When it’s too cold to go outdoors, you can enjoy yourself inside practically for free — if you know where to find the right deals online! With your phone, tablet, or computer, you can find discounts on everything from your reading material to your favorite tunes: Read on to find out how.
Relax and Read
Look forward to curling up in your favorite chair with a good book? You can choose from thousands of mysteries, romances, and more for free at DigitalBook.io and Loyal Books. Simply register, then select the book you’d like to read or listen to.
Prefer print? Visit BookMooch or Paperback Swap to exchange books with other readers. Each book you receive is free; you pay only for postage (about $2.75 using the media mail rate) to send your books to others. A pro tip? Print postage from USPS.com and leave the book for your mail carrier to take, so you don’t have to brave the cold!
You don’t need to pay a rental fee or subscribe to a streaming service to watch the latest must-see films and television shows. Thousands of comedies, action flicks, documentaries, and sitcoms can be found for free at Hoopla (this service partners with your local library to let you electronically borrow movies and TV shows), IMDB TV, Pluto TV, Crackle, Tubi, Vudu, (click “free” on the top menu), and YouTube (scroll down to the “free to watch” section).
Take your pick, then start watching!
Listen to Music
Paid streaming services, such as Spotify and SiriusXM, aren’t the only ways to listen to your favorite music. You can also listen to your favorite music for free on streaming sites like AccuRadio, Jango, and Pandora. Just log on, select the band or music you’d like to hear, and start listening to hours of tunes.
Want to download new music to your MP3 player? Most online stores that sell music (such as Amazon and Apple Music) offer a wide selection of songs at no cost. Simply use their price filter or search “free music.” Also great? Visit Jamendo, where emerging artists post their latest songs free of charge.
Play Video Games
Whether your idea of a good time is blasting space aliens or doing word puzzles, you’re in for a treat: You can play online without having to download pricey apps!
For retro arcade games, head to Classic Game, where you can play as much Donkey Kong, Frogger, and other old favorites to your heart’s content.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.
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