The Local GIG – July 2021

Summer is in full swing, and we’re all on the lookout for ways to beat the heat. Stay inside, stay cool, and stay oconnected with this roundup of great ideas from around the web (and your high-speed internet from FASTnet.

In this month’s edition of The Local Gig, you’ll find the best TV shows on Amazon Prime Video, smart-home technology to make your bedroom your favorite room, tips for retirement planning, and much more. We hope you enjoy this roundup and find something new to enjoy this July. We’re proud to keep you connected! 

Enjoy More Streaming

Music, Movies, and Television

There’s more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping. You also get access to a wide range of shows and movies on Amazon Prime Video!

Here are the ten best TV shows you can watch for free if you’re a Prime member. 

Whether you’re transferring your digital movie library, connecting to ethernet for an even faster connection, or extending your laptop screen to your TV to enjoy a 4K HD movie, this little tool can help. It’s a 5-in-1 adaptor that makes your computer’s USB-C port…well, whatever kind of port you need it to be! 

Recipes, Smart Devices, and DIY Hacks

You spend around a third of your life in your bedroom, so why wouldn’t you make it as comfortable and functional as possible?
Here’s the best smart bedroom technology to make your house a (smart) home. Alexa, I’m ready for a good night’s sleep. 

Raise your hand if you have way too many pictures on your phone that you’ve been meaning to print for ages. Now put your hand down and order one of these digital picture frames instead. There’s really no easier way to get your favorite memories off your phone and onto your walls. 

Got an old tablet you don’t use anymore? Don’t leave it untouched in a drawer. Instead, put it to work in the kitchen. That article is full of great ideas for repurposing an old tablet—and the counterspace-saving tip is truly brilliant.

Enjoy More Finance

Working from home doesn’t have to mean working constantly. Follow these tips to set helpful boundaries that make working from home a pleasure, not a pain.  Today may not be the day where you can walk away from your 9 to 5 job forever… but it can be the day you start planning for that! Here are 13 things you need to do to make sure your bank account is ready for retirement: 

Freelancing can be a great way to earn some income on your terms. But it’s easy to overextend yourself and say “yes” to every opportunity that comes along—even if you don’t have time to do your best work.

If you’re tired of the late-night grind, check out this free capacity planner that helps you know what you have time for before you commit to another client. 

Budgeting, Retirement Planning, and Working from Home

Thank you for trusting FASTnet to keep you connected with reliable, high-speed internet. Have a great day, and we’ll be back with more tips and tricks soon!