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Free Classic Christmas Cartoons in the Public Domain

Written by Brett McKay

When I was a kid, a holiday tradition my family was watching old Christmas cartoons. We had a VHS with a bunch of cartoons from the 1930s and 40s that are in the public domain. We watched it so much, the tape wore out and we had to chuck the video. It’s been years since I’ve seen these charming Christmas cartoons, but thanks to the wonders of YouTube, I’m able to recapture a piece of my childhood.

Because these cartoons are in the public domain, they’re freely distributable. No worries about copyright. I’ve gathered all the cartoons here for you to view. This is a great (and frugal!) way to help get yourself in the Christmas spirit. Sit back, relax, sip a cup of cocoa, and enjoy this bit of Christmas nostalgia.

Christmas Comes But Once A Year

This one is my favorite! This cartoons stars Professor Grampy from Betty Boop. He makes Christmas merrier for an orphanage using his ingenuity.

Somewhere In Dreamland

Two poor and hungry children have a dream of a magical land filled with chocolate rivers and popcorn fields. When they awake, a feast awaits them supplied by a some kind merchants.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer


This rendition from of the classic story was done in 1948. As a kid, I always thought the Santa in this cartoon sounded like James Earl Jones.

Santa’s Surprise

Kids from all over the world somehow sneak a ride to the North Pole on Santa’s sleigh. While Santa sleeps, the kids join forces to clean his workshop. Like so many things from the 1940s, this cartoon is full of what would today be considered offensive racial stereotypes in what was probably an attempt at diversity. Still, the cartoon is charming.

Jack Frost

A young grizzly bear ignores his mother’s warnings about the coming winter and heads outside only to meet Jack Frost himself.

Snow Foolin

Anthropomorphic animals enjoy the winter weather. Can someone explain how a kangaroo ended up in a winter wonderland? Best part: singing “Jingle Bells” by following the bouncing egg.

Hector’s Hectic Life

A dog named Hector has a hectic time cleaning up the messes of puppies left at the doorstep at Christmas time. If his owner finds finds out about the messes, Hector will be thrown out to the cold.

Free Law School Admissions Webinar For Frugal Law Student Readers

Written by Brett McKay

All you pre-law students or readers interested in going to law school, listen up. Ann K. Levine, law school admissions expert and coach, is offering a free webinar to Frugal Law Student readers called “I’ve Taken the LSAT; Now What?” You can attend this $150 webinar absolutely free if you mention The Frugal Law Student in your sign up e-mail.

Ann’s webinar will be August 4 at 12PM EST. She’ll take you step by step on what you need to do during your law school application process. Ann will also explain how to take advantage of rolling admissions and how you can be done with applying to law school by early November. I wish I knew this kind of stuff when I was applying. Sign up today so you can take advantage of this free offer. Remember to mention The Frugal Law Student.

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Better Than Netflix

Written by Mrs. FLS


A year ago I rediscovered and fell back in love with the public library. I, as many kids, loved the library as a youth. All those shelves of colorful books! But as a teen I discovered Borders and Amazon and left the library behind like a tattered teddy bear.

Now, at a point in my life where frugality is so very important, I have reacquainted myself with the wonders of the library. One of my new favorite features is inter-library loan. I just “shop” for the books I want in the online catalog, and no matter which library they are located at, I can request them to be sent to the library closest to my house. Then when I visit the library, they are all waiting for me on the reserve shelf. It is a beautiful thing.

Everyone thinks of books first when they think of the library. But many overlook the library’s great DVD and CD selection. They are a frugal person’s best friend. Don’t ever rent a movie or buy a CD again. You may have checked out the library’s selection of CD’s and DVD’s some years ago and not been impressed. But at least here in Tulsa, and I imagine elsewhere as well, the variety and quantity has significantly improved.

I used to think that the public library only had CD’s from Irish folk bands or classical music. But I have happily been proved wrong. I have found Dashboard Confessional, the Arcade Fire, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Indigo Girls, Kayne West, and Death Cab for Cutie, to name a few. Why plunk down $15 for a new CD when you can check one out for free?
Admittedly if you are into extremely indie music, you probably won’t find any at the library, and you’ll have to keep buying your CDs from the guy with dark rimmed glasses and skinny jeans at your local independent CD store.

Downsides

There are only a couple of downsides to getting your media from the library. One is that with so many people renting the DVD’s, they often get scratched or broken. About 1 out of every 4 DVD’s I have rented have been unplayable or had glitches. But the biggest disadvantage of course is the wait on popular stuff. You can put a hold on it, but you might be 60 of 60 holds. But with patience and a little self-control, you can save big bucks while still staying on top of the cool music and movies that have come out. And the truth is, you just can’t beat FREE!

Make library use even easier by keeping track of due dates online.

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Free Delicious Recipes With CookingSpot

Written by Brett McKay

This is a sponsored post

On of the best ways to save money is to make your own food instead of eating out. However, many people run into the problem of not having enough food ideas. Tuna fish sandwiches can get really old really fast.

Put down that tuna fish sandwich and head over to CookingSpot for thousands of recipes for free. I was impressed with the number and variety of recipes that CookingSpot has to offer. The recipes are well organized by categories, so finding a particular dish isn’t difficult. I’m a big fan of Mexican food, so I checked out what they had to offer. Most recipes sites don’t have recipes for real Mexican food. It’s usually just TexMex stuff. However, I was happy to see some recipes for actual Mexican dishes on CookingSpot.

One neat feature of CookingSpot is that people can submit their own recipes to it. CookingSpot is basically a social cook book. Because of this social aspect of CookingSpot, you’re guaranteed to find something new and fresh every time you check the site.

By far the best feature of CookingSpot is that it’s free. If you want some of the added features like Your Recipe Box or if you want to contribute recipes, you have to sign-up, but that’s free, too.

CookingSpot looks like a great way to expand your cooking choices. Try out some of the recipes and start saving money by eating in.

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Free Magazines For The Rest of Your Life

Written by Brett McKay

I love reading magazines, but subscriptions or just buying a single issue can get expensive. However, I haven’t let money stop me from reading my favorite magazines. I do it for free.

It’s simple. Just go down to your local Borders or Barnes and Noble, grab all the magazines you want to read, sit down in the cafe, and read. When you’re done, put them back where they go. Walk out the door. Free magazines.

I haven’t bought a magazine ever since I’ve started doing this. I’ve realized that it’s really pointless to buy magazines. You can read them in one sitting, so spending $5 for maybe 45 minutes of reading is a big waste of money. Plus, by not buying magazines, you keep your life clutter free. No more old Time’s hanging around in the bathroom or taking up space on your counters. Nice.

Start your free lifetime magazine subscription today at your local bookstore. Your retirement account will thank you.

Create Flash Card Wikis

Written by Mrs. FLS

Lifehacker has a post about Memorizable.org. You can create your own web based flash cards using the wiki format. If you’ve never used a wiki before, it will take some time getting used to. Not only can you make customized flash cards for your Contracts or Family Law class, Memorizable is free. Try it out and see if it will help in your exam preparation.