If you haven’t noticed, I’m all about saving money. As a blogger who spends hours upon hours on the internet writing, commenting, researching, and interacting on social media, you probably won’t be surprised when I say that the internet also has helped me save (and make) lots of money. Today I specifically want to talk about how you can find free entertainment on the internet.
Before I dive in, it’s important for me to point out that the internet is not free. You obviously have to pay a monthly fee if you want internet at home. Thankfully there are quite a few relatively affordable options for internet available no matter where you live. It’s also to remember that while the internet is not free to use, it does in fact give you unlimited options for free entertainment. That’s an undeniable fact!
1) News Websites
If you’re a news junkie, there really is no reason not to take advantage of all the free content on the web. I can easily spend an hour or two a day reading various news stories on the web. Google News is a great news aggregation tool where you can find the most recent articles about just about any topic you can think of. I do have to point out that not all content on the internet is free: there are some news websites have a pay wall where you can only access so much for free and have to be a paying subscriber to access most of the content (The Wall Street Journal and New York Times are two examples).
Pretty much every blog on the internet is free and there are literally millions of blogs out there. You’re reading one right now (for free!). I read anywhere from 10-40 blogs a day and none require a paid subscription. If you like to read and learn new things, blogs are the place to be. Even better is the conversation that happens in the comments of the more popular blogs. There’s a reason most of the blog posts on Young Adult Money end with a question for readers.
YouTube gets mixed reviews from people. Some people spend little to no time on it while others spend hours every single day. There are some people who try very hard to put good content up there. I’ve talked about them before, but there is a reality show on YouTube called Internet Killed Television where this couple essentially documents their life. They edit and upload a video every single day (and make a full-time doing it because of their huge following). While this may not sound interesting to you, there are literally an unlimited number of free videos out there covering every topic you could imagine.
4) Free Television Shows
When I first started to watch the show Revolution I had a predicament because The Bachelorette was online at the same time (my wife loves the show, as does 99% of the female population). How did we solve this problem? Well, there are full episodes of Revolution online as well as The Bachelorette. So one of us could watch their show on TV and the other could watch online. I realize both of these shows are already on “free” Television, but the main point is that there are a ton of places to find full-length episodes online.
Not all episodes of every show are available online, but the internet can still help us find free TV shows so that we don’t have to buy the DVDs. If you go to your local library’s website you can request seasons of TV shows. When they are ready for pickup, you’ll get an email. Then all you have to do is drop by for literally one minute, grab it off the shelf where they put the requests, and be on your way. I do this a couple times a month and it’s super efficient and saves me hundreds if not thousands a year on DVDs that I would otherwise end up purchasing.
If you are a regular reader of Young Adult Money you know we are big on giveaways. If you enter enough giveaways you are bound to win one (or many!). If you have access to the internet, you have access to thousands upon thousands of giveaways that end each week. If you wanted to, you could enter them (for free, while watching your free DVDs from the library) and put the money in a designated “entertainment” fund. You can attend concerts, go to movies, and maybe even go on a vacation with the winnings. This approach isn’t for everyone, but it is a good way to fund various expenses and all you need is an internet connection and some free time.
How do you save money on entertainment through using the internet?
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