recreation

HDMI Switcher Saves the Day

Only one of the HDMI ports on my TV works. I want to connect both cable and Roku. I thought I’d have to buy a different TV. Luckily I entered “HDMI port” in my TV search on Amazon and the first thing that came up was a “switcher.” I had never heard of this, so I Googled it and learned that it can convey input from several different sources to the TV, and it automatically displays the one that’s turned on. So for $30 I can seamlessly switch from cable to Netflix.

 

 

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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.

Free Book

I’ve published my first mystery novella, Further Investigation. People who have read it have surprised me with their enthusiasm. They seemed sincere, so I started writing another one. The Kindle version of Further Investigation will be free from tomorrow, the 6th, through April 10th, if you’d like to check it out.

 

52 Weeks: Vacations – Staycations

“Staycation” is a recently coined word for a period of time when you are on vacation from work, but you don’t travel anywhere. Lodging is not an issue and you aren’t driving or flying anywhere. You’re cooking at home so there aren’t any additional costs as there would be with actually going somewhere. I’ve done this more often than not, before it had a name. Having plenty of time to rest and to catch up on household projects does relieve a lot of stress. You could also take day trips to nearby interesting or educational places and activities. Perhaps there’s a time-consuming creative project that could enrich your time off.

 

 

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.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=marie+brack

52 Weeks: Credit – Return that movie! Take back the library book!

My credit union’s newsletter this week tells me that libraries’ budgets are now so tight that they are taking late fines more seriously than ever. If you don’t pay up, they may report it to the credit bureaus. That could lower your credit score. Some movie rental places have been doing this for years. Someone I know moved his credit rating from mediocre to bad by chronic movie return lateness.

Recreation – Cool Clips Online

YouTube

Www.youtube.com is a recreational treasure trove. Humor, human interest, cute animal videos, meditation, exercise, you name it and you can find it on YouTube. They have clips from the old comedy shows I remember from the ‘50s and ‘60s. It’s a great way to try out new forms of exercise. They also have a wide range of instructional videos–how to draw, how to play guitar, nearly anything you can think of. See also www.screen.yahoo.com.

TED

Www.TED.com is a very, very interesting video site. The offerings are sometimes funny and sometimes very serious. They are always thought-provoking and new. I get their weekly email to remind me to go watch something.

Comedy

Www.comedycentral.com has a wide variety of humor videos.

 

 

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.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=marie+brack

Recreation – Free Games Online

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.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=marie+brack