Category Archives: Entertainment

67+ Free and Inexpensive Hobbies

We often think of hobbies as expensive, and some are. If you want to raise horses, collect antique cars, take up drag racing, or own your own plane to indulge your passion for flying, you’re going to pay a lot … Continue reading

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Lessons From Las Vegas Sunday Wrap Up

This Week’s Money Tip: Visiting Las Vegas for a few days to see a friend made it readily apparent that hotels here have found a wonderful way to make their hotel prices seem much less expensive than they really are. … Continue reading

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20 Ways To Break Your TV Habit and Save A Fortune

I used to have a bad TV habit. A really bad TV habit. There were the daily prime-time shows during the week that I began watching as soon as I got home, and then sports the entire weekend. It never … Continue reading

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Best Entertainment Value for Your Money

Entertainment is a large category in many people’s budgets. We all want to have fun, after all, with what limited downtime we have after work and chores are completed. The problem is that, “entertainment” money is easy to waste on … Continue reading

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Money Lessons Learned at the Movie Theater

I don’t go to the movies that often, but when I do I’m reminded that it’s not only the movies themselves that can teach lessons about money. Sometimes you can learn about money simply by going to the theater and … Continue reading

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Ways Great Sex Can Save Money

When most people think about New Year financial resolutions, they think about tackling those difficult issues that they know that they should be doing, but have been avoiding because they know working on them is going to take time, effort … Continue reading

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$1000 Slot Machine

I was in Las Vegas this past week and wandered into the Wynn Hotel and Casino I was just in time for them to open their new “high roller” slot machine section, apparently the week before Christmas is one of … Continue reading

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Money Lessons Learned from “The Firm”

If you’ve ever read the book by John Grisham or seen the movie, “The Firm,” then you are familiar with the tale of corporate and personal greed that leads one man to almost lose his life and all of the … Continue reading

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11 Ways to Get Into an Expensive Hobby Without Busting the Budget

In the last six months or so I’ve discovered a new hobby: Board games. I’m not talking about games like Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, LIFE and the like that are available at the big box stores. I’ve discovered what are commonly … Continue reading

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Save Time and Money During the Holidays. Guaranteed.

If you followed any of the Black Friday news this year, you know that many stores including Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy pushed their opening times to midnight on Black Friday. Some stores, like Toys R Us and my local … Continue reading

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Money Lessons Learned from Walt Disney World

Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite vacation destination is Walt Disney World (WDW) in Florida. Some would say I have an unhealthy addiction to the place whereas I would simply call myself a fan. Either way, my travels … Continue reading

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Get the Most From Your Magazine Subscriptions

I subscribe to quite a few magazines. Some I got for free, but I’ve paid for many of them. Up until recently I’d been guilty of giving my magazines a quick read and then tossing them into the recycling bin. … Continue reading

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Ten Benefits of Memberships and Season Passes

Do you have a museum, zoo, or theme park nearby that you find yourself visiting more than once per year? If you do, you might want to look into the costs and benefits of buying a season pass or becoming … Continue reading

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Watch Cable TV for Free (Legally) – Strange Ways to Save Money

There are few ways to save on TV viewing in your own home. You can cut back your cable service to the minimum, or use a service like Netflix to supplement or replace your cable. You can buy DVD’s of … Continue reading

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Free Events for Kids at Chain Retailers

In these waning days of summer you may be desperately searching for something to entertain the kids. They may be tired of the pool, the family vacation was a month ago, they’ve exhausted all their toys and games (and those … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from the Netflix Price Hike

Last week Netflix raised their rates, increasing the price of some plans by as much as sixty percent. Where before a plan with one DVD out at a time and unlimited streaming was $9.99 per month, the same service will … Continue reading

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Using the Good Stuff

One of my biggest problems is that I tend to save things for a later time. I buy books and think I’ll save them for a rainy day, sick day, or vacation. I buy or am given “treat foods” and … Continue reading

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Cheap Sources for Board Games

Board games are a great source of entertainment. Unlike movies or other types of entertainment that are one shot deals, games can be played over and over again. New games, however, are often not cheap. They may cost $20 or … Continue reading

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What Did You Do This Weekend?

Almost every Monday, someone will ask me what I did over the weekend. For the most part, this is small talk asked just to pass the time. However, there seems to be an expectation that I did something that cost … Continue reading

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The National Park Pass Will Save Me Over $1000 This Year

April 16 -24 is National Park Week which celebrates and recognizes national and state parks, national monuments, and historic sites in the U.S. All national parks have free entrance this week, so you still have time to visit a national … Continue reading

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