5 Entertainment Freebies {Yep, FREE!}

We’re all looking for ways to save a buck, so I put together 5 entertainment freebies!

5 entertainment freebies

5 Entertainment Freebies

  1. Text Redbox to 727272 and receive a free movie code each month.
  2. Download the Pandora app on your smartphones and tablets to enjoy free music. You can also visit Pandora.com and listen to free music on your computer.  Just enter your favorite artists and Pandora will create a playlist just for you.
  3. There are tons of ways to get your hands on free books. One way is to visit your local library, and another is to download e-books from the following sites: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Project Gutenberg. Take your pick!
  4. Learn a new language for free if your library is connected to the Mango service. See if Mango Languages is available at your library and begin learning a new language today!
  5. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers with debit or credit cards can gain free access to 150 museums on the first weekend of each month.

Who said “Nothing in life is free”? 😉

If you have any other free entertainment options to add, please include them in the comments below.

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Enjoy! 🙂

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Compare Prices Before Shopping Online

Sometimes you are able to save more money if you purchase certain products online rather than in the store and vice versa. If you compare prices before shopping online, or in the store, you can be sure you’re paying the lowest price available at that time.

compare prices before shopping onlineHere are the products best purchased online:

  • Electronics can usually be found for about 10% cheaper online.
  • Concert tickets and DVDs can be found much cheaper online and e-books can often be downloaded for free.
  • Booking airplane tickets on Monday or Tuesday will get you the lowest fare.  Be sure to visit the discount sites like Hotwire and Priceline to save as much as 40%.
  • If you are able to find free shipping deals and coupons, buying your clothes online can save you around 70%. Check out sites like Zulily.com and Overstock.com for the best deals.

These products will save you the most money if you purchase them in the store:

  • Buying your groceries in the store will most definitely save you money over online ordering. Even factoring in the savings on gas and using coupons, it is still cheaper to purchase at the store. That’s because they mark up the prices and usually charge a delivery fee.
  • Cleaning supplies will also be cheaper in the store because you can use coupons and avoid the price mark ups from the online retailer. Dollar Tree and Dollar General accept manufacturers coupons which could make your cleaning products close to free. It only makes sense to purchase them online if you are stocking up and can avoid the delivery fee. Just be sure to compare the prices.
  • Pet supplies and food are cheapest at Walmart and Target where they are at least 50% cheaper than online.
  • Appliances are cheaper purchased in the store because you can avoid the delivery and shipping fees. When you purchase at a store, they will usually deliver it and remove the old one for free.

There you have it. It’s good to know which items will save you the most money if you take the time to compare prices before shopping online or at the store.

Which items do you find cheaper online? How about at the store? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Summer Activities

Some kids are already out of school for the summer while others are still chugging along anxiously awaiting the beginning of their summer break.

5 easy ways to save money on summer activities

5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Summer Activities

This post will show you 5 easy ways to save money on summer activities.

Getting your list of activities together for the summer ahead of time will help the summer go by smoothly and will (hopefully) eliminate hearing “I’m bored!” from the kids.

Be sure to check out my previous posts Free Summer Activities for Kids and Save Money on Summer Outings for more money-saving tips!

My first tip to save money on summer activities is to look for annual passes to local aquariums, museums and amusement parks. It may seem like a lot of money up front, but once you have the passes, you can go as much as you’d like. Purchasing certain memberships will give you free or discounted admission to other zoos and aquariums through the reciprocal program, so be sure to check out the link for a list of included locations.

My next tip to save money on summer activities is to sign up to Groupon  and Living Social. All you have to do is enter your zip code or closest major city and deals will be shown in your area for up to 80% off! Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.

My third tip for saving money on summer activities is to keep your eyes open for discounted tickets to amusement parks. These can generally be found at your local grocery store and are also located near the register of other stores. You can also check online to see what “online deals only” are being offered.

My fourth tip to save money on summer activities is to check out your local parks and recreation for inexpensive classes or camps. Depending on where you live, you may be able to keep the kiddos occupied with week-long camps without breaking the bank. You can also try to schedule weekly play dates with their friends and alternate locations to give each parent a much-needed break. 😉

My fifth and final tip to save money is to play outside. There are many free activities you and your children can do outside such as: play in the sprinkler, kick/catch a ball, toss a Frisbee, draw with sidewalk chalk, ride a bike/scooter, roller skate/blade, jump rope, go for a walk, etc. I like to keep a large, plastic tub in the garage filled with toys to be played with outside. It really helps to keep everything in one place and accessible.

Hopefully, I’ve been able to give you and your family some new ideas to save money on your summer activities. I know I’ll be implementing them to get my family through the lazy days of summer.

Let’s hear your ideas for inexpensive summer activities in the comments below. You can never have enough! 🙂

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