A budget savings expert shared seven things you can do for free — and some of them might surprise you.
Various apps offer free content and services that can save you a lot of time, especially as prices continue to rise across the country.
This may come as a surprise, but many streaming services offer free content.
Some of these services, known as Ad-Supported Video-on-Demand (AVOD) or Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST), offer options to watch movies and TV shows for free.
Some are better known, including the free version of Peacock and Facebook Watch.
But there are others including Pluto TV, Crackle, and Roku Channel that offer both new and old movies and shows for free to stream.
You may have to sift through ads, but that’s a small price to pay to stream content for free.
There is an app that will provide you with a number to use on your smartphone.
The TextNow app offers voicemail services and the ability to set a ringtone.
Calls and SMS via the app are free when using WiFi.
SIM cards can be purchased if you wish to use data, but these are not required to use the app.
If you have a library card, you can borrow books for free through the Libby by OverDrive app.
All you have to do is download the app, create an account and search for the book you want to read.
Similar to how a library works, you have a due date when the book rental expires.
The app also syncs across your devices. So if you love to read on your phone and iPad or Kindle, don’t worry about keeping track of your space.
All e-books that you have downloaded on your iPad or iPhone can easily be converted into audio books.
These devices have a built-in tool called Speak Screen that can read the e-books out loud.
Enable this feature on your Apple device by going to Settings, then Accessibility, then Spoken Content, then Speak Screen.
Then, with an e-book open, swipe down from the top of your screen with two fingers, and the screen will start talking.
You can also customize settings like language and gender when you activate the tool.
If you enjoy listening to radio broadcasts, you can also access them virtually.
Archive.org is a great resource for finding old radio shows from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.
There are also podcasts that contain these programs.
If you’re looking for ways to inexpensively install video surveillance in your home, or if you just need to check on your pets while you work, there’s an app that can help.
With an old smartphone or device, you can install an app called Presence.
All you have to do is sign in on both your current and old devices, place the old device in your home, plug it in to keep it charged, and point the camera in the direction you want to monitor.
Then you can use your current device to check in from anywhere in your home.
While most office and productivity programs require an internet connection, an app offers a downloadable set of tools that serve a variety of purposes.
Apache’s OpenOffice can be installed on many devices and also supports documents from other processing software.
The software runs on different operating systems and offers options for word processing, spreadsheets and more.
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