I signed up for Amazon prime and got one of the basic Roku boxes for my older TV set. Did a quick test to see how quickly the roku box would stream video and I have to say it did a great job, much better than my laptop and it was very easy to setup on my wireless network. I will add the roku 3 box for the flat screen TV, so even with buying equipment and Amazon prime costs I will save me just over $150. 00 for the year compared to paying for Dish satellite every month. While the equipment costs a bit up front it will save money in the long run and I’ll be free of another monthly payment. I’m also impressed with the channel selection offered by Roku and how I can control what I watch instead of paying Dish for 60 + channels when I only watch about 5 channels on a regular basis.
Amazon prime should pay for itself fairly quickly on the specials on lending kindle books plus free movies and TV shows. You can share with up to four family members the free 2 day shipping. I know most of the movies and TV shows are delayed but I don’t much care about seeing something first and I missed a lot of the popular shows with my basic “family” Dish package anyway. So no great loss on my part. I don’t think it will perfect but it is a lot closer and cheaper than paying monthly for Dish.
It wasn’t all about entertainment this week. I got a nice little label printer on sale for $10.00 at Office depot. Nothing fancy but I have been wanting one for a long time to help organize my stuff. This will make dating my food easier as well as adding names to my beer bottles and canning jars. Dad and I got another load of apple wood and hopefully this will be enough wood to last through the winter. It’s going to be close depending on how cold it gets this month. At worse I can get another load of the apple wood next month. If I don’t use all the wood I will have a good start for next winter.
Saw an interesting idea to save money that I guess that has gone “viral” on facebook. You simply save a certain dollar amount based on the week of the year. For example on week one you save $1.00 and on week 52 you save $52.00. If you stick to the plan you can save $1378.00 for the whole year. I figure I’ll add the expensive weeks of December to January in order to make the Holidays a bit easier. But it looks like a simple plan for savings that could make stashing some cash a habit instead of an after thought. I found this plan at Survival Mom so you should check it out at her site. The fastest way to get cash on hand is to save it. So always keep looking for ways to save money!