movies http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/46/all en-US How to Turn Your Home Into a Moneymaking Star http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-home-into-a-moneymaking-star <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-turn-your-home-into-a-moneymaking-star" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/camera_crew_director_469158247.jpg" alt="Turning their home into a moneymaking star" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>During the Golden Age of Hollywood, film studios used soundstages and sets for their movies. But in recent years, with the rise of high definition screens, film producers aim to make their films more realistic. That means they often turn to real people's homes, rather than creating a set.</p> <p>The immensely popular show <em>House of Cards</em> is one of the most recent and well-known examples. The Underwoods live in a stunning townhome in the heart of the D.C. area. That house is a <a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/bal-baltimore-home-used-as-underwood-residence-in-house-of-cards-up-for-auction-20170608-story.html?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Contentutm_content=593a0f3304d3010a420f8e1futm_medium=trueAnthemutm_source=facebook" target="_blank">real residence</a>, located in Baltimore.</p> <p>If you're willing to deal with film crews in your home, you can turn your abode into a lucrative source of income. The <a href="http://afrmortgage.com/blog/could-your-home-be-in-movies-how-to-market-your-property-as-a-film-location/#null" target="_blank">going rate</a> for a film is the price of your monthly mortgage payment per day. That means if your mortgage is $1,500 a month, and the film crew needs your home for three days, you'll earn around $4,500.</p> <p>Find out what renting your home out to filmmakers includes and how to get started.</p> <h2>What film producers look for</h2> <p>Filmmakers and commercial producers aren't just looking for mansions or luxury homes; they also need regular, average houses for their productions. They often need homes that reflect the character of the city they're portraying.</p> <p>For example, the home featured in <em>Breaking Bad</em> isn't a sprawling mansion. The film crew searched for a home that reflected the style of Albuquerque, New Mexico and settled on this <a href="https://roadtrippers.com/us/albuquerque-nm/points-of-interest/walter-whites-house" target="_blank">modest, '70s-style ranch</a>. Everyday homes are needed for sitcoms and films all the time.</p> <p>If the film is about the inner city, a Philadelphia row home may be the perfect fit. Or, if the film is a southern gothic, an older, Victorian-style home in Georgia may be just what they need. Homes with unique architectural details or picturesque views tend to get the most traction.</p> <h2>Other perks</h2> <p>Besides a nice check after production is over, there are other perks that come with renting out your home to a film crew.</p> <p>Sometimes, the producers will decide they need to make certain improvements to your home. They may update the appliances, put in French doors, or even replace your countertops with granite. This is done at no charge to you, and you can keep whatever additions they make.</p> <p>If you have to leave your home during filming, the production team will typically pay for you to stay at a hotel. You can get a nice mini-vacation while your home is making money.</p> <h2>Factors to consider</h2> <p>While you can make thousands by renting out your home, make sure you understand what it entails.</p> <p>Depending on the production, you may have to vacate the home during filming, which means there will be dozens of strangers in your home when you aren't. Your home could go through additional wear and tear, as production people build props, set up special effects, or simply trod dirt in and out.</p> <p>Also, make sure you know your area's rules and your neighbors' tolerance level. Your community may not welcome the added traffic, lights, and noise that a film production brings.</p> <p>Finally, know that if your home is in a film or television show that becomes popular, you will have many people stop by to take pictures of your home. You can have unexpected visitors for years after production stops.</p> <h2>How to rent out your home</h2> <p>There are many different ways to find gigs for your home. While locations like Los Angeles and New York City are often the most in-demand (and command the highest rates), film crews nationwide need homes for their shoots. You can list your home in the following ways:</p> <ul> <li>Contact your state's film commission. State film commissions maintain a listing of available homes for film producers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>List your home with <a href="http://www.locationshub.com/" target="_blank">Locations Hub</a>. This is a national database of available homes for productions.</li> </ul> <p>Another option is to consider renting out your home for commercials rather than movies. Local businesses and advertising agencies frequently film their own commercials, and need nearby homes. You can list your home with <a href="http://www.setscouter.com" target="_blank">Set Scouter</a> to get connected with local productions. According to Set Scouter, the average rate for a 12-hour day is $1,500.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-turn-your-home-into-a-moneymaking-star&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Turn%2520Your%2520Home%2520Into%2520a%2520Moneymaking%2520Star.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Turn%20Your%20Home%20Into%20a%20Moneymaking%20Star"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Turn%20Your%20Home%20Into%20a%20Moneymaking%20Star.jpg" alt="How to Turn Your Home Into a Moneymaking Star" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kat-tretina">Kat Tretina</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-home-into-a-moneymaking-star">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/5-costly-pitfalls-of-hosting-on-airbnb">5 Costly Pitfalls of Hosting on Airbnb</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/5-benefits-of-carrying-a-mortgage-into-retirement">5 Benefits of Carrying a Mortgage Into Retirement</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-money-moves-that-will-ruin-your-mortgage-application">5 Money Moves That Will Ruin Your Mortgage Application</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/weak-credit-you-can-still-get-a-mortgage-despite-tough-lending-standards">Weak Credit? You Can Still Get a Mortgage Despite Tough Lending Standards</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/should-you-pay-your-mortgage-off-early">Should You Pay Your Mortgage Off Early?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Real Estate and Housing film crews homeownership movies production renting space sets side gigs Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:30:17 +0000 Kat Tretina 1986107 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-626700900.jpg" alt="every traveler needs these subscriptions" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Subscription services are everywhere these days, and some of them are great for frequent travelers. We've compiled a list of convenient ways you can save money through subscriptions that will work whether you're at home or traveling.</p> <h2>Netflix</h2> <p>Since it came out in 1997, Netflix has grown to be an international entertainment giant. And with good reason. While it can be great to watch movies or TV shows from the comfort of your home, Netflix can also travel with you to 190 different countries where you can stream content around the world.</p> <p>I have personally used Netflix in both France and Mexico. The selection of films and TV shows varies from country to country, but I love having the option to watch Netflix while I'm traveling. First, it gives me the ability to easily watch my favorite shows while I'm abroad, which can be a big comfort when I'm surrounded by a foreign language and culture. But secondly, I also like Netflix in that it is adapted to the local context and offers a good selection of some of the classic and contemporary films from the country I'm visiting.</p> <p>For instance, in Mexico, there's a very popular Netflix original show called Club de Cuervos, which is about a fictitious soccer team. Having a Netflix subscription made it easy for me to check out local pop culture. Watching local shows is also a great way to practice a foreign language, and you can always turn on the subtitles if you're struggling to understand.</p> <p>At $7.99 a month for online streaming to one screen in standard definition, a Netflix subscription costs less than one movie ticket and about one-seventh the price of the average cable bill. For that you get a wide selection of movies and TV shows in your home or hotel.</p> <h2>Spotify</h2> <p>One of my favorite subscriptions is Spotify. For a music lover like me, the premium subscription is well worth the price tag. The sign-up offer gives you a month for free, and then it costs $9.99 a month after that. You can save even more money with a student or family subscription.</p> <p>With the premium subscription, you're freed from advertisements popping up every few songs when you stream, and you get the option to download tracks to your device, which is great for travel. Having the tunes on your phone or tablet saves you the cost of data that you'd need to use to stream songs.</p> <p>Plus, with either the free or paid versions of the service, you have access to a huge library of music that's more affordable than buying lots of CDs or album downloads.</p> <h2>Amazon Subscribe &amp; Save</h2> <p>If you're spending lots of time away from home, it can be hard to keep up with tasks like keeping the house stocked for when you get back. When you get home from a trip, you'll want to spend time with friends and family, not out buying toilet paper.</p> <p>Amazon's <a href="http://amzn.to/2meUESq" target="_blank">Subscribe &amp; Save</a> can help by automatically delivering household staples, including groceries, office supplies, and beauty products. You choose the products you want to receive and set up an automated delivery. Deliveries of at least five products on a monthly basis are eligible for discounts of up to 15 percent.</p> <p>If you normally spend $300 a month on these types of items, that means you're setting yourself up for a monthly savings of $45 and the cost of gas, not to mention the time it takes you to do these errands yourself.</p> <p>Depending on how often you're on the road, you may need to check in just to make sure you don't end up with a large supply of paper napkins that you don't have space for.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F3%2520Subscription%2520Services%2520Every%2520Traveler%2520Needs.jpg&amp;description=3%20Subscription%20Services%20Every%20Traveler%20Needs"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/3%20Subscription%20Services%20Every%20Traveler%20Needs.jpg" alt="3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">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/how-family-plans-can-save-you-tons">How Family Plans Can Save you TONS</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-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</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/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable">These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</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/3-tv-must-haves-once-you-cut-the-cable-cord">3 TV Must-Haves Once You Cut the Cable Cord</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Life Without Television</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel abroad Amazon deliveries movies music netflix shopping spotify subscribe and save subscription services tv Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1926605 at http://www.wisebread.com These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-537456529.jpg" alt="Woman making her next flight more comfortable" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Traveling by plane can be uncomfortable, with long waits in the airport followed by hours packed into ever-smaller airplane seats. Rushed and frustrated, you often end up paying way more than you should for small conveniences.</p> <p>After years of traveling and countless hours in transit, I've put together this practical guide to help you avoid the pitfalls of air travel and enjoy your trip. Here are some easy ways you can ensure you have a smooth, painless experience, both in the airport and once you board the plane. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tricks-to-make-flying-in-coach-feel-almost-luxurious?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Tricks to Make Flying in Coach Feel (Almost) Luxurious</a>)</p> <h2>1. Bring your own food and tea bags</h2> <p>Food at airports and onboard domestic flights is expensive &mdash; often double the cost you'd normally pay. And though meals are usually free on international flights, the quality is notoriously hit or miss. It's always best to err on the side of caution. Bring your own <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-to-pack-delicious-and-cheap-airline-snacks?ref=internal" target="_blank">healthy snacks</a>, like nuts, and dried and fresh fruit. Sandwiches made with bagels are also easily packable and won't squish easily in your bag.</p> <p>Consider, too, bringing some herbal tea bags. Most coffee shops and flight attendants will give you hot water for free if you ask. This can save you on pricey airport lattes and help you stay calmer than drinking caffeinated beverages. Herbal tea is an especially good choice if you want to snooze while you're on the plane.</p> <h2>2. Bring your own water bottle</h2> <p>Bring an empty water bottle to get through security, and then fill up at the water fountains around the airport. If you're in a country where drinking from the fountain isn't always safe, consider heading to a coffee shop or restaurant and asking them to fill up your bottle with water from the soda dispenser. You can often get ice this way, too!</p> <p>Having your own water bottle on the plane helps you stay hydrated without relying on sometimes slow service from the flight attendants, who dole out liquids in tiny plastic cups. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Travelers</a>)</p> <h2>3. Choose the right credit card</h2> <p>Booking your flight through an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">airline credit card</a> gives you extra perks while flying. You'll usually get priority boarding, allowing you to get on the plane before all of the overhead bins are filled up with carry-ons. You may also get discounts on in-flight purchases, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-types-of-travel-insurance-credit-cards-include-that-you-didnt-know-about?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel protections</a> in case your flight is canceled or your baggage doesn't show up.</p> <p>Some premium cards even grant you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access?ref=internal" target="_blank">access to airport lounges</a>, which can make layovers infinitely more comfortable. You'll also get excellent service from staff in the lounges if your flight is canceled and you need to rebook. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-perks-you-didnt-know-your-credit-card-had?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Travel Perks You Didn't Know Your Credit Card Had</a>)</p> <h2>4. Pack for success</h2> <p>Think strategically <em>before</em> you leave home about how you will spend your time while in transit. If you're checking a bag, be sure to put the items you want to use during the flight in your carry-on. It's frustrating to have packed your earbuds in your checked bag when you need them on the plane!</p> <p>In-flight entertainment can be a good distraction from long hours of discomfort and boredom. But some airlines don't offer any entertainment, or at least not any that you're interested in. Bring your own to be sure you can stay occupied during the flight.</p> <p>If you start your trip equipped with the right reading material, some good music, and a few favorite TV shows or movies, you may be surprised how fast your airport and flying time goes by. Amazon Prime allows you to download free books, movies, and music to take with you, and other services such as Netflix and the premium version of Spotify have similar services. You can also save free podcasts to your phone, or pay for audiobooks. With <a href="http://amzn.to/2mQTcWF" target="_blank">Audible's audiobook</a> service, your first book is free.</p> <p>Make sure your electronics are charged and ready to go. Some flights offer outlets but you don't want to take the chance that your seat doesn't have it or is not working.</p> <p><strong>Bonus Trick:</strong> If you can do without the checked bag entirely, this is an easier and faster way to travel. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money?ref=internal" target="_blank">Traveling with just a carry-on</a> means you can say goodbye to expensive checked bag fees and worries about lost luggage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a>)</p> <h2>5. Set yourself up for sleep</h2> <p>Sleeping on a plane is another way to make the time pass quickly, but it's admittedly tricky business.</p> <p>Bring along the items you need for slumber, including an eye mask, ear plugs, sleeping medications, and a neck pillow to get comfortable. A jacket can double as a pillow or blanket if need be. Try to get these items in advance. A neck pillow at the airport can cost twice as much as at a regular store.</p> <p>Keep everything in a clothing pocket or a bag under your seat so it's easy to access when you feel drowsy. Getting up to rummage through a bag in the overhead bin is a sure way to wake yourself back up.</p> <h2>6. Try to have a sense of humor</h2> <p>Airports can be great spots for people watching. You get to see humanity in action in its many colorful renditions. Of course, it's annoying to be restricted in your movements and trapped in stale air for a long time, but keep things in perspective.</p> <p>You're getting to experience one of the most freeing things of all, the ability to jet somewhere far away. Having a good attitude will only make the ride that much better.</p> <p>By preparing yourself to have a good trip, packing a few travel essentials, and keeping a positive attitude, you can make traveling by plane not just bearable, but even enjoyable. Happy flying! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-to-keep-you-sane-on-a-plane?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Things to Keep You Sane on a Plane</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthese-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThese%206%20Things%20Will%20Make%20Your%20Next%20Flight%20More%20Comfortable.jpg&amp;description=These%206%20Things%20Will%20Make%20Your%20Next%20Flight%20More%20Comfortable" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/These%206%20Things%20Will%20Make%20Your%20Next%20Flight%20More%20Comfortable.jpg" alt="These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable">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/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</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/9-ways-to-avoid-or-mitigate-flight-delays">9 Ways to Avoid or Mitigate Flight Delays</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/the-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use">The Secret Flight Search Site Savvy Travelers Use</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/23-airport-hacks-to-remember-before-your-next-flight">23 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-costly-flight-booking-mistakes-you-make-all-the-time">8 Costly Flight Booking Mistakes You Make All the Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel airplanes comfortable travel entertainment flights flying Food movies music reading sleeping snacks Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:30:41 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1914539 at http://www.wisebread.com The High Cost of Modern Love http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-modern-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-high-cost-of-modern-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-525805229.jpg" alt="Couple learning the high cost of modern love" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being in love is now more expensive than ever. In fact, Americans spend an <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/31/dont-let-love-break-your-budget.html" target="_blank">average of $20,000</a> in their lifetime on dates. With dinner and a movie costing about $90, you could easily go broke if you date frequently.</p> <p>We've covered some of the costs below so you can get a better idea of what modern love can cost. However, these are only national averages. The amount you pay for entertainment and impressing your date will vary largely depending on where you live.</p> <h2>Movie Ticket</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://variety.com/2016/film/news/average-movie-ticket-price-falls-in-third-quarter-1201892925/" target="_blank">$8.51 per ticket</a></p> <p>The worst part is that after spending money on movie tickets, you have to worry about buying popcorn, soda, candy, and other overpriced treats. For instance, if you decided to order one large popcorn, one large candy, and two small soft drinks, you could expect to <a href="http://pricesandfees.com/regal-cinemas-ticket-and-concession-prices/" target="_blank">spend around $22.25</a>, in addition to the price of the movie tickets. Instead of doing dinner and a movie out, consider cooking at home and taking advantage of Netflix.</p> <h2>Dining Out<strong> </strong></h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-it-costs-to-eat-at-resaurants-2015-3" target="_blank">$12.17&ndash;$88.00 per person</a></p> <p>A 2015 study found that the cost of eating at a chain restaurant ranges from $12.17 to $88.00 per person, but it depends on where (and what) you eat. It also depends on where you live. For instance, Zagat found that diners in NYC spend an average of <a href="https://www.zagat.com/b/the-state-of-american-dining-in-2016" target="_blank">$48.44 per person</a> when eating out, which is higher than the national average.</p> <p>As an alternative, consider happy hour deals, taking advantage of restaurant week or local food festivals, or impressing your date with a home-cooked meal. You can either show off your cooking skills or cook together as a bonding experience.</p> <h2>Concert Tickets</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87981" target="_blank">$46.69 per person</a></p> <p>Concert tickets all depend on who you are going to see and which tickets you get (unobstructed or obstructed view). For instance, impressing your date with tickets to a Taylor Swift concert will set you back <a href="http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2016/01/12/the-20-most-expensive-concert-tickets-of-2015/" target="_blank">$110.15 a ticket</a>.</p> <h2>Broadway Show</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/198306/average-paid-admission-at-broadway-shows-since-2006/" target="_blank">$105.68 a ticket</a></p> <p>Now, this is only appropriate if you are<em> really</em> trying to impress your date. With an average ticket price of $105.68, Broadway shows should be saved for <em>very</em> special occasions. The price will depend on what you go to see. For instance, a ticket to Hamilton could cost $300, while a ticket to Jitney could be <a href="http://www.broadwayworld.com/grosses.cfm?sortby=topticket&amp;orderby=desc" target="_blank">around $55</a>.</p> <h2>Baby Sitter</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://www.care.com/child-care-babysitting-cost-p1145-q22781.html" target="_blank">$10 an hour</a></p> <p>If you have a child at home, you can expect to spend a hefty amount on a baby sitter. The average cost of a baby sitter, per hour, in New York City is $15+, so the price will vary depending on where you live, who you hire, and the agreement you set with the sitter. As an alternative, consider asking another parent to baby-sit your child for a night at no charge, and tell them you will return the favor later by baby-sitting their child for free.</p> <h2>Gifts</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/19/holiday-spending-significant-other_n_6263910.html" target="_blank">$92.50 per occasion</a></p> <p>Once you find that special someone, you'll need to start worrying about the costs of gifts on special occasions. The average American spends only <a href="http://www.match.com/magazine/article/12273/The-Hidden-Costs-Of-Dating/" target="_blank">$25 per year on flowers</a>, but can expect to spend an average of <a href="http://time.com/money/4213074/valentines-day-spending/" target="_blank">$146.84 on Valentine's Day gifts</a>. Gifts for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions can take a hefty chunk out of your budget.</p> <p>According to Huffington Post, Americans spend an average of $92.50 per special occasion on their new love. They also found that people spend an additional $21 on gifts for each additional year of their relationship.</p> <h2>Dating Sites</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: $0&ndash;$60 per month</p> <p>Match.com is $41.99 per month, eHarmony.com is $60 per month, True.com is $50 per month, Tinder is free (unless you sign up for premium services, which range from $2.99&ndash;$34.99), and Bumble is free (again, unless you sign up for premium services, which range from $2.99&ndash;$35.99). You can save a lot of money by signing up for longer periods of time, like six or 12 months. Many dating sites, like Match.com, also offer free options with limited capabilities.</p> <p>When it comes to dating sites and apps, there are distinct differences in the quality of the service and potential suitors, so cost shouldn't be your only factor. For instance, PlentyOfFish and OKCupid are free, but they don't offer the same matching abilities or photo quality as a service like Match or eHarmony. The people on PlentyOfFish also aren't usually as devoted to finding that special someone for life, as compared to someone on Match or eHarmony.</p> <p>As an alternative, try meeting someone in real life. After all, only 5% of Americans in a marriage or committed relationship actually <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/02/29/5-facts-about-online-dating/" target="_blank">met their significant other online</a>. Studies continue to show that couples <a href="https://mic.com/articles/112062/the-way-most-people-meet-their-significant-others-is-not-what-you-think#.0PkKUQZ83" target="_blank">most often meet each other</a> through work, friends in common, or in social settings, so just put yourself out there more.</p> <h2>The Cost of &quot;Ghosting&quot;</h2> <p><strong>Average Price</strong>: Your love life?</p> <p>If you decide that the cost of dating sites is just too much, consider the cost to your love life if you disappear from the app completely. If you start &quot;ghosting,&quot; it can end very badly. In fact, it often leads to even more confrontation than if you were just honest from the start. Take advantage of the sites and apps you subscribe to, while you still can.</p> <p>On the other end of the spectrum, if you take your special someone on a horrible date, you risk getting &quot;ghosted&quot; yourself. Getting ignored can really take a toll on one's confidence and lead to hurt feelings, so observe the golden rule and avoid ghosting. Just remember, a good date doesn't have to be an expensive one. Take them somewhere meaningful, dress and act the part, and find ways to impress your date without going broke.</p> <h2>Alternative Date Ideas</h2> <p>Ask your date what they would like to do. Going to the movies and dinner can be fun, but most people have other ideas for a better date night. Here are some ideas to get you thinking.</p> <ul> <li>Go for a hike or walk through your area. Show your date some of your favorite areas.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get active with canoeing, miniature golfing, ice skating, rock climbing, paddle boating, paddle boarding, biking&hellip;the list goes on and on. Find out what your date is interested in and take advantage. It's cheaper, more meaningful, and can help you burn some calories.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Visit a museum during the day and time when it is cheapest. Most museums offer free admission on a particular day of the week. You can observe some local culture and will have plenty to talk about with your date.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Instead of going out for dinner, consider going out for coffee instead. After all, why spend something like $90 on a first date, when you're not even sure that they're worth dating long-term? With a coffee date, you can get to know each other in a more comfortable setting. A picnic is also ultraromantic, affordable, and memorable.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Go dancing at a bar or take dance classes, which start as low as $12 per person.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Go for a free wine or liquor tasting in your area.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take advantage of outdoor movie events (like free movies in the park).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take advantage of free local tours or free tour apps.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Find a Groupon date that you both want to take advantage of. Give your date some options so they'll be able to pick what interests them most.</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-modern-love">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/how-much-a-breakdown-of-concert-ticket-prices">How Much?! A Breakdown of Concert Ticket Prices</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-much-should-you-actually-be-spending-on-a-date">How Much Should You Actually Be Spending on a Date?</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-secrets-to-a-debt-free-holiday-season">8 Secrets to a Debt-Free Holiday Season</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-goals-you-should-set-for-the-holidays">10 Money Goals You Should Set for the Holidays</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/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Entertainment concerts dates Dating dinners gifts going out movies significant others Spending Money tickets Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:00:16 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1889311 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Super Easy Ways to Save Money at the Movies http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-super-easy-ways-to-save-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-super-easy-ways-to-save-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/couple_movie_theater_507749133.jpg" alt="Couple finding easy ways to save money at the movies" title="" 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 articles on easy ways to save money at the movies, alternatives to Mint.com, and wedding favors that cost less than $1 each.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/15-super-easy-ways-save-big-bucks-the-movies/">15 Super-Easy Ways to Save Big Bucks at the Movies</a> &mdash; Some theater chains host second-run children&rsquo;s film screenings every summer and admission is either free or nearly free. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="https://wallethacks.com/mint-com-alternatives-money-apps-fresher-mint-dot-com/">8 Mint.com Alternatives &ndash; Money Apps Fresher than Mint dot com</a> &mdash; Mint.com is a great money management tool, but it isn't the only one. Check out the competition to find the one that works best for you. [Wallet Hacks]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheap-Wedding-Favors-34534131#photo-34534131">30 Wedding Favors You Won't Believe Cost Under $1</a> &mdash; Weddings are expensive, but it&rsquo;s easy area to cut back on party favors when you keep it simple. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2017/0125/Google-Home-vs.-Amazon-s-Alexa-A-side-by-side-comparison">Google Home vs. Amazon's Alexa: A side by side comparison</a> &mdash; Check out how the two most popular home assistants rate on price, responsiveness, and overall skills. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/ways-improve-relationship-money/">Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Money</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat today at 3 p.m. ET to learn how to improve your experience with money. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://shopperstrategy.com/2017/01/30/how-to-plan-a-memorable-family-vacation-without-going-into-debt/">How to Plan a Memorable Family Vacation Without Going into Debt</a> &mdash; Research your destination ahead of time for things you can do for free. [Shopper Strategy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/lifestyle/shopping/10-quality-kirkland-products-that-save-you-money-at-costco/72025">10 Quality Kirkland Products that Save You Money at Costco</a> &mdash; Many Kirkland Signature foods are beloved by critics and customers, including their bacon, salmon, ice cream, and beer and wine. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/retirement/T037-S001-smart-retirement-strategies-for-women/index.html">9 Smart Retirement Strategies for Women</a> &mdash; Make sure you're maximizing your Social Security benefits individually and as a couple. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adebtfreestressfreelife.com/successful-no-spend-challenge-experience/">5 Tips For A Successful No Spend Challenge</a> &mdash; A no spend challenge can be a great way to jump-start your savings or replenish or funds. For a successful challenge, be sure to have a clear goal in mind. What do you want to get out of this challenge? [A Debt Free Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="https://fitzvillafuerte.com/9-money-smart-easy-skin-care-tips.html">9 Money-Smart and Easy-To-Do Skin Care Tips</a> &mdash; If you're trying out a new product, get a sample or buy the smallest size first to see if it's compatible and effective on your skin. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-super-easy-ways-to-save-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. 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/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/the-high-cost-of-modern-love">The High Cost of Modern Love</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/financial-lessons-from-its-a-wonderful-life">Financial Lessons From &quot;It&#039;s A Wonderful Life&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips movies Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:30:25 +0000 Amy Lu 1883819 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Famous Houses From Film and TV You Can Buy http://www.wisebread.com/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/home_for_sale_502211716.jpg" alt="Finding famous houses you can buy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It could be the ultimate in fandom: You've seen the movie, you've had the poster autographed by the star &mdash; now move into the set.</p> <p>When a real home is used for a film or television show, chances are that it will eventually go up for sale. That's when you, the fan, gets the chance to pore over photos in the real estate listing, tour the place, or even purchase it.</p> <p>Hope you've been saving up: With only one exception, the famous houses I found on the market are all asking over a million bucks. On the upside for shoppers, being a movie or TV star doesn't seem to confer a premium to these homes. Some have been on the market a long time and seem reasonably priced for their neighborhoods and features.</p> <h2>1. Twilight</h2> <p>Featured as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.virani.ca/vlist/property_detail?t=q&amp;code=&amp;vlist=1010000654" target="_blank">Cullen family house</a> in the movie <em>Twilight: New Moon</em>, this 5,000-square-foot contemporary mansion is located in West Vancouver. As of 2010, the asking price was $2.7 million, and it sat on the market for years. Perhaps home shoppers feel a little unease at sleeping in bedrooms once occupied by fictional vampires?</p> <h2>2. Sixteen Candles</h2> <p>Who could forget Molly Ringwald pouting on the staircase while her family ignored her 16th birthday? Those John Hughes movie families always had some nice homes in the northern Chicago suburbs, and the one in which that scene played out is no exception: six bedrooms, five bathrooms, gorgeous (not 1980s original, thank goodness) kitchen. With an <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3022-Payne-St-Evanston-IL-60201/3516226_zpid/" target="_blank">asking price of $1.4 million</a>, it likely stands out in its Evanston neighborhood, where the average property value is under $400,000.</p> <h2>3. Boy Meets World</h2> <p>Located not in Philadelphia, where this teen comedy show was set, but in Studio City, California. This 2,500-square-foot Cape Cod is <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4196-Colfax-Ave-Studio-City-CA-91604/20027179_zpid/" target="_blank">on the block for $1.5 million</a> &mdash; after a $100,000 price cut.</p> <h2>4. Miracle on 34th Street</h2> <p>Another Hughes mansion, the yellow house featured in the remake of <em>Miracle on 34th Street</em> has been <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/771-Washington-Rd-Lake-Forest-IL-60045/4857301_zpid/" target="_blank">on and off the market</a> for more than a year. Its most recent asking price was $2.8 million, and Zillow says it's worth $500,000 more. Located in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, the five-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot palace has <em>seven and a half bathrooms</em>. If you buy this one, better ask about a full-time cleaning crew.</p> <h2>5. The Bodyguard and City of Angels</h2> <p>Lake Tahoe is known more as a getaway for San Francisco techies than a movie filming location, but this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1131-Fallen-Leaf-Rd-South-Lake-Tahoe-CA-96150/18570499_zpid/" target="_blank">$6 million, five-bedroom &quot;cabin&quot;</a> has starred in two. Even some of the <a href="http://hookedonhouses.net/2016/08/09/cabin-bodyguard-city-of-angels-for-sale/" target="_blank">furniture seen in both movies</a> appears in the listing photos.</p> <h2>6. In the Heat of the Night</h2> <p>If you are old enough to remember Carroll O'Connor playing a police chief on this drama series, you might recognize this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2130-Monticello-St-SW-Covington-GA-30014/69875079_zpid/" target="_blank">1886 five-bedroom home</a>, which O'Connor's character purchased and lived in during the course of the show. Because of its location in a small Georgia town, the seller is asking only $437,000, a price reduction of more than $60,000.</p> <h2>7. The Godfather</h2> <p>Don Corleone thought this mansion was a good enough location for his daughter's wedding, so this <a href="https://www.6sqft.com/don-corleones-godfather-house-lists-for-3m-in-staten-islands-todt-hill/" target="_blank">Staten Island &quot;mini-mansion&quot;</a> should be good enough for you to lounge in its &quot;man cave&quot; or alongside the backyard pool. The five-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot home has gone through multiple price reductions and was last listed at $2.3 million before being <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/110-Longfellow-Ave-Staten-Island-NY-10301/32293579_zpid/" target="_blank">taken off the market</a>. Since no sale has been recorded, it's safe to assume the house could still be purchased if you make the right offer.<em> I think you know the kind of offer I'm talking about.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy">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/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/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-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/is-a-buying-a-foreclosed-home-ever-a-good-idea">Is Buying a Foreclosed Home Ever a Good Idea?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Real Estate and Housing boy meets world celebrities famous houses housing market mansions movies sixteen candles the godfather TV shows twilight Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:00:11 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1864427 at http://www.wisebread.com 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-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/you-own-your-finances-how-much-people-spend-to-watch-movies">You Own Your Finances: How Much People Spend to Watch Movies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy">7 Famous Houses From Film and TV You Can Buy</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/3-subscription-services-every-traveler-needs">3 Subscription Services Every Traveler Needs</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-5"> <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/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-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans">How Everyone Can Cut Cable and Still Watch What They Love — Even Sportsfans</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 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-6"> <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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-american-life-trailers">Trailers for Ths American Life</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-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy">7 Famous Houses From Film and TV You Can Buy</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-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/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/the-high-cost-of-modern-love">The High Cost of Modern Love</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/financial-lessons-from-its-a-wonderful-life">Financial Lessons From &quot;It&#039;s A Wonderful Life&quot;</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/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/the-high-cost-of-modern-love">The High Cost of Modern Love</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/financial-lessons-from-its-a-wonderful-life">Financial Lessons From &quot;It&#039;s A Wonderful Life&quot;</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-7"> <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/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/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 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. 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/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/the-high-cost-of-modern-love">The High Cost of Modern Love</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/financial-lessons-from-its-a-wonderful-life">Financial Lessons From &quot;It&#039;s A Wonderful Life&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips guide movies ultimate Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:48:51 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1100508 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Cute, Creepy, Campy, and Scare-You-Stiff Halloween Movies for the Whole Family http://www.wisebread.com/20-cute-creepy-campy-and-scare-you-stiff-halloween-movies-for-the-whole-family <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-cute-creepy-campy-and-scare-you-stiff-halloween-movies-for-the-whole-family" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tv-4465428-small.jpg" alt="family watching movie" title="family watching movie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&#39;ve always loved scary movies, and while my parents tried their best to herd me toward more age-appropriate television, I did my best to seek the opposite. 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-8"> <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/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/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/15-ways-to-make-money-on-halloween">15 Ways to Make Money on Halloween</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-9"> <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/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/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</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