My late husband spent hours playing bridge online at www.pogo.com, a free site. He played with people from all over the world and greatly enjoyed it. Pogo has a huge array of card games, board games, puzzle games, hours of free fun. Www.zone.msn.com also has a wide variety of games. It’s fun to try out the free short forms of different games. I was hooked on Luxor. When I knew I would be at home caring for Cliff and often needing to fill some time, I paid $20 for the full version. I still played it regularly four years later, so I certainly got my money’s worth. I enjoy most of the games at www. worldwinner.com. Once you register, click the Cash Games button, find one you want to try and then choose Warm-Up Tournaments for free play.
If you like to do crosswords, Sudoku, jumbles or any other kind of puzzle, you don’t have to buy puzzle books unless you prefer the book format. All of these are available without charge online. If you search “free <whatever kind of puzzle you like> online” several sites will come up. One is webcrosswords.com. There are even jigsaw puzzles online.
I very much enjoy the free “social slots” game at advertising-supported www.winster.com. It’s online slots, but with the added twist that up to five players are shown side by side and can trade with each other to help each other get five of a kind. You build up points that can be used to buy various prizes.
If you like planning all the great things you could do if you won the lottery, you can get the same effect for free at http://www.free lotto.com. This activity is not offered in some areas, including mine. Another such site is http://www.winloot.com.
Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.
This review is from: Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely (Kindle Edition)
This book is jam-packed with tips, ideas, and strategies for saving money. It’s the Tightwad Gazette of the 21st century… internet addresses for DIY help, encouragement for readers, personal anecdotes, this book has it all. To top it off, it’s delivered in a light, easy to read style that isn’t preachy or judgmental. A very helpful, and enjoyable, read!”
The Tightwad Gazette has been the “bible” of thrifty living. My hope was to make it the ‘old testament’ and mine the ‘new testament’, and it seems I have succeeded.
I went looking for alternatives to buying books of puzzles. I searched on ‘free puzzles’. What I was thinking was crosswords, but what I got was jigsaws! It never occurred to me a jigsaw puzzle could be digital. I worked one; it was fun. At first I thought there would be a way to rotate the pieces, but they are already right side up. I clicked and dragged to move the edge pieces to the edges and move other pieces out of the way. When you put two together that are meant to be together they fuse automatically. http://www.jigzone.com/puzzles/daily-jigsaw
Then I searched again for crossword puzzles and found http://webcrosswords.com/daily-crossword-puzzles/. I like these because if I put in a wrong letter it’s in red so I know right away it’s wrong. The clues that show are the clues for the word your cursor is on or near, but you can scroll through the clues too if you want to. This site has sudoku too.
Word search puzzles it seems are a bit more complicated. The ones I found that could be worked online required the Java Runtime Environment plugin. But when I tried to download the plugin the download failed. So I looked further and found http://www.puzzles.ca/wordsearch.html. These are meant to be printed out. They have puzzles for adults and for kids, and there’s a large print option too.
Now then, logic puzzles. http://www.logic-puzzles.org/ is a nicely designed and easy to look at site. As usual I started off confident and fizzled out before I was halfway through. Really, I have all I can do to work out the logical mysteries of human behavior, I don’t need artificial logic puzzles.
None of these sites asked me to register or even hinted at wanting my credit card information. Enjoy!