Free, Cheap, and Convenient

Free, Cheap, and Convenient

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Local efforts make staying at home more palatable

Stay Moving

Yoga with Adriene Austin’s own yogi sweetheart, Adriene Mishler, offers an approachable yoga practice free on YouTube. Browse by title or video length on her page. Never yoga’d before? No problem, try Yoga for Complete Beginners.

Esquina Tango has opened up their dance and booty-moving options to the internet. Their full schedule of online classes is now free for the shaking. Consider donating to keep the Bachata, Tango, Salsaerobics, and more free for all!

Local darling Erica Nix has a YouTube page full of short, breezy, and FREE workout videos. Check out her helpful hints for make-do gear during the Corona Lock-in! Consider supporting her on Patreon if you can.

Austinite Melody DanceFit provides a fun, positive, easy way to get moving. Sign up to log in for a few free tutorials and check out her calendar.

Ballet Austin‘s Be Well Network has multiple free pilates and other fitness classes live streaming throughout the day on Instagram and Facebook. They also have a library of on-demand classes for only $3-$7 per class.

The Fitness Marshall is a super fun, gay dance workout instructor free on YouTube. He keeps the moves simple and makes you laugh while you’re looking foolish in your living room.

DJ Mel’s Dance Party This world-renowned local DJ brings the party to your living room, Saturdays 6-10pm.

That’s Entertainment

Our city’s Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, Visit Austin curated this great list of Austin Live Streaming Concerts & Events. Enjoy Austin musicians and performers while remaining in place. Whatever you do: Don’t forget to tip! The main Visit Austin landing page also offers a number of other ways to enjoy your hometown all from the comfort of your screen.

There’s still time to enjoy the SXSW 2020 Film Festival free line-up on Amazon Prime. The cancelled film festival will offer up an array of 39 films, made up of narrative and documentary features, short films, and episodic titles, April 27 – May 6.

Create In Place from the Long Center is a weekly list of their favorite at-home entertainment, including free opera. The Metropolitan Opera also has nightly streaming opera for free.

Musical theater fans can check out this list of the 15 best filmed musicals from Playbill. The shows are streaming on various sites — all with free trial periods.

Austin Parks & Rec Department has published a huge, free collection of movement, crafts, virtual tours, cooking, and more.

Alamo Drafthouse Virtual Cinema brings Alamo’s unique film library and new releases to your home.

Food, Glorious Food

Brothers Produce offers free next-day pick-up or $10 delivery on produce boxes. You don’t need a subscription. They also have a small offline market you can shop in.

Hardie’s Direct is a restaurant supplier that has opened up to the public. Order online for free next-day pickup.

Are you missing your favorite Farmer’s Market vendors, but not feeling comfortable enough to venture out of the house? EatSnackShare offers home delivery of local eggs, milk, and other cooking staples.

Tso Chinese has free delivery and curbside-pickup. Even more amazing: Their Teacher Appreciation Week goes on the entire month of May! Find out how you may receive or help support this amazing effore. Local sponsorship and community donations make the meals possible.

Support Easy Tiger in their efforts to #FeedAustin by ordering curbside pickup, purchasing their bread from H-E-B, or making a monetary donation – and load up on their buttery, delicious baked goods while you’re at it.

Hundred for Hospitality aims to feed 100 meals a day for 32 days free to hospitality and service industry workers who have lost their jobs or are furloughed. Local restaurants have signed up to provide the food. Sign up for a meal or donate to help feed the people who feed you.

Kerbey Lane Cafe = kids eat free! For every adult meal, get a free kids’ meal. Order online for “Kerbside” pickup.

The Round Rock Express has Family Meal Kits and some groceries (including toilet paper) available for pick-up once a month.

The original date on the article may seem outdated, but Community Impact has created a dynamic, interactive map of Northwest Austin restaurants that are still open and have curbside and/or delivery. They are doing their best to keep it current with new information.

KVUE-TV compiled an impressive list of local restaurants taking advantage of the new state rule allowing them to sell supplies and groceries. Bonus: There’s a list of restaurants and bars also selling to-go cocktail kits. Cheers!

Eater Editor Nadia Chaudhury‘s very definition of an exhaustive list of Austin Restaurants With Takeout Options, is being keep very up-to-date on Eater. WOW!

Give & Get Assistance

For those who have lost health insurance due to Covid-related layoffs, Foundation Communities can help access Federal healthcare resources.

Austin Energy has launched the Austin Plus 1 Program. Utility customers may donate to those in need via their energy bill. Rate reductions have been implemented for all Austinites.

The Austin Tech Alliance‘s initiative connects techies with volunteer opportunities to lend a hand to those in need, as well as ways to receive assistance.

Visit Austin put together Ways to Support Austin’s Queer Nightlife Industry. Donate wildly.