Locked in the house! What do we do with the family and the kids?
Yesterday, March 16th 2020 this surreal world just got a little stranger. The president and his staff came out with the 15-day plan to flatten the curve of the coronavirus. The key to it all is not to overwhelm our healthcare system. We don’t want what’s happening in Italy to happen in the United States. People are dying in Europe, and doctors are having to make incredibly difficult choices because they don’t have the equipment they need to help all their patients at once. Too many patients and not enough equipment. The administration was very positive yesterday expressing, that if we all do our job, by sticking to this 15-day plan, we can stave off many deaths and much suffering. So we’re here in the worst case scenario with the premise of the theme behind the Presidents strategy being to cut out as much social integration as possible. There’s a good chance that you’re out of work right now and voluntarily being confined to your home. Whether it be with the kids or not it can become a long, arduous and lonely ordeal. The way I look at it is, we’re almost donating 3 or 4 months of our lives so we can save them, and live for many years to come. For many, money is going to be tight. Bills need to be paid and more than likely they’ll be some sort of financial relief from the government over and above unemployment.
Following the regulations that are set forth by the government is something we all have to do together. It comes down to a choice. Given that we’re going to be staying home much of the time we can either be happy or sad. Watching the news all day is not good. Bad news is sad. I’d like to make some really good suggestions about how to spend this down time. Some of the things that I’m going to tell you you will find surprising.
NBC Universal which is the national broadcasting network’s movie division has decided that they’re going to release first-run films to stream at home. They’re going to charge us for it and I’ll get into that in the moment but it’s a bargain. Their reasons are not entirely altruistic. They have product and nowhere to exhibit it. Movie theaters are entirely closed in 32 or more markets overseas and partially closed in another 15 territories. Aside from the New York and Los Angeles where theaters have already gone dark, many states have ordered that there be no public gatherings of more than 10 people. Originally it was 50 and then reduced to 10. Ten people in a movie theater watching a first-run film doesn’t turn a profit. It doesn’t even make back the cost of making the film, nor does it put money in the theaters pockets.
The studios walk a thin line because of their partnership with the distributors and the theaters that show their films. Given that the theaters are not able to show the films right now, Universal has become the first studio to release their brand new films on streaming video. These films will include The Hunt, The Invisible Man as well as focus features, Emma. Universal says that they will continue to evaluate the decision as indicated by what’s going on in the country. As I said before this is not an altruistic decision but it’s a decision that’s a good one. The studio can make back a good portion of the cost of a film and entertain the public with something brand new. I know for sure, that Amazon prime will be streaming these films. Given that money is tight at home it’s a great deal for everyone involved. Consumers and studios. They’re charging $19.95 to stream these films. At first glance that might sound like a lot of money. Especially when you can rent movies online from 1.99 to 5.99 each. Here’s the thing. How much does it cost to take a family of four to see a brand new film? Round numbers…. Perhaps an average of $10 a ticket figuring children’s prices along with the adults. In addition the overpriced snacks end up costing another $25 or $30 minimum. To say it costs $75 for a family of four to go to the movies in 2020 might just be an understatement. For the sake of this post let’s say it’s not. Consequently there’s a $35 savings just by staying home and watching these films. All the snacks are in the refrigerator or the pantry. Obviously that saves you from paying $4 for a large soda and five or six dollars for a large popcorn. it’s a really good deal to entertain the family for a couple of hours and more importantly to entertain yourself and forget about life for a while. I was shocked to hear this .I never thought it would happen because it would be precedent-setting but we live in times that are uncharted and sometimes things like this must be done on the fly.
There are also many other things to do that don’t cost money. Things that you’ve been meaning to do for years and just never got around to doing. Psychiatrists and psychologists have been saying that exercise is the key to not being depressed. It also gets you out in the sun for a little while, especially if you take a nice long walk. Pop in your earphones and take a walk around the neighborhood for a half hour. Just keep in mind that we are trying to keep our “social distance from people” and make sure you do that just to be safe. You won’t insult anybody. They want to keep their distance too. There are too many benefits not to engage in this act. Benefit number one is getting out of the house. The next benefit is the walk itself which is exercise. When you’re exercising your body releases chemicals that actually make you feel good. In addition exercise and the vitamin D you’ll get from being out in the sun are major contributors in strengthening your immune system which certainly helps you during a flu pandemic. Try doing this three or four times a week for a half an hour. You’ll be glad you did.
Read a book. Come on, there has to be a book out there that you’ve wanted to read for the longest time but because of your obligations to work, your husband and the kids you haven’t. The time to do it is now. Most ebooks are less than $5 and older titles are free. If you want a new release and you have your heart set on that book, go to Amazon and see if you can find it used. Nothing like getting lost in a fantastic book. I’d recommend reading Stephen King’s, The Stand, but unfortunately it’s about a virus that wipes out most of the world and we don’t want to be reading stuff like that now. Best novel ever written. We’re not in that situation and this is not Armageddon. This situation will pass by midsummer latest.
I hate going back to the TV for a moment but if you want to keep the kids occupied during the day, and yourself at night there’s still no better buy than the $17 a month that Netflix charges you for their service. There’s just so much to watch and their original content is just great. I highly recommend it.
Even as I write this I think to myself it seems very strange to be recommending activities to people when they should be working but we live in a strange time right now. We are in uncharted waters and there’s nobody alive that would remember the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. With this virus we just wing it and play it by ear. I do know that during this time when work is closed there are going to be some bills that won’t get paid and the government won’t be able to help us out a whole lot. If that’s your case your problem is with advance fee payday loans, I would highly recommend an Advanced Cash Loan Consolidation. While I’m recommending this I’d also like to recommend that you try our company. Federated Financial has been in business for 23 years it is rated a+ by the BBB our specialty is Advanced fee payday loan consolidation. We’ve been working with Advanced fee loans for many years now and have a with great working relationship with all you’re creditors.99% of the time will be able to work with your particular creditors and we can ensure that in most cases your interest rates will be reduced down to 0% getting you out of debt much more quickly than you could have done on your own. Cash advance loans can be frightening. A great cash advance loan, payday consolidation company can take care of your every need. If you doubt that give us a call right now and speak to one of our accredited counselors and let them show you how to start saving money today. Twenty three years and an A+BBB rating should instill the confidence in you to trust us in consolidating your cash advance payday loans.