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5 Ways to Watch the Presidential Debates for Free

5 Ways to Watch the Presidential Debates for Free

It’s hard to believe that a new president is about to be voted in. What’s even harder to believe is that it’s time for the debates that will undoubtedly decide which nominee will become that president. The first debate happens on Monday, September 26, with the remaining two in October.

If you’re a cord cutter you’re probably already considering your strategy if you want to watch the debates. The good news is that since they are going to be on every local channel and most cable news networks, you’ll have plenty of options. It should go without saying that you can watch on your TV using a digital antenna, but if you want to watch the debates online there are ways you can do that for free, as well.

1. Watch on Sling TV

Sling TV normally costs about $20 a month, but you can utilize the free trial and this will give you time to watch at least one of the debates this way for free. If you’re watching the debate with Sling TV, the best channel option you’ll have is CNN.

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The upside here is that Sling TV works on most streaming devices, which means you can watch whenever and wherever you want. After you watch the debate, you can cancel your trial with the click of a button. You can learn all about Sling TV here.

2. PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is similar to Sling TV, but you will have more debate channels to choose from. Packages begin at $30 and go up from there, but like Sling TV, you get a free trial, which will allow you to watch at least one debate for free.

Eligible debate channels include CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC. If you live in select cities like New York and Chicago, you can also watch the debate on local channels. The downside here is that Vue can’t be used outside of the home due to mobile restrictions.

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3. CBS All Access

If CBS is your favorite network, you can watch the debate on CBS using CBS All Access. This streaming service offers strictly CBS content. Packages begin at $5.99 a month, but you get the first week free. You can watch CBS All Access on most devices.

80% of the country is able to watch CBS All Access in live streaming, but if you can’t, they have an on-demand library so the debate would become available shortly after it airs. Like with the other methods, you can cancel online, so it’s a quick and easy process.

4. Watch the Debate on Facebook

All three of the presidential debates and the lone VP debate will be available on Facebook thanks to ABC News.

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Along with the debate, there will be a before and after commentary and it won’t cost a cent to watch. The correspondents who will be handling the debate coverage include LZ Granderson, Amna Nawaz, Matthew Dowd, and Dan Harris.

5. Don’t Forget About Twitter

Another good, free option is to watch the debates on Twitter. Like Facebook, they all will be aired courtesy of Bloomberg News.

There will be before and after debate coverage, along with the entire debate being shown for free. The benefit here is that you don’t have to do anything special. If you’ve got an account, all you need to do is sign on. Want to watch on your TV? Twitter now has an app for that too.

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Remember the debates are on:

  • September 26, 2016: Hofstra University in Hampstead, NY
  • October 9, 2016: Washington University in St. Louis, MO
  • October 19, 2016: The University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV

There are other free ways that you’ll be able to watch the debates online – these are just the best ones. Enjoy the debates and may the best candidate win (let’s not get into who that might be right now…)

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Chris Brantner is a writer specializing in technology and personal finance.

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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