With summer almost here and school almost out, I decided to get the kids a Wii for the dog days of summer. I must confess though, I didn’t think finding a Wii would be that big a deal. Much to my surprise, I couldn’t find one at the usual retail outlets: Best Buy, Circuit City, Fry’s, Target, Costco, etc.

The only reputable place I could find that had the Wii in stock was the dreaded Wal-Mart. I say “dreaded” because I don’t like shopping there. I made an exception this one time because I would be ordering the Wii online and wouldn’t actually have to set foot in one of their stores.

You’d think I’d be grateful that Wal-mart had the Wii in stock when no one else did but there was one big catch! I had to buy the Wii in a “bundle” which forced me to buy 3 games, an accessory, and a warranty. For the record, I NEVER buy warranties on ANYTHING. At this point though, I had little choice since I simply couldn’t find the Wii anywhere else.

Ultimately I plunked down $500 so the kids would have one to play with and it’ll be well worth it to keep the kids busy. I also have heard that various people have lost 10 to 30 lbs while playing the game actively so my second ulterior motive was to try to lose a few pounds this summer while I spend time with the kids on full motion games.