In case you resolve to track yourself

I’m torn about the various Fitbit and Fitbit-esque products out there. On the one hand, it’s a great idea to become more aware of your physical fitness. On the other, you have people like my daughter, who sets her daily step goal to “3” so that it congratulates her every morning just for getting out of bed. (No, I am not making that up.)

Anyway, if you’ve been looking for a Fitbit HR, they’re on special today at Target. When you first load the product page you’ll see the regular price of $130, but as soon as you choose any color/size, the price drops to $77.97. (For reference: reviews and $130 price tag at Amazon.)

I can feel guilty about how slothful I am even without a fancy wrist-computer, but you do you.

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Get your Goods deals

I keep forgetting that Groupon sells stuff now, not just gift certificates and such. And right now they’re still going strong with their Cyber Week Deals—a huge assortment of crazy-good markdowns on everything from pillows to tech and everything in-between.

If you have some referral credit lying around, so much the better. But even if you don’t, you may be delighted to discover a great bargain you didn’t even know you needed until you saw it.

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Stack these savings at Penguin

I’m not going to lie—the full retail prices at Original Penguin are a little rich for my blood, especially considering that most of their offerings are “casual” clothes. But! Catch the right sale, and now you’re talking.

Like right now, you’ll get an additional 30% off full-price items or an additional 40% off sale items in your cart, automatically. And then you can apply coupon code OPTHANKS on top of that discount for another 30% off. Shipping is free right now, too. So you can stock up on sale socks for stockings, or whatever. You do you. Just make sure you grab all the extra savings, while you do.

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Don’t forget that today is #GivingTuesday

Today’s the day for charitable donations, and Cool Mom Picks found the perfect way to figure out where to give so that you can target your dollars to the causes that matter most to you.

As much as I like hunting around for good deals on stuff, I like opportunities to make my money do the most good even more.

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Tote-a-Ton, tote it all

I seem to have luggage on the brain. But hey, there’s still plenty of deals around, and I will sing the praises of these Samsonite Tote-a-Ton duffles every single time I see a deal.

toteatonThose of you who’ve been around for a while have heard me sing its praises before, but here’s a quick recap: These tote bags are huge and sturdy and relatively cheap. Check out the reviews on Amazon if you want to hear it from someone (or over a thousand someones…) other than me. Two of these totes meant my college kid could pack all her clothes, towels, and bedding (including comforter and throw pillows!) for dorm move-in, and when she was unpacked, she folded ’em up and stuck them on a shelf, where they take up about as much room as a novel. The regular price on these is anywhere from $22-$35, depending on store and color.

Today at Samsonite, they’ve got all 4 colors of Tote-a-Tons marked down to $26.99, but coupon code CYBERDAY takes another 30% off and gives you free shipping. That means your bag comes out to just under $19, which is pretty nice.

I’ve already bought two for each kid, so I guess I don’t need any more. But maybe you do, in which case, there you go.

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For the Geek Cave

I can’t stop laughing at this, and yet, I kind of want one.

carbonite-fridgeRight now on Lightning Deal, Amazon has this Han Solo frozen in carbonite mini-fridge marked down to $147.60 (from $200). I know I’m supposed to say this would be perfect for someone’s Man Cave but c’mon. It’s Han Solo. This doesn’t go in a Man Cave, this goes in a Geek Cave.

And don’t think I didn’t consider buying it for my son to take to his dorm next year, because I totally did. (Not getting it, though, because it’s really only a good beverage storage unit, and I can get a bigger “plain” fridge for less money. But hey, if you have the money, I think this is hilarious.)

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Winners of the Cyber Monday giveaways

Whoops, sorry for not getting this posted last night. In my defense, I have a really good excuse. I, uh, fell asleep. (Hey, I’m old, and my oldest came home for Thanksgiving with some lovely gifts for us from her dorm in the form of a nasty cold. Kids! They’re the best!)

Anyway, yesterday’s chances to win offered up a trio of goodies, and the winners have been generated by my contest-picker. Without further ado, here we go: The winner of the Gnoments set is commenter 84, Margaret. The winner of the Scribble n’ Play Boogie Board is commenter 78, Kristen. And the winner of the Nomad Android Key is commenter 63, Mindy. (I have no idea why those numbers are all clustered so closely together, but randomness is random in weird ways, sometimes.) Congratulations, winners! Look for an email from me, and I’ll get those fun prizes shipped out to you ASAP.

Many thanks to all who played, and special thanks to Gnoments and their helper elves at Allettare PR, Boogie Board and their helper elves at Max Borges Agency, and the nice folks at Nomad for all of the prize donations. When companies are generous like this, I hope folks take notice and patronize them accordingly.

That’s it for this year’s Big Prize Week, Extended Dance Remix. We’ll keep on chugging way to find the best deals before the holidays, though, so I hope you’ll stick around.

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Minecrafters: Piper Computer Kit deal!

If you want this one, go fast: Amazon is currently running a lightning deal on the Piper Computer Kit which is normally $299. Right now it’s just $223.25 while the deal lasts.


It’s the perfect way to learn coding hands-on, through Minecraft (which the kids already love). This isn’t one of those “impulse purchase” items, but if it was on your list, this may be the only discount we see this season. Go get it!

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Half off at Lands’ End, today only

I think it’s possible that Lands’ End is offering several different discounts today, because the first time I visited the site it offered me 40% off, and later, it offered 45% off. Those are both good, but I’d rather take half off. I mean, as long as we’re saving.

Thanks to alert reader LeeAnn for letting me know that coupon code CYBER50 with PIN 4625 takes 50% off almost everything (some items are excluded from further discounts, and are marked as such). You’ll need to spend $50+ after the discount for free shipping, or pay with Visa Checkout for free 2-day shipping on any size order.

It probably sounds a little crazy, but this is the right time to score a crazy deal on swimsuits, if you’re so inclined.

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It’s a good day for luggage

If you’re still using the luggage you bought when you first left home (um, it’s possible that some of my bags are indeed from that long ago…), or if you have an upcoming graduate who’s going to need some luggage, I would of course direct you to eBags pretty much any day of the week, anyway, but especially today because of their Cyber Monday deals.

Check out the specials for discounts of up to 85% off, plus you can take an extra 20% off just about everything else with coupon code SAVEMORE.

Replace an old ratty bag of your own, or get ready to give someone a great gift. Either way, these are some of the lowest prices of the year.

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