Given that I'm six months into my Sinemia membership, I wanted to give you a quick update on my experience as a Sinemia user. To put it simply, I'm already ahead of game saving money and enjoying more movies on the big screen than in previous years. The movie theater is better than ever with stadium seating, reservations in advance, Dolby digital sound, and reclining seats! Perfect for the blockbusters that the studios are pushing out each and every month. If you go to 4+ movies per year, this membership is a no brainer.
When I was in high school in the early 1990s, the local theater had student discounts for $4.95 movie tickets. It was a good deal saving a dollar and getting to see the latest blockbuster on the big screen. Today, ticket prices have soared to $15 at my favorite Regal Cinema and in New York City a standard 2D movie costs $17 and 3D is $21. Those prices are steep especially if you are taking the whole family. It is no wonder that people are forgoing theaters and often choosing streaming over the big screen. However, technology companies are trying to disrupt the space and get people back to the theaters.
This month, Amazon raised prices on Prime subscriptions by $20 from $99 per year to $119. Some people aren't happy with a 20% increase which sounds like a lot but $20 isn't much in today's world -- probably the equivalent of a weekend dinner out. Because of the change, a friend of mine of Facebook asked, "Is it even worth it?" My answer is a pretty emphatic yes, especially when the Prime membership can effectively become free.
In 2004, the US Congress officially recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month as a way to improve knowledge and understanding of financial concepts such as budgeting, debt, saving and investing. These are crucial concepts to learn, however, there is very little formal financial education for our children. According to the Council for Economic Education, only a third of states require high school students to take a personal financial class in order to graduate. So it is no surprise that one in five 15-year-olds in the US lack basic financial literacy in 2017 according to the Program for International Student Assessment.
Amazon Prime Day just kicked off at 9pm EST so I thought I'd write you a few quick tips to take advantage of the deals ahead. Prime Day is Amazon's annual, summer version of Cyber Monday. Like any sale, you still have to be a smart shopper because they are trying to get you to impulse buy and just because they claim it's 50% off, it probably isn't anywhere near that great a deal. Last Prime Day, buying guide site The Wirecutter scanned nearly 8,000 advertised deals and found only 64 worth buying. Yikes!
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