Spotify, swing and sales

WHAT'S NEW

Spotify is the newest way to listen to music, a subscription-based database with more than 15 million tracks and counting.

It has been overwhelmingly popular in the UK, but came to the US just this past week. Celebrities such as Mark Zuckerberg and Ashton Kutcher are singing its praises, saying Spotify will change the way people listen to music.

Anyone can try Spotify for 14 days for free, but after that there are two monthly subscription levels. An Unlimited subscription is only $4.99 per month (there are no contracts) and you get to listen to an unlimited amount of songs, free of advertisements, on as many different computers as you want. With the Premium subscription, only $9.99 per month, you get everything Unlimited offers but can also have Spotify on your phone, and access to your playlists even while offline.

Rest assured, Spotify is completely legal and gives artists a teensy cut every time their songs are played.

To get Spotify, go to www.spotify.com/us/hello-america/.

WHAT'S TRENDY

Do you think you can dance? Whether you dread wedding receptions with a dance floor or enjoy getting out there to show your moves, dancing can be a really fun way to get your heart rate up and have a good time with your friends.

Over the past several years, there has been a resurgence in dances like swing and lindy - fast-paced dances that incorporate a lot of turns and twirls. In Augusta, there are several places to take lessons for dances like that.

Ballroom in Motion is an Augusta studio that teaches every kind of ballroom dance, and they have a Second Saturday Dance each month that is open to the public. Cover is $10, and there's a lesson before the dance. Go to www.ballroominmotion.com for more information.

The Ballroom Dance Center has an open dance each Friday night for $10, also with a lesson beforehand. Visit their website at www.augustaballroomdance.com.

WHAT'S AFFORDABLE

This is the best time of year to buy any kinds of summer wear - swimsuits, sandals, sundresses, whatever. Everyone is trying to clear their shelves in an effort to make room for back to school inventory.

Old Navy has all of their swimwear for only $6 per item - a huge cut from what they were asking earlier in the year. I've learned to wait a while before buying anything from Old Navy. They're really good about slashing prices at a reliable pace, and I'd rather pay $6 than $30 if I can.

It's also a great time to hit up consignment stores or Goodwill, since a lot of families take the last weeks of summer to do a little pre-school cleaning. 

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