I'm usually appalled when my mother asks for detailed Christmas lists for each member of our family in October. "Really?!" I want to scream, "I haven't even got the last stitches in the Halloween costumes, and you want Christmas lists?" Instead, I smile and politely oblige, having no other choice if I want to keep peace in the family.
This year, however, after spending several days compiling these lists (after all, I don't want my children getting toys they have no interest in, or worse yet, socks, for Christmas), I had an epiphany: I could get my shopping done in November, save some much cherished cash, and enjoy the entire month of December by baking, playing with my family, and not stressing about shopping!
No, I haven't thanked my dear mother, but I did learn some interesting information about the best things to buy, and not to buy, in November.
By savingtools.comGuest Blogger
at 7:56AM, 2 years ago |
Once again, Netflix users are furious with Netflix. Earlier in the week,
Netflix announced that it would split into two companies. The
streaming, "Watch It Now" branch will still be called Netflix, while the
DVD-by-mail service will take the name Qwikster. Subscribers to both
will have to manage two queues, two recommendation systems and two
monthly bills. It does sound pretty annoying.
at 6:57AM, 3 years ago |
Image courtesy of icanhascheezburger.com In March, popular CBS comedy Two and a Half Men canned leading actor Charlie Sheen due to a series of egomania incidents. Since then, there has been much speculation about how the show will proceed without its lead actor. We now know that the character of Charlie Harper will be killed off-- although we don't know how--and that the season premiere of Two and a Half Men will include Harper's funeral.
If you buy a CD, you're allowed to copy the songs from that CD to your iPod or other MP3 player. So it stands to reason that if you buy a DVD, you should be able to copy the movie to your phone, tablet, or other portable player.
Alas, it's not that simple. Most DVDs are copy-protected, meaning you need special software to work around Hollywood's annoying restriction. And it's not uncommon for a "DVD ripper" to sell for as much as $50.
By Rick.BroidaGuest Blogger
at 10:56AM, 3 years ago |
Oy vey--you know you're getting old when the films of your youth end up being remade. There are those who will use this to point out the dearth of creativity in Hollywood with its endless movies remakes or the co-opting of every known comic book character for film treatment (a Bazooka Joe movie? Really?). Some will say it's smart to update film classics to appeal to the younger generation for whom 80s kitsch holds little sway.
And there will be those who just want to see Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan kick @$$.
Budget conscious couples all over will most likely be avoiding the expense of overpriced flowers, bling-y jewelry and gourmet chocolate in favor of a low-key, yet romantic night in. After enjoying a delicious Beef and Mushrooms dinner--or a simple but tasty gourmet pesto pizza--followed by chocolate dipped strawberries, no doubt more than a few of you will cuddle up together to watch a romantic movie.