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Low budget entertainment

I first subscribed to Sirius satellite radio a little over 3 years ago and thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. I was doing a fair amount of traveling at the time and it filled an empty place I was having from the deletion of television from my entertainment diet. car

In addition to commercial free music Sirius has a nice selection of talk radio choices that allow the listener to participate in national discusions that sometimes involve callers from other countries. In my opinion the problem with these stations is the high level of commercials in between your entertainment.

The real end of my love affair with satellite radio was when we got high speed DSL internet back in the spring. It took me a couple of months to discover the magic of cyber radio, but once I did I was listening to the little Sirius box less and less until one day I decided it just was not worth 13 bucks a month. What really pushed me over the edge was when a friend told me about This site takes most of the guess work out of choosing between the many different shows. What I find especially convenient about this method of delivery is the multiple time zone choices.

sat cartoonThe real hero of my low budget entertainment world is the good people at Netflix. We spend 14 dollars and some change each month for the 2 movies unlimited option which usually works out to about 2 or 3 films per week. What I like most about their service is the easy to use website and impressive selection of titles.  They have a new on demand feature that lets you watch movies instantly over the internet. It works pretty good, but it only works with Windows XP or Vista and then you are required to use the Explorer web browser. I've heard they are working on a Mac option, but I wouldn't hold your breath.

Everybody knows how cheap your local library is, except when you rack up excessive late fees.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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