19 New Release Movies That Went Straight to Home Streaming

April 3, 2020 by Kyle
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While there are tons of free streaming options available right now, (can you say Tiger King?), nothing beats the thrill of the big screen. But since that is currently not an option, these movies provide the next best thing. After all, most of these should still be in theaters but were sent home early when the lights went out. So grab some popcorn and your favorite spot on the couch and enjoy…

19 New Release Movies That Went Straight to Home Streaming

 

Note: With a couple minor exceptions, all of these movies are available to buy or rent on popular streaming platforms like Prime Video, Apple TV, Redbox, and iTunes.

Bad Boys for Life

The Bad Boys are back for one final ride. This movie was released to streaming platforms early on March 31st due to stay-at-home orders in many states.

It will also be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 21st, 2020.

Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence

Original Release Date: January 17, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $19.99

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey is a DC Comics superhero movie which was released earlier than planned on March 24th for streaming rental.

Starring: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Original Release Date: February 7, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $19.99

Bloodshot

Bloodshot is also a superhero movie based on the Valiant comic character. Five days after it was released, Sony studios decided to make it available for home streaming on March 21st.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan

Original Release Date: March 13, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $19.99

Call of the Wild

Based on Jack London’s classic book, The Call of the Wild had some bad luck on its release date and was shortly sent to home streaming.

A great family movie easily worth the $14.99 in my opinion.

Starring: Harrison Ford, a Cool Dog, Bunch of Other People

Original Release Date: February 21, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $14.99

Doolittle

Another Dr. Doolittle take, Doolittle stars the highly talented Robert Downey Jr. and makes for a fun stay-at-home on the couch movie for the entire family.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Emma Thompson

Original Release Date: January 17, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $19.99

Emma

This Jane Austen book was finally brought to the big screen earlier this year, only to be sent straight to streaming when all the movie theater lights went off.

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth

Original Release Date: February 21, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $19.99

Frozen 2

Frozen 2 was initially set to be released on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+, on June 26th, 2020. But due to the pandemic it was moved up and released to the public on March 15th.

Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff

Original Release Date: November 22, 2019

Streaming Cost: Free on Disney+

The Gentlemen

The Gentleman is an action comedy, directed by Guy Ritchie, that was pushed up for home media release on March 24th of this year.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery

Original Release Date: January 24, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $14.99

The Hunt

The Hunt is a movie described as an action, horror, thriller flick that had the unfortunate luck of a March 13th release date.

The studio made the smart decision to send the movie for early home streaming release on March 20th.

Starring: Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, Amy Madigan, Emma Roberts

Original Release Date: March 13, 2020

Streaming Rental Cost: Rent for $19.99

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man is a science fiction horror flick that looks pretty darn freaky and could be fun distraction.

The movie was released early for home streaming on March 20th.

Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid

Original Release Date: February 28, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $19.99

I Still Believe

My two daughters talked me into renting I Still Believe for $19.99 last weekend.

Their official review: “Too sad, not worth 20 bucks.”

Starring: KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Melissa Roxburgh

Original Release Date: February 21, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $19.99

Just Mercy

Just Mercy is a legal drama about a Harvard lawyer who heads to Alabama to try and help a wrongly convicted murderer.

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan

Original Release Date: January 10, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $5.99, buy for $19.99

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a critically acclaimed British drama movie with the very unfortunate release date of March 13th.

Because of this, the studio sent it for home media release on April 3rd.

Starring: Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold

Original Release Date: March 13, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $19.99

Onward

Onward is an urban fantasy Disney movie that “follows two elf brothers who set out on a quest to find an artifact that will bring back their deceased father.”

The movie is set to be free to Disney+ subscribers on April 3rd.

Starring: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Original Release Date: March 6, 2020

Streaming Cost: Free on Disney+

Portraits of a Lady on Fire

Portraits of a Lady on Fire is a French historical drama set in the late 18th century.

Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel

Original Release Date: February 14, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $3.99, buy for $14.99

Sonic the Hedgehog

This Sonic movie was released on February 14th then sent to home media on March 31st.

Starring: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Jim Carrey

Original Release Date: February 14, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $19.99

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The last Star Wars movie will be released early on Disney+ on April 13, 2020. If you can’t wait til then you’ll have to pay $5.99 to rent it..

Starring: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver

Original Release Date: December 20, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $5.99

Trolls World Tour

Trolls World Tour, a computer-animated jukebox musical, is set for release on April 10th. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will go straight to home media streaming outlets.

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden

Original Release Date: April 10, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $19.99

The Way Back

The Way Back is a sports drama starring Ben Affleck as a basketball coach seeking redemption.

When movie theaters in the country closed in mid-March, the movie went to home media streaming options on March 24th, 2020.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins

Original Release Date: March 6, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $19.99

Ask the Reader: Have you seen any of these movies yet? Would you recommend it?


By Kyle James

The 11 Major Stores That Offer Free Curbside Grocery Pickup

April 1, 2020 by Kyle
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As I’ve documented before on this blog, many grocery stores these days offer free in-store pickup. But unfortunately very few go the extra mile and actually bring the items out to your car. I call it curbside pickup and it’s incredibly convenient for seniors, those with a handicap, and busy folks who don’t have time to wander the aisles aimlessly looking for brown paper lunch bags. Here are all the major stores that offer this service at NO extra charge, hope this list helps.

All 9 Major Stores That Offer Free Curbside Pickup

Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle Curbside

If you have a Giant Eagle in your neck of the woods you’ll be excited to know they offer a Free Grocery Pickup service.

Just visit the above linked page and choose your store and click “Shop Now”.

Once you choose your store, you’ll schedule a time slot and then add items to your online cart and checkout.

Giant Eagle has “expertly trained personal shoppers” who only select the freshest and highest quality groceries for you.

Then just head to the store at your time, park in the designated spot, and they’ll load up your groceries for you.

If you’d prefer to have items delivered to your home, it can be done for a reasonable $5.95 for next-day delivery.

See Also: 20 Grocery Stores Offering Senior Shopping Hours

H-E-B Grocers

HEB Curbside

If you happen to live near a H-E-B you should consider their Curbside Grocery Service.

You just shop their website, select a pick-up time and place your order.

Similar to Kroger below, you can add specific comments to your order. For example, you can say things like “can I please have my artisan bread sliced”, which is WAY cool.

They currently have a 4-hour turn around on curbside orders and the most you can order is $600 worth of groceries.

They even discourage tipping and want you to keep the money for your next curbside order.

Kroger

Kroger Pick Up

Simply shop the Kroger website and fill your virtual cart with what you need, then at checkout, select your store and pickup time.

An employee will then grab all your groceries and bring them to your car when you arrive.

Be sure to park in the designated spots and you’re good to go.

You can shop online up to three days in advance, which is super convenient.

It should also be noted that only the first 3 orders are free, after that you’re subject to a fee that varies by region.

Meijer

Meijer Curbside

While Meijer charges a $4.95 curbside fee I still thought I should mention them.

The main reason I wanted to mention them was their ability to customize curbside orders.

For example, want green bananas? Or maybe extra ripe avocados? Just tell them in the comments section when checking out from their website and they’ll do their best to accommodate your request.

Once you select your pickup time, just head down to the store and go the to “Curbside Lane” and they’ll load you up.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom Curbside Pickup

I gotta admit this one came as a surprise.

While not a grocery store, if you join the free Nordy Club you’re eligible to get free curbside delivery from your local Nordstrom department store.

When shopping from the Nordstrom website, be sure to select the “Buy Online & Pick Up in Store” option.

Then use the Nordstrom app to request curbside pickup.

Publix

Publix grocery pickup

Publix recently introduced a curbside delivery service that takes all the hassle out of grocery shopping.

You shop online when it’s convenient, then select a time that works for you to swing by and have your groceries loaded into your car.

Win win.

Safeway

Safeway Pickup and Go

The Safeway Driveup & Go program is relatively new and lets you shop online from home, reserve a pickup time, and have an employee do your shopping for you and load up your trunk when you arrive.

When demand is high some items may be out-of-stock and replacement items may be chosen for you.

Sam’s Club

Sam's Club Pickup

Give the Sam’s Club Pickup program a try as well.

You just do your shopping online via their website, check-in on their app, then come pickup your stuff in the Drive Thru area (where available) or head inside and grab your pre-loaded shopping cart.

The best part? No minimum order required.

Sears

Sears In-Vehicle Pickup

If you’re lucky enough to still have a Sears in your town, you should try their free In-Vehicle Pickup program.

Just shop online or via their app and select “In-Vehicle Pickup” at checkout. (NOTE: Have to be a “Shop Your Ways” member to qualify, sign-up for free.)

Sears will drop you an email when your order is ready. Then you’ll just head to the store, park in a reserved spot, and use the app to tell them you’ve arrived.

They guarantee they’ll have your stuff brought out to your car within 5 minutes.

Target

Target Drive Up

Many Target locations in 2019 are rolling out the Drive Up service and it’s pretty darn cool.

You just shop the Target app and wait for notification that your order is ready.

Then you let Target know via the app when you’re on your way and park in the designated “Drive Up” spot in the front of the store.

Once you’re safely parked, you let them know via the app that you’ve arrived and they’ll quickly bring out your stuff and load it.

If your local Target doesn’t offer “Drive Up” yet, you can still order online and choose in-store pickup at checkout. Then head to Guest Services once you get a notification that it’s ready.

Walmart

Walmart grocery pickup

When Walmart Grocery Pickup was first introduced in 2017 it was met with some skepticism.

Would it be accurate? Would it be more hassle than it’s worth?

But after ironing out a few wrinkles, the grocery pickup delivery service has grown quite popular.

You simply visit walmart.com/grocery or shop via the Walmart app. You can shop over 50,000 items and select your exact pickup date and time.

The cool part is if you place your order by 10 a.m. it will be ready for pickup on the same day.

When you get notified via email or text that your order is ready, you just park in one of the marked “Grocery Pickup” spots and an employee will bring out your items and load them in your car.

Some Walmart’s even have drive-up lanes like the one in the picture above.

Incredibly convenient service for seniors or busy parents and it’s completely FREE.

Ask the Reader: What grocery stores or big-box stores am I missing? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to investigate.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Walmart.

These Stores Have Made Temporary Return Policy Changes

March 27, 2020 by Kyle
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(Updated 3/30/20) In an effort to help shoppers, many retailers have made temporary changes to their return policies in recent days. Here are a few of the most significant changes so you can plan your return strategy once stores do reopen for business.

These Stores Have Made Temporary Return Policy Changes

 

Costco

Costco is buckling down on returns that include high-demand items.

High demand items include things like toilet paper, water, paper towels, and Lysol.

It should also be noted that not all Costco stores are posting this new policy, but keep an eye out at your local Costco for signage informing you of this temporary return policy change.

Target

Starting today, Target is not accepting in-store returns for 3 weeks.

If you made a purchase with a return window that expires in the next 3 weeks, NO WORRIES as you’ll have 3 weeks from the date they reopen to bring back your items.

Kroger

Kroger has also temporarily ended grocery returns for the safety of their shoppers as they can’t control what happens to products once they leave their stores.

They’ll still accept returns of meat, deli, produce, and seafood items that don’t meet their standards.

Apple Store

Apple recently closed all their retail stores temporarily in the U.S. but they have vowed to accept all returns for 14 days after they reopen.

Kohl’s

Kohl’s announced that they will extend their 180 day return policy by 30 days once they reopen their stores.

They are still accepting online returns and here is the form if you need it.

Nordstrom

Norstrom has extended their return policy to 45 days after stores reopen, this includes Nordstrom Rack.

For stuff bought online after February 1st, you can either return via snail mail or bring back to a brick and mortar location up to 45 days after stores reopen.

TJ Maxx

TJ Maxx is extending their return policy to 30 days from when their stores reopen, and 40 days from when their online business reopens.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond is extending all of their return policy timelines by 60 days.

This temporary policy change applies to all purchases made after February 20, 2020.

Home Goods

Home Goods has extended their return policy by 30 days from the date they reopen their stores.

This policy has also been extended to 40 days for online purchases. In other words, 40 days from when their online business reopens.

Old Navy, GAP, Banana Republic

All 3 retailers closed their stores on March 19th due to the COVID-19 crisis.

But all 3 stores have extended their return policy to July 1, 2020 for ALL purchases made between January 1 – March 31.

JCPenney

JCPenney recently announced that they will be extending their return policy by 30 days from the date they reopen their stores. 

So consider their reopening date your “purchase date” and you have 30 days from then to make your returns.

Macy’s

Until further notice, Macy’s has extended their return policy by 30 days.

I’m assuming this is 30 days from when they decide to reopen their brick & mortar locations.

American Eagle

American Eagle is asking you to hold on to your returns and they’ll take them back once they reopen.

For online purchases, they are currently NOT accepting returns by mail so hold on to them until further notice.

J.Crew

The folks at J.Crew are extending their return period to 60 days for all orders placed after March 1st.

This policy is bound to change if their stores can’t reopen in a reasonable amount of time.

Ask the Reader: Did I miss any significant return policy changes? Let me know below.


By Kyle James

Stuck at Home? Check Out These Virtual Tours, Concerts, and Church Services

March 24, 2020 by Kyle
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Tired of binging Netflix and playing board games? If so, you found the right article. I researched a bunch of cool virtual activities that you can do from the comfort of your couch. From really cool “home concerts” from musicians like Chris Martin and Garth Brooks, to amazing virtual museum tours and church services, these are sure to entertain, provide comfort, and educate.

 

1. Virtual Museum Tours

Many AMAZING museums around the world are now offering a virtual tour that you can enjoy from your living room.

I few that recently caught my eye include the following…

Natural History Museum (Washington DC) – Check out this 4K virtual tour of the their new dinosaur exhibit.

Guggenheim Museum (New York) – Take the “Guggenheim From Home” tour and see some amazing art from the comfort of your couch.

Louvre Museum (Paris) – This one hour 4K virtual tour of the Louvre is pretty epic, and yes, you’ll get to see the Mona Lisa as well as The Venus de Milo.

The Egyptian Museum (Cairo) – Take this VERY cool walking tour and see things like the treasure of Tutankhamen, as well as the treasures of Yuya and Tuya (great grandparents of King Tut).

Claude Money Garden (France) – While not a museum, this virtual tour of Monet’s garden in quite spectacular and just recently became available online. You can walk through his garden and home just like you would in person and turn the camera view in whatever direction you want. Amazing.

2. Stay at Home Concerts

Many musicians are offering some REALLY cool “home concerts” for all of us to enjoy from our homes.

Here are a few of the best ones I’ve seen so far…

1. Chris Martin

Check out his Instagram page or better yet check out the Global Citizen IG page, or do a search on Facebook video and you’ll find a cool 30 minute song request “mini gig” from the Coldplay front man Chris Martin.

The 30 minute “home concert” was just him talking and taking song requests, and was a amazing experience to watch, especially for Coldplay fans.

At the end of his concert he nudged John Legend to do the same thing which leads us to…

2. John Legend

John Legend and his piano happily followed Chris Martin as he also did his own home concert.

Find it on the Global Citizen IG page as well, or do a Facebook search for it.

Other home concerts recently added to Global Citizen IG page include Ziggy Marley, Niall Horan, One Republic, Hozier, Charlie Puth, Juanes, and Miguel.

Global Citizen is hosting a bunch of these concerts in the weeks to come so be sure to check back often.

3. Garth Brooks

Garth recently did a very cool 1 hour home concert with his wife Trisha Yearwood.

You can find it on his studio channel website called Inside Studio G.

It’s a great show, especially if you’re a country music fan, and I love how he promoted the idea that we are all in this thing together and need to count on each other to do the right thing.

4. Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Marty Stuart

Last week, these 3 country music stars performed together in an eerily empty Grand Ole Opry hall.

It was a really cool show as all three performers took turns playing one of their songs and spoke about the power of music during these difficult times.

The show was streamed live, but can now be accessed by everyone for FREE, online at CirclePlus.com.

You can also do a Facebook or YouTube search for the show and access it that way as well.

The 1-hour show also had a nice tribute to Kenny Rogers who passed away the day before.

3. Virtual Church Services

Last Sunday, on a whim, I did a YouTube search for “Catholic church services today” and found a bunch of great streamed church services from around the country.

My wife and I ended up taking in a service from the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls. It was beautifully done and almost as good as the real thing.

Do a similar YouTube search for your particular denomination and you’re bound to find a service that you can enjoy from home.

In closing, I hope all of these FREE activities not only entertain you, but help you expand your knowledge and faith.

Ask the Reader: Besides Netflix, what are you doing to occupy your time at home?


By Kyle James

Image credit to Coldplay IG.

These Major Retailers Have Reduced Their Store Hours Due to COVID-19

March 20, 2020 by Kyle
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Many grocery and retail stores are staying open during the Coronavirus pandemic BUT are reducing store hours. They’re using these extra hours to clean their stores and restock shelves with vital products. Hats off to these stores, especially their employees, who in many cases are putting their own safety at risk so they can continue supplying their local communities.

 
Albertson’s
Albertson’s locations are opening one hour later than normal and closing one hour earlier.

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These 20 Grocery Stores Are Offering Senior Shopping Hours in Light of Coronavirus

March 18, 2020 by Kyle
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(Updated 3/31/20) In response to the current Coronavirus pandemic, many grocery stores are opening their doors at specific hours (or days) for seniors and those with a compromised immune system. While only a short term change, I applaud these stores for stepping up and doing their part, especially their employees. Here’s what we know so far.

 
Dollar General

Dollar General is doing their part to help squash the spread of this virus by dedicating the first […] Continue Reading…

22 Online Jobs for Teens That Pay REAL Money

March 16, 2020 by Kyle
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If you’re a teen looking for an online job that pays real money, this article is for you. I researched a bunch of companies (and apps) that pay you to perform simple task, answer surveys, go shopping, or even sell your goods or services to the general public. The best part? You can do almost all of them from the comfort of your living room couch. Now young grasshopper, go forth and earn some […] Continue Reading…

9 Must-Know Costco Employee Benefits, Perks, and Discounts

March 9, 2020 by Kyle
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Costco has always been known as a great place to work, especially for part-time employees. But I thought it was time to take a deep dive into exactly what employee benefits and discounts Costco offers their workers. Perks that just might sway your decision one way or another when deciding to interview or accept a job offer.

 
1. Solid Health & Dental Insurance
If you’ve worked for Costco for at least 180 consecutive days, and work […] Continue Reading…

Costco Pharmacy: 8 Important Things You Gotta Know First

March 4, 2020 by Kyle
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If you’re like me you’ve walked past the Costco pharmacy for years but never used it to fill a prescription. Maybe you’re unsure of how the pharmacy works or if it’ll actually save you any money on your medicine. This article will hopefully answer all of your questions so you can make an informed decision on whether the pharmacy at Costco is right for you.

 
1. Do I Have to Be a Costco Member to […] Continue Reading…

Tractor Supply Return Policy: All Your Questions FINALLY Answered

February 27, 2020 by Kyle
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As an owner of a horse, a pony, two pygmy goats, two dogs, and a tough ol’ hen named “Houdini”, I shop at Tractor Supply Company on practically a weekly basis. It wasn’t until I recently had to return something that I took notice of their return policy on my receipt. Unlike many retail stores, the receipt didn’t stipulate their return policy but rather directed me to their website. I thought this was odd […] Continue Reading…