Taking Advantage of Your Local Library!

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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Local libraries can be amazing resources for saving money! And I don’t just mean checking out books about saving money, either. With the advent of the internet and mobile phones, people visit their libraries less and less—including me. But they offer quite a few ways to save money! How so?

Checking Out Entertainment—Everyone knows libraries lend books. Most libraries lend DVDs, Blu-Rays, and CDs as well. If you’re willing to wait until that movie you want to see comes out on DVD, rather than seeing it in the theater, you can save quite a bit of money! Just remember to return them in time to avoid fines. Don’t like using paper books anymore? Many libraries now lend e-books as well. Check with your local branch to see if yours does!

Entertain the Kids—Libraries often offer storytimes for children. Instead of taking your child to a play gym or class you need to pay for, if money is tight take them to library storytime! Good libraries will often have art or other activities such as puppet shows for free as well.

Museums on the Cheap—I live in a large city, so I’m not sure how many other city libraries do this. But our city library lends out limited museum passes to anyone with a library card! There is often a waitlist, but if you are flexible with the times and days you want to attend, you can score free passes to the aquarium, zoo, or other local museums—savings here can easily head into the hundreds of dollars depending on how many passes you normally would have had to buy!

Do Your Taxes At The Library—and not from a self-help book! During the first half of the year many libraries, along with other local government institutions, offer free tax help and filing services. Contact your local branch to see if you need to make an appointment and what forms and items you will need to bring with you.

What other low-cost or free services have you received from your local library?


7 Day Free Trial of Hallmark “SpiritClips” Movies!

Posted on May 14th, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

SpiritClips from Hallmark is a family-friendly movie subscription service showing films that inspire and entertain audiences of all ages. Sign up HERE for your FREE 7 day trial! (Credit card number required, but you are welcome to cancel before the 7 days are up and then you won’t be charged.)


TV Shows That Are Financially Realistic

Posted on March 27th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

I may not have consumer debt, but sometimes I have consumer guilt. It’s that feeling that I should have more than I do. I have a career, a family, and I’m at an age where I should have accumulated nicer stuff. But I haven’t. Yet I sit down in front of the evening television shows and feel bad. I don’t see a group of people I can relate to. Sometimes I see a group of people who are worse off than I am financially, yet have an amazing home, new car, and name brand clothes. It’s enough to make some people go into debt to compete with an imaginary family. What am I doing so wrong that I am so far behind? Oh yes! I’m not going into debt for clothes, new cars, and a home I know I can’t afford. Not all television shows are like this though. There are a few that can and do come across financially realistic.

How I Met Your Mother

If you are single and feel a need to relate to a television group, try How I Met Your Mother. People lose jobs, lose apartments, and have horrible apartments. Characters have financial flaws such as credit card debt and live with the consequences of those decisions.  One of the character even has a beat up car with a tape stuck in the tape deck. There are career changes, moves, and family problems. There are even business ventures that just don’t work out. You may find the plot funny and sometimes bizarre, but you won’t feel behind financially because they have the same financial issues that we sometimes do.

The Middle

I love this show when I feel like I’m just not getting anywhere financially. This is a family with three kids. The power is out. They buy items on sale. Laundry is all over the house. There were even instant mashed potato flakes at thanksgiving dinner. Not only that, but they are putting a child through college, have used the fun money for living expenses, and had to drive the church van as a family car for a while. Yet these people are happy and live an everyday life. This doesn’t make me feel consumer guilt at all.

Parenthood

This is a show about siblings that went on very different walks in life. One sister starts the show moving in with her parents with her two teenage children, works in a bar, and feels bad because of her life choices and how they are affecting her children. The younger brother lives on a house boat. Once again real life problems when it comes to finances, from job loss to biting off more than one can chew financially. Even the nice homes come with an emotional price. I would recommend this show as well.

 


Watching TV for FREE Online!

Posted on March 4th, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

I’m so annoyed. Cable is ridiculously expensive and most of the shows I want to watch anyway are on network television. Fortunately for many years they’ve offered their shows the day after airing free to watch on their websites. Well, some of them now require a cable subscription to log-in to watch their shows! For network televisions?! Not happening.

Thank you NBC for realizing that the advertising revenue you gain from providing your shows free online is much more valuable than any deal you could make with cable or satellite companies.

Speaking of watching shows for FREE on NBC, check out their new show: Growing Up Fisher Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c


Free Trial of Redbox Instant Movies!

Posted on January 10th, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

Unlimited streaming PLUS 4 free kiosk rental credits per month for subscribed users. Join Redbox Instant by Verizon for unlimited streaming movies PLUS 4 DVD rental credits at any Redbox kiosk. Join today to get started!

Stream to your computer, Xbox 360, Samsung Smart TV & Blu-ray players, Apple iPhones & iPads, and Android phones & tablets!

After trial, just $8/mo and you’ll continue to enjoy 4 Redbox DVD credits every month.

Each credit is good for 1 overnight rental of 1 DVD. If you keep your DVD an extra night, it just uses another credit. You won’t be charged until your credits are all used up. And the next month it refills to 4 DVD credits again.


Free 30 Day Trial of Redbox Instant

Posted on December 9th, 2013 by Freebie Felicia

Join Redbox Instant by Verizon for unlimited streaming movies PLUS 4 DVD rental credits at any Redbox kiosk. FREE for the first 30 days!

Cancel anytime, though it’s only $8 a month after your free trial.

Stream to your computer, Xbox 360, Samsung Smart TV & Blu-ray players, Apple iPhones & iPads, and Android phones & tablets!


Never Pay Full-Price for Fun!

Posted on August 13th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

It’s important to have fun, even when finances are tight. A little splurge can relieve a lot of tension. But just because you want to have doesn’t mean you have to pay full price. 😉

Score Big: Discount Tickets to Concerts, Theater, and Sports and $10 Off First Purchase! Save up to 60% on every ticket, every day–GUARANTEED!


Free Redbox DVD Rental Codes!

Posted on July 15th, 2013 by Freebie Felicia

We’re having a heat wave this week so it’s the perfect time to stay inside with a movie! Here are a bunch of coupon codes for FREE Redbox DVD rentals!

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