Six Things To Know Before Joining A CD ClubWritten by Deal Dude
(1) The BMG Music Club offers best deal you'll find online, which is receiving 11 CDs for price of shipping ($2.79 each) when you buy one CD at full club price, which is typically about $15 plus shipping. However, selection may not be as extensive as its chief competitor, Columbia House, which has many of its own exclusive artists. If you purchase only minimum, you will pay just $4 per CD at BMG and about $8 per CD at Columbia House.
(2) When you join club, you will receive a catalog in mail about every three weeks, along with a postcard that highlights a "featured" selection in genre you selected when you joined (e.g., rock, country, jazz, classical, Christian, rap, pop, Latin). You must return this postcard by due date or club will send you featured selection. You can now decline (or accept) your featured selection online, however, by logging into your CD club account. This makes process much, much easier. Once you have been a member for a while, you also can call clubs and ask them to change your membership from an "order-only" option, or from "negative option" to "positive option." This just means you won't have to return card.
(3) If you forget to return card and receive a CD you don't want, clubs are good about letting you return it. But beauty of this system for clubs is that this happens often enough and many people donít bother sending it back. They just pay bill.
(4) When clubs advertise in magazines or newspapers, they only list a limited selection of their available titles. If you don't see CDs you want, visit their online sites to browse all titles (12,000 or more) when making your selections. Then copy down item number of CDs into form. Be aware, however, that some CDs will not be available as free selections. This is often because of contractual obligations with clubs and artists that don't allow them to give away certain CDs. Also, clubs usually do not have latest and greatest albums until three or six months after their release.
Activities to Help You Meet Mr. or Mrs. RightWritten by Sadie Peterson
At some time or another, all of us find ourselves in a bit of a dating rut. Follow these steps to easily expand your social circle.
1.Do things you love Ė Too many of us donít go out and do things because we donít like doing them alone. But I make it a point to go kayaking regularly, renting a kayak from a local shop. Why? Because this will put you in contact with other people who share your interests. And, of course, youíll be talking to these people, as instructed in Step 1. Also, no matter what your hobby, your local shop will probably have a bulletin board listing outings and activities of interest, giving you more ideas for meeting new people. Ask counter clerk whether he knows of anyone who meets for your specific hobby. Iíve found several informal social kayaking groups this way.
2.Start something Ė This isnít for everyone, but if youíre a great organizer, find a project. Do you notice that your new apartment complex or neighborhood never has any get-togethers? Why not plan one yourself, and hand out flyers? Or maybe you love scrapbooking, but canít seem to find anyone else to share your interests. Start a scrapbooking get-together once a week! Try www.meettheneighbors.org to help you get started.