Free Streaming Yoga Videos with Amazon Prime

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A couple years ago in November, my husband (then boyfriend) decided to try out Amazon Prime. I was aghast–Amazon wanted to charge us a yearly fee just to give us free shipping? But it was so easy at the time to get free shipping by ordering over $25 worth of stuff. They had a 30 day free trial, so his argument is we would just use it to buy Christmas presents and get the free 2-day shipping, and then at the end of the trial we would cancel it.

As you can probably guess by the fact that I am writing this post, we did not cancel the membership. The free shipping was incredibly convenient, and in addition to buying most of our Christmas presents on Amazon, we also started snagging deals on food, cleaning supplies, and more. And then we also discovered the free streaming video that comes with a Prime membership. That sealed the deal for us.

We are what you would call “cord-cutters” in that we do not pay for TV. Since both of us moved out on our own, we have never paid for cable. We’ve had streaming Netflix since it was available, but it wasn’t quite enough. Amazon Prime has filled that need for us.

In addition to having a ton of movies and TV shows that Netflix and Hulu don’t have, Amazon has a lot of exercise videos. We have always tried to save money and stay fit by taking advantage of streaming exercise videos. I especially enjoy yoga videos because it’s my preferred form of exercise, and yoga classes are so expensive in Chicago.

Amazon Prime offers so many streaming yoga classes for free as a part of the Prime Membership, that I can vary up my routine and find instructors I really like. I absolutely love it, and I feel like this is worth the price of the membership alone.

The nice thing is, Amazon offers a 30 day free trial so you can try it out before you join or just use it for a month, get your fill of free classes and the cancel without spending a dime.

Here are some of the classes I have enjoyed for free with my Amazon Prime Membership (and yes, some of them are not yoga :P):

So if you’re interested in staying fit without shelling out a lot of cash for a gym membership or a la carte yoga classes, try Amazon Prime. You’ll get the free videos, also free 2-day shipping, ad free streaming music (which means you don’t need a Spotify or Pandora subscriptions), cloud storage, and more.

Free eBooks on Any Device with the Kindle Reading App

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I love reading. I’ve always bought and borrowed a lot of books, and the invention of eBooks has made it even easier for me to get the books I want to read instantly. When I went into the market for an eReader, I decided to buy an iPad because it allowed me to download as many different reading apps as I want so I can read eBooks from anywhere. One of the benefits of this is I can download the free Kindle Reading App and read tons of free and cheap eBooks, including free books from my Amazon Prime subscription.

The best thing about the Kindle Reading App (besides the fact that it is totally free and you do not need a Kindle to read the ebooks) is that you can used it one most devices, including PCs and smart phones. If you’re someone who reads on multiple devices (like I do) this means you can easily go from reading one book on your phone, to your tablet, to your computer and if you have wifi connection it will remember your place, your highlights, and your notes.

Once you download the Kindle Reading App you have access to any book available in the Kindle eBook Store,including Daily eBook Deals and thousands of free ebooks, so you can feed your reading addiction without breaking the bank.

If you are in the market for an eReader, Amazon offers their classic 6″ Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Voyage for the basic reading experience. If you want a tablet, the 6″ Fire HD 6 has apps for reading, movies and TV, games, and more, for a complete entertainment experience.

Free Amazon Prime Trials, Student and Mom Accounts

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I love Amazon Prime. We’ve had it for a couple years now and the free 2-day shipping, streaming TV and movies, free Kindle eBooks and free streaming music make it well worth the yearly fee for us, but for people on a budget you may not be able to afford the fee.

You’re in luck though because you can try Amazon Prime for free with their 30-Day Trial. Just go to their site to signup and if you don’t want to pay the $99 yearly fee, just cancel before the end of the 30-day trial.

Free Trial Amazon Mom

Maybe you’re interested in a Prime membership but you’re also a new parent. Well Amazon has you covered with Amazon Mom.

In addition to free 2-day shipping, and unlimited video and music streaming, you also receive 20% off diapers with Subscribe and Save and a 15% baby registry completion discount.

Just like Amazon Prime, you can signup for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Mom. If you decide you don’t want to pay the $99 yearly fee, just cancel before the end of the trial.

Free Amazon Student

If you’re a college student, you might be interested in Amazon Student. For their college student program, Amazon offers a 6-month free trial that includes free 2-day shipping for textbooks and more and exclusive deals.

If you want access to free streaming videos and free Kindle eBooks, you can upgrade to a discounted Amazon Prime membership for only $49 a year.

How to Check your Credit Report and Score for Free

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With all of the bank research I’ve done the past few weeks, I’ve thought a lot about my credit score and how it effects this whole process. It’s kind of silly how a number defines whether or not you can open an account, interest rates and all sorts of other things related to your financial life. Some jobs even require a credit check before you are hired.

Because this number is so important, everyone should regularly check in on their credit report and score. Unfortunately, there are a lot of companies that build their business model around giving you this information, with a convenient monthly charge.

Luckily there are a few, totally, actually free ways to check both your credit report and your credit score.

If you live in the US (and this whole post is targeted towards people here in the states) then the Fair Credit Reporting Act guarantees you access to your credit report for free. There’s a lot of companies who try to pretend like they’ll provide your credit report for free, but they have hidden fees. The only place that provides the reports free is

At you can request a free report from the big three: Transunion, Experian and Equifax. They’ll each give you one free report a year, which actually translates into three free reports a year. Some people use all three at once, so they can compare the agencies. Others spread them out throughout the year. Either way, you should check your report regularly to make sure all information is correct and you have not been a victim of fraud or identity theft.

The process is pretty simple, you’ll have to fill out a lot of personal info to verify that you are the person you say you are. Then you’ll receive a copy of your credit report to print or save. The only thing you won’t receive for free is your credit score. They’ll offer to provide it for a charge, but don’t do it! There’s a way to get that information for free.

I recently discovered the website Credit Karma. If you sign up for an account with them, they will provide you will your credit score any time you log into your account. It’s pretty nifty. They also have a credit simulator that estimates what effect certain actions will have on your credit score. The site will also summarize your accounts with outstanding balances (mortgage, credit card, student loans, etc.) and gives notifications on changes (increase or decrease in balance, change in credit score, etc).

It’s a great tool that offers way more than I have time to mention. The one thing you have to watch out for is they will make suggestions on credit cards, loans and other banking products to apply for. This is how they make their money, so please do outside research before you sign up for their “recommended” products.

With both of these sites, you have plenty of free resources to keep track of your credit report.

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Download the Game Portal for Free Until 9/20/11

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Oh boy do I love Portal. My only regret is I bought it and conquered it months ago so I can’t get it for free now. But now I can talk about how much I love it as I pass along this bit of news.

Steam is offering the original Portal for free until September 20th. You have got to get this game! Even if you’re not into gaming (I’m not) you’ll love it (I do!). Plus if you download it by the 20th, it’s yours forever for free, whether or not you love it. There’s nothing to lose!

Check out the trailer:

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