Entertainment http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5995/all en-US 11 Ways Your Friends Can Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-your-friends-can-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-your-friends-can-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-saving-money-at-bbq.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Sponsored by Skype &mdash; Use </em><a href="http://www.skype.com/go/rates/?cm_mmc=SMAD_2214_wisebread_articles_11_ways_to_save_money"><em>Skype Credit</em></a><em> to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates.</em></p> <p>Sometimes it can feel like your friends are sabotaging your finances. Between heading to restaurants for dinner, buying gifts for birthdays or weddings, or participating in pricey activities, having friends can be expensive! But friends don&rsquo;t have to cost you money &mdash; in fact, they can actually <i>save</i> you money.</p> <p>Not sure how you can use your friendships to increase your savings? Here are 10 ways your friends can help you spend less!</p> <h3>1. Bulk Buys</h3> <p>Buying in bulk is almost always cheaper than buying smaller amounts, but if you happen to live alone, buying in bulk can be difficult. You might even waste money if you buy perishable items you can&rsquo;t finish before they go bad. The next time you head to Costco or Sam&rsquo;s Club, take a few friends with you and load up on items you all would normally buy at the supermarket. Then, divvy up your goods, and split the cost so you all can save some money.</p> <h3>2. Group Rates</h3> <p>When you are traveling or attending events, you can often pay less by going together. The next time you feel like taking a trip, grab a few of your closest friends, and look into group rates with airlines or hotels. This will save you money, and it will enable you all to make memories you will laugh about for years to come. You can also use this technique for attending many sporting events.</p> <h3>3. Potlucks</h3> <p>Throwing a party is always cheaper when everyone pitches in. The next time you host a get-together, have every friend bring something to contribute &mdash; an appetizer, side dish, salad, drink, entrée, or dessert. Heck, someone can even offer to bring cups and plates!</p> <h3>4. Saving Buddy</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s always more fun to work towards a goal when you have someone to motivate you and celebrate your victories with, so if you have a friend who is as financially conscientious as you are, make a pact with him or her to save money! Set weekly or monthly saving goals for you both to work towards, and share progress with your friend. You can hold each other accountable to achieving your goals and (frugally) celebrate your wins together.</p> <h3>5. Fitness</h3> <p>If you have a friend who also likes keeping in shape, set up exercise dates. You can go hiking or running, or even host in-your-home yoga sessions. This will enable you to ditch your gym membership and save money while still leading an active, healthy lifestyle with a friend who can hold you accountable to a workout schedule.</p> <div style="text-align:center;" class="ggnoads" id="kamidarticle"> <div id="kamidarticle-middle-content"><center></p> <!-- Skype_midarticle_300x250 --><!-- Skype_midarticle_300x250 --><div id="div-gpt-ad-1396271961711-0" style="width:300px; height:250px;"> <script type='text/javascript'> googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1396271961711-0'); }); </script></div> <p></center></div> </div> <h3>6. Swap Stuff</h3> <p>Are you going on a trip to the mountains and need a scarf? There&rsquo;s probably no reason for you to go buy one &mdash; borrow instead! The next time you are about to head to the store to buy something, check with your friends to see if they have what you are looking for first and if they would be willing to let you borrow it. Just make sure you&rsquo;re willing to make swaps with them when they need something you have!</p> <h3>7. Service Exchange</h3> <p>Does your friend want a night out with his significant other but doesn&rsquo;t want to pay for a babysitter? Or are you going out of town but don&rsquo;t have anyone to take care of your dog while you are away? Offer to take care of your friend&rsquo;s kids in exchange for him watching your dog while you are out of town. By offering to exchange &ldquo;sitting services,&rdquo; you can both save.</p> <h3>8. Free Expertise</h3> <p>Almost all of us have a friend who is amazing at DIY projects, be it painting, repairing a leaky faucet, or changing a car&rsquo;s oil. Instead of hiring a professional to do something you know one of your friends is capable of, ask your friend for his or her help and repay him or her with a bottle of wine or dinner as a thank you. Just be willing to offer your expert assistance on tasks your friends need help with too!</p> <h3>9. Frugal Entertainment</h3> <p>Movies, concerts, and sporting events are great, but they can be expensive. Having a low-key coffee date can provide you with just as much (and sometimes more) entertainment than catching a movie or going to an event. Your friends will inevitably have something interesting going on in their lives, so a simple conversation with them can sometimes give you the entertainment fix you may be craving.</p> <h3>10. Virtual Friend Dates</h3> <p>If you want to get together with a friend but don&rsquo;t have the time or money to travel at the moment, try a virtual friend date using Skype. You can do a free Skype video call with your friend and have a virtual coffee date. Another fun activity is to do a Skype voice chat with your friend while watching your favorite TV shows together. For example, on Sunday nights I call up my friend to watch the ABC TV show <i>Revenge</i>&nbsp;with me. We turn on the TV at the same time, call each other on Skype, and resume to gasp at all the diabolical plot twists together. With&nbsp;<a href="http://www.skype.com/go/rates/?cm_mmc=SMAD_2214_wisebread_articles_11_ways_to_save_money" target="_blank">Skype&rsquo;s Pay As You Go</a>&nbsp;rates, you can call anyone&rsquo;s landline or mobile phone in the US for pennies per minute and a small connection fee (and of course, if they have Skype too, it is completely free). This can save you money on expensive movie tickets or an overpriced latte at your local coffee shop &mdash; plus you can hang out in your PJs!</p> <h3>11. Good Health</h3> <p><a href="http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/good-friends-are-good-for-you">Studies show</a> that having friends can help you de-stress, retain good health, and even recover faster after a major event like cancer or a heart attack. Not only does that mean you&rsquo;re potentially saving lots of dollars on health care, but you&rsquo;re also probably a lot happier too!</p> <p>Have any other ideas as to how your friends can save you money? Share them with us in the comments section!</p> <p><em>Sponsored by Skype &mdash; Use </em><a href="http://www.skype.com/go/rates/?cm_mmc=SMAD_2214_wisebread_articles_11_ways_to_save_money"><em>Skype Credit</em></a><em> to call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-your-friends-can-save-you-money" class="sharethis-link" title="11 Ways Your Friends Can Save You Money" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Budgeting Entertainment General Tips Skype Credit Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:45:50 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1131424 at http://www.wisebread.com What You Need to Know About the Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger: Insights From Media Insider Steven Korn http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-comcasttime-warner-cable-merger-insights-from-media-insider-steven-k <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-comcasttime-warner-cable-merger-insights-from-media-insider-steven-k" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cable-customers-watching-tv.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The announcement by Comcast that the cable, Internet, and media giant plans to purchase competitor Time Warner Cable (TWC) has media industry veterans such as Steven W. Korn, former Vice Chairman of CNN, sitting up and take notice. The merger will increase <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-18/comcast-time-warner-merger-good-for-competition-and-consumers">Comcast's subscriber base by 50%</a> (from 22 million to 33 million).</p> <p>Consumers, regulators, and competitors are concerned about the $45.2 billion merger, too. Will the merged company have monopoly power? Will streaming content still be available? Will consumer's cable and Internet bills be affected? A merger of this size and complexity will have many effects, almost all of which derive from the size of the merged company.</p> <h2>Merged Firm Not a Monopoly, Says Steven Korn</h2> <p>Like many industry observers, Steven Korn is concerned about how the merged company will exercise its newfound market power. &quot;This deal will not create a monopoly,&quot; he said. &quot;I don't think anyone seriously makes that contention. The question is really whether the deal will give the merged company an excessive level of market power.&quot;</p> <p>Economists distinguish between monopolies, which have no competition and can set prices and terms at will, and firms large enough to exercise <i>limited market power</i> to set and maintain prices. The new Comcast/TWC will certainly be large enough to influence prices paid by cable and Internet consumers. It will also be large enough to exercise monopsony power, which is the ability of a <i>buyer </i>to command lower prices from its suppliers. Walmart, which aggressively pushes its vendors to meet low price points, is an example of a firm with monopsony power.</p> <p>Comcast is already a large and diverse media company. In addition to its cable and Internet services, the company also owns the NBC/Universal family of broadcast and cable television stations, movie and television program production studios. This means Comcast/TWC will be able to push its own content ahead of content from its competitors. Because of its size and influence in both content delivery and content production, the proposed merger is a tricky one for regulators to evaluate.</p> <h3>Comcast and the Regulators</h3> <p>A few days after Minnesota <a href="http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/franken-takes-aim-comcastnbcu-and-comcasttwc/129506">Senator Al Franken criticized the proposed merger</a>, Comcast responded with a report detailing how it <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/03/03/comcast-this-is-why-regulators-should-approve-the-time-warner-cable-merger/?tid=hpModule_79c38dfc-8691-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394">met or exceeded all of the conditions the government set</a> following the merger with NBC a couple of years ago. These included a new low cost Internet service for low income households, investment in local broadcasting children's programming, and investment in broadband infrastructure.</p> <p>For the Time Warner merger, Comcast has said it plans to expand the low cost Internet service program to more families. It will also transfer 3 million of Time Warner's subscribers to other providers.</p> <p>&quot;It remains to be seen what kinds of conditions the government may or may not place on this merger,&quot; said Steven W. Korn. &ldquo;The merger will likely be approved, albeit with specific requirements or restrictions for Comcast to obey. These conditions may relate to the terms and conditions of the access afforded to unaffiliated content providers to the merged company&rsquo;s systems.&nbsp;There should not be any antitrust issues related to the fact that both companies are cable system operators with exclusive franchises in particular jurisdictions. In that basic capacity the two companies do not overlap or compete in any meaningful way with each other. The antitrust issues arise because access to those systems by unaffiliated web or television content providers will be crucial to the viability of those content providers. The Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice have dealt these exact issues in previous mergers and the type of undertakings to which others have had to agree are pretty well established.&quot;</p> <p>At least one unaffiliated content provider &mdash; Netflix &mdash; has decided it can't wait for regulators to act. Within 10 days of the merger announcement, Netflix announced that it had reached <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2014/feb/23/business/la-fi-ct-netflix-comcast-20140224">an agreement with Comcast to stream its movies and TV shows</a> more smoothly over Comcast's network.</p> <h3>What About Consumers?</h3> <p>What can consumers expect? It's hard to say, but most cable and Internet subscribers probably won't notice much of a difference, if any. That's because most Americans get their cable and Internet service from local monopolies. Further, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/13/tech/web/comcast-time-warner-consumer-impact/">Comcast and TWC do not compete with one another</a> in their respective local markets. For those customers, the merger will not lead to loss of competition.</p> <p>For its part, Comcast says it plans to bring some of Time Warner Cable's technology to its subscriber base. It has also promised to invest millions in TWC's infrastructure to bring faster connections and more reliability.</p> <p>The consumer experience is not the primary motivation behind a merger as large as this, however.</p> <p>&quot;The deal is really about improving shareholder value. Providing better service and other factors as well, such as reduction of overhead and obtaining synergies are merely means to the end of improving shareholder value,&quot; said Steven Korn.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-comcasttime-warner-cable-merger-insights-from-media-insider-steven-k" class="sharethis-link" title="What You Need to Know About the Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger: Insights From Media Insider Steven Korn" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment Technology Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:20:00 +0000 Will Chen 1132182 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Fun Nights Out for $5 or Less http://www.wisebread.com/15-fun-nights-out-for-5-or-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-fun-nights-out-for-5-or-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/night-80405954.jpg" alt="friends" title="friends" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After all my fixed expenses are accounted for in my budget, there's not a ton left for the extras. Over the years, I've grown accustomed to entertaining myself on the cheap. And it's easier than you might think to find things to do. It just takes a little research and a lot of creativity, but you can certainly spend $5 (or less) and have an enjoyable time out. You may even learn something new! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-beat-the-sunday-night-blues?ref=seealso">How to Beat the Sunday Night Blues</a>)</p> <h2>1. Get Your Sweat On</h2> <p>Looking for a healthy way to spend Friday night? Search around to find yoga studios and other fitness establishments in your area. Many offer complimentary or low-cost classes to first-timers. Make plans with a friend to stretch and strengthen your muscles, and then grab a smoothie afterward. Just be sure to call ahead and ensure there's enough space in the class you want to attend (as well as if there are any potential hidden charges).</p> <h2>2. Check Out Some Art</h2> <p>Many communities large and small offer once-monthly (or sometimes weekly) art walks highlighting local painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, etc. The one in my area is called &quot;First Friday,&quot; and it's free to attend. If I'm on a budget, I skip a meal out and opt instead to grab a drink with a friend. Then we stroll along the streets and take it all in. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-diy-ideas-for-creating-inexpensive-art?ref=seealso">How to Make Art on the Cheap</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/night-81176328-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>3. Scope Out Local Festivals</h2> <p>The same goes for all those open-air concerts and festivals happening in your hometown. As we get into the spring and summer months, there are more and more free events held by cities and towns, cultural groups, churches, and many more organizations. In our area alone, we have festivals celebrating Italian, Greek, and Ukrainian cultures and cuisines; Jazz, Classical, and Folk music; Chocolate, Strawberries, Garlic, and other local foods; and much more. These events often take their low admission costs and toss them back into the community.</p> <h2>4. Listen to Music</h2> <p>In my city, we are lucky to have a state university with a solid music program. The events calendar is teeming with student recitals that are free and open to the public. Many of these concerts are during the daytime hours, but every so often there are evening offerings as well. I've seen everything from a solo soprano to a small jazz ensemble perform, and I love knowing that I'm helping students practice their craft for an audience.</p> <h2>5. Sing a Tune</h2> <p>If you'd rather <em>make</em> music than sit in the audience, a rousing night of karaoke might be for you. Many bars offer this type of event for free, so the rest is up to you for how much you want to spend on drinks and food. I like to eat something beforehand and then grab a beer and some free popcorn (or whatever other type of complementary munchie is on the bar). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-have-a-cheaper-evening-hanging-out-with-friends?ref=seealso">How to Have a Cheap Night Out</a>)</p> <h2>6. Challenge Your Mind</h2> <p>One of my favorite activities is heading with my husband to our favorite bar and getting a team together for trivia night. If we get enough people, we can split a pitcher of cheap beer and even a pizza, making it a very affordable night-out option. The best part? We learn some fun, useless information and &mdash; if we come in first &mdash; we win gift certificates or cash to afford free eats the next time we want to play.</p> <h2>7. Soak in Some Screen Time</h2> <p>While this one might not be specifically for you night owls, when I became a parent, my definition of &quot;night out&quot; also came to encompass the afternoons or whenever we can secure babysitting. Though traditional matinees might come in over $5 a person, local colleges and universities sometimes have cinemas on campus that are open to the public with lower ticket rates. We used to live in Ithaca, NY, and daytime weekend movies at Cornell Cinema came in at just $5 a person. We saw some really interesting stuff there we might not have heard of otherwise. (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>8. Make It Social</h2> <p>Are you a member of a local club or organization? If not, you should see what's available in your area. Where I live, there are groups focused on hiking, running, photography, parenting, and just about anything else you can dream up. And many of these groups host free or low-cost events for members. Just recently I took a 90-minute Hot Yoga for Runners workshop through our club for less than half the normal price, and I got to spend time with my friends to boot!</p> <h2>9. Pack a Picnic</h2> <p>When the warmer weather hits, I love to come up with a fun menu of packable foods and head to a local park for a simple picnic. It's an intimate way to spend an evening, but definitely a nice change of pace if you're inside all day long. Don't forget a blanket, candles, and utensils. Since there aren't any costs besides food, you can get as creative as you'd like and even use up items from your pantry to make it free.</p> <h2>10. See the Sights</h2> <p>Many areas have museums that offer either free or inexpensive admission. Even if there is a higher cost associated, check out the museum's events calendar to discover special discount nights &mdash; most have them at least once a month. If you're a history nerd like me, you can spend hours wandering around. While we often take these places for granted, it's incredible to see the different exhibits on display. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-free-things-to-do-in-any-city-you-visit?ref=seealso">Free Things to Do in Any City</a>)</p> <h2>11. Go Literary</h2> <p>Along these same lines, many educational institutions, libraries, and book stores offer free poetry and prose readings by writers from the local community to the international scene. Again, it's all about checking out those event calendars and getting there early to grab a spot in the crowd. Grab a coffee with a friend afterward to discuss.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/night-79767132-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>12. Volunteer</h2> <p>There are lots of great causes and organizations that need help morning, noon, and night. Consider getting a group together &mdash; or heading out on your own &mdash; to give the gift of your time. You might meet some awesome people and form long-lasting friendships in the process. Plus, it's free.</p> <h2>13. Sample Local Flavor</h2> <p>Head to your local brewery, winery, or wherever else serves up samples and tastings, and get a flight of their current offerings. If a flight is too expensive (prices range wildly across the country), grab a pint or glass of something you've never tried before and sip slowly to savor. Some of these places have specials too, so be sure to ask around and make some mental notes.</p> <h2>14. Kid Around</h2> <p>Remember bowling, mini golf, ice skating, and batting cages? All this stuff we found fun as kids can be just as entertaining now that we're adults. The cost for a bowling game at our local alley is an incredibly low $2 a person with a $1 shoe rental. Add a pitcher of beer at $2 a person, and you've got yourself quite a nostalgic night.</p> <h2>15. Use Your Perks</h2> <p>Depending on where you work or go to school, many companies and institutions offer free or discounted rates for the various local establishments in the examples above. Find out what perks are due to you, and you can certainly whittle down your entertainment costs and start doing more for less with your evenings and weekends.</p> <p><em>Obviously not all these activities are priced the same in every location, so I'd love to know what fun activities you fill your time with for less than $5 a person. Even better &mdash; what nights out have you enjoyed for free?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fun-nights-out-for-5-or-less" class="sharethis-link" title="15 Fun Nights Out for $5 or Less " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment cheap dates cheap fun entertaining Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:36:34 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1129401 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Have More Fun for Less Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-have-more-fun-for-less-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-have-more-fun-for-less-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fun-124822633.jpg" alt="people on streetcar" title="people on streetcar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on having more fun for less money, ways to save $1 a day, and improving your career prospects.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/02/27/14-ways-to-have-more-fun-for-less-money/">14 Ways to Have More Fun for Less Money</a> &mdash; Have more fun for less money by buying discounted movie tickets and using the public library. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Dollar-Every-Day-21475198">18 Ways to Save (at Least) $1 a Day</a> &mdash; To save $1 a day, video chat to save minutes and use a thermostat. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/improve-career-prospects-reach-work-goals/">15 Ways to Improve Your Career Prospects and Reach Work-Related Goals</a> &mdash; Curing procrastination and making a five-year plan can enable you to improve your career prospects and reach your work-related goals. [Money Crashers]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/article/cars/T050-C011-S001-how-to-save-on-auto-repairs.html?si=1">How to Save on Auto Repairs</a> &mdash; Taking advantage of free services and shopping around can help you save on auto repairs. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/5-steps-you-can-take-right-now-to-save-on-summer-travel/">5 Steps You Can Take Right Now to Save on Summer Travel</a> &mdash; Setting up fare alerts can help you save on summer travel. [Credit Sesame]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/5-frugal-tips-perpetually-lazy-people/">5 Frugal Tips for Perpetually Lazy People</a> &mdash; Charity pick-up services are a great way for people to get tax deductions without having to go somewhere to donate their unwanted stuff. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2014/02/kids-and-allowance-dont-let-your-kids-rob-you/">Kids and Allowance: Don't Let Your Kids Rob You</a> &mdash; When giving your kids an allowance, make sure to teach them how budgeting works. [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://donnafreedman.com/2014/02/27/the-low-maintenance-preppers/">The low-maintenance preppers.</a> &mdash; If you want to be prepared when it comes to food, learn how to preserve food and hit bakery outlets. [Surviving and Thriving]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/cheap-ideas-for-a-fun-family-spring-break">Cheap Ideas for a Fun Family Spring Break</a> &mdash; This spring break, have your family volunteer or plan a &quot;playdate hop&quot; with other families. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/address-friends-money-mistakes.html">Feel like it's time to intervene in a friend's finances? Read this first</a> &mdash; Before you intervene in a friend's finances, ask yourself if you have the full picture. [Bargaineering]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-have-more-fun-for-less-money" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Have More Fun for Less Money" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment best money tips fun money Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:00:25 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1128604 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Awesome Staycations You Should Take Before Winter Ends http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-staycations-you-should-take-before-winter-ends <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-awesome-staycations-you-should-take-before-winter-ends" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-78810822.jpg" alt="friends" title="friends" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is it cold enough for you? In New York City, a typical winter brings about 25 inches of snow. This winter New York City has had over 40 inches of snow, and spring is weeks away. Well over half the country has been in the freezer, and the cold has extended all the way to the Florida panhandle. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/56-life-hacks-to-help-you-win-at-winter?ref=seealso">50+ Life Hacks to Help You Win at Winter</a>)</p> <p>All this winter weather has left a lot of people wondering how to get a much-needed warm and comforting break. If you have the vacation time and the extra cash, the Caribbean is an option, although there are probably warm staycation options in your own backyard that will cost a lot less, take less time, and don't require navigating the country's jammed airports. Here are ideas that offer respites from the cold, won't break the bank, and will bring some warmth into your life despite the chill in the air.</p> <h2>1. Warm Up With Afternoon Tea</h2> <p>Nothing warms us up like a spot of tea, right? Many hotels and restaurants across the country offer afternoon tea that ranges from simple and elegant to traditional and decadent. Although Revolutionaries threw tea into Boston Harbor, there's a very different kind of tea party going on over at the <a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/boston/dining/afternoon_tea/">Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons</a>, for example. On Saturdays and Sundays, they offer quite the spread for Afternoon Tea at a very reasonable price. The Four Seasons Tea includes sweets, sandwiches, and tea for $32 per person. They also offer the Royal Tea for $40 that includes everything in the Four Seasons Tea plus a glass of Kir Royal. Your city's hotels may offer something similar and if they do, jump at the chance to grab some friends and go. Afternoon tea is one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon with friends. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/go-tea-go-the-10-best-online-tea-merchants?ref=seealso">Best Online Tea Merchants</a>)</p> <h2>2. Jacuzzis, Saunas, and Steam Rooms, Oh My!</h2> <p>When the wind is howling and the snow is falling, nothing feels better than the warmth and comfort of a local day spa. They're cropping up in many cities, and your local full-service gym may have them, too. While some require a membership, most have the option of a day pass or a pass that is good for a limited number of hours. One of my personal favorites is <a href="http://www.bodybybrooklyn.com/wordpress/">Body by Brooklyn</a>. Sleek and modern, it provides plenty of comfort with its wide variety of options. A day pass costs just $45 and includes a Russian sauna, Swedish sauna, Turkish aroma steam room, thermal hot tub, and cold plunge pool.</p> <h2>3. Get to Know Your City From the Inside</h2> <p>Historical and neighborhood tours are big business in most major metropolitan areas. The cold weather gives us the perfect opportunity to be tourists in our hometowns. Chicago is a great example of a city that knows how to turn foul weather into interesting indoor opportunities for its residents. <a href="http://www.chicagodetours.com/">Chicago Detours</a> offers indoor tours that feature the city's stunning architecture and racy history. My favorite is the historic bar tour that takes guests back to the days of swanky prohibition underground spots, hot jazz, and iconic theater, all while sipping tasty Chicago libations. Prices run between $26 and $34. The Second City also has a great way to have fun for zombie fans. <a href="http://roomescapeadventures.com/">Trapped in a Room With a Zombie</a> is a group game that requires guests to collectively solve puzzles and riddles to help them locate a key to get out of the room before the zombie is unchained from the wall. This blood-pumping excitement will only set you back $28, and if you escape those zombies, you'll have priceless bragging rights with your friends and colleagues. Connect with your local tourism office to find out what types of indoor tours are available in your city.</p> <h2>4. Let's Get Cultural</h2> <p>Like the farmer's markets we've grown accustomed to seeing when the weather is sunny and warm, some cities are also starting to invest in indoor markets that offer a wide variety of food, art, and entertainment that celebrate the city's heritage and diversity. You can eat, drink, and be merry (and warm!) while showing your hometown pride in places like this. Minneapolis, one of the snowiest cities in the country, has taken this concept to new heights. With the tagline &quot;Many Tastes, One Place,&quot; Minneapolis offers a toasty culinary escape to hungry Twin Cities residents and visitors at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.midtownglobalmarket.org/visitor-info">Midtown Global Market</a>. Over 50 vendors serve up tasty and authentic food and drink, hard-to-find specialty groceries, and a plethora of unique gifts from all over the world. The market even offers group tours. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-free-things-to-do-in-any-city-you-visit?ref=seealso">Free Things to Do in Any City</a>)</p> <h2>5. Climb to New Heights</h2> <p>When it's cold outside, it can take the fun out of our fitness routine, especially if you're like me and enjoy mixing up your physical activity. Started in the 1980s, indoor rock climbing gyms give us a way to enjoy being active while staying warm and providing us with an activity that challenges our bodies and minds. If the cold and lack of sunlight have you down in Seattle, combat them by going up...way up! <a href="http://www.verticalworld.com">Vertical World</a> has multiple locations in the Seattle area that offer unbeatable indoor rock climbing experiences for adults and kids. They're the experts in their field; they opened the very first rock climbing gym in the US in 1987. Now they boast a wide variety of classes and programs to keep Seattle moving so they're in shape for a serious case of spring fever when the cold subsides. Many other rock climbing gyms all over the country have followed their lead by establishing a very similar set-up and newbies are always welcome with plenty of instruction. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/exercising-in-a-winter-wonderland-how-to-be-fit-and-frugal?ref=seealso">How to Be Fit and Frugal in Winter</a>)</p> <p>These ideas offer plenty of inspiration to escape the cold wherever you call home. Other options could be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-an-awesome-frugal-movie-night">creating a movie night at home</a> complete with all the concession stand fixings, breaking out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">crockpot</a> for a delicious, easy, and nutritious home-cooked meal, and dedicating a day to art in all its indoor forms &mdash; museums, theater, dance, and live music. Soon winter will fade into spring. In the meantime, get through these last few weeks of cold by finding warmth right where you are.</p> <p><em>How are you keeping yourself sane and entertained throughout this extra chilly winter? Share your favorite staycation spots in the comments section below!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-staycations-you-should-take-before-winter-ends" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Awesome Staycations You Should Take Before Winter Ends" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment cabin fever staycation winter Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:48:30 +0000 Christa Avampato 1127824 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Free Ways to Entertain Yourself at Home http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-free-ways-to-entertain-yourself-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-free-ways-to-entertain-yourself-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/reading-2599122-small.jpg" alt="reading" title="reading" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on free ways to entertain yourself at home, free exercises that will help you get in shape, and advice for college graduates without debt.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Free-Ways-Entertain-Yourself-Home-30926585">68 Mostly Free Ways to Entertain Yourself at Home</a> &mdash; Keep yourself entertained at home for free by putting a puzzle together or rereading your old favorite books. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/awesome-free-exercises-to-help-you-get-in-shape/">5 Awesome Free Exercises that Will Help You Get in Shape</a> &mdash; Push ups and planks are just a couple free exercises that will get you in shape. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/advice-for-college-graduates-without-debt/">Advice for College Graduates Without Debt</a> &mdash; College graduates without debt should remember to hit their retirement savings hard. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/kids-and-money/3-life-lessons-your-kids-will-learn-from-allowances/">3 Life Lessons Your Kids Will Learn From Allowances</a> &mdash; Giving your kids an allowance will teach them that they must manage their money. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/after-layoff/">What to Do After a Layoff</a> &mdash; If you get laid off, prioritize your expenses and brush up your career paperwork. [Money Smart Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/14/14feb10g.cfm">Preparing Your Income Taxes</a> &mdash; When preparing your income taxes, remember that the cheapest way to file is to do it yourself. [The Dollar Stretcher]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/10-uses-for-shredded-paper/">10 uses for shredded paper</a> &mdash; Did you know you can use shredded paper as filler at the bottom of gift baskets or as a fire starter? [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://retireby40.org/procrastination-save-money/">Can Procrastination Save Money?</a> &mdash; Procrastination is normally not a good thing, but it can ward off impulse buying. [Retire By 40]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/4-tips-to-retire-wealthy/">4 Tips to Retire Wealthy</a> &mdash; To retire wealthy, take advantage of 401(k) matches. [NarrowBridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/12-easy-ways-to-make-every-day-valentine-s-day">12 Easy Ways to Make Every Day Valentine's Day</a> &mdash; Just because Valentine's Day is over doesn't mean you have to stop spreading the love! Hug people like you mean it to make every day Valentine's Day! [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-free-ways-to-entertain-yourself-at-home" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Free Ways to Entertain Yourself at Home" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment Home best money tips entertain free home Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:00:25 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1126472 at http://www.wisebread.com 50 Fun Things to Do When You're Stuck Inside During Winter http://www.wisebread.com/50-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-during-winter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/50-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-during-winter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/winteract-78255607.jpg" alt="fireplace" title="fireplace" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's all too familiar during the winter. You are stuck inside, yet again, due to the latest snowstorm, bitterly cold polar vortex, or gloomy rain. But it doesn't need to be an all-day drag when there are many fun activities at hand. Try any of these entertaining ideas, and note that catching up on extra work and doing chores are not on the fun list! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-winter-staycation-ideas/ref=seealso">Fun Winter Staycation Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>1. Plan Your Summer Vacation</h2> <p>What better time to get excited for your summer vacation than on a cold winter's day? Check out warm weather websites and magazines, and plan a future getaway with friends and family while you have the downtime.</p> <h2>2. Make an Awesome Breakfast</h2> <p>Time to step it up from the on-the-run breakfast you usually have and make some French toast, bacon, or eggs to enjoy. Or try something different, but easy, like <a href="http://www.loveandlemons.com/2013/03/04/apple-pancake/">skillet apple pancakes</a>.</p> <h2>3. Nap</h2> <p>When was the last time you had a daytime nap? Relive your childhood and take an uninhibited, no alarm clock, midday nap in a cozy place.</p> <h2>4. Make Candy</h2> <p>Have fun experimenting with some fun and <a href="http://www.mrfood.com/Candy/How-To-Make-Candy-Easy-Chocolate-Candy-Recipes/ct/1">easy candy recipes</a> that you or the whole family can take part in. You can also make your candy into little gifts to give out later. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake?ref=seealso">Delicious Gifts You Can Bake</a>)</p> <h2>5. Take an Online Class or Tutorial</h2> <p>Take advantage of the time to learn something new for a few hours by taking an easy online class or tutorial. Search online for free options ranging from intro language classes to DIY tutorials to crafts.</p> <h2>6. Happy Hour</h2> <p>Assuming it's noon somewhere, use this lazy day to whip up an exotic cocktail, favorite glass of wine, or a delicious <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liquorcom/10-top-hot-drinks_b_4317758.html">hot cocktail</a> to enjoy. Add some small appetizers to the mix to make for your own little happy hour. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-tasty-two-ingredient-cocktails?ref=seealso">Two-Ingredient Cocktail Recipes</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/winteract-186047733-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>7. Redecorate</h2> <p>Moving things around in your home can be fun and refreshing if you are into decorating. Try hanging your pictures in different places, rearranging your furniture, or dreaming up new ideas online.</p> <h2>8. Fireside Camp Out</h2> <p>If you have a fireplace, a wintery day is a great time to light it up. Have a little camp-out next to it with comfy pillows, snacks, and games or a good book. This is also a great option if you are without power. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-things-to-have-on-hand-for-power-outages?ref=seealso">Power Outage Staples</a>)</p> <h2>9. Pajama Day in Bed</h2> <p>Turn your day inside into the ultimate time to do nothing but relax. Get on your most comfortable pajamas, gather some cozy blankets, &nbsp;and round up reading materials or watch TV, all while you do some serious lounging in bed.</p> <h2>10. Take a Luxurious Bath</h2> <p>Get your bubble bath going and make it extra luxurious with nice music, candles, and perhaps a nice book or beverage. And, if you have kids, an extra fun daytime bath with plenty of toys and bubbles can be a fun change from the usual nightly routine.</p> <h2>11. Shop Your Closet</h2> <p>Put the extra time you have today to playing grown-up dress-up. Try out some new combos, and put together outfits for upcoming events. This can help you organize your things, prune unused items, and discover cool outfits you never knew you had. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-sew-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe?ref=seealso">No-Sew Ways to Update Your Wardrobe</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/clothes-3891334-small.jpg" /></p> <h2>12. Indoor Fort</h2> <p>This is a great one if you have kids or just feel adventurous. Transform your living room into a fun fort using chairs and blankets to make a cozy hideout for the day.</p> <h2>13. Check Out Some Good Blogs</h2> <p>There are some great blogs (in addition to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com">Wise Bread</a>, of course) that can help you better your life or learn some great tips. Check out some of my favorites, like <a href="http://zenhabits.net/">Zen Habits</a>, <a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/">The Daily Green</a>, or <a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/">The Art of Manliness</a>, to get started.</p> <h2>14. Afternoon Tea</h2> <p>Have your own tea party right at home. You can get fancy and use nice china and put out little sandwiches and treats. This is also a fun activity you can do with the kids, substituting hot chocolate for tea if you want.</p> <h2>15. Catch Up With Family and Friends</h2> <p>Getting in touch with the grandparents or a long-lost friend over the phone or Skype makes for a great indoor activity and can be a lot of fun for all.</p> <h2>16. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup</h2> <p>The ultimate rainy day lunch is great on any day, let alone a cold one. Indulge in an awesome grilled cheese using any type of cheese you love and put on a pot of some delicious tomato soup. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-snow-day-recipes-to-help-you-weather-the-storm">3 Snow-Day Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>17. Video Game Marathon</h2> <p>Anyone into gaming probably doesn't need a snow day excuse to play, but a day stuck inside provides a wonderful opportunity for a video game marathon. Or, involve the kids and do Wii competitions or learning games on your tablet or computer.</p> <h2>18. Popcorn and Movie Day</h2> <p>Sort of a given on any winter day, but pop up some popcorn and get comfy on the couch with your favorite movie(s).</p> <h2>19. Scrapbooking</h2> <p>Even if you've never scrapbooked before, now is a great time to make a book of the kids' art or your accomplishments, or a gift for a friend's special occasion. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-holiday-gifts-that-you-yes-you-can-make-with-paper?ref=seealso">10 Gifts You Can Make With Paper</a>)</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/winteract-168726221-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>20. Bake Something</h2> <p>Making good old chocolate chip cookies is an entertaining winter's day activity, as is making other delicious recipes like warm pies and fresh-baked bread. Or, try some <a href="http://spoonful.com/recipes/winter-treats-gallery">easy winter treat recipes</a> that the kids can help with, too.</p> <h2>21. Indoor Obstacle Course</h2> <p>Make an indoor obstacle course for the kids (or grownups) using pillows, toys, or other objects to burn off some energy and have fun.</p> <h2>22. Pretend Summer Day</h2> <p>If you desperately need to escape the harsh winter, bring summer to you. Look up tropical sites, make a fruit juice, and put on some Bob Marley. You can also get everyone in bathing suits and flip flops and fill the tub to &quot;go swimming.&quot;</p> <h2>23. Catch Up on Your Shows</h2> <p>Another given for a cold day stuck inside, but catching up on your favorite shows that you missed during busy weeks is a fun way to pass the time. Or, indulge in some mindless daytime TV without the guilt.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/winteract-178057614-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>24. Make Soup</h2> <p>Making a nice pot of homemade hot soup is not only easy, but it's also very satisfying on a winter's day. Try a good <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/340241/chicken-soup">chicken noodle recipe</a>, a <a href="http://family.go.com/food/recipe-802377-roasted-cauliflower-soup-t/">roasted cauliflower</a>, or my favorite, <a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipe/soups/butternut-squash-and-carrot-soup/">butternut squash and carrot soup</a>.</p> <h2>25. Magazine Roundup</h2> <p>Spend the day catching up on all those magazines you've always wanted to read. Or, if you can plan ahead, buy some fun magazines just as you would for a long plane flight, and sit back and enjoy during your day indoors.</p> <h2>26. Music Library</h2> <p>Enjoy all that music you have been collecting and listen to some of the tunes in your music library. You can also take the time to make new mixes and organize your collection once and for all.</p> <h2>27. Ice Cream Sundae Bar</h2> <p>Take some time to indulge by setting up an ice cream sundae station. Round up your ice cream and toppings you may have around, like whipped cream, nuts, chocolate chips, and fruits. Kids and adults alike will love it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-easy-and-scrumptious-microwaveable-desserts?ref=seealso">23 Microwaveable Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>28. Feng Shui Your Home</h2> <p>The art of Feng Shui, which is the study of how the energy of our environment affects us, such as the placement and positioning of objects in your home, is both easy to embrace and beneficial. Use the time to learn some <a href="http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/create-a-feng-shui-home/index.html">Feng Shui tips</a> that you can easily apply to your own home.</p> <h2>29. Make Something</h2> <p>Get creative and make something with your hands. Crafts can be super simple, like paper crafting, to more skilled things like knitting, sewing, and jewelry making. Check out Joann's and Michaels for some great craft projects you can do at home based on skill level. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects?ref=seealso">18 Upcycled Craft Projects</a>)</p> <h2>30. Make a Fancy Dinner</h2> <p>Since there is time to actually enjoy cooking and eating a quality meal, why not make yourself or the family a delicious dinner? You can set the table with fancy dinnerware and make it like a restaurant for a change from the usual.</p> <p><img width="605" height="302" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/winteract-186928544-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>31. Workout</h2> <p>If working out is your thing, don't despair if you can't get to the gym or go outside. Do your own mini at-home workout using weights, a program online, or a workout DVD to get that much-needed exercise. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/exercising-in-a-winter-wonderland-how-to-be-fit-and-frugal?ref=seealso">Frugal Winter Exercising</a>)</p> <h2>32. Brain Teasers</h2> <p>Games like Sudoku, crosswords, and word finds are great ways to relax and enjoy your time. Get cozy with a warm blanket and do some games from the newspaper, online, or any collections you may have.</p> <h2>33. Homemade Hot Chocolate</h2> <p>Make a <a href="https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=5265&amp;name=Hot-Cocoa">delicious hot cocoa</a> recipe, or vary it up by adding things like cinnamon, nutmeg, mint, or a dollop of vanilla ice cream. For diehard chocolate lovers, try a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Hot-Chocolate/Detail.aspx">hot chocolate recipe</a> using real chocolate pieces as well.</p> <h2>34. Mail a Letter</h2> <p>Spend some time writing a letter to someone special, which you can mail later on. Everyone loves to get a handwritten note, and it will be a nice surprise. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-reasons-to-write-a-letter">Reasons to Write a Letter</a>)</p> <h2>35. Window Shop Online</h2> <p>Take the time to browse around to get ideas or prices for any items you may be shopping for in the future. Just be sure you have the willpower not to aimlessly buy if you see things that catch your eye.</p> <h2>36. A Good Read</h2> <p>Curl up with a good book on the couch or by the fire while the winter weather keeps you inside.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/winteract-454323283-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>37. Beauty Treatments</h2> <p>Give yourself a mini spa day with a variety of DIY beauty treatments. Whether it's a nice manicure/pedicure, a relaxing scrub, or an avocado mask, it's a good day to beautify and relax. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home?ref=seealso">Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a>)</p> <h2>38. Arrange Your Photos</h2> <p>A whole day indoors gives you plenty of time to go through all those photos you have taken. You can make an album online or just enjoy looking through old shots.</p> <h2>39. Paint Something</h2> <p>Spreading out some paper and paints for the kids on a winter day indoors makes a great activity. Join in the fun and paint your own creations too, or find some extra jars, boxes, or other items to dress up with some paint for some new decor.</p> <h2>40. Yoga Hour</h2> <p>Give your body and mind a relaxing day by doing some yoga. If you're new to the practice, there are some great <a href="http://www.myyogaonline.com/videos/beginner-yoga">beginner yoga sites</a> and apps that can help you get started. Follow your session with some meditation and feel good for the day.</p> <h2>41. Plan Your Next Get-Together</h2> <p>Take the time to plan some upcoming fun events for you and your friends by thinking up a great dinner party menu, wine tasting, theme party, or a fun pub crawl. You can have fun planning the menus, looking up details, and coming up with the guest list.</p> <h2>42. Board Games</h2> <p>Break out the Monopoly or other great board games you may have on hand for a game day marathon with your family or roommates. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games?ref=seealso">5 Great Card and Board Games</a>)</p> <h2>43. Dress-Up Day</h2> <p>This is a great event for the kids where you get out old Halloween costumes, dress-up gear, or sports equipment for some pretend play.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/winteract-1639105-small-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>44. Self-Help Time</h2> <p>If you've been putting off reading your self-help book of choice or looking online for materials, now is the perfect time to take care of you.</p> <h2>45. Organize Something</h2> <p>You may need to skip this if you view organizing as a chore, but for many who get pure satisfaction after it's done, it's a rewarding task when you're not rushed. Pick a spot you have always wanted to organize, like the junk drawer, your jewelry drawer, or the laundry room closet, and go to town.</p> <h2>46. Enjoy a Hobby</h2> <p>Break out your knitting needles, woodworking gear, or model trains, and enjoy some time working on your favorite hobby. Check out some suggestions for new <a href="http://discoverahobby.com/hobby_list.php">indoor hobbies</a> if you are in need of finding something entertaining. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies?ref=seealso">10 Money-Making Hobbies</a>)</p> <h2>47. Home Improvement</h2> <p>A day off due to the weather can give you the opportunity to try that home improvement project you have been wanting to do, but could never find the time to get done. Just be sure you have all your materials and can safely do the task. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-home-diy-projects-you-can-do-in-one-day?ref=seealso">One-Day DIY Home Projects</a>)</p> <h2>48. Story Time</h2> <p>Another great activity for the kids is to round up some good books, get comfy together with some snacks and blankets, and do an old-fashioned story time by reading aloud to them.</p> <h2>49. Plan Your Garden</h2> <p>A cold winter's day indoors is a great time to plan your garden for the spring. Look online for ideas at garden retailers and sketch out your plans in a notebook. Or, if you are short on space, look into <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-container-garden-started-with-this-guide">container gardening</a>.</p> <h2>50. Turn Your Videos Into Movies</h2> <p>If you have lots of video clips, try spending the time organizing your collection on your computer and burning them to DVDs. Your loved ones will enjoy seeing clips of the kids, and your friends will be so surprised to have video memories of that last vacation you all took together.</p> <p><em>What are some of your fun ways to pass the time on a winter's day stuck inside?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-during-winter" class="sharethis-link" title="50 Fun Things to Do When You&#039;re Stuck Inside During Winter" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment indoor entertainment snow day stuck inside winter Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:36:16 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 1126533 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways to Save Money on Live Sporting Events http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-live-sporting-events <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-to-save-money-on-live-sporting-events" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sports-92814147.jpg" alt="stadium" title="stadium" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="172" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you probably missed out on getting tickets to the Super Bowl this year. That's OK. The thrifty crowd here at Wise Bread knows a good value, and we'll tell you that tickets to any major championship game rarely fit that mold. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv?ref=seealso">How to Watch Sports Without Cable</a>)</p> <p>But being frugal doesn't mean you have to be stuck watching every sporting event on television. It's possible to show off your team loyalty in person without dipping too deep into the savings account.</p> <p>If you follow these tips below, you can have a great time at a live sporting event without spending a lot of money.</p> <h2>1. Know Where to Find Free Tickets</h2> <p>It's entirely possible to score tickets to games without paying a dime. Do you work for a company that sponsors a local team? Chances are, the sponsorship deal may come with a block of tickets that aren't always being used. Check with your company's marketing department frequently to see if they are available.</p> <p>Sponsors may also offer free tickets to customers through special promotions. In the part of Maryland where I live, there's a local gas station chain that offers free Baltimore Orioles tickets after a certain number of fill-ups at the pump. Promotions like these are plentiful if you keep your eyes open.</p> <h2>2. Look for Resellers</h2> <p>It may be natural to assume that tickets for sale on the &quot;secondary market&quot; come with a big mark-up. We all have visions of shady scalpers outside arenas, looking to take advantage of unsuspecting fans. But the truth is that many sellers are normal people who are simply looking to unload unwanted tickets at any price. And these days, re-selling is often done online through safe and legitimate websites.</p> <p>The key is to find games with low demand for tickets, then find someone with a ticket they aren't using. Many leagues and teams have their own &quot;official&quot; resale sites, or partner with sites such as <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/">Stubhub</a> or <a href="http://www.tickets.com/">Tickets.com</a>. You can search by seat location and by price, and often find some great deals. Be sure to read the fine print to avoid getting scammed, and also factor ticketing fees into your purchase price. Speaking of which&hellip;.</p> <h2>3. Avoid Fees</h2> <p>When you buy tickets online you are often charged a wide range of &quot;convenience&quot; fees that can, in some cases, double the total cost of your ticket. You can usually avoid these fees by purchasing tickets at the stadium box office. If you can't get to the stadium in advance, don't order tickets and have them mailed to you. Instead, you may avoid some fees by having tickets held at Will Call, or by selecting the option to print tickets from home. These days, it may also be possible to avoid some fees by entering the game using a ticket displayed on your mobile device. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-a-breakdown-of-concert-ticket-prices?ref=seealso">A Breakdown of Concert Ticket Prices</a>)</p> <h2>4. Skip the Big Games</h2> <p>If your goal is to see a game for cheap, don't bother going to games featuring the most popular teams. Many sports teams now have &quot;tiered&quot; pricing, meaning that tickets are more expensive for the most in-demand games, while tickets for less popular games are cheaper. Sure, you may miss out on seeing a superstar or two, but you'll save a ton of money and will still have fun.</p> <h2>5. Check High Schools, Colleges, or Minor Leagues</h2> <p>I am personally biased toward the pro teams, but my 4-year-old son doesn't know the difference. If you're going to take the family to a game, consider looking at high school or college games (which are often free) or to minor league events, which offer great family friendly environs, free parking, and low ticket prices. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-up-and-get-out-how-to-find-cheap-local-events?ref=seealso">How to Find Cheap Local Events</a>)</p> <h2>6. Go on an Off Night</h2> <p>Don't bother with weekend or Friday night games. Look for games on Mondays or Tuesdays. These games usually are not as well-attended as games on the weekend, so tickets are usually cheaper and more available.</p> <h2>7. Eat Beforehand and Pack Some Snacks</h2> <p>Stadium food is notoriously overpriced. If you eat a big meal beforehand, you won't feel the temptation to spend $10 on that plate of overcooked chicken fingers. Also check to see if your team's stadium allows fans to bring in outside food. Every facility is different, but there are some teams that welcome fans to bring in hot dogs, sandwiches, and drinks from outside vendors. Even if teams are strict in their policies, you should be able to bring in some bottled water and sneak some candy or granola bars in your purse or backpack. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options?ref=seealso">12 Cheap and Healthy Snacks</a>)</p> <h2>8. Don't Drink</h2> <p>A beer at the ballpark may be a heavenly thing, but it's also an expensive one. A cold one at an average Major League Baseball stadium might set you back $7 or $8, according to Team Marketing Report. A few beers at a game can really hit you hard in the wallet.</p> <h2>9. Don't Park Near the Stadium</h2> <p>Sometimes the price of parking at a game is higher than the price of your ticket. But if you do some research, you'll be able to get to the game without getting ripped off. Consider taking public transit, if it's convenient. If you have to drive, look for lots further away from the stadium. If you're willing to walk a half-mile or more, you can usually find parking for at least half the price of parking closer. Truly savvy fans may even be able to find free parking if they know where to look. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums">Guide to Saving at Baseball Stadiums</a>)</p> <h2>10. Avoid the Team Store</h2> <p>Most stadiums have stores featuring a wide range of merchandise with the logo of the home team. It's fun to browse, but if you're in the market for a team T-shirt, teddy bear, or refrigerator magnet, the stadium store is the worst place to go. Generally, you should be able to find the same merchandise online for less money. Search official team websites or top retailers such as <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10357752">Fanatics.com</a>. Also check out eBay for bargains on team-specific items.</p> <h2>11. Go With a Group</h2> <p>If you'd like to attend a game, ask around to see who else might want to come with you. The larger the group, the more likely you are to get tickets at a discount. If you can round up a group of 15 or more, you could save a considerable amount and may get some extra benefits like discounted tickets to future games.</p> <p><em>Are you a pro sports fan? How do you save on the high cost of event tickets?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-live-sporting-events" class="sharethis-link" title="11 Ways to Save Money on Live Sporting Events" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment live sports sporting events sports Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:24:47 +0000 Tim Lemke 1125161 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Money on a Super Bowl Party http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-a-super-bowl-party <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-money-on-a-super-bowl-party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sports-119971754.jpg" alt="football fans" title="football fans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></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 awesome articles on saving money on your Super Bowl party, times it&#39;s easy to ask for a discount, and car repairs you can do yourself.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/5-ways-save-money-super-bowl-party/">5 ways to save money on a Super Bowl party</a> &mdash; To save money on your Super Bowl party, visit the dollar store and order pizza. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/01/six-times-its-easy-to-ask-for-a-discount.html">Six Times It&#39;s Easy to Ask for a Discount</a> &mdash; You can ask for discounts when you are buying in bulk or at the end of a shopping season. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/which-car-repairs-can-you-do-yourself-11190">Funny Money: You Don&#39;t Need a Mechanic: Car Repairs Even You (Yes, You) Can do Yourself</a> &mdash; You probably don&#39;t need to take your car to the mechanic if the windshield wipers need to be changed. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/paying-attention-to-finances/">Are You Paying Enough Attention to Your Finances?</a> &mdash; If you are overdrawing your accounts, you may not be paying enough attention to your finances. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/4-tips-for-renting-out-spare-bedrooms/">4 Tips for Renting Out Spare Bedrooms</a> &mdash; When renting out your spare bedroom, research zoning laws. [Thousandaire]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/want-a-better-retirement-4-things-to-do-now/">Want A Better Retirement? 4 Things To Do Now</a> &mdash; Do you want a better retirement? Consider your asset allocation. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/12/12jan23e.cfm">Reducing the Cost of Beverages</a> &mdash; Save money on beverages by never drinking bottled water at home. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Uses-Table-Salt-33478938">21 Smart Uses for Salt You&#39;ve Never Thought Of</a> &mdash; Have you ever used salt as an ant deterrent or wall hole fixer? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-winter-themed-crafts-for-indoor-days">5 Winter-Themed Crafts for Indoor Days</a> &mdash; Making doughnut snowmen are a fun winter-themed craft idea for days when you and your kids are stuck indoors. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://asklizweston.com/what-same-sex-couples-and-their-advisors-need-to-know/">What Same Sex Couples - And Their Advisors - Need To Know</a> &mdash; Same&nbsp;sex couples need to know that if their state recognizes same sex marriages, social security spousal and survival benefits are available to that couple. [Ask Liz Weston]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-a-super-bowl-party" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Save Money on a Super Bowl Party" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment best money tips money party saving Super Bowl Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:00:12 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1119367 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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-ultimate-guide-to-saving-money-at-the-movies" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money at the Movies" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment best money tips guide movies ultimate Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:48:51 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1100508 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Cheap Ways to Play Video Games http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-play-video-games <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-cheap-ways-to-play-video-games" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/video-game-78772043.jpg" alt="men playing video game" title="men playing video game" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don&#39;t have to drop $400 on a console and then $60 per game to enjoy a video game. There are tons of ways to get your video-game fix without breaking the bank &mdash; and without having to break the law with sketchy downloads and cracks. From playing vintage games for nearly nothing to going the freemium route, it&#39;s easier than ever to play video games without shelling out the big bucks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-money-on-entertainment">Ways to Save Money on Entertainment</a>)</p> <p>Here are eight cheap ways you can play video games.</p> <h2>1. Steam</h2> <p>Never heard of <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/">Steam</a>? From the Makers of &quot;Half Life&quot; and &quot;Portal,&quot; Steam is basically an online video game store. You download the Steam client, and then you have access to all kinds of Indie and mainstream games. Not all the games are cheap, but Steam has sales going on all the time, so if you&#39;re paying attention you can grab some great games at rock-bottom prices.</p> <p>A few weeks ago, I nabbed &quot;Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines&quot; and &quot;Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty&quot; for $3. Score!</p> <h2>2. GOG.com</h2> <p>Love classic games like King&#39;s Quest and Fallout? Then <a href="http://www.gog.com/">GOG</a> is the place for you. The games you used to play, obsess about, and pay $60 for are back at dirt-cheap prices. And they&#39;re all available to download anytime you want them.</p> <p>Want to relive &quot;Baldur&#39;s Gate&quot;? GOG has it for 9.99. What about &quot;Sid Meier&#39;s Alpha Centauri&quot;? Yours for just $2.39. But they don&#39;t just have old games &mdash; you can also try newer hits like &quot;Hotline Miami&quot; ($9.99).</p> <h2>3. Gamefly.com</h2> <p>The Netflix of the video-game world, <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10195038" target="_blank">Gamefly</a> is a subscription service that send you the games you want in the mail. Gamefly charges $16 for one game out at a time and $23 for two out at a time. Your monthly payment not only gets you one or two games out at a time, they also offer unlimited download playing time for certain PC games. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Play Netflix and Hulu on Your TV</a>)</p> <h2>4. Goozex</h2> <p>Where Gamefly is like Netflix, <a href="http://www.goozex.com/trading/asp/welcome.asp">Goozex</a> is more like a book exchange &mdash; Goozex lets you get new (to you) games in exchange for sending out games you no longer want to play.</p> <p>Sure, you may have to wait a while to get what you want, but at least you&#39;ll have access to some of the latest games out there.</p> <h2>5. FatWallet</h2> <p>True to its name, <a href="http://www.fatwallet.com/?referral=kaaff">FatWallet</a> is a site where deal seekers gather and post the best deals on everything you can possibly imagine. If there&#39;s a really good deal out there, these guys (and gals) will find it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-savings-under-the-sun-12-essential-daily-deal-sites">12 Essential Daily Deal Sites</a>)</p> <p>For gamers, that means you might find a coupon for a discount, certain games on sale, or even a game being offered for free for a limited time.</p> <p>Either way, staying tuned to FatWallet will ensure no good deal passes you by.</p> <h2>6. The Cheapskate</h2> <p>CNet is one of the best tech sites around, and Rick Broida writes the fantastic <a href="http://news.cnet.com/cheapskate/">Cheapskate blog</a>, where he posts a fantastic deal every day of the week (sometimes two&hellip; and he usually posts a bonus deal as well).</p> <p>I&#39;ve scored all kinds of crazy deals through Rick&#39;s blog, including getting the classic &quot;Bioshock&quot; for free.</p> <h2>7. Free/Freemium Games</h2> <p>The latest trend in mobile gaming (we&#39;re talking apps here, where your phone is your console) is something called freemium. That means you get the game for free but if you want to unlock additional features or don&#39;t want to wait to keep playing, you have to pay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smartphones">Top 5 Smartphones</a>)</p> <p>Forget about how they make money off this model&hellip; all I care about is that you can play some great games for free. Games like &quot;Fifa 14,&quot; &quot;Real Racing 3,&quot; &quot;Temple Run,&quot; &quot;Bejeweled,&quot; and &quot;Candy Crush Saga.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Go Old School</h2> <p>Technology is great and everything, but there&#39;s something to be said about hooking up the system you grew up playing games on and reliving the olden days.</p> <p>You can pick up an old Nintendo NES on eBay for $40-$60 with a bunch of games. Heck, you might even get one for even cheaper at a yard sale or something.</p> <p>Either way, you can&#39;t beat this option when it comes to cost and the nostalgia factor.</p> <p>Video games don&#39;t have to cost a lot, you just have to know where to look.</p> <p><em>Let me know in the comments where else readers can find a great deal for their gaming fix.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-play-video-games" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Cheap Ways to Play Video Games" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carlos-portocarrero">Carlos Portocarrero</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment bargains discounts toys video games Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:36:07 +0000 Carlos Portocarrero 1098641 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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cute-creepy-campy-and-scare-you-stiff-halloween-movies-for-the-whole-family" class="sharethis-link" title="20 Cute, Creepy, Campy, and Scare-You-Stiff Halloween Movies for the Whole Family" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> 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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-classic-horror-movies-in-the-public-domain-and-free-to-watch" class="sharethis-link" title="6 Great Horror Movies You Can Watch for Free" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nicholas-pell">Nicholas Pell</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment free movies horror movies Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:48:03 +0000 Nicholas Pell 1049128 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Halloween Costumes for People Who Hate Dressing Up http://www.wisebread.com/15-halloween-costumes-for-people-who-hate-dressing-up <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-halloween-costumes-for-people-who-hate-dressing-up" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4237552609_18cec324d4_z.jpg" alt="mustache on a stick" title="mustache on a stick" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are reading this article, you are probably one of two things:</p> <ol> <li> <p>Someone who doesn&#39;t like dressing up for Halloween, but must in order to attend a party and/or adhere to social norms.</p> </li> <li> <p>Someone who does like dressing up, but is close to a person who doesn&#39;t. Let&#39;s call the person who doesn&#39;t like dressing up &quot;Greg.&quot; And you want to convince Greg that wearing a costume isn&#39;t so bad, so, Greg, can you please just look at this list and pick something to wear to the party this weekend? Honey? Greg? Please?</p> </li> </ol> <p>Well, don&#39;t worry, Greg (or whoever else might be reading). I&#39;ve compiled a list of easy, minimal Halloween costumes &mdash; things that only require clothes you already own, single props to carry around, or other absolute-minimum efforts so that you can get those costume lovers off your back. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-sites-to-find-your-halloween-costume-cheap">12 Sites to Find Your Halloween Costume</a>)</p> <h2>1. You...With a Mustache</h2> <p>It&#39;s a <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/265827/mustache-on-a-stick?czone=holiday%2Fhalloween-center%2Fhalloween-center-costumes&amp;gallery=275248&amp;slide=265827&amp;center=276965">mustache on a stick</a>. When someone says, &quot;Hey, where&#39;s your costume?&quot; you hold it up to your face. Other times, you don&#39;t hold it up. Done.</p> <h2>2. Casual Batman</h2> <p>Wear a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VO746S/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000VO746S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Batman half mask</a> with whatever else you want. Also works for other superheroes.</p> <h2>3. Doctor Who or Amy Pond</h2> <p>If you dress up as the Matt Smith version of Doctor Who, <a href="http://eternal-geek-girl.blogspot.com/2013/09/diy-eleventh-doctors-costume.html">pretty much all you need to do is look dapper</a>. The <a href="http://www.bbcamerica.com/halloween/extras/halloween-cosplay-how-to-guides/doctor-who-cosplay-how-to-dress-like-amy-pond/">BBC has a guide for dressing up as Amy Pond</a>, although when I went as her, I just wore skinny jeans, a plaid shirt, and sneakers. If you want to go above and beyond, you can put &nbsp;<a href="http://i2.cdnds.net/11/16/550w_cult_doctor_who_0601_10_1.jpg">tally marks on your arms</a> to help remember how many times you&#39;ve seen The Silence.</p> <h2>4. Whatever Sport You Play...Player</h2> <p>Just wear your fitness gear. Go as a baseball player, hiker, yogi &mdash; whatever you have.</p> <h2>5. Mouse Ear</h2> <p>I love this ridiculous thing &mdash; it&#39;s just <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/275248/homemade-halloween-costumes-for-adults/@center/276965/halloween#207636">a mouse coming out of both ears</a>. I imagine it&#39;s also good if you&#39;ll be somewhere that you want to block the sound of screaming children (or adults, if you&#39;re at one of the more&hellip; sophisticated haunted houses).</p> <h2>6. Under-Dressed Beauty Queen</h2> <p>All you need is a sash to wear over your clothes. Do a modern, well-recognized beauty queen or something silly or old timey.</p> <h2>7. Charlie Brown</h2> <p>Ah, yes &mdash; a costume so iconic that <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004PW6CPQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004PW6CPQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">all you need is a t-shirt</a>.</p> <h2>8. Umbrella Jellyfish</h2> <p>Forget about the outfit &mdash; to make this <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/269274/8-no-sew-costumes-bubble-wrap-jellyfish?czone=holiday%2Fhalloween-center%2Fhalloween-center-costumes&amp;gallery=275248&amp;slide=269274&amp;center=276965">umbrella jellyfish</a> work, you just need the umbrella-and-tendril part &mdash; which you can easily close up and carry when you don&#39;t feel like being dressed up.</p> <h2>9. Anthony Michael Hall&#39;s Character From &quot;Sixteen Candles&quot;</h2> <p>I love <a href="http://www.liketotally80s.com/80s-costume-farmer-ted.html">this simple costume</a> &mdash; a pastel dress shirt and a pair of women&#39;s underwear to occasionally hold up.</p> <h2>10. Error 404: Costume Not Found Shirt</h2> <p>It&#39;s a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FX6MH20/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FX6MH20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">costume that really isn&#39;t a costume</a>. But I say that wearing this means you made an effort, so it counts. This is also easy to DIY with a blank T-shirt and a fabric marker. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/halloween-time-savers-for-a-stress-free-holiday">Halloween Time Savers</a>)</p> <h2>11. Liz Lemon From &quot;30 Rock&quot;</h2> <p>A basic shirt. Jeans. Glasses. A sandwich. <a href="http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdy8q7rwKk1qa5olf.jpg">You can have it all</a>.</p> <h2>12. Pajamas</h2> <p>They&#39;re comfortable, and it&#39;s (probably) different enough from what you wear out of the house every day to look like a costume.</p> <h2>13. Businessperson</h2> <p>Wear business casual. And hey, if you don&#39;t want to talk to someone at a party, you can just pretend your phone is vibrating and say you have to take this call. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-dress-for-success-and-still-spend-less">How to Dress for Success</a>)</p> <h2>14. Celebrity Blending In</h2> <p>Think paparazzi-avoiding gear &mdash; sunglasses, a hat, and a sweatshirt. <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=paparazzi+starbucks&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;hs=hvk&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;source=lnms&amp;tbm=isch&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=kbVlUurqHIfM2gXTv4DwDQ&amp;ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&amp;biw=1366&amp;bih=641">Carry a Starbucks</a> if you want a prop to complete the look/way to stay awake during a late Halloween party. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-halloween-drink-recipes-to-scare-up-good-times">13 Halloween Drink Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>15. Some Version of Yourself</h2> <p>Build an alternative version of yourself out of items you already own. You on vacation? Fancy you? Slob you? The sky isn&#39;t exactly the limit here&hellip; your closet is.</p> <p><em>Do you hate dressing up but are doing so anyway? If so, what are you going as?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-halloween-costumes-for-people-who-hate-dressing-up" class="sharethis-link" title="15 Halloween Costumes for People Who Hate Dressing Up" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment costumes Halloween Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:26:49 +0000 Meg Favreau 1044967 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Have a Cheaper Evening Hanging Out With Friends http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-have-a-cheaper-evening-hanging-out-with-friends <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-have-a-cheaper-evening-hanging-out-with-friends" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-5336095-small.jpg" alt="friends cooking" title="friends cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The fact that you don&rsquo;t have a lot of money doesn&rsquo;t mean spending your evenings at home, alone. For some, hanging out with friends is an excuse to blow all their extra cash on drinks and food. But having fun isn&rsquo;t about how much you can spend &mdash; it&rsquo;s about the quality time you share with those close to you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-free-ways-to-show-you-care">Free Ways to Show You Care</a>)</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for cheap fun on the weekends or after work, here are 10 ways to hang out without going broke.</p> <h2>1. Go to a Cheap Movie</h2> <p>If you want to see a movie, but don&rsquo;t want to pay $10 to $15 for a single movie ticket, head to a second-run theater. These ticket prices are far cheaper than normal theaters, averaging $1.50 to $5. You can save more by skipping popcorn and soda. But even if you decide to purchase snacks, what you spend on the entire night may still be cheaper than a single regular ticket.</p> <h2>2. Hit the Bowling Alley</h2> <p>Maybe the movie theater is too quiet, and you need a bit more excitement. Bowling is another fun, cheap way to spend your evening. You&rsquo;ll pay about $2 or $2.50 for the shoe rental and around $4.50 per game. Play two games, eat before you arrive, and purchase no more than two drinks; and you can enjoy the entire night for under $20.</p> <h2>3. Sing Karaoke</h2> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t matter how bad you sing, a night of karaoke creates memories. Go to a local restaurant or other nightspot, split an appetizer with your friends, and prepare to have the time of your life. And if one of your friends has a karaoke machine at his or her house &mdash; even better. For a cheap night, bring your own drink and share the cost of pizza and wings.</p> <h2>4. Lounge at a Sports Bar</h2> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s football, basketball, or any other sporting season, get off the couch and take the fun to a local sports bar. You can watch the game while catching up with friends. To keep costs to a minimum, choose sports bars with evening deals like half off appetizers or alcohol.</p> <h2>5. Watch Seasons of a Television Show</h2> <p>Do you have a subscription to Netflix or HuluPlus? If so, get with some friends, pick a television show that none of you have seen, and watch the entire series beginning with season one. Take turns at each other&rsquo;s houses watching three or four episodes at a time over popcorn, pizza, and drinks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">8 Alternatives to Cable TV</a>)</p> <h2>6. Free Wine Tasting</h2> <p>Search online or check the newspaper for free wine tasting events in your area. This is an entertaining and inexpensive way to sample a variety of wines, and there&rsquo;s usually no obligation to make a wine purchase. Events are normally held at restaurants, wine stores, and wineries. The perfect choice if you&rsquo;re looking for a change of pace &mdash; just make sure there&rsquo;s a designated driver.</p> <h2>7. Trivia Night</h2> <p>Most big cities have a handful of bars and restaurants that host weekly trivia nights. Grab four or five friends, and test your knowledge at some of the most wacky, random questions. The fun typically starts around 8 or 9 p.m., and prizes can range from free appetizers to cash. And since many establishments have food and drink specials on trivia nights, you don&rsquo;t have to worry about breaking your budget on eats.</p> <h2>8. Cook Together</h2> <p>Maybe you&rsquo;re in the mood for a gourmet meal, but you don&rsquo;t have a gourmet bank account. A cheaper evening with friends doesn&rsquo;t always mean pizza and wings. You may not be able to afford a night on the town, but who says you can&rsquo;t prepare a fabulous meal at home? Get with your friends, plan a nice menu, and split the cost of ingredients. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a>)</p> <h2>9. Go for Dessert</h2> <p>Some of the best evenings can be spent simply talking with friends. But don&rsquo;t sit around your living room. If you&rsquo;ve already eaten and want to hit the town for a couple hours, call up your friends and go to a nearby frozen yogurt bar. Pile your bowl with the tastiest toppings, grab an outdoor table, and enjoy a few laughs. If frozen yogurt isn&rsquo;t your thing, split a dessert at a restaurant.</p> <h2>10. Take a Class</h2> <p>Are you ready to try your hand at something new? Spice it up and take a one-time class with friends. Check with your local community center or lifestyle center for upcoming classes. You may stumble upon a variety of pay-as-you-go classes costing as little as $10 per session. Dancing, cooking, fitness, pottery &mdash; take your pick and have fun! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-classes-that-can-pay-for-themselves">10 Classes That Pay for Themselves</a>)</p> <p><em>How do you hang out with your friends without spending much?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-have-a-cheaper-evening-hanging-out-with-friends" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Ways to Have a Cheaper Evening Hanging Out With Friends" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment cheap dates entertaining friends Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:24:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1041946 at http://www.wisebread.com