Friends & Family time at Eddie

I’m all over the discounts at Eddie Bauer, anyway, but when they have some great markdowns and a big coupon? I can’t resist.

Right now shop anything and everything and take an additional 40% off with coupon code FAMILY40. It even works on the Clearance and other markdowns. Maybe instead of another mug, you could give out Stasher Totes for end-of-year teacher gifts this year…? Or maybe you’re planning your next adventure and want to scoop up some deals on their Stowaway Packables? (I’m pretty sure they’re even cheaper now than when they had their last sale.) Whatever you need, it’s hard to argue with an extra 40% off.

Shipping is automatically free on $99+, or on $25+ if you have Shoprunner. Happy hunting!

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Today’s a good day for Vera

Lovely reader Renee recently asked me if she’d “missed” some sort of clearance at Vera Bradley, as she remembered a sale around this time last year that didn’t seem to be happening now. This prompted me to actually pay attention to what’s happening over there, and so now I can say: Go! Shop! Today (Tuesday, April 25th)!

All Sale items are reduced an additional 40% in your bag, plus today they’re offering free shipping on every single order! That means it’s a perfect time to pick up little somethings for the female graduates in your life, and avoid the shipping charge or a purchase minimum.

I’m off to shop….

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Tons o’ deals if you have the time

This site is new to me (maybe I’ve been living under a rock…?), but right now there are literally tens of thousands of clearance deals at Spring right now, all name-brand goodies from Gymboree to Land of Nod to Sur la Table to Abercrombie & Fitch and more.

Make it even better with coupon code SUNNY20 for an additional 20% off. Shipping (and returns!) is free.

I am sorting through all the clearance because I’m a glutton for punishment, but if you were searching for a specific thing I imagine it might be a little bit easier to find some deals in a shorter period of time.

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Time for a new backpack?

Hello! I realize I left you hanging there, last week. As I shared on Facebook, I had a rather nasty… something (probably food poisoning)… that had me out of commission for a while. But I’m back! Sipping tea! Eating dry, gluten-free toast! Living the high life!


I’ve shared deals here on High Sierra Fat Boy backpacks a bunch of times—they often go on sale at Amazon—but today’s deal is straight from the manufacturer: Shop the High Sierra cClearance right now and you can use coupon code CLEAROUT for another 50% off those prices. Fat Boys are marked down to $35, so just $17.50 after coupon. Both of my kids used these bags all through high school and they held up really well.

Don’t want those? They also have great clearance on camping packs, ski bags, lunch boxes, luggage, and more. Definitely worth checking out.

Shipping is a flat $2.99, or free on your $79+ order.

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Pancakes for everyone!

I own lots (and lots and lots…) of specialty kitchen items, and it’s not unusual for my husband to ask me if we “really need” this or that thing. The answer is always yes, of course, but it is more like “absolutely” when it comes to the electric griddle, because there is simply no other way to make pancakes or French toast for a crowd without being stuck in the kitchen all day. A good griddle allows you to make 8 pancakes at a time, with no hot spots or need to rotate items around, and it’s worth it weight in… well, okay, maybe not gold… maple syrup? Yes. Worth its weight in real Vermont maple syrup.

So it would be a no-brainer to spring for this Black & Decker family-sized electric griddle now that it’s dropped to $15.02 at Amazon. It averages 4.5 stars with nearly 700 reviews, and it looks like it handles 8 pancakes at once.

If I didn’t already have a trusty griddle, I’d be all over this one.

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Woohoo, it’s a Woot-Off!

Know what today is? That’s right, it’s my kid’s birthday. (Oh, was that not what you were going to guess…?) My oldest was born 19 years ago today, and to celebrate, Woot is having a Woot-Off! I mean, surely that’s why, right?

Whatever the reason, they’re rotating through the deals fast and furious today at Woot, Home.Woot, Electronics.Woot, Computers.Woot, Tools.Woot, Fashion.Woot, Sport.Woot, Kids.Woot, and Wine.Woot (motto: almost always something you can consume; only sometimes wine). Deals last for as little as seconds, if people snap ’em up quick, or as long as 30 minutes, but once they rotate through, they’re gone.

Shop all day and spend $5 just once for shipping, no matter how many orders you place.

Perhaps I can drown my sorrows about my mah baybee being away at college instead of home with me today in a few good deals….

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College, ahoy: Picking a meal plan

Recently lovely reader Teresa sent in a great question:

Have you written about selecting college meal plans? We are close to having that quandary er… privilege. Son in question is a quesocarbotarian if we don’t keep an eye on him. He’s been vegetarian for close to 10 years, he easily eats veggies, fruits and plant proteins lovingly placed on the table before him, but I fear he may have difficulty finding balanced food court style choices. And how do you select an appropriate number of meals per term? We do have Amazon Prime for any emergencies. If you have sage advice (and you surely do!) I bet lots of folks would love to know how you broke this down?

Rather than just answering it here, I actually sent it along to Alpha Mom because it fits in with other college-related posts I’ve been writing over there, but if you have a kid leaving for college in a few months, you should go check it out.

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Shop the Warehouse, save extra

From right now through Earth Day (April 22nd), shop the Amazon Warehouse and save even more—you can save an additional $10 off $50+ worth of items direct from Amazon (not 3rd-party sellers) when you apply coupon code EARTH10.

I know some folks have had mixed results with Warehouse items; I’ve heard occasional tell of boxes with the wrong items in them, for example, but I’ve always been pleased with my purchases. Usually it’s a pristine item in a scuffed-up box. Anyway, I’m certainly not going to pass up a chance to save an additional ten bucks, so I’m off to shop.

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Are you feeling Lucky? You should be!

One of my very favorites is Lucky Brand—their jeans fit me and hold up great, their tops are that mix of classic and quirky that I love—and basically I adore everything about them except the regular retail prices. I mean, I’m sure someone is paying that, but it’s not me.

On a day like today, though, I’ll go shopping there and I won’t even feel guilty. Right now their Sale section is filled with items that come down an additional 40% when you put them in your cart, plus you can use coupon code SLCKDLSOFF75 for another $25 off your $75+ order. It looks like some shoes are automatically an additional 50% off, too.

Shipping is free on $50+, or a flat $5, otherwise. (I don’t think I’m going to have any trouble getting to $50, however….)

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Ready to go camping?

I share this with the full caveat that I am emphatically not a tent camping person. I am a camping person only when that camping involves sleeping inside an actual structure, preferably on a real mattress. But my hat is off to those of you who truly enjoy sleeping inside a nylon pod on the ground.

That said, today only, this Coleman Sundome 4-person tent is currently down to an all-time-low price of just $33.15 on Amazon, as part of their Daily Deals. It averages a 4.5-star rating with over 1,700 reviews, too.

(Bear in mind that a “4-person tent” means you can stack 4 humans like cordwood or host 2 humans without them killing each other. Just a handy tip.)

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