Festival of Frugality #285

Welcome to the 285th edition of Festival of Frugality. The Festival of Frugality is a carnival of the week's best stories and tips on how to save money.

Some of us are new to squeezing the most out of our dollars and it can feel a bit like the fifth dimension. Which brings us to our theme for the week, The Twilight Zone.

One of our money saving tactics was to get rid of our cable. Netflix, for us, has been a wonderful substitute. We have been more than happy watching streaming episodes of one of our favorite TV shows. Not only is The Twilight Zone frugal to watch, it has many frugal themes too.
There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone

Editor's Picks and My All-Time Favorite Episode
Time Enough At Last
Henry Bemis (played by the wonderful Burgess Meredith) really knows how to use his library's resources. All the man wants to do is read and nobody will let him, even his wife. He finally gets his chance when he becomes the sole survivor, after a nuclear bomb hits the city.
Oh, snap! Then the unthinkable happens.

More Great Articles and Eerie Episodes   

To Serve Man (saving money on food)
Aliens come to save us from ourselves. They offer world peace and eliminate hunger. They even have a book called To Serve Man. What could possibly go wrong? By the end we know the visitors are very frugal and like to cook for themselves. It's what's on the menu that is most disturbing.

Kick The Can (frugal entertainment)
Entertaining yourself has a valuable lesson in this story. Residents of The Sunnyvale Rest Home learn to be young again with a very inexpensive game of kick the can. Too bad for Ben Conroy who misses out on a once in a lifetime chance to play.
Olly olly oxen free!

Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up? (saving on travel)
When a bus driver and his thrifty riders must stop due to a broken bridge and a snowstorm, they take shelter in a nearby diner. While waiting, the news hits that a UFO has landed nearby and footprints in the snow lead to the diner. Paranoia ensues when they realize the alien is amongst them. 

What You Need (needs vs wants)
A peddler, named Pedott, knows the difference between a want and a need. He also has the uncanny gift of giving exactly what you need. When a petty thug realizes his gift he starts harassing Pedott, demanding over and over again for just one more thing. What happens is a cautionary tale of the consequences of always getting what you want.

The Midnight Sun (household savings)
The Earth is hurtling toward the sun. Most everyone has left the city except Norma and her passive income earning landlord, Mrs. Bronson. As each hour passing gets hotter, things only get worse. Until you realize Norma is having a fever dream. Is she just trading one nightmare for another?

The Shelter (know your resources)
This is one of the creepier episodes because it is one of the few that could actually happen. While at a dinner party a warning of danger comes over the radio. Dr. Stockton is prepared with his in-home bomb shelter, but the other neighbors are not as equipped. As they panic, their true colors shine through. 

The Silence (taking it to the extreme)
A man who doesn't know how to keep his mouth shut, takes on a bet for a half million dollars that he won't be able to stay quiet for a year. To everyone's surprise he accomplishes the feat, but in true Twilight Zone fashion there are a few more surprises to be had. There are some things you just shouldn't do for money, no matter how frugal you are trying to be.

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