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Free "world cinema" DVD

The Independent newspaper in conjunction with play.com is offering free DVDs of a slightly more intellectual type than, for instance, "Showgirls".

Yes, this is another offer brought to you by every consumer's friend, Kat. Here you get a free "world cinema" DVD. Don't let the description put you off. Some of them are actually rather good, and the rest the Poorhouse hasn't heard of so may be undiscovered gems themselves.

Cheap entertainment, free horror

Because we care and we share, the Poorhouse would like to bring to your attention a couple of decent offers.

First up, 20% off any purchase on HMV this Friday or Saturday only. Type this into the checkout page when you shop shop shop. This tip comes via and endorsed by the biggest Katastrophe to hit stores in expecting full price shoppers in recent times.

Next we have a nice free DVD. And no, not a terrible Daily Mail cartoon version of Huckleberry Finn's unrecounted adventure. Proper DVDs, albeit only of the horror genre. Think Evil Dead, Saw, Exorcist, The Grudge, Friday the 13th and so on. In fact if you're not a gore afficinado you should probably go elsewhere as to qualify you need to watch two horror films at a Vue cinema.

Matched betting calculator

The below bit of Javascript is a calculator to help with the wonderful way of making free money known as matched betting. It is based entirely on the information and files gleaned from the moneysavingexpert forums so all credit to the extremely helpful and generously informative netizens who hang out there.

More free money - betting without the risk

Gambling is a fool's game, no? The chances of you doing anything other than losing everything you earn are obviously so low that bookies will actually pay you seriousish money to sign up and play away. Except, upon closer inspection, it turns out that there is a pretty fool-proof method to consistently take the large pots of free money and run. It is mostly risk-free, understandable to someone not from Mensa, and best of all in no way dodgy.

How I made nearly £50 in 15 mins of clicking

In the course of potential future-avoidance of any sort of future tedious grindstones known as "paid employment", the Poorhouse is gratefully experimenting with any sort of half-dodgy webdeal to raise a quick buck. A couple of days ago, one such plan came up trumps, and a swift 15 minutes of so of quite fun web-clicking raised £45.88. And - apologies for sounding like nothing more than a filthy spam-merchant - there was no risk involved, other than the ability to have some self restraint.

Here, for your delectation, is how to do it.

Get extra money for what you already do

In these days of Internet capitalism there is nothing better for a greedy web-author than a surfeit of rich visitors being sent to your site to spend money on your things. As such, websites regularly advertise on each other in arrangement that if website A sends a visitor to website B, B will pay A a small amount of cash. This is lovely for website A, but not so good for you unless you own the website A. Unless you play the referrals game.

Now go and look at Quidco. Here, hundreds of referral links are set up for numerous different product types, ranging from electronics to books, holidays, games, gambling, insurance and much much more. Every time you go to the site through them and make a purchase (or in a couple of cases just visit), Quidco receives money from the site in question. The difference with Quidco is that they pay the money to you either by Paypal or BACS bank account transfer. How pleasant.

Cheaper railway station food

What's the most expensive commodity in the world? Diamonds? Platinum? Illegal drugs? Erm no, it's probably railway station food. £10 a glass of water, £20 a Mars Bar, taking advantage of stranded and most often delayed passengers is a profitable enterprise.

Try to reclaim a tiny amount of your hard-earned cash without dying of starvation and dry-mouth with the Bite card. Flash it around Upper Crust, Millie's Cookies, Delice de France and all those other ridiculous pseudo-"European" food-shops for a 20% discount.

Paintshop Pro for cheap

Wannabe designers - now is a chance to escape the ravages of editing your hi-res pictures in Microsoft Paint. If of course, for some reason, you would want to. After all, if you can't solve it with a heady mixture of rectangle and the spray can tool why bother?

Anyhow you have until the 31st August to purchase Corel's (formerly Jasc's) Paint Shop Pro at an especially bargainous price. Until then, you can purchase it for under half price - a most reasonable £41.

No, it doesn't have the word "Photoshop" in its title, but nor does it have its (literally) above £500 pricetag.

Free WinRAR

WinRAR is a compression program to compress and decompress zip, rar and many many other types of files. It is extremely quick, versatile and generally good, and in the Poorhouse's opinion easily beats Winzip and other classics. It is easily worth the small amount of money it costs, but if you go here super quickly (i.e. before midnight today) you can get it free, free, free! Oh, and it's legal to do this. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Visual Studio for free

Don't know if the Poorhouse is just the last one to notice anything but it seems Microsoft are offering a cutdown but still useful version of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 for free, under guise of the Visual Studio Express editions.

The package includes:

  • Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition
  • Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition
  • Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
  • Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition
  • Visual J# 2005 Express Edition
  • SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
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