Yer Not a Wizard, but You Can See All 8 Harry Potter Movies for $5 Each

If you were sorely disappointed when your acceptance letter to Hogwarts never arrived by owl (or from Hagrid), we’ve got the next best thing: a Harry Potter marathon on the big screen.

Cinemark Theatres will play all eight films, along with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

The marathon is in honor of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” J.K. Rowling’s first book in the series that launched a cultural phenomenon.

The movies will play from Aug. 31 through Sept. 6 in 141 Cinemark theaters nationwide.

If the MoviePass saga is any indication, Penny-Hoarding movie buffs don’t want to break the bank to see their favorite films. That’s why this announcement is even more exciting: Tickets are already available for purchase at just $5 each.

If you want to see all nine movies, you can save even more. Cinemark is selling weeklong passes that get you into every movie for just $25.

Desiree Stennett (@desi_stennett) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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How to Get a Bulletproof Coffee-Level Buzz With the Stuff in Your Fridge

You’ve probably heard about Paleo and ketogenic diets.

These fad diets restrict all the joys in life, including the sugar or cream in your morning coffee.

Thus, the Bulletproof brand was born. The diet company trademarked a butter-infused coffee concoction to satisfy those dieting caffeine addicts nationwide.

Many copycats and dieters skip the Bulletproof-branded coffee and make homemade versions, because the popular pick-me-up gets expensive.

So, I explored what the buzz (and cost) is all about.

What Is Bulletproof Coffee?

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When I heard the term “bulletproof coffee,” I expected a high-octane espresso that lifted me straight to the heavens.

While it did give me bonkers energy, it wasn’t the enchanted espresso I’d imagined.

Traditionally, bulletproof coffee is black coffee blended with grass-fed butter and MCT oil (medium-chain triglyceride), a fatty acid found in coconut and palm oils.

Once you combine the unusual ingredients, you’ve created a “bulletproof” magic potion that the official Bulletproof coffee maker claims will spike your metabolism, keep you alert, help you lose weight, aid digestion and keep you full longer,

But not everyone buys into the Bulletproof hype and there’s skepticism among Bulletproof’s beneficial claims.

Regardless of whether you buy into the hype, bulletproof coffee can become an expensive habit, especially if you buy all the branded products.

The Real Cost of Bulletproof Coffee

The official Bulletproof manufacturer offers a slew of products from coffee beans and starter kits to premade cartons.

This is what it cost to make the base, Bulletproof-branded coffee recipe:

 

  • Whole bean or ground coffee: 12 ounces for $14.99
  • Brain Octane Oil: 16 ounces for $23
  • Grass-fed Ghee: 13.5 ounces for $22.95

 

Total: $60.94

The Bulletproof coffee, Brain Octane Oil and Ghee all-in-one kit is only $1 cheaper at $59.94.

The premade 12-pack of cold brew Bulletproof coffee is $58.95, or $4.91 per bottle.

The Basic DIY Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

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You’ll find a wide array of Bulletproof-type products on the market. You’ll also find an equal amount of opinions and forums devoted to how it should be made.

Bulletproof coffee purists stick to its original recipe of grinding organic beans, brewing with a French press and combining the core ingredients in a blender.

Other enthusiasts spice up bulletproof coffee with all sorts of yummy extras.

Find what works for you by adding and subtracting ingredients.

The basic recipe is:

  • One 8-ounce cup of coffee, brewed, instant or herbal
  • 1 tablespoon of fat, MCT oil, coconut oil or heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon of butter, grass-fed, unsalted or ghee

Combine the ingredients in a blender for the best result.

Hand-mixing doesn’t quite do the trick because it’s a water-meets-oil-type situation. You want to get that froth action at the top like you’d find in a well-crafted latte.

If you pick up a bulletproof habit, you might want to invest in a cheap milk frother or find an easy-clean blender to give you that early morning assist.

I Tried Bulletproof Coffee, and Here’s What Happened

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With all this talk of bulletproof coffee, I had to try it.

My co-worker, Colleen Rice, volunteered to make me my first one. She blended black coffee from the office machine with MCT powder and ghee using an electric milk frother.

While it tasted different from a standard Americano, surprisingly, it wasn’t awful — butter and all.

The thought of butter in coffee seems gross, but somehow it worked. It gave the coffee a creamy texture, and because it’s loaded with nutrients, it kept me feeling full well through lunch.

It turns out, Tibetans have been putting yak butter in their tea for centuries, so I guess butter in coffee isn’t that strange after all.

For her homemade version of bulletproof coffee, Rice adds collagen, protein powder and MCT oil powder.

As an iced-coffee conioisseur, she found the powder form of MCT oil worked better for her than the oil itself. It’s cheaper than liquid MCT oil, has less fat and it eliminates the oil-slick-on-top-of-your-coffee effect.

Other bulletproof friends shared that they use ingredients like cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla in their personal recipes.

My friend, Leigh Anne Ely, has been drinking bulletproof coffee as part of the keto diet for almost a year. She uses instant coffee and one to two tablespoons of coconut oil in a blender.

“You don’t really need any products,” she said. “They actually do it an injustice.”

Her rendition of the drink does the trick for her and is cheaper than all the branded products.

In fact, all my bulletproof friends preferred their knock-off versions to the original.

The unanimous verdict is simply do it yourself.

Use what you like; whether it’s Folgers or frou-frou coffee or inexpensive coconut oil, just stick to healthy fats and grass-fed butter, and you’re good.

By skipping the Bulletproof coffee price tag, you can get the same result for less money, and most likely less calories.

Remember when they said butter was bad for you?

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Move over, “jumbo shrimp.” “Healthy fat” is her new favorite oxymoron.

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She Earned $1,191 for Losing Weight — Here’s How You Can Do It, Too

When Christina Castro couldn’t buckle her seatbelt on the flight home from her London honeymoon, she broke.

“You hear the stories about the plane seats, but you never think it’s going to be you,” she says. “You think it’s the people who are 500 or 600 pounds, and you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m fine. I’m going to definitely fit.’”

Once home, she started researching ways to lose weight — “even though I’d failed so many times,” the 28-year-old admits.

That’s when she stumbled upon HealthyWage, a wellness company that pays participants to meet their weight-loss goals.

“I was like, ‘Wait, people will pay me to get healthy? I don’t have to lose thousands of dollars? I get thousands of dollars?’” she recalls thinking.

How to Place a “HealthyWager”

To get started with HealthyWage, you enter your information into the platform to determine your “healthywager,” your weight-loss bet.

For Castro, it looked something like this:

  • Weight-loss goal: 80 pounds
  • Timeline: Six months
  • Starting weight: 296.6 pounds
  • Monthly bet: $50

Then HealthyWage will calculate your potential payout. If she could hit her goal, Castro would earn $1,191.

“It was really interesting,” she says. “I was going to gamble on my own willpower and my own strength.”

Continue with the sign-up process by verifying your weight. You can do this by taking a video through the HealthyWage app; or with verification from a health or fitness professional, like a local medical lab.

Once verified, you’ll log your weight once a week. This lets the company know you’re being healthy about your weight loss and that you’re following the challenge rules. (No video or doctor sign-off required on these check ins.)

At the end of your challenge, you’ll verify your final weight. If you’ve hit your goal, HealthyWage will promptly pay you through PayPal or with a check.

If you don’t hit your goal, you’ll lose your monthly bet. That means if you bet $50 for six months, you’ll be out $300. That’s how HealthyWage makes money — and keeps you motivated.

Castro exceeded her goal by 4 pounds, weighing in at 212.6 at the end of her challenge. She’s using that $1,191 payout to pay down her credit card debt.

She’s also enjoying her new weight.

“I was pulling shirts out of my closet that I hadn’t worn in years, just running around my house screaming to my husband, ‘Look what I’m wearing!’ she says.

If you want to see how much money you could make placing a bet on yourself and your weight-loss goals, enter your information into the HealthyWage calculator.

Want to learn more? See how four women made a collective $10,495.28 in our HealthyWage review.                   

Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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