It’s almost time to reveal the winner of the $50 gift card from my Blogiversary post. Thanks again for your support everyone. And a hearty thanks to the wonderful deal/coupon code website Chippmunk as well for sponsoring the giveaway. By the way, just reading those comments was amazing. There’s so much great knowledge in there. I’m super impressed with you blog readers!
But before we get to the giveaway I wanted to answer 3 extremely timely pop culture money questions that might be kicking around in your brain.
Honestly, I can’t believe you would even ask me that! 🙂 Don’t you remember my post about not buying a tablet? It’s pretty rare that I would advocate being an early adopter or getting the latest and greatest. So naturally I emphatically say NO to that question. You most certainly should not get the latest Ipad. Sure, it’s thinner, lighter, faster, blah blah blah. But what new iteration of electronics isn’t? Trust me, you don’t need to drop $5o0 on this new electronic gadget. Your old one works just fine. And you know what, even the Apple crazies are finding that the Nexus 7 is a better option for less than half the price. So keep your pants on and let the other Apple nuts take their turn.
My answer to this question is a bit more muddled. I currently have Amazon Prime. And it has been nice. I’ve really only used the streaming ability once though. Their interface is just awful. I find myself always gravitating towards Netflix for my viewing purposes. It actually amazes me that they are still only charging $7.99 a month. That is a deal. Alright, back to Prime. I would actually say that it has become a less valuable offering now. Numerous studies have shown that Amazon’s pricing has actually been trending upwards – and quickly. My wife was looking for some really fancy mascara today. It was $37 at Amazon and $16 at Birchbox (who aren’t known for their deals). Just know that if you sign up for Prime you might be making purchases at Amazon without thinking about the price – and you could ultimately lose more of your cash in the end because of it.
Good question. No, it’s not. The celebrity/pop music culture has gotten way out of hand in this country. And it has rubbed off on us. An engagement ring worth over 2 million? Really? Yeah, that’ll keep the love alive. Sorry to sound so cynical but it is getting harder and harder not to view these celebrity get togethers as ways to sell us more of their overpriced junk. Remember the Kardashian Kard? A bunch of hooey that would have only ripped off thousands of Americans had they gone through with it. I’m sorry if you like to keep up with the celebrity gossip but it is a waste of time and a poor influence on all of us financially…and in other ways too.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the new Ipad, Amazon Prime, and the 2 million dollar engagement ring in the comments below!