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Friday, June 01, 2018

Adrift blends romance with dramatic survival story

Grade:   B+

Rating: PG-13
1 hour 36 minutes

In a Nutshell: Don’t read the book yet or research this true story so that you can enjoy the dramatic journey for yourself. 

Shailene Woodley gives an excellent performance and carries the film through romance and survival.

Tips for parents: 
  • Shailene Woodley is braless during the entire movie.
  • Shailene smokes a joint.
  • Alcohol
  • Pre-marital relations
  • Some profanity, including 1 F-bomb.
  • Bloody, gory injuries
  • Scary storm
  • Strong female role-model who overcomes extreme challenges.

 Uplifting theme: 
  • Inner strength
  • Hope
  • "You can do anything you put your mind to." - Richard

Things I liked:
  • I loved that Tami was a strong, capable woman who was good at math too!
  • I always like it when movies about true stories show pictures and/or video of the real people who experienced the events.
  • Richard Sharp names his boat “Mayaluga”, which means “one who crosses the horizon” in another language.  I love the metaphor.
  • Good CGI and transitions.
  • Shailene Woodley digs deep for a gripping performance.  If you enjoy her in this, you might like to see some of her earlier work in the Divergent series.  Her co-star in that franchise, Miles Teller, was going to play Richard in this movie, but after he dropped out, Sam Claflin was cast.

Things I didn’t like:
  • If you’re prone to sea sickness, you just might get a little woozy.  The majority of the movie was actually filmed at sea, so there wasn't as much CGI as you would think there would be.  Rumor has it that there was a lot of vomiting during the shooting.

Funny lines:
  • “We’re going to die out here!” – Tami
“We might.” – Richard
“You’re not supposed to say that!” – Tami 

Interesting lines:
  • “Remember, it could be worse.” – Richard
  • “A voice told me I had to survive.” – Tami

The movie is adapted from the book written by Tami Oldham:



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Justice League gets mixed reviews

Movie Title: 
 Justice LEAGUE

Grade:  B

Rating:   PG-13, 110 minutes

In a Nutshell:  With this much superpower force, this movie should have been awesome, but is getting very mixed reviews.

The gathering of the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War brought together fun and quirky personalities that created a super spark that surprised and delighted audiences, something that this movie struggles with.

Uplifting theme: 
  • “Hope is like your car keys – easy to lose, but if you look around, you can find it.” - Superman (Henry Cavill)
  • “Hope is real.  All you have to do is look…up in the sky.” – Lois Lane (Amy Adams) 

Things I liked:
  • I think Gal Gadot is gorgeous and I was looking forward to seeing her again after her successful Wonder Woman movie. Unfortunately, she gets a little lost in all the testosterone and frenzied action.
  • Keep watching ALL the way to the very last of the rolling credits to see two more clips.
  • The Amazonian women are awesome.  Their battle sequence was one of the best in the entire movie.  Their costumes and hair were dramatically changed from what they looked like in the Wonder Woman movie.  Hmmm...which one is going to stick?
  • Most of the CGI is really great.
  • I like Ben Affleck as Batman.  He’s certainly the solid leader in this league and his fans will think his opening scene is really cool.
  • I thought Jason Momoa made a cool, bad boy Aquaman and I'm excited to see him in his own feature film for this character, which comes out December 21, 2018 in the USA.

Things I didn’t like:
  • I was excited to see how DC was going to handle Superman’s death, and was pleased to see he was given so much respect in this movie.  I really like Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel (2013) I think Henry Cavill is so handsome, but what was going on with his CGI face?  It turns out that he had a mustache for his upcoming role in Mission Impossible and Paramount forbade him to remove it, so they used CGI to brush over the stash.  Weird, right?  I thought it was ridiculous that Batman beat Superman to begin with in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.  Superman is way better than Batman. You can read my movie review of Batman vs. Superman here.
  • Some of the action sequences seemed so rush and chaotic that it's hard to see what's happening.  You don't see a lot of civilians in the fighting areas, which tends to make the scenes feel less dangerous and urgent.
  • The DC movies are much more dark than the Avenger films.  Based on huge box office sales at Marvel movies, audiences seem to prefer a more light-hearted superhero action flick.  My youngest son explains it by saying, “Marvel is self-aware and doesn’t take itself so seriously.”  Yup.
  • I would have loved to see more of Atlantis.
  • Barry Allen/The Flash played by Ezra Miller is supposed to provide the comic relief for the movie, but a lot of the humor falls flat.  He also looks really strange when he's running. Weird, since that's his big talent.
  • People who aren’t familiar with DC Comics may not know who Steppenwolf is, other than they’ve heard of the rock band with the same name.  ha ha  We first saw a blurred glimpse of Steppenwolf in a deleted scene in the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which was later released online.  He’s scary, mean, bad, and angry, but there are rumors we’ll learn more about him and the Darkseid in future movies.
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE had to undergo a lot of reshoots and redo’s, because it was directed by two different directors.  Unfortunately, the first director’s daughter died, so he pulled out of the project.
  • The character introductions seemed rushed for the new superheroes like Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash.  Warner Brothers has tried to keep their superhero movies at 2 hours or less, but this movie could have benefitted by longer backstories that explained character motivation better.  Comic book fans who are familiar with the characters and stories will be able to fill in the missing gaps, but the general public won’t.
  • It always bugs me when trailers have lines and scenes that aren’t even in the final movie.
  • Once you see the movie, you’ll probably forget it.

Interesting lines:
  • “Technology without reason, without heart, destroys us.” – Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)
  • “I believe in truth, but I’m also a big fan of justice.” - Superman
  • “What are you?” – bad guy
“A believer.” – Wonder Woman
  • “You’re out of your mind, Bruce Wayne.” – Aquaman
“Doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” – Batman
  • “Darkness, true darkness is not the absence of light, but the conviction that the light will not return.” – Lois Lane

Funny lines:
  • “What are your super powers again?” – Barry Allen (Ezra Miller)
“I’m rich.” – Batman
  • “It’s good to see you play well with others again.” – Alfred (Jeremony Irons)
“Dressed like a bat.  I dig it.” – Aquaman
“It may be temporary.” – Batman
  • “Children.  I work with children.” – Wonder Woman

Tips for parents: 
  • One of the superheroes drinks alcohol.
  • Some profanity.
  • Shootings, violent fighting, death of humans and other creatures.
  • Lots of butt shots and skimpy clothing on Wonder Woman.  I really liked her movie, but she's treated like just another pretty object in this one.


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National FREE donut day!

Happy National Donut Day!

In honor of National Donut Day many places around the country are offering FREE donuts.  Here is a list of a few.

Dunkin' Donuts is offering customers a free classic doughnut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is available while supplies last at participating locations.

Krispy Kreme is offering one free doughnut to each customer at participating stores in the United States and Canada.

Duck Donuts is offering each customer a free bare, cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar doughnut at all locations. Customers will also receive a buy one, get one free doughnut coupon valid through June 17, 2018.

Lamar Donuts is offering a free donut to all customers. Any donut with a hole. You will need to print or show this golden ticket.

Entemann's: The baked goods brand is accepting entries through June 30 for its Chief Donut Officer Contest at for the chance to win the honorary title and prizes including $5,000 and a year's supply of donuts.

Winn-Dixie: Get a 50% discount on all doughnuts in the bakery Friday

Burger King: Really??? The fast-food chain is cutting a hole in its Whopper sandwich to create the "first flame-grilled donut" at five select restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston and Salt Lake City. The Whopper Donut only available Fridaycomes with a "free" mini slider, which is the donut hole of the burger.

Every single Walmart in America will give away free doughnuts to customers. The retailer expects to give away 1.2 million doughnuts nationwide by the end of the day.

Here is a more comprehensive list of free donuts and places with deals celebrating National Donut Day.  That means they don't have donut deals but are happy to help celebrate National Donut Day with their own deals.

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Friday, February 02, 2018

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas from Sister Thrifty!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Black Friday 2017 infogram is insightful

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

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Friday, October 21, 2016

How much are you worth?

How much are you worth?

Let’s take a minute to look at your assets and liabilities:

Assets (what you own)
Cash: checking account, savings account, money market, CD, treasury bills, silver, gold
Securities: stocks, bonds, mutual funds
Real estate: Personal residence, vacation home, rental properties
Business interests: business owner, MLM
Retirement funds: IRA, KEOGH, 401K, vested portion in company plan, annuity
Life insurance: cash value
Personal property: cars and other vehicles, household furnishings, boat, plane, 
 recreational vehicles, antiques, collectibles, art, furs, jewelry

Liabilities (what you owe): 
Current bills: credit cards, charge accounts, medical, dental, store cards
Debt: Unpaid bills
Taxes: income (federal & state), property (real & personal)
Mortgages: residence, other properties
Loans: auto, home improvement, education, life insurance, margin account

Total net worth = total assets minus total liabilities

Don’t like what you see?  Well, let’s start working on that.  Whether you’re looking for a full-time job or just a part-time gig to bring in some extra cash, there are many options. To help 
you get a better job, start by acquiring some new skills and do a quick resume brush-up.  

Check out to first see what kind of jobs are out there and which ones can 
offer you flexibility and security.Placing your resume online doesn’t mean a lot in a sea of faceless names available to 

You need to get more creative, especially if you want to work from home.  Rather than posting a resume on, which will mostly result in getting you a ton of 
junk mail, try connecting with people you already know on or searching for 
local jobs at  

Here are some other great resources:

You can also find some terrific freelance jobs online based on your expertise, at sites such 

If you’re artistic, you can get paid for your creativity and accept as many or as few jobs as you’d like at:

Sell your photography skills at:
Virtual customer service jobs allow you to assist other companies from your computer.  If 
you have a landline, a computer, and your home is quiet, you can take incoming calls for 
companies or help them with data entry tasks.  See who is hiring at:

 There are simply too many to list!  
Are you feeling empowered with your finances yet?  You should!  You probably already know how to do many things that companies out there are willing to pay you for!  Write a list of 
all your skills, talents, hobbies and interests.  You’re worth more than you know!

Trina Boice
(The FruGAL)

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Money doesn't grow on trees

There are a ton of things you can do to bring in extra money to pay those bills and stretch your dollars.  

My dad used to always say, "Money doesn't grow on trees."  The fact is, nobody is going to just hand you money; you have to do something.  No, wait a minute...they just might! 

You may actually have free money hiding out there that you don’t 
even know about!  It’s true! Every state has an “Unclaimed Property” department which you can easily use to help you find money!  

Start at, the website of the National 
Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators.  Every state’s procedure for claiming money is different, so be sure to check every state where you have resided and worked, and follow their 
guidelines.  Amazingly enough, you may actually have forgotten about some pennies out there!  

Hey, it’s worth a shot, and will only take you a few minutes online.   

I found a small paycheck my husband forgot to pick up when he did seasonal work for a company as a teenager.  (I would never forget to pick up a paycheck!)  I also found some money 
for my dad that was sitting in an old bank account he had closed years ago.  (Yes, I gave it to him and didn’t keep it for myself.)  You’ll need to produce certain documents to prove you are who 
you claim to be before the money is released.

Good luck and happy hunting! 

Trina Boice
(The FruGAL)

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