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As a mom of two teenagers, a good part of our family budget is taken up by what I will call entertainment. My son is 17 and my daughter is 20. Plus, my daughter’s boyfriend is living with us (just out of the army) until they can get on their feet. Like most modern families, we are fully connected and entertained by our technology.
Save Money on Family Entertainment
So just what is in our entertainment category? For us, it’s books, magazines, video games, gaming, keeping in touch with friends, television, movies, etc. It’s all the ways we unwind and relax at the end of a long day. When you add it all up, entertainment can take a good sized bite out of your budget. I’ve discovered ways that saving money on family entertainment is not only possible but easy.
- Books – Everyone in the house loves reading except my son. To say that we have a lot of books would be an understatement. For space reasons, we read most of our books as ebooks. We just don’t have more room for physical books. The Kindle app is a great way to read books and there are a lot of free ebooks available. The Windows Store has several apps available that will list all the free ebooks for you. Great way to save money on books. The 8″ 1280×800 HD Screen on my Nextbook is the perfect size for reading.
- Magazines – I found a neat app in the Windows Store called Issuu that lets you explore over 15 million publications for free. This includes magazines and catalogs so it’s a great way to cut down on all that paper clutter. Flipping through quickly, I saw fashion, food, sports and a lot more.
- Video Games & Gaming – Everyone in the house loves video games and gaming. My husband likes Bejeweled and games like Age of Sparta. My son loves Grand Theft Auto and Assasins Creed. My daughter and her boyfriend play strategy games like Age of Empire and I love farm games and hidden object games. Most nights will find most of us playing some sort of video game. The Windows Store has all sorts of game apps and there are a bunch of XBox games as well that you can buy. My Nextbook is powered by an Intel Atom Processor so it’s perfect for gaming.
- Keeping in Touch with Friends – A lot of the time, the easiest way for me to keep in touch with friends is via Facebook chat or Skype. Everyone is connected today and the Skype app is super easy to use even for people who aren’t really technical. Using Skype, you can make audio calls for free.
- Television and Movies – There are so many apps in the Windows Store for watching television shows and movies. There is my favorite, Netflix, but also HuluPlus, Flixster, Roku, Comedy Central, Nick, GoPro Channel and even the Disney Channel and History Channel.
I love how versatile my Nextbook Windows 8.1 Tablet is. Not only does it have tons of amazing apps available from the Windows Store, it also has OneDrive, Office 365 and Internet Explorer! Of course, there are so many more things I can use it for besides entertainment. It has a bunch of weather apps, finance apps, apps for social media and photo editing and even music apps.
It has an 8″ 1280×800 HD resolution screen with Capacitive Multi-Touch Technology. It has an Intel Atom Processor (Z3735G), 2M cache and up to 1.83 GHZ. It has 1GB DDR3 Ram and 16GB internal storage with a MicroSD card slot expandable up to 64GB! It even has Bluetooth! Plus, it comes with a free one year subscription for Office 365 Personal that includes 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and 60 Skype world minutes per month
With all this capability, I was expecting that the Nextbook Windows 8.1 Tablet would be on the expensive side but it’s only $99 and is available at SamsClub and Walmart. This is definitely a great way to save money on entertainment.
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.