Sunday, December 7, 2008

Why pay if there is free?

Sitting yourself down to do a bit of personal accounting has become a depressing hobby. The troubling world crisis and spiralling cost of living in Dubai is not lost on anyone, neither the financially crippling rents.

So when the newspapers tell us that more and more companies are lossing numbers of jobs each day, it's a bit of a kick in the teeth. Something that gives us reason to be panic and worried for the consequences ahead. Something that we must be at all times take a look on our finances.

Luckily, there are many ways to bring our finances under control than spending all the limits of our credit cards, and praying for Christmas bonuses or payrise. Why don't we have to plan for a budget? And first on the budget express is entertainment central. What are you paying to keep entertainment streaming into your homes at the moment? A satellite TV subscription, cinema tickets, DVD's...all these costs add up, when what we actually be paying is nothing.

Nowadays, entertainment is free if you want it to be. I'm not going to endorse an illegal peer-to-peer file sharing. This is much simpler. Dailymotion and Youtube are on top of my list. You missed to watch some of your favorite Indie Films and Dramas or wanted to see videos of award-winning Charice Pempengco? Visit Dailymotion and Youtube. Try also CBS website. On CBS you can watch all manner of TV program from prime time big hitters such as Big Brothers and CSI. So hurrah for CBS, but it does not stop there. Go to Joost, the free online TV provider. You'll have to download a program to watch it but that's free and gives you access to hundreds of channels with sports, movies, music and documentaries. And if gaming is your thing, you'll find no shortage of flash games online...some of them are utterly free. You have the options. Leave the house and pay to drive down the road to somewhere where you will be asked for even more money to be entertained temporarily? Or stay at home, be entertained for nothing and watch your purse bulging?