For serious tailgaters/picnic-ers/hunters/etc.

Do you need a Serious Cooler™ but aren’t quite ready to sell your children or vehicles so that you can afford a Yeti? Are you looking for the intersection between durability and price?

Today Amazon is offering this 16-quart Stanley Adventure Cooler in green at just $40—its lowest price ever. While this isn’t quite large enough to be a large-party-crowd cooler, it’ll hold 21 cans and keep them cold for up to 36 hours (!). It also comes with a lifetime guarantee, so once you own one, you’ll never need to replace it. I also like how it has a row of bungee cords across the lid so you can strap in your Stanley thermos or other items, too. (I think it’d be perfect for a couple of beach towels or some snacks.)

Then again, I live on the surface of the sun, where we take our coolers very seriously. You may not need one quite so fancy if you live somewhere a little more moderate in temperature.

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Subscribe & Save (and save some more)

Looking for an item or two to round out your Subscribe & Save items at Amazon for the month so you can get to the 5+ threshold and save an extra 15%? I can usually get there pretty easily with the usual suspects (cleaners! oatmeal! cereal bars! face moisturizer!), but sometimes I find myself looking for a cheap item to put me over the top. Of course I don’t want to buy something we won’t use, either.

If you’re in the same boat this month, allow me to suggest you grab this 27-ounce canister of Snyder’s pretzel rods, currently down to $2.79. That’s a great price, anyway, but with Subscribe & Save 15% off on top of that, you can get it for $2.37 delivered (probably less than it costs to ship it to you…), plus if it tips you over into 5+ items you’ve got the additional savings on everything else in your order, too.

These are perfect for handy dorm or classroom food, or for doing a “snack craft” (Pinterest is full of ways to make pretzel rods into gourmet-looking candy), or even for your favorite spouse who just really likes pretzels. (We usually get the giant barrel of sourdough pretzel twists at Costco, but I think this will do in a pinch.)

My favorite part, though, is that the first “Customers who bought this also bought” item it’s showing me is gluten-free crackers. It’s like Amazon knows I’m bitter about not being able to eat them.

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Stack the codes, save even more

Here’s a pretty rare goody: Right now the President’s Day sale is on at Gap, and that means they’ve got tons of markdowns on the site, already, plus you can use coupon code PRESDAY to take another 20% off even sale items and get free shipping on any size order. But, if you’re buying something already on “regular” sale (meaning, not marked down just for this event; look for items with prices ending in .99 or .97), you can also use coupon code EVENBETTER for another 30% off!

Now—I know math is complicated—but this does not give you an extra 50% off sale prices, because you get one discount and then the other, so not the full 50%. But it does come out to around 44% off, and that’s still pretty good. Some of the sale items in Kids/Baby are ridiculously cheap when you stack the codes.

Want to shop some of the other Gap gamily stores? Old Navy is automatically taking 30% off your order, Banana Republic is doing an automatic 40% off, and even we-hardly-ever-do-sales Athleta is doing an extra 20% off sale items with coupon code EXTRA20. Bear in mind that all four sites share a basket, so if you can’t get up to the free shipping threshold elsewhere, grab a pair of toddler socks from Gap, use the codes, and your whole order will ship for free.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Kohls

Is shopping at Kohls romantic? Maybe not, but saving money means you have more left over for chocolates and flowers, right? Right!

Today they’re doing a bunch of sales/specials, and everyone gets $10 Kohls Cash for every $50 spent, and everyone can use coupon code BIGSAVINGS for 15% off any order or 20% off your $100+ order. Shipping is free on your $75+ order no matter what. If you’ve got a Kohls card, you’re smart and can save a bunch extra—get free shipping on any size order with code SHIPFEB and save an additional 30% off with coupon code LOVE30.

Stack those codes with HOME10 for an extra $10 off your $50+ qualifying purchase of home goods, and/or DIAMOND for an extra $10 off your $50+ qualifying jewelry purchase. Or if you’re in the market for luggage, code LUGGAGE50 will take an extra $50 off your $200 purchase, there.

As always, scope out the Clearance for the best deals. Pro tip: Those of you thinking you have oodles of time to shop before you launch your new graduate in the fall? Shop now. There’s lots of great deals on towels and other dorm essentials, plus you can hardly go wrong once you add in all the coupon savings. You’re welcome.

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Listen up (with over-ear headphones)

Earbuds are convenient—they’re small, and you can tuck a set in your purse or pocket—but personally I don’t want to stick something in my ears for longer than a few minutes. If I’m going to listen to music for a while or be on a long call, I’d much rather wear headphones. I find them more comfortable than jamming plastic directly into my ear canals, and I think they do a better job of blocking ambient noise, too.

That said, high-end headphones can be ridiculously pricey, and while I hesitate to spend that kind of money on myself, I for sure don’t want to spend that kind of money on my kids (who—even as college students—manage to break every pair of headphones or earbuds in about a year). Enter this deal on Artix foldable headphones with inline microphone that Amazon has right now: At about $16 and with an average 4.3-star review (at over 800 reviews), that’s not too bad. But apply coupon code LOGJ7IUZ to the blue, pink, or purple ones, and your total will be just $8.50, which is ridiculous. (The turquoise and orange ones are excluded.) Not only do they work with all your favorite devices, they can fold up for easy storage, and the cord is a tangle-and-breakage-resistant nylon to avoid the pesky “oh I dunno, these were stuffed in my backpack all year, I have no idea why the wire broke” blues.

Bear in mind that these will not be suitable for adults with large noggins, but it looks like for older kids or smallish adults they’re definitely a bargain.

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Hello! Do you need a robot?

Hi there! Did I disappear for a week? I did. I’m sorry. As is the Production Code, the show I’m doing opened just as I commenced dying* from a terrible, gross cold. The good news is that I drank all the tea in the world and survived, but the bad news is that I guess I hope you didn’t want any tea. Also that I hope you didn’t need me last week.

Anyhoo! Now that I’ve decided to live I thought I should come back with a super fun deal, because why not? I mean, sure, sometimes you need stuff, but sometimes you just want stuff. I, for example, have done about the same amount of basic housework in the last couple of weeks as my dogs, which is to say that—save for accidentally producing a few tumbleweeds of hair which we could maybe call decoration…? No?—none at all. If I’d had this robot vacuum here I could’ve at least claimed that I vacuumed, even though it would’ve just involved pressing a button.

Said robot is currently priced at $250, which is the regular price and not very exciting, but if you use coupon code 7SSBEOEO you’ll save $90, bringing it down to $160, which is actually a pretty darn good deal. Now, bear in mind that this is unlikely to replace a standard vacuum—the issue, thus far, with the robotic ones is that the dirt cup just isn’t all that big—but to keep things tidy while you’re busy hacking up a lung, hey. Not bad. If you’re in the market for such a thing (pro tip: this is one of my favorite things to give as a wedding gift, as it’s a perfect “I wouldn’t spend my own money on it because it’s a luxury but it’s sure nice to have” item), this is a sweet deal.

*I was not actually dying. I am just dramatic. But I hear when you’re in a show, that’s a good thing, right?

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One day to save even more on bigger-ticket items

If you’ve had your eye on something over at Rakuten, today may be the day to scoop it up—they’re offering up to an extra 15% off almost everything for one day only (that’s today, Thursday, February 1st). Coupon code SAVE10 will take an extra 10% off any order (max savings: $35), while coupon code SAVE15 takes an additional 15% off any order of $100+ (max savings: $50).

If you’re not great at math, but want to maximize your savings, I’ll just go ahead and tell you that the max savings with the 15% off coupon can be had on a total of around $350… which, coincidentally, is about what several of their discounted fancy TVs are at right now. Just sayin’. (Ooooh… I have a kid who’ll be moving into an apartment next year, and I just discovered they carry foam mattresses, too. Hmmm.)

Anyway, the coupon works today only, plus the fine print has a caveat about “or until promotion savings run out” (whatever that means), so I would get looking if you think you want to use it.

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Extra savings on Target clearance

Is there anything better than Target clearance? Yes: Target clearance with an extra 20% off! Select clothing, shoes, and accessories are all eligible for an extra 20% off today when you apply coupon code SAVEBIG. (Note that eligible items are clearly marked.)

Shipping is free on $35+ or with your REDcard, or you can opt for store pickup if you’re buying less and don’t want to pay for shipping.

It looks like the offer is good all this week, but items are selling out fast.

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It’s time for fancy deals

Every time there’s another round of discounts at Last Call by Neiman Marcus I end up prefacing it with these are not the same as deals at Kohls because someone invariably complains that the prices are still too high. So, to clarify:

Deals at Last Call are still expensive. There, I said it. That said, if you’re in the market for designer goods or a fancy evening gown or whatever, hitting up one of their sales and plundering the clearance can really pay off. I mean, I’m not in the market for a $100 dress every day, but if it’s formal season and the original price was $700? Maybe! My point is that this is the time to scoop up some of their deepest discounts of the season, but don’t expect to be getting items for a couple of bucks.

Shipping is free on $99+ with coupon code LCSHIP, or it’s free with ShopRunner, or otherwise shipping will run between $5 and $7. Happy hunting!

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My kind of Philosophy

How do I love Philosophy? Let me count the ways, except don’t, because we’ll be here a long time. There’s a lot of “luxury” bath and beauty stuff I don’t love, but Philosophy’s products are gentle on my finicky skin and their scents are lovely without being overpowering.

You know I only shop them when there’s a sale, though, right? I mean, love only goes so far. Ha! Right now if you spend $60 and apply coupon code bestyear, you’ll get a free cosmetic bag gift set (the bag is adorable, and it’s filled with Philosophy favorites). This is the perfect way to stock up on gifts for others and get a little something for yourself, too. (Shipping is always free on $50+, so do this deal and it’ll ship for free.)

Pro tip: search on holiday to stock up on favorites for gifts while all sorts of seasonal items and sets are marked down. Then keep the bonus bag for yourself, because you deserve it.

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