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April 23rd, 2014 by Rebecca Lehmann

Netflix announced on Monday that it's raising the price of a streaming subscription by up to $2 for new members.

Netflix Price Hike"Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only. Existing members would stay at current pricing (e.g. $7.99 in the U.S.) for a generous time period," the company wrote in a quarterly earnings report  to its investors. "These changes will enable us to acquire more content and deliver an even better streaming experience."

While the timing of the price hike was left vague, new subscribers should expect to see rates jump to $8.99 or $9.99 by the end of June. Current subscribers will be grandfathered in at the $7.99 monthly fee "for a generous time period". Netflix tested a price hike in Ireland back in January and locked rates for current Irish subscribers for two years, so it seems likely that a similar period would be on offer for U.S. subscribers. But current subscribers are on notice: Netflix is going to raise your rates, too.

The Netflix price hike comes directly on the heels of a similar price increase from streaming video rival Amazon, which raised the cost of a Prime subscription by $20 per year, launching a public backlash and a mad scramble to lock in the $79 membership fee.

Netflix is billed monthly, which helps to obscure the total annual cost of a subscription from its users. The annual cost of a streaming-only subscription would increase by $12 or $24, bringing the total cost of a Netflix account to as much as $119.88 per year. That's up to $20.88 more than Amazon Prime, which also offers free 2-day shipping on thousands of items and a Kindle Lending Library. Amazon also just struck a deal with HBO to offer some of its original programming through Amazon Instant Video, which vastly improves its appeal as a Netflix alternative. (Not the latest season of Game of Thrones, alas...)

But if all of this talk of price hikes makes you think that the only legal way to watch movies online is to pay for them, you would be 100% wrong. We've rounded up the best free online movie sources that we could find. While you're not likely to find many new releases in here, all of them are free, none require any silliness like filling out a zillion surveys, and all of them will keep you on the right side of the law.

28 Legal Ways to Watch Movies and TV Online for Free

Our Top 5 Favorites

Yidio Free Streaming Video

The secret to Yidio is that it aggregates movies from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle and many other video streaming services, setting itself up as a sort of online hub. Unfortunately, that also means that many of the movies on offer here require subscriptions to those services. The coolest part, though, is that for any given movie you're offered your choice of streaming service. For example, All Dogs Go to Heaven is hosted free on Yidio, but you can also add it to your Netflix DVD queue, stream it via Amazon Prime with a membership, or rent it on Amazon, iTunes or Vudu - and all of those options are presented for users to choose from. There are plenty of movies from free sources, and we found more than enough to keep us busy for awhile. 

Crackle Watch Movies Online Free

Backed by Sony and available on some streaming devices like Roku, Crackle's selection of classics and more recent releases might make you wonder what you were really paying for over at Netflix anyway. The TV here is pretty excellent too, with original productions like Chosen and meaty cult favorites like The Shield and Damages.

Hulu Legal Free Movies Online

Regular users of streaming video already know that Hulu is the go-to service for TV content, but many don't realize that Hulu also offers a limited selection of movies that you can stream for free. While you won't find any new releases, or even many movies that you've heard of, we did spot the original Dragon Tattoo Trilogy, Highlander, and a healthy dose of kung fu.

Hoopla Free Streaming Movies at the Library

Got a library card? If your local public library is hooked into Hoopla, you can use it to check out streaming music and video. As of March 2014, there were 256 partner libraries using Hoopla nationwide, in both big cities like Boston and smaller communities like Hastings, Nebraska, and more communities are coming online every day. You can check out this map to see if Hoopla is available where you live.

SnagFilms Free Streaming Movies Online

We love SnagFilms for the stylish look and for the way they present their movies. We love the Film School 101 category, for those of us who "don't have $80K to drop on a film school degree", as well as the nod to Autism Awareness Month that calls out autism documentaries. Of all of the sites we looked at, SnagFilms feels the most curated and lovingly cared for.
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April 22nd, 2014 by Candace Massari

This week's freebies roundup includes: UPS My Choice Membership, Lego Store & Family Circle Magazine!

Restaurant Freebies

  • Starbucks: Free Bonus Rewards Star when you complete a task in your account
  • Subway: Free Muppets Backpack with Subway Fresh Fit For Kids Meal Purchase
  • Jamba Juice: Free Smoothie or 12oz Juice with Isis Wallet Payment (exp. 4/30)
  • Hometown Buffet: Buy 1 Get 1 Free Dinner Buffet Coupon

Retail Freebies

  • UPS My Choice: Free 1-Year Premium Membership with code BJFCQSAY5 ($40 value!)
  • Lego Store: Free Lego Dragon Mini Model Building Workshop (5/6 Only)
  • Shutterfly: 101 Free 4 x 6 Prints with code LOVE101 (exp. 4/23)
  • Pottery Barn: Free Botanical Arrangement Class at 10 a.m. (4/27 Only)
  • Staples: Free Ream of Multipurpose Paper After Coupon & Rebate (exp. 4/26)
  • Harbor Freight: Free Scissors, a 25' Tape Measure, & 9-LED Mini Flashlight Printable Coupon (exp. 4/30)
  • BJ's Wholesale Club: 60-Day Shopping Pass (exp. 7/6)
  • Minted: 3 Free Wedding Invitation Samples

Entertainment Freebies

Downloads & Free Apps

  • Brad's Deals iPhone App: Download our App for free!
  • iTunes: 10 Free Country Song Downloads from People Magazine (exp. 5/31)
  • Audible: Free 1-Month Membership + 1 Free Audiobook
  • Sephora: Free A Year Full of Recipes e-Book (exp. 5/15)

Free Samples

  • Dial: Free 7-Day Dial Moisturizing Lotion Sample
  • Tums: Free Sample of TUMS Freshers Spearmint Antacid Tablets
  • Escada: Free Fragrance Sample
  • Purina: Free Sample of Purina Healthy Weight Cat Food
  • Hydroxycut: Free Sample of Hydroxycut Gummies Dietary Supplement
  • Seattle's Best Coffee: Free Coffee Sample
  • Suave: Free Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Shampoo Sample
  • Hugo Boss: Free Boss Orange Fragrance Sample
  • Nivea: Free Body Lotion Sample

If you're new to requesting freebies, we recommend creating a separate e-mail address to use specifically for freebies, otherwise you'll be filling up your inbox pretty quick. Did you find any freebies this week that aren't on our list? Let us know in the comments!

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April 21st, 2014 by David Dritsas

Best Buy Electronics Trade InLet's face it, when it comes to filling up landfills there is almost nothing worse than old electronics. Not only are they usually made of non-biodegradable plastics that can do some serious ecological damage; some electronics, such as LCD screens in laptops and HDTVs, contain mercury, which should never be thrown away with the regular trash. It's always a good idea to recycle your old electronics. It's even better to make some money doing it! That in mind, you could get $20 from Best Buy by trading in your old gear.

From now until April 26th, the retailer is awarding a $20 Best Buy Gift Card for any device that is able to be turned on and works. It did not have to be purchased from Best Buy, though some exclusions may apply (very old tube TVs, for example). But even if it's not working, they will still take your old electronics and recycle them for free. You can learn more about their recycling program here and find out what times of items they take.

Either way, you will be doing a good thing!

April 21st, 2014 by Courtney from Brad's Deals

Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22, and we wanted to round up all the places you can score some Earth Day Freebies! We've got free grocery bags, kid's activity sheets, a smartphone app and more.
Earth Day 2014
Anthropologie: Free butterfly crafts in-store for kids 5-8 (call your local store to RSVP).

Battery Giant: Stores are equipped with “Battery Recycling Center” for used battery collection. Special green Battery Giant recycling buckets will be available to businesses, and buckets full of reclaimed batteries can be dropped off at a store or picked up by a Battery Giant specialist.

Care2: Free Earth Day greeting cards.

Caribou Coffee: Purchase an Earth Day tumbler and receive free coffee refills through the end of April.

Disney Store: Bring 5 plastic grocery bags to your local Disney Store (call ahead to make sure they are participating) and receive a free Disneynature Bears Reusable Tote Bag (4/22 only)

Earth Day Smartphone App: Download "The Four Seasons - An Earth Day Interactive Children’s Story Book" for iPhone or Android for games and puzzles to celebrate Earth Day.

EVOS: Free organic milkshake to support local organic family farmers (4/22 only).

Glass Dharma: Take a quiz on the Glass Dharma website and you could get a reusable, glass, drinking straw.

H-E-B: Bring 5 plastic bags into your local participating store from 3-7PM and receive a free reusable tote bag.

Jo-Ann Fabric: The first 50 customers will receive a FREE Reusable Shopping Tote (4/22 only).

Jolly Time: Free tote with 3 Proofs of Purchase on Jolly Time Popcorn.

Origins: Bring empty cosmetic containers (any brand!) to your local Origins store and they will recycle them for free (ongoing promotion).

Pottery Barn Kids: Pottery Barn Kids will host treasure hunts to celebrate Earth Day and kids who complete the hunt will receive a plantable bookmark (week of 4/21).

Scholastic: Free kid's activity print out.

Spoonful.com: Printable activity book for kids.

Tobacco Free: Fill out the form and they will send you a free Tobacco Free Stores tote.

Wegmans: The first 300 customers after 11AM to bring in plastic grocery bags to their local Wegmans can exchange them for a free reusable tote (4/26 only).

Zoya Nail Polish: Buy 6 Zoya nail polishes at 50% off with code ZDAY2014 and when you receive your polishes, send back as many nail polishes (even non-Zoya brands) as you wish and they will recycle them for you (through 4/28).

As with all of our freebies, you should call your local store to make sure they are participating.

April 18th, 2014 by Rebecca Lehmann

If you've already signed up for Target's free credit monitoring, you can stack it with Michaels' offer to get two years instead of just one. Details below.

Following up on news of a credit card breach initially reported in late January, popular craft and hobby retailer Michaels revealed the findings of their investigation into the security breach which potentially exposed approximately 3 million credit cards to hackers.

Michaels Free Credit MonitoringThe company's statement reveals that the breach occurred between May 8, 2013 and January 27, 2014 at Michaels stores and between June 26, 2013 and February 27, 2014 at Aaron Brother's locations. For both stores, the information was stolen using malware installed on a limited number of cash registers and did not affect online purchases.

Information taken by the hackers includes card numbers and expiration dates. It is not believed that any other personal information, such as name, address or PIN numbers, was breached.

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April 18th, 2014 by Huong Luu

A cough here, a sneeze there. When the dust balls have been piling up and those thick winter sweaters need a boot, you know it's time for that yearly ritual you dread the most...spring cleaning.

When many people think of spring cleaning, they often believe it means cleaning everything, from every nook and cranny in the house to even the outside yard and shed.  Such a monstrous task can be overwhelming and expensive.  Yet, with some careful planning and a little ingenuity, spring cleaning can be a lot simpler than you might expect.

Getting Organized

Before you even attempt to tackle your first cleaning job, make sure you're mentally prepared to clean in the first place.  How long will this cleaning project take?  A day? A weekend or more?  Create a list or at least a mental note of all the things and rooms you want to clean.  Then decide realistically how long it will take to complete. Also consider whether you're completing these projects on your own or if you're dividing it up among family members, roommates, or enlisting the help of friends. The key here is not to overstress yourself but to have a plan and stick to it.

Quality Supplies

Using quality cleaning tools and products is an essential part of getting the job done right, and it doesn't have to cost you a fortune.  However, the tools you use should involve a little investment since these are long-term purchases which you want to be using for years, instead of replacing every year.  Avoid purchasing items like a $4 plastic mop that does not absorb water well and can break easily.  Most of all, avoid fads.  The latest hip and happening "As seen on TV" product shouldn't be your first choice.

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April 15th, 2014 by Candace Massari

This week's freebies roundup includes: Staples, Weather Channel & Country Music Freebies!

Restaurant Freebies

  • Arby's: Free Snack-Sized Curly Fries (4/15 Only)
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Sing a Song and Get 1 Free Dinner Entree (4/15 Only)
  • AMC Theatres: Free small Popcorn (4/12-4/15)
  • Subway: Free Muppets Backpack with Subway Fresh Fit For Kids Meal Purchase
  • Jamba Juice: Free Smoothie or 12oz Juice with Isis Wallet Payment (exp. 4/30)
  • Hometown Buffet: Buy 1 Get 1 Free Dinner Buffet Coupon

Retail Freebies

  • Staples: Free Ream of Multipurpose Paper After Coupon & Rebate (exp. 4/19)
  • Harbor Freight: Free Scissors, a 25' Tape Measure, & 9-LED Mini Flashlight Printable Coupon (exp. 4/30)
  • BJ's Wholesale Club: 60-Day Shopping Pass (exp. 7/6)
  • Minted: 3 Free Wedding Invitation Samples

Entertainment Freebies

Downloads & Free Apps

  • Brad's Deals iPhone App: Download our App for free!
  • iTunes: 10 Free Country Song Downloads from People Magazine (exp. 5/31)
  • Audible: Free 1-Month Membership + 1 Free Audiobook
  • Sephora: Free A Year Full of Recipes e-Book (exp. 5/15)

Free Samples

  • Escada: Free Fragrance Sample
  • Purina: Free Sample of Purina Healthy Weight Cat Food
  • Hydroxycut: Free Sample of Hydroxycut Gummies Dietary Supplement
  • Seattle's Best Coffee: Free Coffee Sample
  • Suave: Free Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Shampoo Sample
  • Hugo Boss: Free Boss Orange Fragrance Sample
  • Nivea: Free Body Lotion Sample

If you're new to requesting freebies, we recommend creating a separate e-mail address to use specifically for freebies, otherwise you'll be filling up your inbox pretty quick. Did you find any freebies this week that aren't on our list? Let us know in the comments!

Take the best online coupons and deals with you on the go! Download the newly updated Brad's Deals iPhone app today.

April 10th, 2014 by Rebecca Lehmann

There's been a lot of buzz about the Heartbleed Bug over the last 24 hours, and because this is such a big deal, even though it's not explicitly about deals or freebies or otherwise saving money, we feel that Brad's Deals have a responsibility as a consumer advocate to pass along the notes on what you should do to protect yourself.

What is the Heartbleed Bug?

How to choose a secure password

Photo: snoopsmaus / Flickr

Heartbleed is being described as an encryption flaw in a secure connection protocol called OpenSSL. Basically, when your computer is connected to a secure website, like a bank or an online retailer, there is a sort of ping signal that keeps you securely connected. The Heartbleed exploit allowed hackers to replace that ping with a false ping, using it to intercept sensitive information like passwords, credit card numbers and any other data that you would submit with a secure form.

Do hackers have my information now?

No one knows for sure. This wasn't a case of catching the bad guys doing something bad, so we can't say for sure if anyone has used the exploit to get info in the past.

What you should do about it?

The best thing to do is to wait for affected websites to fix the bug with a security patch, then update your passwords. Changing your passwords before those updates are made still leaves them vulnerable to the exploit.

What sites were affected?

Mashable put together a good list that they're keeping updated as information comes in. Bookmark it and check back often. Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram are just a few of the bigger names on the list.

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April 10th, 2014 by Courtney from Brad's Deals

It's that time of year again! Tax Day is upon us and will be here on April 15, 2014. If you're scrambling to finish up your 2013 financials, take a break and enjoy some of these Tax Day Freebies. This list will be updated daily with any more deals and freebies we find. In the past couple years, we saw deals and coupons coming in well into Tax Day itself, so keep checking back!
Tax Day Freebies Cookie

Tax Day Freebies:

Arby's: Free Small Curly Fry with coupon (4/15 only)
California Tortilla: Free Chips and Queso (4/15 only)
Great American Cookies: Free Chocolate Chip Cookie (4/15 only)
Hard Rock Cafe: Free Entree when you sing a song on stage (4/15 only)
HydroMassage: Free HydroMassage (4/14 - 4/18)
Office Depot: Free Shredding up to 5lbs. (through 4/29)
Schlotsky's Deli: Free "The Original" Small Sandwich (4/15 only)

If none of these freebies relax you enough on this frantic day, you can take advantage of some of these deals instead:

Tax Day Deals:

6pm.com: Tax Day sale items all $49.99 or less
Boston Market: 2 Chicken Meals for $10.40 (4/15 only)
Bruegger's Bagels: $10.40 Big Bagel Bundle with email signup by 4/10/2014 (4/12 - 4/15)
Chevy's Fresh Mex: No tax on your tab (Now through 4/15)
Esquared Hospitality: 1/2 off all alcoholic beverages at select restaurants in this group (4/15 only)
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: Fill Your Cup for $4.15 (4/15 only)
Pizza Hut: Order online and use code TAXDAY to get a large pizza and one of three signature Pizza Hut sides for $10.99 (4/15 only)
Sonic: 50% off Drinks, Teas and Slushes (4/15 only)Sonny's BBQ: 1/2 Price Rib Platter (4/15 only)

April 8th, 2014 by Candace Massari

This week's freebies roundup includes: Ben & Jerry's, Harbor Freight Tools & Purina Cat Food!

Restaurant Freebies

  • Ben & Jerry's: Free cone between 8-12 p.m. to Celebrate Free Cone Day (4/8 Only)
  • McDonald's: Free Small Coffee During Breakfast Hours (exp. 4/13)
  • Subway: Free Muppets Backpack with Subway Fresh Fit For Kids Meal Purchase
  • Jamba Juice: Free Smoothie or 12oz Juice with Isis Wallet Payment (exp. 4/30)
  • Hometown Buffet: Buy 1 Get 1 Free Dinner Buffet Coupon

Retail Freebies

  • T-Mobile: Free SIM Card Activation Kit
  • Harbor Freight: Free Scissors, a 25' Tape Measure, & 9-LED Mini Flashlight Printable Coupon (exp. 4/30)
  • Origins: Free VitaZing SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer in-Stores (exp. 4/13)
  • BJ's Wholesale Club: 60-Day Shopping Pass (exp. 7/6)
  • Minted: 3 Free Wedding Invitation Samples

Entertainment Freebies

Downloads & Free Apps

  • Brad's Deals iPhone App: Download our App for free!
  • Act of Happiness: Create a Act of Happiness and receive a Free Download of Pharell Williams “Happy” Song
  • Audible: Free 1-Month Membership + 1 Free Audiobook
  • Sephora: Free A Year Full of Recipes e-Book (exp. 5/15)

Free Samples

  • Nabisco: Free Box of Ritz Bacon Crackers
  • Arm & Hammer: Free Sample of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste
  • Purina: Free Sample of Purina Healthy Weight Cat Food
  • Hydroxycut: Free Sample of Hydroxycut Gummies Dietary Supplement
  • Seattle's Best Coffee: Free Coffee Sample
  • Poise: Free Liner Sample Kit
  • Zarbee's Seasonal Relief: Free Sample & Coupon (Click on the "get a sample free" tab)
  • Suave: Free Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Shampoo Sample
  • Emergen-C: Free Emergen-C Supplement Sample
  • Truvía: Free Natural Sweetener Sample
  • Hugo Boss: Free Boss Orange Fragrance Sample
  • Nivea: Free Body Lotion Sample
  • Gucci: Made to Measure Men's Fragrance Sample
  • Airborne: 4 Free Samples

If you're new to requesting freebies, we recommend creating a separate e-mail address to use specifically for freebies, otherwise you'll be filling up your inbox pretty quick. Did you find any freebies this week that aren't on our list? Let us know in the comments!

Take the best online coupons and deals with you on the go! Download the newly updated Brad's Deals iPhone app today.

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