One of the many free entertainment options out there is hulu.com. I’ve known about it for a while, but never thought of trying it out until recently. I really enjoy what they’ve got on there—it’s all kinds of stuff. They have a number of entire movies with only 5 minutes or so of commercials (compare to seeing them on TV!) as well as fun clips from even more movies.
I found it very surprising that they have the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker. It was so hard to get ahold of in the mid-90s that I believe we had to write to Canada for it after our local eclectic video store got rid of it. It was a beautiful and traumatic part of my childhood (parts are a little scary). Set design is by Maurice Sendak! I don’t know how long it’ll be available, whether they rotate the available films frequently or not.
Many tv networks are also putting the most recent episodes of most of their shows on the site, again with less than 5 commercials. So you can’t watch the whole thing, but you may be able to catch up on the last few episodes or even the last season. It’s even easier than watching them from the network’s own site.
Some shows that are off the air are on their entirety (such as Firefly, one of my favorites) or have several seasons available. There are also a number of interviews available.
Be careful, it can be addictive!
My Daily Dollars wrote a great post about sneaky shopping triggers. Since I got some birthday money, I’ve been doing more clothes shopping than in years…it’s funny how a little successful shopping makes you want to do more.
Banker Girl’s wedding is coming up and she’s got 3 Sanity-Saving Tips for Brides. I wholly endorse these. And most important of all, breathe. It’s a wedding—not the highest point of your life, not the end of the world, just a day.
Bored with your recipe book? Kelly at Almost Frugal has put together a potluck of recipes.
Blunt Money is tired of doom and gloom. I agree. Not that there aren’t crises going on, but doom sells and general responsibility doesn’t. It’s a pity that sensible mortgage and other debt information wasn’t broadcast as widely as the current sitaution.
From the M-Network:
- If you’re self-employed, you simply have to read Pinyo’s article on Self-Employment, Estimated Tax, and Safe Harbor.
- Patrick has put together an important tool for those planning to buy used cars Beyond Carfax: Guide for Buying Used Cars.
- And if you’re on the selling side, Gibble wrote How to Sell a Used Car.
- Single Guy asks Are You Ready to Buy a Home?
- With economic times shakier, it’s important to invest in something lasting. I like indexing because that’s essentially buying the market. David of My Two Dollars asks if it’s Time to Buy Vice Stock?
- Dough Roller has outlined Simple Steps to Improve Personal Finances.