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Black Friday is almost here, are you ready? For the latest episode of the Parenting Bytes podcast, we brought in an expert from DealNews.com to talk about Black Friday shopping tips, including when is the best time to buy different kinds of products, how to organize your Christmas gifts list for the shopping season, what you should buy in an actual WalMart store, and whether Black Friday sales really are the best way to get deals.#podcasts #BlackFriday #shopping parentingbytes.com
Black Friday is almost here, are you ready? For the latest episode of the Parenting Bytes podcast, we brought in an expert from DealNews.com to talk about Black Friday shopping tips, including when is the best time to buy different kinds of products, how to organize your Christmas gifts list for the shopping season, what you should buy in an actual WalMart store, and whether Black Friday sales really are the best way to get deals.#podcasts #BlackFriday #shopping parentingbytes.com
Black Friday is almost here, are you ready? For the latest episode of the Parenting Bytes podcast, we brought in an expert from DealNews.com to talk about Black Friday shopping tips, including when is the best time to buy different kinds of products, how to organize your Christmas gifts list for the shopping season, what you should buy in an actual WalMart store, and whether Black Friday sales really are the best way to get deals.#podcasts #BlackFriday #shopping parentingbytes.com


Black Friday is almost here, are you ready? If you don’t have a plan, you’re likely to waste money and miss out on great deals! We brought in an expert from DealNews.com to talk about Black Friday shopping tips, including when is the best time to buy different kinds of products, how to organize for the shopping season, and whether Black Friday really is the best day to get deals.

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For our latest episode we were so happy to talk to Michael Bonebright from dealnews about how to get all the deals this holiday season! Because let’s be honest, it can be really confusing! But Michael, who is definitely an expert in this area, broke it all down for us, including:

  • Are Cyber Monday clothes deals better than Black Friday deals?
  • When is the best time of year to buy a TV?
  • What about travel deals?
  • Which items should you buy in the store instead of online?
  • Which items are likely to sell out if you wait too long?
Michael Bonebright
Michael Bonebright

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A consumer news expert with 15 years of industry experience, Michael Bonebright runs the Blog at DealNews.com. He’s been cited on a wide variety of topics – from consumer electronics to international trade relations. His work has appeared on sites like Lifehacker, CNBC, MSN Money, and Fox Business. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games with his wife and two children.

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Rebecca:
Welcome to Parenting Bytes. This is Rebecca Leavey of KidzVuz. I’m here today with Amy Oztan of Amy Ever After.

Amy:
Hi.

Rebecca:
Hello! And Andrea Smith, our Technology Guru Extraordinaire

Andrea:
Hello.

Rebecca:
Hello. Today on the show, we thought we would get a jump start on Black Friday. This is obviously the biggest shopping day of the year for most people. I guess Black Friday plus Cyber Monday. And there’s tons of deals to be had, including probably lots of things we’ve already talked about in Bytes, particularly Andrea throughout the year. But we thought we would do is show with an expert. This year, we’re going to have Michael Bonebright from DealNews.com, which is a huge price comparison site. They’ve already got like a Black Friday sneak preview up for all their deal predictions. And as we get closer to Black Friday, these predictions become more and more real. They have a very good track record. So we’re gonna talk to him about what you should be looking out for on Black Friday, the best ways to shop for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and just start thinking about those things that are have been on your wishlist all year that maybe you can get a great deal on or of course, gifting. I feel like Black Friday now has nothing to do with buying for other people. Right? I guess it become this bizarre thing.

Andrea:
Oh, yeah. It’s all about, oh, I wanted that. Let me buy it for me

Amy:
You’ve been looking at my purchase history, haven’t you?

Rebecca:
Yeah, so forget other people. Let’s figure out what you wanted all year. And we will be right back with Michael Bonebright.

Rebecca:
We are back with Michael Bonebright, the senior blog editor for DealNews. Hi, Michael.

Michael:
Hi, it’s a pleasure to be here.

Rebecca:
Yeah, we’re so happy to have you. I have to-have admit to you that every year we do this show and it’s just us like deciding what we want for Black Friday and then telling people where we we’re to find it for the good price. So we’re really excited to have an expert on this year because I’m sure there are a wealth of things that we don’t know as well as things that maybe people would like that aren’t just on our wishlist. So thanks again for being here.

Michael:
Yeah of course, I’m always happy to give advice to other parents.

Rebecca:
I have to ask, like, is Black Friday just the biggest time for DealNews? Is it? I mean, you are a massive price comparison site, right?

Michael:
Yes. We’ve been doing this for a little over 20 years. And, you know, we track all kinds of sales, all kinds of coupons. So we have like a lot of access to a bunch of price data. But obviously every year in November, like every single team, it’s all hands on deck. And my team typically does. We analyze price trends over time and we just wanna help people make more informed purchasing decisions, basically. And yet whenever it comes down to Black Friday, we start work on it in July.

Rebecca:
Wow. So you’re able to forecast that far out just based on historical data.

Michael:
Yeah, there are some things that are a little bit more complicated, like, you know, Apple always releases new products in September, but sales like clothing sales, you can set your watch by them. They are the most consistent.

Amy:
Oh, wow.

Rebecca:
That’s really interesting cause I never I mean, I’m sure somehow as a consumer, you you you hear, right? Like this is when you buy. The-this is is when the white sales are, right? This is when back-to-school is when clothing. But you never really know. So let’s talk a little bit about, you know, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, cause sometimes people will say maybe it’s a good deal, but maybe it’s not like maybe we’ll just get caught up in the hoopla of this. But there are actually better times to buy certain things.

Amy:
Yeah, like some people call it Amazon’s garage sale, where they just like throw everything out there on sale that they can’t get rid of.

Michael:
You know, I hear that I hear every year that, you know, Black Friday is not gonna be as good or whatever. And honestly, the data just doesn’t bear that out. Like Black Friday genuinely is the best time to buy stuff that came out in twenty nineteen or whatever the current year is. And then he will see those prices repeated, but it will be the same prices on the same products in January and March and February and March, stuff like that. So that’s still that, you know, previous year clearance.

Andrea:
So this is not the time to buy like something brand new that just came out.

Michael:
It can be depending on the product. But I-you’re going to see like your first huge price drops on those brand new products, but you’re not necessarily going to get the best price ever until maybe a year later.

Amy:
Ah. So like the next Black Friday.

Michael:
Yeah

Rebecca:
So do you find that to be mostly true when we’re talking about electronics and laptops and things like that?

Michael:
Yeah, that that tends to bear out mostly in your electronics and like your TV, for example, the ones that come out right after CES in January. Those are gonna see like these huge price drops in Black Friday. And then by the time the next CES rolls around, they’re bringing out new tv’s. And so, I mean, it follows a pretty standard schedule.

Rebecca:
It’s interesting cause a lot of people say that like this pre-Super Bowl sale, right, is a great time to get tv’s. And you’re saying it’s probably the same TVs from the year before.

Michael:
Yes.

Rebecca:
Right.

Michael:
Yes. Every year.

Amy:
So you could be enjoying your TV for like two months longer if you just buy it on Black Friday instead of waiting all the way till the Super Bowl.

Michael:
Exactly.

Andrea:
So how do people know that? I mean, do you track it? Can somebody look at price history? Is there a way to track to see? Is the price high now? Is it low?

Michael:
Well, we have our own internal system, obviously, where we are able to look back, you know, a decade if we want to. There are also other resources online like CamelCamelCamel keeps track of just prices on Amazon, for example. That can be a little tricky to use if you’re not looking at a very specific product cause there are-there are tracking specific model numbers if you want to go. You know, if you wanna see like larger trends, you have to have access to a larger database, which most consumers don’t have access to.

Andrea:
What about something like Honey, a lot of times I’ll go to Honey just to see what the-the recent trend is in prices. Is that helpful? Or is that true? Accurate?

Michael:
You know, Honey can be helpful. I certainly don’t mind like the chrome extension, but honestly, I. And it’s probably a consequence of-of me doing this for a living. I don’t trust any any like other sites research. I do my own. Every single time my wife thinks I’m crazy. It-It took me like six months to find a car that I wanted to buy, like.

Andrea:
You must be related to Amy.

Michael:
It’s good to do your research, it’s important.

Amy:
Yup.

Rebecca:
Well, you know, that brings up an interesting point because there’s there’s two pieces right there is the price comparison and then there’s the quality. Right? So you might be going to you got like you wanna track that, but you wanna make sure what you’re getting is actually the best thing you can get for that price. Where had you guys do that to like where do you where do you kind of have that fuzzy overlap?

Michael:
You know, I think for everyone the-the question of like what is a good value, what is good quality that’s going to genuinely differ for every person. It’s like if you’re going to buy a-a car seat, for example, the highest, most popular car seat like a pretax or something like that, it’s not necessarily going to be the perfect fit for your car. So I think that if you are looking at a large range of products, if you’re trying to compare things, I always say, like look at something that’s, you know, on the low end and then find like the most expensive thing you can find in that product category. And then like find one thing in the middle and then narrow it down by the features that you consider must have. And that is what a high value product is for you.

Rebecca:
Oh, that’s a really good idea. I mean, I know that really starts to happen, TV is right because people originally it was just about size for a lot of people. And then when you start to see that like a 50 inch TV can be three hundred dollars or a can be fifteen hundred dollars. I think people get confused on why that’s so, you know.

Michael:
So I am I’m probably unpopular in my TV opinions, but I genuinely think that we’ve kind of hit the limit in terms of what’s actually going to be valuable to your average consumer and tv’s if you get a 4K TV it-it to me it doesn’t matter if it’s like an OLED screen like it. It’s gonna look really good no matter what. And I mean, I wear glasses. I won’t be able to tell the difference anyway.

Rebecca:
Right. Right. So take into consideration your age, your eyesight,

Michael:
Mm hmm.

Rebecca:
Or your placement in the room. Yeah

Michael:
Yeah. I think a lot of people overpay.

Rebecca:
Yeah

Amy:
I think that’s sometimes where I get bogged down in research because I start going oh, but this one has a better rating for this thing that I would never notice. Like even if I was looking at both of them side by side, you know, so like sometimes you just want the best deal.

Michael:
Yeah, you have to focus on that. The specs or-or the features that you are going to use in your daily life. That’s going to be important to you.

Amy:
Yeah, we have a 3D TV, we never even bothered to buy the glasses.

Michael:
Oh.

Rebecca:
Yeah, I don’t think you’re alone.

Amy:
It was it was like right after the. It was like the next big thing. And all of the sports and big events were gonna be in 3D and like it just never happened.

Michael:
You know, the TV that gets the most use in my house is we have a 32 inch that we bought last Black Friday and it’s in my kid’s room and that like they watch it constantly. And I think it’s 720p like

Rebecca:
Right

Michael:
They don’t care.

Amy:
They do not care.

Rebecca:
No, well, they’ll look at like an iPhone 4 and watch something like they really don’t care about it like.

Michael:
Yeah, absolutely.

Rebecca:
Yeah, so, okay, so let’s get let’s get down to Brass Tacks here on DealNews. So as a consumer, how can I really find these best Black Friday deals?

Michael:
So obviously your mileage is going to vary on all of these things. But in general, there tend to be product categories that are best to buy on specific days. So whenever you’re going shopping on Thanksgiving, which I-I highly recommend everyone go shopping on Thanksgiving, even if it’s just online, you’re going to get.

Rebecca:
Controversial.

Michael:
Yeah. You find a lot of stores do actually open their door busters online on Thanksgiving morning. You don’t actually have to be lined up at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Andrea:
Good, I think everybody should shop online on Thanksgiving. Stay home.

Rebecca:
Instead of watch football. Yeah.

Michael:
And Thanksgiving is when we tend to see the best prices on, like those super popular items like your iPod, iPhones, video games and video game consoles. Clothing is also-is also great to buy on Thanksgiving.

Rebecca:
Wow. You know, that’s funny cause I have two teenage daughters, so the clothing category is a big one for us. And one of them wanted new boots just yesterday.

Michael:
Oh,man.

Rebecca:
She was putting and I was like, no, no. You have to wait three weeks because you can’t buy. I feel like don’t buy anything right now. It’s just-

Michael:
Yes.

Rebecca:
it’s the worst thing you could do.

Michael:
Earlier on in the month, I would have said it’s a great time to buy Halloween costumes. But in mid-November. Don’t please don’t buy anything.

Rebecca:
Yeah, that’s really funny, my cousin just bought. She has a cat and pet smart, had all their Halloween costumes for $2 last week, so she bought like 10 Halloween costumes just to take pictures of her cat in. And just cause it was hilarious

Amy:
Oh, that poor cat.

Andrea:
Oh, my God

Michael:
That’s so cute.

Rebecca:
It was hilarious. Like I’m never even thought of that.

Michael:
My cats would never.

Rebecca:
No

Amy:
No, no. I would be shredded.

Michael:
Yeah

Rebecca:
So clothing’s a really good one because that’s also a good gift, right? And and

Michael:
Yes.

Rebecca:
Do you find that cause for a long time there were big brands like, let’s say, UGG, that wouldn’t allow stores to mark them down. Do you find that’s changing?

Michael:
So, yes, you can find sales like typical like clearance sales on those-on those products. But what we see so often with like especially department stores, Belkin bases, things like that, they will come out with these coupons, right, that say 20 percent off store wide. And then it will have a paragraph of exclusions. And it makes me so sad every single time because like, you know, how else are you going to get these great deals? I will say that like one really popular brand is like Levi’s.

Rebecca:
Hh mmm

Michael:
Their Cyber Monday sales every year is great. I think they take about 40 percent off usually. And so, I mean, like if you’re searching for like jeans, which I did, I feel like I’m constantly searching for jeans. Like, that’s a great time to buy them. And if you go to a brands store like their personal store. Michael Kors, Kate Spade, they all do really good sales on Cyber Monday.

Rebecca:
Okay. So you think that individual stores are better? I mean, not I’m not gonna say everyone but better on a Cyber Monday than a Black Friday, cause I think people are also wondering like, what is the difference now? Cause now so much shopping on Black Friday is online anyway.

Michael:
Yeah. So what we tend to see is stores, specifically brands, will have these great kind of clearance events on on on Black Friday. It’ll be the present like a page that’s just like this one long, endless scroll of specific items from either this previous season or a couple of seasons ago. And you can buy it like those clearance items for really low prices on Black Friday, which is great if you don’t care about like the season that you’re shopping for. But then on Cyber Monday, we tend to see like site-wide discounts. And if you’re searching for something that you’re going to want to wear, like right now, that’s maybe going to be like a heavier fabric, for example, than that for me tends to be the better sale, even if it’s not necessarily lower prices.

Amy:
Okay, that makes sense.

Rebecca:
Now, that’s interesting. Does it-do you I think this is what Amy does? I’m just gonna speak for her. Do you start putting stuff in your Amazon cart now hoping that Black Friday is gonna come and you’re like, ready to go?

Michael:
So I I have heard of people in the past like seeing stuff in their cart get discounted. I have never seen that personally and I am obsessed with Amazon. And what I use is I use the wishlist on-on like the Amazon app because if something is in your cart at Amazon, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s yours. You have whenever you go on Amazon a buy like a lightning deal. It’s if you put it in your cart, you have 15 minutes and that’s it. That is that is the time that it is reserved for you. Anything you put in your cart on Amazon is not yours unless it’s a lightning deal and that fifteen, fifteen minute window. So you could have something that you’re, you know dying to get. And if it goes on sale, it can also go out of stock and no longer be in your cart.

Amy:
Yeah, I-I don’t put that stuff in my cart, I put it on my wishlist because then if it goes if it’s a deal of the day, if it’s a flash sale, then I get a notification on my phone and I can rush right over there and buy it.

Michael:
Yeah. Same.

Andrea:
So that’s a really important thing because I don’t think a lot of people know to use the wishlists. So basically, if you wanna watch a price on something, put it on your wishlist and then it’ll notify you if it goes down.

Michael:
I make a wishlist for every single person that I’m buying stuff for. So like, I have one for my son, one for my daughter. And that way they can add their own stuff to the wishlist.

Amy:
Oh, that is so smart.

Andrea:
Oh, Good idea.

Rebecca:
Oh, that’s a great idea. My daughters have like that, you know, the teen shopping cart where all this and I just get this notification that says, like, approve this purchase. And like, what?

Michael:
Yeah.

Rebecca:
Oh my God, okay, maybe. So can they. So same thing’s for if the kids have their own account, let’s say like that, do they can they build a wishlist that I can see like can they share that wishlist with me?

Michael:
So my kids are-are seven and 10 and they’re not old enough for the Amazon account that has access to shopping. So what we do is we sit down on my Kindle tablet and I let them add stuff that way. And it’s really fun like that. The tablet app, you can just like click on something and drag it into a box. And I look for them that’s like a really exciting thing to do.

Rebecca:
Yeah, I mean, basically just training our children to be beholden to Amazon, right? It’s, if you’d like, thrilled by Amazon all the time.

Michael:
It’s.

Amy:
You say that like it’s a bad thing, Rebecca.

Michael:
You know, like my daughter, like obviously with my kids, we started early, like trying to teach them to save money and use coupons and stuff like that. And my daughter, when she was 3 years old, started saving her allowance and that Black Friday, she bought a ride on car.

Amy:
Oh, my God

Rebecca:
That’s awesome.

Amy:
That’s so great. Goals.

Rebecca:
That is so great, so, may I know, my other question for you is let’s like coupons. That’s hard on Amazon, right? Like. Sometimes someone has a coupon in their product page or something like that. But in general, do do you recommend people like keep looking out for coupons or use one of those like retail me not or Rakuten or you know those.

Michael:
Well, obviously, I would recommend that people go to deal names because we-we list coupon of course.

Rebecca:
Oh, Great.

Michael:
But you can always go to specific link on Amazon, go to Amazon.com/coupons, and that will take you to a central list that you can sort and find literally all of the coupons on Amazon. Super easy.

Rebecca:
Oh, I’ve never seen them before.

Michael:
Yeah. I don’t know where they hide it.

Amy:
Yet manufacturers do tons of promo codes and nobody knows about them. I actually send out of an email list everyday with like the best ones that I found. And if you wanna go. If anybody wants to sign up for that and go to AmyEverAfter.com and press shop in the menu. But it is really hard to find them. Amazon really does not make it easy to find those deals. They make it really easy to find like deal of the day and and those kinds of things. But I think most people don’t know that there are these promo codes out there.

Andrea:
No, and sometimes I’ll go to buy something, and once I’ve added it to my cart, it’ll say coupon. Click here like, I don’t know, there’s a coupon available for it. It just automatically shows up sometimes.

Michael:
Honestly, my Pet Peeve is those stores or these websites where they hide the coupon box

Amy:
Uh, yeah.

Michael:
And like you have to go through three steps of the checkout process to even get to the coupon box. That drives me insane.

Rebecca:
So what if, like, aside from Amazon, let like you know the other big retailers, the Walmarts, the Targets? You know, let’s let’s talk toys for a second, cause I think toys are

Michael:
Oh, my goodness. Yes.

Rebecca:
a big one. And especially, you know, with Toys R Us gone, even though they’re sort of them, whatever. There seems to be like everyone wants to dominate the toy market. Where do you think the best deals are in toys? And what do you think? I don’t know if you guys track this. Do you guys track what genuinely will be the Hot Toy? Cause I don’t trust those Hot Toy list put out by the retailers cause I think it’s all paid play. So, you know and someone’s always they’re always surprised by what the actual, you know, rush on something is, gee, have you guys seen what you’ve been tracking? You know what really will be hot and what people maybe should be buying like now?

Michael:
So until un-until like a couple of years ago with Hatchimals, I genuinely thought that like the Hot Toy was like a dead craze, but like Hatchimals came out and everybody needed to have a Hatchimal. And it’s like I have it’s so rare to see a toy just go viral like that. I think that there’s always like you can always count on the really standard toys like your Nerf guns, your Lego lately. LOL Surprise has been super popular. And but honestly, I would stick to the stuff, you know, like if your kid’s into pop material, then get a pop material thing. If your kid’s into frozen and then stock it on frozen to stuff like go with what your child likes. Don’t try to like chase a trend. It’s-It’s never going to work out. They will wanna play with the box more.

Rebecca:
Right. So do you think. Who do you think has those better toy deals?

Michael:
So it depends on when specifically you’re shopping. Every year on a Cyber Monday. Target will have like an extra 15 percent off and that’s a great time to shop for toys cause Target will have like, you know, a whole bunch of its toys at discounted to like up to 50 percent off throughout the Black Friday season into Cyber Monday. And then. So if you can stop that Cyber Monday camp coupon, on top of that, you can pick up toys for super cheap if you’re shopping for Lego, specifically, the Lego Brick Friday sale usually takes up to 60 percent off. And then Walmart is really good, but not during Black Friday. I wait and shop Walmart toys during December because they will start having like their clearance. I hope I’ll get like larger and larger and larger. And so it’s really about go into your local Walmart in December like mid to late December and like searching through the clearance aisle.

Rebecca:
No, that’s a great tip.

Amy:
That actually brings up something like, is there anything where you just shouldn’t buy it online, like you’re just always going to find this thing better in the store, or is that line kind of a race to now?

Michael:
If you weren’t trying to get a very hot toy item like, you know, a-a really popular Lego set, for example, like some of the Star Wars stats that are coming out now, those are going to sell out early. And so I would definitely buy those online during Black Friday, even if they’re not like a huge discount. Otherwise, I tend to shop like general toys in the clearance aisle at Target and at Walmart because those prices are very rarely reflected online. And actually, you see Amazon sellers, one of their favorite tactics is to like go to the target toy clearance aisle and like clean them out of a specific toy and then listed on Amazon for like 10 bucks more.

Rebecca:
That’s awful. Like that just shouldn’t be allowed.

Michael:
Yeah.

Rebecca:
Can I ask you one last question, cause I’ve had a few people ask me, this is Travel.

Michael:
So for Travel, you wanna take advantage of Travel Tuesday. That’s the Tuesday after Cyber Monday. And especially if you’re trying to book airfare. We will see prices that are like hugely discounted. So you’ll see like flights between, you know, like Las Vegas to Los Angeles, for example, will be like, you know, under a hundred dollars. And you’ll also see a really great cruise deals on Travel Tuesday. But again, all of this is going to be trouble in the New Year, in you know, around like February, March. So honestly, if you’re trying to book your travel for Christmas, if the ship has sailed.

Rebecca:
When does when is that ship? That’s I feel I find Christmas to be the only time of year that it’s almost impossible to get good deals on like.

Michael:
Yeah, it’s it’s really hard if you if you start shopping in like September, you can get pretty okay deals on Thanksgiving and Christmas lights, but otherwise you’re kinda out of luck.

Rebecca:
Yeah, well, this has been awesome. Thank you so much.

Michael:
I’m so glad.

Rebecca:
It’s been so nice having you on. This is amazing. And we’ll link to DealNews on our show page and everything. And I assume you guys are just gonna have

Michael:
I appreciate it.

Rebecca:
All these things coming fast and furious.

Michael:
Oh, definitely.

Rebecca:
Yeah. And you have a newsletter or is there something way people can sign up for notifications about sale arts and things going on?

Michael:
Yeah, if you go to DealNews.com, you can download our app or you can sign up for our newsletter and you can um like know, filter down to, you know, look for exactly the deals that you want to get notified about.

Rebecca:
Oh, that’s awesome. Well, thank you, Michael, and you know, happy shopping, good luck.

Michael:
You too. Happy Black Friday.

Rebecca:
You too. Thanks so much.

Michael:
Right. Babye

Rebecca:
We’ll be right back with our Bytes of the Week.

Rebecca:
We are back with our Bytes of the Week. Amy, what do you have?

Amy:
Well, as you may know, I think I’ve talked about it on the show before. I am completely in love with John Oliver and his show Last Week Tonight and I don’t know last week was like a whole other level. The main story was about SLAPP suits, which is basically like where somebody files a lawsuit that they know they’re not gonna win, but they’re just gonna tie you up in court and make you spend a whole bunch of money defending it. And he had talked on the show before about a SLAPP suit that was filed against him in the show by this Coal CEO named Bob Murray. But he couldn’t like once it started, he couldn’t really talk about it much anymore cause they were in the middle of litigation. The suits now over so he can talk about it. And instead of just letting it rest, like, okay, this is done. I can’t even. Do you just have to watch the video? It’s a musical number. And it’s the most over-the-top incredible thing I’ve ever seen. And it like, I just I wanna be him. I wanna have like HBO is money so that if somebody pisses me off, I can react the way that he did on the last show.

Andrea:
It’s a lot of power.

Rebecca:
Yeah, that is a lot of power.

Amy:
Yeah. And he and he’s wielding it in like the most irresponsible, hilarious way.

Andrea:
Great. I will have to watch it.

Rebecca:
I see him all the time cause he lives in my neighborhood.

Amy:
Can you please tell him that your friend Amy is like so in, like, non-sexual love with him? It’s insane. And her husband also.

Rebecca:
I’m sure that wouldn’t make him feel weird at all.

Amy:
Not at all. Like like we we wanna have a completely non-sexual foursome with only I. Which I guess would be dinner like I I

Rebecca:
Right

Amy:
Just. I love him so much

Andrea:
Wait, there’s only three of you.

Amy:
Well, and and is why I’m assuming his wife would you know, we’d have to invite her would be weird

Andrea:
Oh my God. Who’s the fourth? Someone on the street?

Amy:
No

Rebecca:
No

Amy:
It’s like

Rebecca:
He’s got like this beautiful freakin’ military veteran wife,

Amy:
Yeah.

Amy:
It terrified

Andrea:
Oh does she,

Amy:
To piss her off. So.

Rebecca:
Yeah.

Andrea:
Wow.

Amy:
Yeah. No, he’s. His show is just like it’s it’s been on for a while now. I feel like three or four years and it’s just it’s he just keeps coming up with new and amazing things.

Rebecca:
Yeah, he’s great. Andrea, what do you have?

Andrea:
Alright. Well, I’m still on the whole holiday gift stuff. Cause ’tis the season, right? So I’m looking for gift ideas for people, you know, not too expensive. Maybe stocking stuffer size, but really, really, really useful. And I wanted to make sure everybody knows about the Roku Streaming Stick Plus, so Roku every year update, you know, that’s that the streaming device that you can, of course, use to get all of your streaming content from Netflix and Hulu and all that. And every year they update their devices, you know, so that they add HDR or Dolby or whatever it is they’re adding in. This year, they have, I think, four new products. But the sweet spot really is the Streaming Stick Plus because it’s $49. It plugs into the HDMI port in the back of the TV whether you know, you’re at your hotel or you’re in a vacation rental or at home or at college. And then you never have to miss your TV shows. And I just think it’s one of those perfect gift ideas for someone who doesn’t have this, who who travels or who likes to watch TV when they’re not home. It’s got a voice controlled remote that also controls the TV’s volume. Turn it on and off. So super easy to set up and a great price point.

Amy:
I think the hotel thing is so huge because I can remember so many times when there’s this big, you know, beautiful TV on the wall in front of me, but I’m watching something on my computer because, you know, I wanna watch Netflix.

Andrea:
Right.

Rebecca:
Yeah, we see the hotel recently where it had a smart TV like you could log into your Netflix on the TV.

Andrea:
Right. But you don’t really wanna log into your, first of all. I wouldn’t really feel comfortable doing that. I mean, I know that you then sign now, but then all your information

Rebecca:
Alright

Andrea:
Is on there. And to be honest with you, because my TV logs in automatically and so does my tablet. I don’t know my password. So I was right in AirBnb with a friend and I tried to log into my Netflix account and I have no I had to text my son and say, what’s our password

Rebecca:
That’s so funny.

Andrea:
If you bring your own streaming stick with you. You’ve got all your shows. You know exactly where you were. You know what you wanna catch up on and you don’t have to remember your log in. And then you take your information with you.

Rebecca:
Yeah, that’s great. You just have to remember the stick.

Andrea:
Yes. Yes. You have to put a big sticky of the TV.

Rebecca:
Yeah, you have to like put a note on your phone that it’s there because like I said last week with the back of the airplane. You know, seats where you leave everything bad, that that would so be something I would leave behind in an AirBnb. Alright, that’s awesome. So my byte this week, I had to spend like an entire day inside this weekend cause I was sick and my dog hasn’t been really great. So like she needs to be walked like every hour, hour and half so much. Alright. I’m really not going anywhere. I started binge watching a new HBO show called Mrs. Fletcher, which is not getting the press it deserves at all. And probably because the main character is a woman. I’ve decided this is why. And it’s. It has to do with. And she’s a middle aged woman. She’s forty five. Forty six. And her son leaves for college. Her son’s an only child. He leaves for college. She’s divorced. So now she’s by herself. And she’s sort of figuring out what she wants to do with this next chapter of her life and who she is. And so there’s a lot of sex in it. So that’s probably the other reason people are very squeamish about it. Cause it’s a lot of masturbation. It’s not even like she’s hooking up with men. She’s like figuring it out herself.

Amy:
If they watched Game of Thrones, they can handle whatever on this.

Rebecca:
Well, exactly. I honestly think that’s why it’s like there’s not like tons of nudity. It’s not from a male gaze at all. So probably makes a whole bunch of male TV reviewers totally uncomfortable. But cause she’s not right, that’s like the trope is that, like, you know, single mom, now she’s out. She’s gonna be looking for men. She’s like, no, like figuring it out myself. So anyway, it is so good. It stars Kathryn Hahn, who’s amazing, who like once you see her, you’ll be like, oh, I know her. She’s been in a million things. But I think isn’t a household name really. And it’s just really good. It’s really smart. And it does her story line, but it also has his son story line in college, which is great cause her son is a total like douche bro in high school in the beginning when they show it freely use in college and he sort of gets his comeuppance when he goes to college and realizes it’s like it’s it’s not cool anymore, but it’s so much fun to watch that. It’s great actually. So I can’t recommend enough. It’s a half hour. You know, whatever they call them now dramedy on HBO. And I think there’s three episodes up now, three or four, but it’s on every week. You know how HBO does. They roll it out weekly, but then you can, you know, hoard them and then binge them. So that’s what I did. Yeah. It’s awesome.

Amy:
I’ve seen the commercial that looks like something I would love. So I need to make the time.

Rebecca:
You would love it. It’s really smart and it’s kind of this really like diverse, interesting cast that doesn’t feel intentionally diverse.

Amy:
Right.

Rebecca:
I mean, like you don’t feel like, oh, they were like, I need one of the like it’s diverse in a whole host of ways. Like she works in the senior centers. There’s old people and different people, body shapes and different sexuality is different. Like it just is different races. But in a totally natural, like, realistic way. So it’s really good. So check that out, though. That is our show for today. You will find links to everything we talked about today on ParentingBytes.com. Please rate review, subscribe, share wherever you listen to your podcasts. You know, we hope you’re prepared for Black Friday. Let us know if there are any great deals you found that you’d like everyone to know about. And until next week, happy parenting.

Amy:
Bye.

Andrea:
Happy shopping.

Rebecca:
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