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.
Netflix has completely transformed the DVD rental industry. There was a time that you used to have to hop in your car and drive to a movie rental store if you wanted to watch a movie at home. That day is long gone, thanks to Netflix. Netflix made it possible to have movies shipped directly to your home by mail and have movies streamed directly to your television. Netflix is truly a transformative company with a plethora of movie titles but the stock is not a great investment for new investors looking to buy.
This week, Amazon opened up a service for free online streaming of some 5,000 movies and TV shows for those who pay the $79 annual fee for Amazon Prime (which also offers free shipping on all Amazon purchases). At first, I was stoked about this news, because, hey, for $79/year, you can really save a ton of money if you can stream movies and TV shows for free.
When I actually looked at the selection of available titles for free streaming, however, I was sorely disappointed.
We're going to stick with the diversion from the usual This Week in Deals format to bring you another episode of This Week in Answers! If you're trying to figure out how to train your dragon without breaking the bank, which I'm sure you are, you'll want to see this...
Back again and flying solo this week, I thought I'd move off of the couch and take a break from video games to talk a bit about sports and fitness. We all remember that era pre-tweet when social networking actually involved real face to face human interaction. Well, I recently had an opportunity to sit down with the creators of Wefitfor2, a unique couples workout DVD focused on "two key tenets that will ultimately change your life: commitment and connection."