strong>Key Costs</strong>: Airfare will the the lion's share of the costs, approximately $1500 per person. This is a great time to visit anywhere in Europe because the euro is not as strong against the dollar: one euro is about $1.12. This means if you stay thrifty, lodging, food, and entertainment will be about as much as they would be in America.</p> <h2>4. <em>The Hangover Part II</em>: Thailand</h2> <p>One of the highest grossing films to have shot in Thailand, <em>The Hangover Part II</em> might inspire those looking for a raucous, indulgent trip. While a <a href="http://bangkokhangovertours.com/">Hangover-themed tour</a> is certainly possible, Thailand is also a great destination for nature exploring. Visit <a href="http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/">beautiful elephant reserves</a>, enjoy the beaches, and hike a rainforest.</p> <p><strong>Key Costs</strong>: Your biggest expense here will also be airfare, as it can run approximately $1,200. Once you arrive, though, it's a bargain. One can live very comfortably for under $40 a day if staying on the mainland where the prices are generally cheaper than the surrounding islands.</p> <h2>5. <em>James Bond</em>: Mexico City</h2> <p>So many great films were shot in Mexico: from <em>Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid</em> to <em>Y Tu Mama Tambien</em>. The James Bond franchise has shot several of its films in Mexico, including <em>License to Kill</em>, <em>Tomorrow Never Dies</em>, <em>Quantum of Solace</em>, and <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/movies/spectre-james-bond-mexico-behind-the-scenes-first-116031156967.html">the upcoming <em>Spectre</em></a>. The new movie highlights the Zocalo in historic and beautiful Mexico City, where the Aztecs once ruled and where one can now find very <a href="http://nymag.com/travel/features/mexico-city-entertainment-2012-2/">hip shopping and entertainment</a>. If you travel to the coast, you can even enjoy a <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g150807-d2392342-r182051277-Jungle_Tour_Adventure-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html">James Bond speedboat tour</a>!</p> <p><strong>Key Costs</strong>: Mexico makes for a great, cheap vacation with its beautiful beaches (where many movies shoot instead of the Bahamas!), cheap hotels, and great food. Flights can be upwards of $700, but those living on west coast and southwest regions can manage an easy road trip. One dollar <a href="http://www.visitmexico.com/en/mexico-currency-and-exchange">equals about 15 pesos</a>, so your money will go very far.</p> <p><em>Have you ever traveled to scratch your film or TV fandom itch? where'd you go?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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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/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience">6 Tricks for a Better Netflix Experience</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/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</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/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney">8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun As Disney</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-ways-to-meet-and-stay-in-touch-with-people-around-the-world">14 Frugal Ways to Meet and Stay in Touch With People Around the World</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel film movies television TV shows vacations Mon, 18 May 2015 13:00:11 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1421642 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Watch Movies for Free http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-watch-movies-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-watch-movies-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/movie-theatre-188007698-small.jpg" alt="movie theatre" title="movie theatre" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on ways to watch movies for free, bridal shower gift ideas, and motivation and money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Watch-Movies-Free-31004765">11 Ways to Watch Movies for Free</a> &mdash; To watch movies for free, go to the library or use SwapADVD. [POPSUGAR Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/5-bridal-shower-gift-ideas-under-50/">5 Bridal Shower Gift Ideas Under $50</a> &mdash; A gift basket or spa certificate are just a couple bridal shower gift ideas that won't break the bank. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/06/23/motivation-and-money/">Motivation and Money</a> &mdash; When it comes to staying motivated with your money goals, make yourself accountable. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/06/eight-opening-lines-to-network-like-a-pro.html">Eight Opening Lines to Network Like a Pro</a> &mdash; What is your go to line when you are networking? These suggestions can help if you don't have one yet! [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/06/23/making-time-for-money/">Making Time for Money</a> &mdash; It is vital to make time to create a formal budgeting process and to shop your credit card business. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/career/should-all-job-seekers-have-personal-website">Should All Job Seekers Have a Personal Website?</a> &mdash; Having your own personal website can help you in your quest to get employed. [Mainstreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.newlywedsonabudget.com/2014/06/savinghalf/">How We're Saving Half Our Income</a> &mdash; If you want to save half your income, start by paying off all your debt. [Newlyweds on a Budget]</p> <p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/gallery/pf/2014/06/25/most-stressed-out-cities/index.html?iid=Lead">10 Most Stressed Out Cities</a> &mdash; Did you know New York and Houston are two of the most stressed out cities in the US? [CNN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/06/25/6-secrets-of-successful-money-coaches?int=aa6a09&amp;int=a86509">6 Secrets of Successful Money Coaches</a> &mdash; Successful money coaches have spend-free days and take latte breaks. [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/most-patriotic-spots-to-take-a-family-vacation">Most Patriotic Spots to Take a Family Vacation</a> &mdash; Mount Rushmore is a great, patriotic spot to take a family vacation. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-watch-movies-for-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/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/watch-all-the-documentary-movies-you-can-handle-free-online-and-yes-its-legal">Watch All The Documentary Movies You Can Handle, Free Online - And Yes, It&#039;s Legal.</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/the-8-best-ways-to-stream-tv-and-movies-for-free">The 8 Best Ways to Stream TV and Movies for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips free movies Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1149838 at http://www.wisebread.com The New Best Reason to Sign up for Amazon Prime: HBO Shows! http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-best-reason-to-sign-up-for-amazon-prime-hbo-shows <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-new-best-reason-to-sign-up-for-amazon-prime-hbo-shows" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tv-475063995.jpg" alt="watching TV" title="watching TV" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="165" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Prime</a> and HBO are now bosom buddies, and that means even greater benefits for Prime members. Starting May 21st, all Amazon Prime members will have access to free unlimited streaming of a wide variety of HBO shows, movies, and series. Get excited! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans?ref=seealso">Cut Cable Without Cutting Your Shows</a>)</p> <h2>Included Shows, Movies, and Series</h2> <p>Beloved and award winning series:</p> <ul> <li>The Sopranos</li> <li>Six Feet Under</li> <li>The Wire</li> <li>Big Love</li> <li>Deadwood</li> <li>Oz</li> <li>Eastbound &amp; Down</li> <li>Family Tree</li> <li>Enlightened</li> <li>Flight of the Conchords</li> </ul> <p>Early seasons of current shows:</p> <ul> <li>Treme</li> <li>Boardwalk Empire</li> <li>True Blood</li> </ul> <p>Epic mini-series:</p> <ul> <li>Band of Brothers</li> <li>Angels in America</li> <li>The Pacific</li> <li>Parade&rsquo;s End</li> <li>John Adams</li> </ul> <p>Hit original movies:</p> <ul> <li>You Don&rsquo;t Know Jack</li> <li>Too Big to Fail</li> <li>Game Change</li> </ul> <p>Powerful documentaries:</p> <ul> <li>Autopsy</li> <li>Iceman</li> <li>Ghosts of Abu Ghraib</li> <li>When the Levees Broke</li> </ul> <p>Exclusive comedy programs:</p> <ul> <li>Lewis Black</li> <li>Ellen DeGeneres</li> <li>Louis CK</li> <li>Bill Maher</li> </ul> <p>What about shows like <em>Girls</em>, <em>The Newsroom</em>, and <em>Veep</em>, you ask? They will be available about three years after they air, as will current seasons of all the other shows mentioned above.</p> <h2>More Prime Benefits</h2> <p>Access to these great shows is just one of the many valuable benefits that make Amazon Prime a great value. With <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Prime membership</a>, you get free two-day shipping, free books through Kindle Lending Library and Kindle First, Music Streaming, as well as unlimited streaming of over 40,000 movies and shows through Amazon Instant Video. (See Also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike?ref=seealso">How to Get Amazon Prime for Cheap</a>)</p> <p>Mark May 21 on your calendar for the beginning of a HBO binge-fest.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-best-reason-to-sign-up-for-amazon-prime-hbo-shows">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/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience">6 Tricks for a Better Netflix Experience</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-dramatic-vacation-spots-for-tv-and-film-fanatics">5 Dramatic Vacation Spots for TV and Film Fanatics</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/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment amazon prime HBO movies streaming tv shows Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:00:18 +0000 Christa Avampato 1136960 at http://www.wisebread.com You Never Need to Pay to Watch Movies — Here's Why http://www.wisebread.com/you-never-need-to-pay-to-watch-movies-heres-why <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-never-need-to-pay-to-watch-movies-heres-why" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/movie-467624937.jpg" alt="movie" title="movie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The movie-going experience has gotten very expensive lately &mdash; I recently paid $14.50 for an afternoon ticket to a regular 2-D movie &mdash; which has many of us rethinking entertainment and spending habits. If you love to watch movies like I do, but hate spending a major chunk of change just to see one, bookmark this list of ways you'll never have to pay for movies again. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free?ref=seealso">Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a>)</p> <h2>1. Free Screenings</h2> <p>Granted, it helps if you live a major city like New York or L.A. &mdash; those cities host screenings very frequently &mdash; but there may be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">screening opportunities near you</a>. These screenings are always movies that will be released in the near future, which means that not only do you get to see a free movie, you get to see it before most people. Heed this warning, however: If you plan to attend a screening, it's best to arrive a couple hours in advance to get a place in line. The screening is always overbooked to ensure maximum attendance; once they reach the limit, you're out of luck even if you're still in line, and that's just a bummer.</p> <h2>2. Free Redbox Rentals</h2> <p>I caught onto the Redbox freebie game many years ago when I discovered that I could turn one promo code into free DVDs for as many debit or credit cards that I have. Because the code is linked to your card account, to get the most bang for your buck (or lack thereof in this case), just pull out a different piece of plastic at the kiosk. This is a great trick to extend the life of free codes. To ensure that you keep the free codes coming, sign up for text and email alerts from Redbox and check sites dedicated to code sharing, like <a href="http://www.insideredbox.com">Inside Redbox</a>. Keep in mind, however, that the rental is usually only free for the first night; the DVD must be returned the next day before 9 p.m. or you'll start getting charged. And if that happens, it defeats the whole purpose. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again?ref=seealso">Never Pay for a Redbox DVD Rental Again</a>)</p> <h2>3. Free Outdoor Movies</h2> <p>One of my favorite summer pastimes is enjoying a free outdoor movie. In New York City, these screenings are abundant &mdash; but they've also become increasingly popular in many cities and towns across the country. Free outdoor movies are an excellent, romantic date night that'll keep the cash flow in check, but they're just as great with a group of friends. Pack your snacks, drinks, and blankets, and enjoy a flick in the great outdoors. What could be better than that? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/53-fun-nights-out-for-10-or-less?ref=seealso">50+ Fun Nights Out for $10 or Less</a>)</p> <h2>4. Free Movie Nights at Bars</h2> <p>Your local bars are always trying new promotions to get bodies in the chairs that will order food and drinks, and one way some bars do this is to host a movie night. I've been to several different movie nights at different bars, and I've enjoyed myself every time. Often the establishments hosting these free movie nights offer a free snack &mdash; often popcorn &mdash; too. This activity is worth looking into &mdash; just do a search online to see what's in your area.</p> <h2>5. Hulu</h2> <p>You have to pay for newer and mobile content via <a href="http://www.hulu.com/plus">Hulu Plus</a>, but if you're into watching a limited number of oldies but goodies, you can sift through the free content on Hulu &mdash; which isn't the easiest task since most of its offerings are locked without a subscription. Still, it's there, and you can take advantage of it.</p> <h2>6. Crackle</h2> <p>Content-streaming site <a href="http://www.crackle.com/">Crackle</a> may seem too good to be true, but it isn't. Similar to Hulu (but with a much larger selection of free movies), Crackle offers full-length Hollywood movies in all genres. Even better, you'll actually want to watch these movies, unlike some of the other free sites.</p> <h2>7. Popcornflix</h2> <p>Yet another free-movie-streaming service, but the selection on <a href="http://www.popcornflix.com/">Popcornflix</a> mostly includes obscure, low-budget, straight-to-DVD movies that most people have never heard of. If you're into those kinds of movies, this is your new Saturday night obsession.</p> <h2>8. YouTube</h2> <p>It's hard to find a full-length movie on YouTube because it has time restrictions on the length of posted videos, but you can find movies (albeit not always the best quality or selection) in several parts that you can watch back to back.</p> <h2>9. Dailymotion</h2> <p>Like YouTube, this video-sharing service hosts a limited selection of movies, but you'll have to dig.</p> <h2>10. Trade With Friends</h2> <p>Do you have a sizeable collection of DVDs? Does one or more of your friends have a sizeable collection of DVDs? It makes sense then to create a sharing system among those friends and swap DVDs that you haven't seen before. Everybody's a winner.</p> <h2>11. Download to Your Computer</h2> <p>I know what you're thinking &mdash; isn't that illegal? Most of the time it is, but there are sites that offer free downloads for public domain movies. You can find lots of movies in many categories. Good places to start include <a href="http://www.publicdomaintorrents.info/">Public Domain Torrents</a>,<a href="https://archive.org/details/moviesandfilms"> Internet Archive Movies</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.publicdomainflicks.com/">Public Domain Flicks</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-classic-horror-movies-in-the-public-domain-and-free-to-watch?ref=seealso">Great Horror Movies You Can Watch for Free</a>)</p> <h2>12. Your Local Library</h2> <p>Have you been to the library lately? If it's been a while, I'll let you in on a little secret &mdash; the library lets you borrow more than books now. You can take home free DVD rentals. This is a great way to stay entertained on a weekend when you're minding your money even more.</p> <h2>13. Research Small Screenings Around Town</h2> <p>Sometimes the smaller museums and organizations host events in which a free movie will be screened. I once went to an event that was screening an LGBT movie that I didn't know anything about beforehand but ended up enjoying. These opportunities may be in your area, too. A good way to tap into these events is to search for them on Meetup (you might make some new friends while you're at it) or check your area's events calendar. Many colleges and universities host free screenings, especially of documentaries, international films, and other highbrow stuff, as well.</p> <p><em>Do you have other suggestions on how to watch movies for free? Let me know in the comments below.</em></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/you-never-need-to-pay-to-watch-movies-heres-why">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/6-classic-horror-movies-in-the-public-domain-and-free-to-watch">6 Great Horror Movies You Can Watch for Free</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</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/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment film screenings free movies movies Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:36:20 +0000 Mikey Rox 1136134 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money at the Movies http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-ultimate-guide-to-saving-money-at-the-movies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-ultimate-guide-to-saving-money-at-the-movies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/movie-76810490.jpg" alt="woman eating popcorn" title="woman eating popcorn" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving at the movies, throwing a cheap and easy holiday party, and why investing your emergency fund is a bad idea.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/save-money-movies/">The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money at the Movies - 45 Tips!</a> &mdash; Save money at the movies by signing up for rewards programs and buying in bulk. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/how-to-throw-cheap-easy-holiday-party/">How to throw a cheap and easy holiday party</a> &mdash; When throwing a holiday party, use paper plates and reusable cloth napkins. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/investing-emergency-fund/">Why Investing Your Emergency Fund Isn&#39;t a Good Idea</a> &mdash; Investing your emergency fund is a bad idea because it is your last line of financial defense. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/intro-to-tax-efficient-investing-10597">Are Your Investments Tax Efficient? 3 Things to Check</a> &mdash; To determine whether or not your investments are tax efficient, reevaluate Roth vs. Traditional IRAs. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/kids-and-money/why-you-shouldnt-buy-a-game-console-this-holiday-season/">Why You Shouldn&#39;t Buy a Game Console This Holiday Season</a> &mdash; Game consoles are expensive and can&#39;t be upgraded, so they may not be a good purchase this holiday season. [MoneyNing]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/01/011217f.cfm?slider">7 Tips for Giving Allowances</a> &mdash; If you are going to give your kids an allowance, set a payday and guidelines. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/hiring-and-recruitment-changes/">3 Hiring and Recruitment Changes You Need to Know About</a> &mdash; Be aware of the fact that social media has greater importance now when it comes to getting a job. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/use-new-technology-to-replace-the-old-and-save-money/">Use New Technology To Replace The Old And Save Money</a> &mdash; To save money on your home energy costs, use new technology like programmable thermostats and LED light bulbs. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/happy-new-born-throw-a-new-year-s-themed-baby-shower">Happy New Born! Throw a New Year&#39;s Themed Baby Shower</a> &mdash; When throwing a New Year&#39;s themed baby shower, use sparkly decor. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Facts-Make-You-Smile-32288928">15 Facts That Will Instantly Make You Happier</a> &mdash; Did you know the actors who voiced Minnie and Mickey Mouse were married in real life? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-ultimate-guide-to-saving-money-at-the-movies">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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If I was terrified, I was hooked.</p> <p>Psychologists say that some people are wired to respond to the adrenaline rush that comes with scary movies. These are the same people who tend to like roller coasters (which I do).</p> <p>I&#39;ve compiled a list of 20 of my favorite flicks for Halloween, and have grouped them for different audiences and age groups. Watch the scariest at your own risk. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-classic-horror-movies-in-the-public-domain-and-free-to-watch">6 Classic Horror Movies You Can Watch for Free</a>)</p> <h2>Cute</h2> <p>You won&#39;t find much to scare or frighten anybody in these &quot;scary&quot; favorites, but they&#39;re still fun and perfect for Halloween.</p> <p><strong>It&#39;s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)</strong></p> <p>This prime-time <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003NLE5K4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003NLE5K4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">animated television special</a> is safe for all audiences and includes the whole Peanuts gang in a Halloween party and a round of trick-or-treating. There&#39;s also a bit of a mystery here surrounding the appearance of the Great Pumpkin, a character a bit like a pumpkin Santa Claus.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xiSIQzwIPzQ" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Halloween Is Grinch Night (1977)</strong></p> <p>This lesser-known <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009ZVNO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00009ZVNO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Halloween-themed prequel</a> to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HQZX8Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002HQZX8Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">&quot;The Grinch Who Stole Christmas&quot;</a> has just enough spookiness to keep kids entertained and still ensure sweet dreams. When the &quot;sour-sweet&quot; wind of fall starts blowing, the Whos of Whoville retreat to their homes to avoid the Grinch. Until one little Who is forced to stand up to his fears &mdash; and the Grinch himself.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ygSEkwRCQPM" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)</strong></p> <p>This is a classic <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009BINS24/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009BINS24&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">cartoon tale in true Disney style</a>. There&#39;s romance, rivalry, and a musical retelling of the legend of the Headless Horseman. Plus, because it&#39;s a TV movie, it&#39;s only 34 minutes long; perfect for the younger kids who need to make their bed time. (Prime members watch <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009BINS24/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009BINS24&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">FREE on Amazon Instant</a>!)</p> <p><strong>Labyrinth (1986) (Rated: PG)</strong></p> <p>In this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016BPWNM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0016BPWNM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">classic 1980s fantasy</a>, a teenaged girl wishes that goblins would take away her annoying baby brother. And so, the King of the Goblins appears and whisks the boy away to a Labyrinth filled with fantastical Jim Henson puppets, amazing music, magic galore, and David Bowie. This is one of those movies that is just as cool when you&#39;re an adult as when you were kid.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KwlC_t-OFK0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Wallace &amp; Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2006) (Rated:G)</strong></p> <p>A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DCCU23S/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DCCU23S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">stop-motion pooch and his master</a> end up in a crazy adventure that involves a pest-control business (&quot;Anti-Pesto&quot;), a vegetable-growing competition, and the accidental creation of &quot;were-rabbits.&quot; They&#39;re like werewolves, only cute, cuddly, and not at all bloodthirsty, which makes this a good pick for all ages.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tcIi2yz8o1s" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Creepy</h2> <p>These movies includes the supernatural or other scary things, but they&#39;re mostly for fun. Keep an eye on the rating to ensure they&#39;re a good fit for your family. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-theme-ideas-for-a-memorable-halloween-party">15 Theme Ideas for a Memorable Halloween Party</a>)</p> <p><strong>Coraline (2009) (Rated: PG)</strong></p> <p>In this cool 3D animation, an unhappy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00288KNJU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00288KNJU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">little girl named Coraline</a> discovers a secret passageway to a parallel world, where everything &mdash; her self-absorbed parents, her house, and her neighbors &mdash; all seem way better ... or are they? This one might be a bit creepy for sensitive kids, but keep in mind that it&#39;s based on a book by British author Neil Gaiman, who wrote it for his own young daughters.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LO3n67BQvh0" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Gremlins (1984) (Rated: PG)</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AQT0UY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001AQT0UY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">&quot;Gremlins&quot;</a> doesn&#39;t revolve around Halloween, but its tiny Furby-like characters (the &quot;Mogwai&quot;) are the mischievous, slightly evil, trouble-causing sort that Halloween stories are made of. Plus, the mayhem and destruction these little devils cause is mostly for laughs, which makes it a good pick for those who are scared stiff by true horror movies.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LTv_lC8YmF4" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Nightmare Before Christmas (2006) (Rated: PG)</strong></p> <p>It&#39;s hard to say whether this movie is a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D9RQO56/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00D9RQO56&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Halloween movie with Christmas flavor</a> or the other way around, but it is cute, creepy, and tons of musical fun. In it, Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town and becomes so enchanted with it that he aims to become Santa Claus. Unfortunately, he can&#39;t quite get it right. This one&#39;s rated PG, but it&#39;s pretty safe for all ages. Good luck getting some of its catchy tunes out of your head, though.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8qrB9I3DM80" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Hocus Pocus (1993) (Rated: PG)</strong></p> <p>Bette Midler&#39;s big personality has always scared me a bit (in a good way), and she&#39;s great in this movie about <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JMY312/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004JMY312&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">three sister witches who are resurrected</a> in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night. But while the sisters are there for a good time, part of that involves stealing children&#39;s souls. Of course, it&#39;s up to the kids in the neighborhood to save the day. This movie is funny, weird, and includes some great musical interludes.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2UUMsInka2s" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Addams Family (1991) (Rated: PG-13)</strong></p> <p>This family might be <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000V3JGIS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000V3JGIS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky</a>, but they&#39;re also quite a loving &mdash; and loveable &mdash; bunch in their own, eccentric way. This movie provides plenty of humor, and lots of macabre touches that are perfect for Halloween. (Prime members watch <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0035LJY6C/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0035LJY6C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">FREE on Amazon Instant</a>!)</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Nbif0-fgCnU" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Beetlejuice (1988) (Rated:PG-13)</strong></p> <p>Adam and Barbara are a very average suburban couple &mdash; except that <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AGXEA6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001AGXEA6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">they are dead</a>. They&#39;re also stuck haunting their former home, which comes to be owned by a very eccentric family whose over-the-top decorating ideas threaten to ruin it. The ghosts decide to scare off the new inhabitants, but fail miserably and end up summoning Beetlejuice, &quot;the aferlife&#39;s leading bio-exorcist.&quot; Of course, this scum-covered, bug-eating ghoul proves to be more of a rascal than a relief. (Prime members watch <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EC2ISA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001EC2ISA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20FREE"> on Amazon Instant</a>!)</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xTaJWaDJlFk" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Campy</h2> <p>These movies are pretty scary, but they&#39;re also so cheesy it&#39;s hard to really lose sleep over them ... at least for me. Even so, they are best left until the younger ones in the family have gone to bed.</p> <p><strong>Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Rated: Unrated)</strong></p> <p>In this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BZA7SFO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BZA7SFO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">zombie classic</a>, the dead rise up from the grave, forcing several people together to take shelter in an old farmhouse. At the time of its release, &quot;Night of the Living Dead&quot; had unprecedented levels of gore and violence. As a result, it caused some outrage. Even so, it&#39;s pretty tame by today&#39;s standards and should provide a thrill for both brave teens and adults. (Prime members watch <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BZA7SFO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BZA7SFO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">FREE on Amazon Instant</a>!)</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5gUKvmOEGCU" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Amityville Horror (1979) (Rated: R)</strong></p> <p>In this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VD5I8U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000VD5I8U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">creepy classic</a>, a haunted house and a clueless couple come together to create what might be the most horror movie clich&eacute;s to have every been assembled in one movie. There are voices, mechanical difficulties, flying objects, vomiting priests, and toilets that spew black goo. It&#39;s all a bit stupid, but it provides plenty of classic freakouts without getting too dark.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_Yr6VbT8QcU" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Psycho (1960) (Rated: Not Rated)</strong></p> <p>In this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IWZ1D8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003IWZ1D8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Alfred Hitchcock thriller</a>, a young woman on the run ends up at the creepy Bates Motel. It&#39;s run by a quiet, polite young man, but it doesn&#39;t take long to discover that he isn&#39;t quite right &mdash; and the young woman is anything but safe. Of course, we all know it doesn&#39;t end well for her, but what&#39;s cool about it is that this movie manages to be creepy without gore or explicit violence.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/y9klJA1JMbM" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Arachnophobia (1990) (Rated: PG-13)</strong></p> <p>In this thriller, a South American <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088EDONK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0088EDONK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">spider makes its way to America in a coffin</a> and begins to multiply &mdash; and kill. This movie&#39;s all creepy camp, but if the thought of millions of spiders makes your skin crawl, it might still keep you up at night.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/P9P-9DF214o" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Terrifying</h2> <p>Tuck the kids into bed. These movies are for adults only &mdash; and ones who like a good scare. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-do-things-that-scare-you">How to Do Things That Scare You</a>)</p> <p><strong>Halloween (1978) (Rated: R)</strong></p> <p>In this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DOB3N56/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DOB3N56&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">slasher movie</a>, a deranged psycho killer stalks and kills his victims on Halloween night. But it isn&#39;t a gruesome movie. In fact, there&#39;s surprisingly little violence and almost no blood. What makes it scary is the suspense &mdash; and the music! Don&#39;t watch this one alone at night.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8SFmmROBUto" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Poltergeist (1982) (Rated: PG)</strong></p> <p>This is one of the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00471TLZS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00471TLZS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">all-time great haunted house movies</a> (and one of my favorites). It touches on all the things that tend to scare people, like scary shadows, monsters in the dark, and thunderstorms. And, while some people scoff at the old special effects, I think the scariest scenes are the ones that don&#39;t use them. (Prime members watch <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00471TLZS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00471TLZS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">FREE on Amazon Instant</a>!)</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5ytjaMfoF2M" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Shining (1980) (Rated: R)</strong></p> <p>This movie about a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UJ48WC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000UJ48WC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">family&#39;s trek to an isolated hotel</a> for the winter &mdash; and the spiritual presence that lives there &mdash; includes some of the most bizarre, creepy scenes of any scary movie. It&#39;s psychological, paranormal and deliciously frightening.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/S014oGZiSdI" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Carrie (1976) (Rated: R)</strong></p> <p>This movie stars Sissy Spacek as a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046B4VXQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0046B4VXQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">bullied, lonely teen</a> with an abusive mother who finds she has kinetic powers. She struggles to understand her powers &mdash; and to fit in &mdash; until her attackers finally send her over the edge, pushing her telekinetic powers to frightening and deadly extremes. I suspect many teens will be able to identify with this character, but beware of the fear factor: It took me years to be able to hang my feet over the bed in the dark after having seen this. (Prime members watch <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046B4VXQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0046B4VXQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">FREE on Amazon Instant</a>!)</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VSF6WVx_Tdo" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>What are your favorite Halloween flicks? Leave them in the comments &mdash; and have a safe, happy, and scary Halloween!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cute-creepy-campy-and-scare-you-stiff-halloween-movies-for-the-whole-family">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/6-classic-horror-movies-in-the-public-domain-and-free-to-watch">6 Great Horror Movies You Can Watch for Free</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/15-theme-ideas-for-a-memorable-halloween-party">15 Theme Ideas for a Memorable Halloween Party</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/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</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/15-halloween-costumes-for-people-who-hate-dressing-up">15 Halloween Costumes for People Who Hate Dressing Up</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/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Halloween horror movies Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:24:03 +0000 Tara Struyk 1059762 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Great Horror Movies You Can Watch for Free http://www.wisebread.com/6-classic-horror-movies-in-the-public-domain-and-free-to-watch <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-classic-horror-movies-in-the-public-domain-and-free-to-watch" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tv-509308-small.jpg" alt="scary movie" title="scary movie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The cool thing about old horror movies is that a lot of them are in the public domain. Strange as it might sound to us standing on this side of history, no one thought that owning the copyright to &quot;Night of the Living Dead&quot; was terribly important at the time. That&#39;s why you can find it just about anywhere, from Netflix to YouTube. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix to Play on Your TV</a>)</p> <p>&quot;Night of the Living Dead&quot; isn&#39;t the only example of a public domain film that&#39;s downright bone-chilling. I fancy myself a bit of an expert on the weird, the old, the macabre&hellip; and the public domain. Step into my horror crypt to see what&#39;s out there totally for free that kids from 8 to 80 will enjoy.</p> <h2>Night of the Living Dead</h2> <p>This is the godfather of all public domain horror films. For those who haven&#39;t seen it, this is the film that transformed zombies from the directed automaton slaves of voodoo priests into <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_f2Enn8x5s">shambling legions of undead</a>. It&#39;s widely credited, alongside more decidedly adult fare such as &quot;Bonnie and Clyde,&quot; with ushering in the modern MPAA ratings system. It&#39;s certainly not &quot;tame&quot; by today&#39;s standards, but it is good for bigger kids. Adults will have fun picking apart all the obvious metaphors about race and social conformity, to say nothing of the paranoid terror of being locked down in a farm house battling an army of ghouls.</p> <h2>A Bucket of Blood</h2> <p>This one is a little more light and fun than the above. This <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRxky0iM-cM">Roger Corman opus</a> is your basic Faust story. A wanna-be beatnik just can&#39;t make art until he accidentally kills a cat, which he then coats in plaster. Soon, everyone wants to buy his surprisingly life-like (dead-like?) sculptures&hellip; and there&#39;s only one way to do that. Best on a double feature with &quot;Little Shop of Horrors&quot; &mdash; the two were filmed the same weekend, have a similar plot, and share many sets. A lot of fun, and as many laughs as scares. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-halloween-drink-recipes-to-scare-up-good-times">Halloween Drink Recipes to Scare Up Good Times</a>)</p> <h2>Little Shop of Horrors</h2> <p>Basically the same story as the above, except a lovable loser who wants to get the girl uses a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m0tivu8u-A">man-eating plant for fame instead</a> of dead body sculptures. Look for Corman stalwart Dick Miller (star of &quot;A Bucket of Blood&quot;) in a cameo as a man eating plants in a film about a man-eating plant.</p> <h2>Freaks</h2> <p>This one is&hellip; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBGbFlyTldY">definitely not for the little ones</a>, despite being from 1932. The backstory on this is that the producers wanted to out-horror &quot;Frankenstein&quot; and succeeded a little too well. It&#39;s a classic revenge story about carnies getting the better of a woman and a strongman who wrongs one of their own. It&#39;s also a wonderful tale about acceptance, friendship, and the amazing things people can do in the face of adversity. The scene where the limbless man lights his own cigarette isn&#39;t faked. On the contrary, he rolled the cigarette himself off camera. Remade by David F. Friedman as <em>She-Freak</em>, but that one is <em>definitely</em> not for kids.</p> <h2>Horror Hotel</h2> <p>&quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdLIgTUU88g">Horror Hotel</a>&quot; is Christopher Lee at his bone-chilling best. Especially for our readers in New England, &quot;Horror Hotel&quot; is a lot of fun, a gothic horror film that tells the tale of a female grad student investigating witchcraft. She runs up against a reincarnated 17th Century witch who sacrifices virgins to maintain her youth&hellip; and has just found her latest sacrifice.</p> <h2>White Zombie</h2> <p>This is the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFLjN-BNS1Y">original zombie movie</a>, or at least the oldest one that people still watch. Remember what I said earlier about &quot;Night of the Living Dead&quot; reinventing zombies? Well, don&#39;t expect shambling crowds of dead-eyed ghouls crying out for &quot;braaaaaaaaains.&quot; Instead, look for mind-controlled slaves of voodoo lords. Bela Lugosi is at his intense best in this film.</p> <p><em>What&#39;re your favorite classic horror movies?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nicholas-pell">Nicholas Pell</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-classic-horror-movies-in-the-public-domain-and-free-to-watch">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-never-need-to-pay-to-watch-movies-heres-why">You Never Need to Pay to Watch Movies — Here&#039;s Why</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cute-creepy-campy-and-scare-you-stiff-halloween-movies-for-the-whole-family">20 Cute, Creepy, Campy, and Scare-You-Stiff Halloween Movies for the Whole Family</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/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</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-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment free movies horror movies Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:48:03 +0000 Nicholas Pell 1049128 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Watch Movies for Less http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-watch-movies-for-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-watch-movies-for-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5424016596_55ccf785a1_z.jpg" alt="watching movies" title="watching movies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to watch movies for less, soon-to-be grad's game plan for securing a job, and shopping designer discount stores.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://sweatingthebigstuff.com/six-ways-watch-movies-for-less/">Six Ways to Watch Movies for Less</a> &mdash; Watch movies for less by visiting used book stores to find great deals on previously owned movies. [Sweating the Big Stuff]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Get-Job-Before-Graduation-22828695">Soon-to-Be Grad's Game Plan For Securing a Job</a> &mdash; If you are graduating soon, take the time to go on practice interviews to prepare for your upcoming job interviews. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/how-shop-designer-discount-store">How to Shop a Designer Discount Store</a> &mdash; Hit the clearance racks first when shopping a designer discount store. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2013/04/02/are-automatic-payments-worthwhile/">Are automatic payments all they're cracked up to be?</a> &mdash; When using automatic payments, be sure to sign up for payment notifications. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/how-shop-designer-discount-store">Cheaper Small Appliances</a> &mdash; Considering buying used small appliances? Test the appliance before you buy it. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/04/making-money-on-hobbies.html">Making Money on Hobbies</a> &mdash; If you collect valuable items, you could sell your collection for good money! [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2013/04/03/anticipating-wealth/">Anticipating Wealth</a> &mdash; Don't manage your money with the expectation that you will be making tons of money in the future. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://youngandthrifty.ca/move-in-together-or-not/">Move In Together or Not?</a> &mdash; Moving in with your significant other can be a great way to test the waters before marriage. [Young and Thrifty]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2013/04/01/tips-from-a-recovering-procrastinator/">Tips from a recovering procrastinator</a> &mdash; Are you a procrastinator? Consider using automatic deductions to take the effort out of saving money. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-things-to-consider-before-signing-up-your-child-for-summer-camp">6 Things to Consider Before Signing Your Child Up for Summer Camp</a> &mdash; Before you sign your child up for summer camp, take a look at the camp's reputation. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-watch-movies-for-less">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/five-ways-vhs-tapes-still-rock">Five Ways VHS Tapes Still Rock</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/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</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/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now">Netflix Pricing Changes: What Now?</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-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips cheap movies Fri, 05 Apr 2013 10:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 972190 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Secrets About Life and Career From "Office Space" http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-about-life-and-career-from-office-space <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-secrets-about-life-and-career-from-office-space" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4819651664_e083ac9013_z_0.jpg" alt="office" title="office" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let&rsquo;s get one thing clear &mdash; I don&rsquo;t think Mike Judge wrote the movie &ldquo;Office Space&rdquo; to help people improve their career prospects or &ldquo;find themselves.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s a funny, and searing, indictment on the modern workplace (aka cubicle farms), and it did the job so well, it&rsquo;s become one of the best-selling DVDs ever.</p> <p>But when you get beneath the oft-repeated quotes (&ldquo;Hey Peter, what&rsquo;s happening,&rdquo; &ldquo;Looks like someone has a case of the Mun-days,&rdquo; and &ldquo;I believe you have my stapler&rdquo;) there&rsquo;s a lot more to &ldquo;Office Space&rdquo; than great satire.</p> <p>So let&rsquo;s look at seven work and life lessons we can all learn from the movie. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/financial-lessons-from-the-hunger-games">Financial Lessons From &quot;The Hunger Games&quot;</a>)</p> <h3>1. Life&rsquo;s Too Short to Work at a Job You Hate</h3> <p>Peter Gibbons hates his job. Every day is a prison sentence. In fact, he confesses to a shrink that every day is the worst day of his life:</p> <blockquote><p>So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life.</p> </blockquote> <p>His best friends and co-workers Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheenanajar also dislike <em>their </em>jobs but not with the same disdain and loathing as Peter. Even the squirrelly Milton Waddams has major issues, as he is constantly moved and demoted. And across the street, Peter&rsquo;s girlfriend Joanna hates her job at Chotchkie&rsquo;s, where flair must be worn to keep the customers happy.</p> <p>In short, everybody in &ldquo;Office Space&rdquo; seems to hate their jobs.</p> <p>In a bad economy, people are thankful to have any job at all, so advising you all to quit your awful jobs and wait for something better to come along is not what I have in mind. But if you don&rsquo;t have a better job lined up, work at making your current job easier to tolerate. Many of the big problems are never going to change, but you can change your outlook on them. I&rsquo;ve done it myself, and sometimes I have to remind myself to do it or fall into the trap of whining and complaining. Don&rsquo;t let hate, anger, and apathy rule your working life.</p> <h3>2. You Have the Ability to Change Your Work Environment</h3> <p>Directly related to the point above, &quot;Office Space&quot; shows us what happens when a guy who hates his job makes it completely livable. When Peter gets hypnotized by the psychiatrist, his paradigm shifts. He decides to lay in bed all day and not go into the office on the weekend. He becomes completely honest with &ldquo;the Bobs,&rdquo; the consultants brought in to make staff cut recommendations, and it does him credit. He removes one of the walls of his cubicle to see the scenery. He changes what was seemingly unchangeable, and he becomes better for it.</p> <p>Sleeping in all day when we should be at work is probably not an option for most of us. We can&rsquo;t go hacking up the furniture and building. But we can make changes, however small, that help us out. If you really hate your work environment, see if you can change it. Maybe you can be moved to a different area. Maybe you can get a better view. Is the lighting awful? Can you have it switched off, and bring in your own ambient lighting? Can you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/finding-your-best-work-hours">work flexible hours</a>, maybe to avoid bad traffic or work around a schedule you prefer? Employers are more accommodating than you&rsquo;d think, and even the smallest changes could make a big difference to your happiness.</p> <h3>3. Your Dreams Can Come True (in the Strangest Ways)</h3> <p>Consider Tom Smykowski, the mustachioed anxiety-ridden &ldquo;people person&rdquo; who was one of the first to get axed by &ldquo;the Bobs.&rdquo; He had an idea. Not a great idea. Not even a mediocre idea. It was the &ldquo;Jump to Conclusions&rdquo; mat, and it was his version of the Pet Rock. Basically, he took the Twister mat concept and put different conclusions on it, that the user could them jump to.</p> <p>As Michael Bolton said, with a sigh, &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the worst idea I&rsquo;ve ever heard in my life...&rdquo;</p> <p>But it was Tom&rsquo;s baby. He loved it. We wanted it to happen. And when he got fired, his failed suicide attempt resulted in a bizarre accident that got him a seven-figure settlement from the auto insurance company.</p> <p>Yes, he was in a neck brace and back brace, he and broke every major bone in his body. But he was also the creator of the Jump to Conclusions mat! His dream came true, and at a time when he should have been at his lowest.</p> <p>So whether you have a terrible idea like the Jump to Conclusions mat, or something that actually has a chance of being bought and used, never give up on your dream. Life has this habit of delivering right when you least expect it.</p> <h3>4. Don&rsquo;t Be Afraid to Visit the Therapist</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re having major problems with your job, your direction in life, or even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mend-a-broken-heart-without-breaking-the-bank">your relationship</a>, then do not rule out therapy. Most insurance plans cover therapy with a co-pay for at least a few months of weekly sessions. And once you get over the hurdle of admitting you need help, those sessions can help you find some balance and peace.</p> <p>Peter went to an occupational therapist who tried to hypnotize him, and during the process, the therapist died and left Peter in a trance. The trance became the most significant improvement in his adult life. Or at least, it was the catalyst.</p> <p>Therapy can be a great way to help you relieve some of the burden. Talking about your problems can help you resolve them. And you could finally figure out the direction you want to take in life, if you haven&rsquo;t done so already.</p> <h3>5. Deal With Small Irritations Before They Become Big Problems</h3> <blockquote><p>Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment! Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment! Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment! Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment!</p> </blockquote> <p>If you hear that hour after hour, day after day, eventually you&rsquo;re going to snap. And you can&rsquo;t snap if you want to keep your job.</p> <p>Find a way to neutralize the little annoyances before the straw breaks the camel&rsquo;s back. Maybe it requires the wearing of headphones or moving to a different place in the building. Sometimes all it takes is a little conversation. I have heard stories at my current job of a woman who used to spray perfume and deodorant at least once an hour. There was a cloud of the stuff hanging over her cubicle. It was resolved with just a quick conversation, but not after several people went months complaining to each other but not to the person who could do something about it.</p> <h3>6. It&rsquo;s Not a Good Job If It Makes You Unhappy</h3> <p>Two people in the movie start out with what many would consider &ldquo;good jobs&rdquo; only to end up with jobs that most would consider awful. Peter goes from working an office job, with a suit, tie, and business card, to cleaning up on a construction crew. He&rsquo;s happier with his hard hat and shovel, working in the sunshine, than he ever was in his grey cubicle.</p> <p>We also meet Steve, a guy selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door. He pretends to be a former crack addict, but he&rsquo;s actually a former software engineer, just like Peter, who now makes more money selling magazines. And he likes it.</p> <p>So, don&rsquo;t think that the job you&rsquo;re in is the one you need to stay in. Don&rsquo;t even think the career you chose is set in stone. Life gives us plenty of chances to change paths. We can retrain. We can set up our own home businesses. I&rsquo;ve talked to several people this week who quit corporate jobs to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-still-make-money-with-ebay">start eBay businesses</a>, work their own hours, and avoid the kind of stress that comes with corporate politics.</p> <h3>7. Get Your Facts Straight Before You Act</h3> <p>There are several instances in &ldquo;Office Space&rdquo; that illustrate the dangers of hearing things second hand, or misunderstanding what you&rsquo;ve been told.</p> <p>Peter believes his girlfriend once had a relationship with his boss, Bill Lumbergh, a vile, soulless pig of a man. Turns out it was a different Lumbergh, but that didn&rsquo;t stop them almost breaking up.</p> <p>Peter assumes that the software he installed to steal fractions of pennies from his company would result in a lenient, country club prison sentence with conjugal visits. He was way off.</p> <p>Michael assumes that because he works hard, and Peter is flaky, it will be Peter that will be the one getting marching orders from the efficiency experts. Actually, both he and his friend Samir are getting the ax. Peter is getting a promotion.</p> <p>You never know what anyone&rsquo;s plans are until you see them yourself or you hear them from several legitimate sources. So, don&rsquo;t worry about rumors, and don&rsquo;t play the gossip games. They will only hurt you and your career.</p> <p><em>Can you recall any work/life lessons from &quot;Office Space&quot; I may have missed? Please share them in comments!</em></p> <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/7-secrets-about-life-and-career-from-office-space">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/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</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-classic-horror-movies-in-the-public-domain-and-free-to-watch">6 Great Horror Movies You Can Watch for Free</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-best-reason-to-sign-up-for-amazon-prime-hbo-shows">The New Best Reason to Sign up for Amazon Prime: HBO Shows!</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-see-the-summers-blockbuster-movies-without-breaking-the-bank">How to See the Summer&#039;s Blockbuster Movies Without Breaking the Bank</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Entertainment career changes movies Office Space work life balance Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:48:43 +0000 Paul Michael 957045 at http://www.wisebread.com Financial Lessons From "It's A Wonderful Life" http://www.wisebread.com/financial-lessons-from-its-a-wonderful-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/financial-lessons-from-its-a-wonderful-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5686208886_a8b9c9690f_b.jpg" alt="George Bailey" title="George Bailey" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You may have seen the classic film <a href="http://www.filmsite.org/itsa.html">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s A Wonderful Life&rdquo;</a> that is often played over the holidays. Set on Christmas Eve in the 1940s, the story is told through a series of flashbacks, an alternate reality of what the world would look like if main character George Bailey had never been born, and, finally, a happy resolution in the present day.</p> <p>Described as a <a href="http://noticingnewyork.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-eve-story-of-alternative.html">reverse &ldquo;A Christmas Carol&rdquo;</a> with George&rsquo;s nemesis Mr. Henry F. Potter playing a Scrooge-like role, the movie has many financial lessons that are relevant today. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-personal-finance-lessons-from-harry-potter">21 Personal Finance Lessons From Harry Potter</a>)</p> <h3>Financial Crises Can Cause Tremendous Stress</h3> <p>George Bailey went berserk and contemplated suicide in a financial crisis. As the top executive of a local financial institution, Bailey Bros. Building and Loan Association, he was responsible for regulatory compliance. But when his Uncle Billy, a key employee, lost an $8,000 bank deposit on Christmas Eve (which coincided with a visit from the bank examiner), he faced criminal charges for embezzlement unless he could repay the money immediately. Though he was innocent, George questioned all of his life, career, and financial decisions that led to this situation.</p> <h3>Some Business Owners Don&rsquo;t Have Your Best Interests at Heart</h3> <p>Mr. Henry F. Potter, a wealthy business owner who gained control over the local bank, didn&rsquo;t care about those who lived and worked in the community. George seemed to be one of the few people who recognized the potential long-term effect of Potter&rsquo;s power over the local economy. As a result, he spent a lot of energy protecting residents from Potter&rsquo;s plans to control real estate and business development in the area. When his guardian angel showed George what the town would have looked like if he had never lived, you get an idea of the social and economic conditions that might exist if Potter's evil intentions went unchecked.</p> <h3>A Family Member May or May Not Be Your Best Employee</h3> <p>Uncle Billy, the brother of George&rsquo;s father, nearly ruined the business. He drank on the job and didn't seem to be a productive employee even in the best of times. George could have hired a better employee or given him lesser responsibilities, somehow finding a way to show generosity in a way that didn&rsquo;t compromise the business.</p> <p>On the other hand, George's younger brother Harry Bailey seemed to be a valuable asset to his father-in-law&rsquo;s glass manufacturing company. So, managing a successful business means being discriminating about your choice of employees.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Build an Emergency Fund</h3> <p>George was thrifty but didn't have an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/figuring-the-size-of-your-emergency-fund">emergency fund</a>. He worked for years to set aside the money to travel and attend college, so he was capable of saving. Though he didn't spend needlessly, he also didn't pay himself first, but rather put others' needs ahead of his own. As a result, he didn't have the means to save his company from disaster.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Not All Financial Institutions Are Run Alike</h3> <p>There was a significant difference between the lending policies of Potter&rsquo;s bank and Bailey Bros. Building and Loan Association. When making a decision about financial services, compare interest rates, fees, etc., as they may vary widely among institutions. &nbsp;</p> <h3>Resourcefulness Can Save Money</h3> <p>Mary, George's wife, saved money by buying a fixer-upper and making repairs herself while she was raising their family. Even though this process was time consuming as well as frustrating to George at times, she was able to help provide shelter for herself, George, and their four children.</p> <h3>Progressive Lending Policies Can Fuel the Local Economy</h3> <p><a href="http://www.answers.com/topic/building-and-loan-associations">Building and Loan Associations</a>&nbsp;provided real estate loans to families at a time when short-term mortgage loans were the norm. When these loans were called, often after five years (as opposed to a more typical 30-year term today), most people couldn&rsquo;t afford to pay the outstanding balance. As a result, banks foreclosed on many homes. The types of loans that George&rsquo;s business provided gave the working class a better opportunity to own a home and helped to create a thriving local economy. &nbsp;</p> <h3>Companies Often Purchase the Competition to Gain Market Share</h3> <p>Potter attempted to buy members&rsquo; shares of the local building and loan association as a way to stifle competition. Later, he tried to lure George from the financial institution by offering him a compensation package that far exceeded the business valuation. Potter&rsquo;s goal was to eliminate cheaper alternatives for area residents so that he could gain market share and later raise prices.</p> <h3>Welcoming New Industries to Town Can Help the Community (and You)</h3> <p>When Mary's former beau, Sam Wainwright, mentioned that his company was going to build a factory in Rochester, George asked him to use a vacant facility in Bedford Falls instead. Later, employees of Sam&rsquo;s business were likely among those who helped bail out the Baileys.</p> <h3>Investing in New Technologies Could Increase Your Wealth</h3> <p>George turned down Sam&rsquo;s offer to invest in his new plastics venture, which later made Sam very wealthy. He may not have had the extra money at the time, but just because he personally wasn&rsquo;t going to leave Bedford Falls for a higher-paying and more exciting job shouldn&rsquo;t have excluded the possibility of investing in a potentially ground-breaking business.</p> <h3>In Marriage, a Financially Compatible Spouse Is Crucial to Happiness</h3> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-happy-and-married-24-tips-from-a-24-year-old-marriage">Husband-and-wife team</a> George and Mary agreed on decisions that impacted the family&rsquo;s financial status. They stood together as they made career and money moves that focused on community betterment rather than personal wealth, such as staying in their hometown and forgoing a honeymoon to keep the family business open. Most importantly, though, Mary understood the financial consequences of the couple&rsquo;s priorities and was not bitter or regretful about the path that they chose.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Relationships Are More Valuable Than Money</h3> <p>When George saw the reality of life in his hometown without his presence, he realized that the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-friends-and-be-happy-why-cultivating-relationships-is-good-for-you">investments he had made in relationships</a> were worthy of setting aside travel plans and career ambitions. And, ultimately, he was redeemed by these relationships. Mary alerted friends and family to his troubles, and people brought cash to reconcile the building and loan association's shortfall.</p> <p>The big take-away is that we can use our financial resources as well as our talent and time to lead impactful lives. Not only can we inspire and encourage our family and friends but we can influence the direction of our local communities and global events.</p> <p><em>What financial lessons have you learned from &quot;It's a Wonderful Life&quot;?</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/financial-lessons-from-its-a-wonderful-life">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-11"> <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/8-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-get-a-promotion">8 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Get a Promotion</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-celebrities-with-shockingly-low-net-worths">6 Celebrities With Shockingly Low Net Worths</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/4-brilliant-tips-from-smart-mom-rich-mom">4 Brilliant Tips From &quot;Smart Mom, Rich Mom&quot;</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-money-management-tips-from-john-oliver">7 Best Money Management Tips From John Oliver</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Entertainment emergency fund financial lessons mortgage movies Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:24:30 +0000 Julie Rains 959732 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Enjoy the Movies for Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-enjoy-the-movies-for-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-enjoy-the-movies-for-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3702860312_be9455f50b_z-1.jpg" alt="Enjoy the Movies for Cheap" title="Enjoy the Movies for Cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on enjoying the movies for cheap, ways for consumers to save money, and the best items to buy now.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles<a href="http://moneyning.com/frugality/7-ways-for-smart-media-consumers-to-save-money/"><br /> </a></h2> <p><a href="http://steadfastfinances.com/blog/2012/10/08/5-ways-to-enjoy-the-movies-for-cheap/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SteadfastFinances+%28Steadfast+Finances%29">5 Ways to Enjoy the Movies for Cheap</a> &mdash; Enjoy the movies on the cheap by buying less snacks. [Steadfast Finances]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/frugality/7-ways-for-smart-media-consumers-to-save-money/">7 Ways for Smart Media Consumers to Save Money</a> &mdash; Smart media consumers can save money by creating a media co-op in their neighborhood. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/october-shopping-roundup-best-items-for-families-to-buy-now">October Family Shopping Roundup: Best Items to Buy Now</a> &mdash; This October, buy the hot holiday toys. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/avoiding-lifestyle-inflation-after-college/">Avoiding Lifestyle Inflation After College</a> &mdash; To avoid lifestyle inflation after college, use your technology wisely. [Narrow Bridge]</p> <p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/gallery/smallbusiness/2012/10/08/avoid-work-burnout.fortune/index.html?section=money_pf&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_pf+%28Personal+Finance%29">5 ways to avoid burnout at work</a> &mdash; If you want to avoid burnout at work, make sure to schedule small regular breaks for yourself. [CNNMoney]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Host-Wine-Tasting-Party-25300003">Host A Budget-Friendly Night In: Throw A Wine-Tasting Party</a> &mdash; To throw a fun wine-tasting party without breaking the bank, make it potluck style. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thewisdomjournal.com/Blog/6-things-to-consider-when-moving-for-a-job/">6 Things To Consider When Moving For A Job</a> &mdash; When moving for a job, don't forget to think about the cost of living. [The Wisdom Journal]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/cheap-healthy-meal-plans-for-families/">4 Cheap Healthy Meal Plans for Families</a> &mdash; When planning meals for your family, consider using the Eating Well Menu Planner. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/financial-steps-in-a-divorce/">5 Crucual Financial Steps to Take When Getting a Divorce</a> &mdash; When getting a divorce, remember to keep a paper trail. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/30-vinegar-uses-to-save-you-money/">30 Uses For Vinegar! (And How The Stinky Stuff Saves You Money)</a> &mdash; Did you know vinegar can get rid of rust rings in your toilet bowl? [Clever Dude]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-enjoy-the-movies-for-cheap">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/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/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/5-dramatic-vacation-spots-for-tv-and-film-fanatics">5 Dramatic Vacation Spots for TV and Film Fanatics</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/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</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/you-never-need-to-pay-to-watch-movies-heres-why">You Never Need to Pay to Watch Movies — Here&#039;s Why</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips movie movies Tue, 09 Oct 2012 09:48:41 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 954986 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Host an Awesome Frugal Movie Night http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-an-awesome-frugal-movie-night <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-host-an-awesome-frugal-movie-night" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_watching_a_movie.jpg" alt="Friends watching a movie" title="Friends watching a movie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Take a trip to the cinema to see a new release these days, and you might have to pawn off a family heirloom to afford it.</p> <p>With ticket prices currently at $13.50 a pop for a non-3D, non-matinee film and a whopping $20 for a non-matinee IMAX 3D ticket in my neck of the woods (NYC), it&rsquo;s no surprise that <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/13/tech/gaming-gadgets/3-d-hype-bubble-finally-busted/index.html">ticket sales are on the decline</a>; many of us simply can&rsquo;t justify the skyrocketing cost of a trip to the movies. After you factor in soda, candy, and popcorn (for those who like to do it up big when they catch the latest blockbuster), well, you may have to ask your boss for a raise.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s times like these, when prices for life&rsquo;s simple pleasures spin out of control, that we have to take a stand and hit those greedy bigwigs where it hurts &mdash; the pocket. To help you convey the message that we&rsquo;re not gonna take it anymore, here are four easy tips on how to host a frugal movie night in the comfort of your own home. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">How to Throw a Fabulous (and Frugal!) Dinner Party</a>)</p> <h2>1. Choose the Movie</h2> <p>Remember back in the day when the only option you had for a movie rental was Blockbuster? I do, and I remember being quite excited to stop by on a Friday afternoon to pick up a flick I was anticipating. Nevermind that the price was $4 for a two-day rental, either; Blockbuster had a lock on the market, and we didn&rsquo;t know any better. Until Redbox came along, that is, and completely changed the home-movie rental game. Blockbuster was already suffering at the beginning of the new millennium, and the now-ubiquitous DVD kiosks put the final nail in Blockbuster&rsquo;s coffin &mdash; and to that I say good riddance.</p> <p>When I started using Redbox back in 2005 (time sure flies, doesn&rsquo;t it?), I thought it was too good to be true. A DVD rental for $1 per night? Get out of town! I was in heaven. If that made me ecstatic, imagine my elation when I discovered <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Redbox codes that scored me free rentals</a>. Best. Deal. Ever. You, too, can score a free rental (if you haven&rsquo;t exhausted all the codes by now) by checking <a href="http://www.redboxcodes.com/">Redbox Codes</a> for the latest updates. It&rsquo;s worth noting, however, that the price of a Redbox rental has increased over the years to $1.20 per night &mdash; but that&rsquo;s still a steal as far as I&rsquo;m concerned. I mean, really, how long do you need to keep a movie?</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have a Redbox near you, there are other ways you can choose a movie to watch on the cheap:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Browse your channel guide a few days to a week or two in advance of movie night and set your DVR to record a film you want to watch. I do this fairly often with my premium channels like HBO since they show a new cable release every Saturday night.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get your money&rsquo;s worth from your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">Netflix subscription</a> and add a few new movies to your queue.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Check your On Demand channel for a movie. New releases can be pricey, but if you split the cost with the rest of the viewers (i.e. your friends) it will be more affordable. Also, many times there&rsquo;s a free section on On Demand, which is worth a quick look.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Ask a friend if they have any new DVDs that you can borrow for a screening.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use an iTunes or Amazon credit that you may have to download a movie.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you want to host an experience outside, search for a free outdoor movie series in your area. These have become very popular over the past few years. If you live in a decent-size city, you&rsquo;ll probably find one. Then all you have to do is invite a few friends and pack a picnic.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Rewatch one of your favorites in your collection. What&rsquo;s the point of having all those movies if all they do is collect dust?</li> </ul> <h2>2. Make Great Snacks</h2> <p>I&rsquo;m totally into Pinterest right now, mainly because I&rsquo;m on a diet and I like to torture myself by looking at all the delicious junk-food photos that Midwestern women pin all day long. As it turns out, many of those pins are perfect recipes for a frugal movie night because they&rsquo;re made from food that you probably already have on hand. Here are some of my favorites.</p> <p><strong>Baked Mozzarella Sticks</strong></p> <p>All you need for these <a href="http://everycollegegirl.com/how-to-cook-healthy-mozzarella-sticks/">baked mozzarella sticks</a> is string cheese, egg, flour, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese. You won&rsquo;t feel as much guilt either since they&rsquo;re baked, not fried.</p> <p><strong>Homemade Calzone</strong></p> <p>For these <a href="http://www.squidoo.com/homemade-calzone">calzones</a>, fill prepared pizza dough with your favorite pizza ingredients like cheese, pepperoni, and sauce, then &ldquo;braid&rdquo; it before popping in the oven.</p> <p><strong>Parmesan Baked Potato Halves</strong></p> <p>Potatoes, butter, cheese, and garlic are the main ingredients in this <a href="http://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/2012/03/parmesan-baked-potato-halves.html">homemade appetizer</a> that will comfort the whole crowd.</p> <p><strong>Cookies and Cream Popcorn</strong></p> <p>Instead of drenching it in butter and salt, <a href="http://www.ericasweettooth.com/2012/05/cookies-and-cream-popcorn.html">drizzle the popcorn with melted white chocolate and mix in crushed Oreo cookies</a>. Yeah, I know. I had a foodgasm, too.</p> <p><strong>Hot Chocolate Krispies</strong></p> <p>Same as regular Rice Krispies treats &mdash; but <a href="http://cookiesandcups.com/hot-chocolate-krispies/">hot chocolate krispies</a> are made richer with the addition of hot chocolate mix and lots more marshmallows.</p> <p><strong>Chocolate-Filled Strawberries</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Since the fruit is in season, this is the perfect time to try a take on classic <a href="https://www.lilyshop.com/news/item/chocolate-filled-strawberries">chocolate-covered strawberries</a> by filling the strawberries instead of dipping them.</p> <p><strong>Vootbeer</strong></p> <p>Make a frosty mug of refreshing root beer decidedly adult with this recipe for a <a href="http://www.creative-culinary.com/2011/09/boulder-distillery-happy-hour-friday/">grown-up root beer float</a>.</p> <p>For even more sinful movie-night recipes from my board, <a href="http://pinterest.com/mikeyrox/">find me on Pinterest</a>.</p> <h2>3. Invite the Ideal Guests</h2> <p>Ideal guests for frugal movie night, in my opinion, are those who are equally excited to see the movie you&rsquo;ve chosen, arrive with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-wines-under-10-dollars">bottle of something red or white</a>, and hush their mouths while the movie is screening. You know which of your friends that is, so give them a call or text and extend an invitation.&nbsp;</p> <h2>4. Make It Comfy</h2> <p>The final step to hosting an awesome frugal movie night is to make the experience comfortable. Have lots of blankets and pillows available so everyone can curl up in their favorite movie-watching position. If some guests are relegated to the floor, make sure they have what they need to enjoy the night as much as everyone else.</p> <p><em>Have you hosted an awesome frugal movie night? Let me know some of your tips and tricks in the comments below.</em></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/how-to-host-an-awesome-frugal-movie-night">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-4"> <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/frugal-fourth-of-july-party-ideas">Frugal Fourth of July Party Ideas</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/score-how-to-host-a-great-game-night">Score! How to Host a Great Game Night</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-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">How to Throw a Fabulous (and Frugal!) Dinner Party</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/6-tricks-for-a-better-netflix-experience">6 Tricks for a Better Netflix Experience</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/concession-stand-treats-a-license-to-print-money">Concession stand treats – a license to print money.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Food and Drink Lifestyle cheap party ideas movies snacks Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:36:16 +0000 Mikey Rox 942703 at http://www.wisebread.com How to See the Summer's Blockbuster Movies Without Breaking the Bank http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-see-the-summers-blockbuster-movies-without-breaking-the-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-see-the-summers-blockbuster-movies-without-breaking-the-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/712571702_e122d9eaf1_z.jpg" alt="movie tickets" title="movie tickets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The summer's blockbuster movies are here (<em>finally!</em>) so you can give your <a href="http://dealnews.com/s589/Netflix?eref=wisebread">Netflix queue</a> a rest. Are you gearing up to see <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>, <em>Brave</em>, and/or <em>Prometheus</em>?</p> <p>Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the cinema alone or with friends (so long as their A/C is working). But &quot;the full movie theater experience&quot; &mdash; complete with popcorn, soda, Snow Caps, and the like &mdash; can be pricey. Thankfully <a href="http://dealnews.com/c654/Travel-Entertainment/Movie-Tickets?eref=wisebread">movie theater deals</a> and discounts abound, and we've got some tips on how to enjoy the big screen films for a little cash. (See also: <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>)</p> <p>Firstly, let us state the obvious: see a matinee. According to Real Simple, catching the day's first screening can <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/money/saving/save-money-movies-00000000048228/index.html">save you around $3 per ticket</a>. For larger cineplexes, matinees usually start around noon, but most local, independently run theaters only open their doors around 5 p.m. on weekdays &mdash; the perfect time for a movie, <em>then</em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sexy-summer-dinners-5-great-hot-weather-meal-ideas"> dinner</a>.</p> <p>If you can't make an early screening, or if you prefer to take in the sunshine this summer, and still want to get the most out of your movie experience, consider buying your movie tickets in bulk. With movie ticket admissions starting at just $7.49, <a href="http://www.bulktix.com/movies">BulkTix.com</a> saves you at least $4 per ticket, and you'll receive free shipping on eight or more tickets via Google Checkout and coupon code &quot;TURKEYTX&quot;.</p> <p>But when eight tickets are too many (that's almost 16 hours of video if you view all the movies solo!), keep an eye out for <a href="http://dealnews.com/b36237/Fandango?eref=wisebread">Fandango deals</a>: we've seen tickets valued at $12 for as little as $5 a piece. <a href="http://dealnews.com/search.html?search=amc">AMC Theaters</a> is also no stranger to deals; in the last six weeks they've offered 4 AMC Silver Experience Movie Tickets for $24, Disney Pixar movie tickets for $6, and a free small popcorn promotion via Facebook. If you're loyal to a particular theater, consider setting up an <a href="https://dealnews.com/mydealnews/alerts.html?eref=wisebread">email alert</a> for that chain to be notified immediately the next time we inevitably find a deal.</p> <p>If you don't want to dish out for your movie tickets in advance, Real Simple suggests that you <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/money/saving/save-money-movies-00000000048228/index.html">see if your credit card company offers any perks</a>. Right now <a href="https://www.fandango.com/visasignature?CJAFFILIATE&amp;PID=552179">Visa Signature</a> cardholders can get free Fandango movie ticket when purchasing one at regular price on Fridays. Or join <a href="https://www.amcstubs.com/Enrollment/WithoutCard">AMC Stubs</a> for one year (<em>$12</em>) and you'll receive: $10 in rewards points for every $100 you spend at AMC Theaters, free upgrades on concession snacks, waived online ticket purchase fees, and more.</p> <p>Speaking of discounted concession stand goodies, we often see both AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas coupons for free or discounted small drinks, popcorn, available by just liking the CineMark <a href="http://www.facebook.com/cinemark?sk=app_107611949261673">Facebook page</a>.</p> <p>If you've got your own A/C and are without incentive to venture out into the summer air, keep your eyes out for deals like a $20 Starbucks card bundled with two complimentary movie tickets. This particular offer has sadly expired now, but movie tickets are a popular item to be bundled with gift cards, as well as DVDs and Blu-ray movies. In fact, right now, pre-order the new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000795521"><em>Men in Black III</em> on Blu-ray</a> and receive a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000795521">free movie ticket</a> to see <em>Men in Black III</em> in theaters. If you're hesitant to pre-order the 2-disc combo and 3-disc 3D combo of MIB3, <a href="http://dealnews.com/Men-In-Black-or-MIB-II-on-Blu-ray-Movie-Ticket-for-13-free-shipping-via-Prime/572946.html?eref=wisebread">the first two films</a> are also bundled with the <a href="http://dealnews.com/Men-In-Black-or-MIB-II-on-Blu-ray-Movie-Ticket-for-13-free-shipping-via-Prime/572946.html?eref=wisebread">$10 movie ticket credit</a>.</p> <p>As a budget-conscious cinephile, you should keep all these tips in mind when planning future trips to the movies. But you should also be signed up for an <a href="https://dealnews.com/mydealnews/alerts.html?keyword=movie+ticket">email alert</a> so you know immediately when we list such deals, which not only include the above promotions, but also free tickets to movie screenings.</p> <p><em>This is a guest post by </em><a href="http://www.dealnews.com"><em>Dealnews</em></a><em>.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seeing summer movies is a great way to be entertained and beat the heat. But going to the theater can be crazy pricey — unless you save with these deals. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-see-the-summers-blockbuster-movies-without-breaking-the-bank">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/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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</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/netflix-pricing-changes-what-now">Netflix Pricing Changes: What Now?</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/the-new-best-reason-to-sign-up-for-amazon-prime-hbo-shows">The New Best Reason to Sign up for Amazon Prime: HBO Shows!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment movies summer activities Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:36:10 +0000 Dealnews 935137 at http://www.wisebread.com