A Company Wants to Pay You $1000 to Watch 25 Hours of Friends

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Warner Bros. Television/Getty Images

Do you often cancel your plans to have a binge-watch session of Friends? Are you known to randomly drop some classic Joey Tribbiani quotes into your daily conversations? Then do we have the job for you: FrontierBundles.com is offering to pay one diehard fan $1000 just to watch 25 hours of the show.

This isn’t the first Friends tie-in in recent memory. Movie theaters will be hosting a Friends marathon and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will be selling Central Perk coffee in celebration of the series’ 25th anniversary. Now you can join in on the fun from the comfort of your very own couch—and actually get paid to do what you were probably doing anyway.

So how do you participate? It’s fairly simple. The company is asking you to watch 25 hours of the show (easy!), which is about 60 episodes, before September 22. While watching, you’ll also be live-tweeting your experience, along with posting a photo to Twitter when you’re all done. Make sure to tag @FrontierCorp in your tweets and you’ll be fully in the running to get the cash!

In addition to the $1000, FrontierBundles.com is also offering a year-long subscription to Netflix (or a Visa card if you already have one), and a “Friends Fandom Fun Pack” which includes a T-shirt, mug, and more.

You must be 18 years or older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply, and you can do so here.

How Much Are You Spending on Streaming Services? This Handy Calculator Can Tell You

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With the recent debut of both Disney+ and Apple TV+, not to mention upcoming launches for HBO Max, NBC’s Peacock, and more, streaming services are officially coming for cable television’s throne—and might sneakily empty your bank account while they're at it.

While a monthly fee of $10 to $15 seems easy enough to justify if you’re willing to sacrifice a burrito bowl or fancy cocktail once a month, the little voice in the back of your head is probably whispering, “but it still adds up.” To find out just how much, MarketWatch created a calculator that will not only tell you how much you’re spending on streaming services every month; it’ll also add up the lifetime cost of all those entertainment expenses.

The calculator covers Netflix, CBS All Access, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Disney+, Apple TV+, and YouTube TV, and it also includes a whole host of add-ons that you might not even have realized were available. Through Amazon Prime, for example, you can subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels—but there are also more niche options like Hallmark Movies Now and NickHits (with iCarly, The Fairly OddParents, and other Nickelodeon classics).

As you check off services and add-ons, you’ll see your monthly bill on the right side of the total box, and the lifetime cost—which accounts for 50 years of streaming, adjusted for inflation—will balloon before your eyes on the left side. Below that, there’s an even larger number labeled as the lifetime “true” cost, which estimates how much you would’ve made if you had invested that money instead.

For example: If you sign up for basic monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Disney+ for $9 and $7, respectively, your lifetime cost totals around $16,200. However, if you had opted to invest that money, the 50-year prediction sees you walking away with almost $74,000.

Having said that, it’s understandably hard to look that far into the future, especially when Disney+ is tempting you with the Lizzie McGuire series, Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, and practically every beloved animated Disney movie from your childhood.

[h/t MarketWatch]

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

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Amazon

Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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