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Stock up on basics

There’s tons of items—everything from underwear to outerwear—on sale right now over at Hanes, plus you can get free shipping on any size order with coupon code AFF22FS.

I love these sales, because I can pick up new socks for everyone and a few sweats for the whole family and it ends up being crazy cheap for stuff I’m always buying, anyway.

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May the dapper force be with you

I can’t stop laughing—check out this little boys’ shirt and Star Wars tie combo over at Amazon. Depending on the color/size you pick, they’re as low as $4.34 each.

They’re selling out fast, but, um, how deliciously nerdtastic would that be for Easter?

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It’s time for a Gap-a-palooza

Been waiting for a good sale to do some shopping at the Gap family of stores? Today would be a good day to go for it—there’s one-day-discounts you won’t want to miss.

At Gap, you can take 40% off nearly everything with coupon code BLUEMON

At Old Navy, tons of items are already half off, plus you can use coupon code SCORE for another 35% off most items.

There’s a bunch of up-to-40%-off markdowns at Banana Republic, too, but no coupon code. Sale items, however, are an automatic additional 50% off at checkout, which is pretty sweet (especially if you had your eye on a coat).

Don’t forget that magical shared shopping cart across the stores—get over $50 in any combination between them all and your order will ship for free. That means you can stock up on basics for the kids and justify a little something for you because hey, you needed that free shipping…. (Okay, maybe that’s just me.)

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Big Pampers savings for Prime members

(I don’t know why today’s deals seem to be… um… elimination-themed. It’s not on purpose, I swear.)

If you’re a Pampers user, and especially if you have Mom Prime, check it out: Right now Amazon is offering an extra 30% off cases of Pampers, and that stacks with your additional 20% off if you’re buying via Subscribe & Save as a Mom Prime member. That’s half off, which is crazy. (And yes, I know that when you stack percentages you normally don’t just add them, but the way Amazon stacks promos like this, it takes both percentages off the list price, so it really is half off.)

My Pampers days are long gone, but I figured a few of you might be able to make use of this. (And hey, if you won the Powerball? Buy some and donate to a shelter or food bank or something.)

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Kohls, I’ve missed you

This may be the longest I’ve ever gone in my adult life without swinging by the Kohls website to see what we “need.” Christmas tided me over for, like, a whole month! (Yes, I know it hasn’t been a month since Christmas. I mean I finished shopping at least a month ago.)

But lo and behold, I have a teenage boy, and that means that suddenly someone is claiming his shoes are “too small” and “hurting his feet.” (He’s such a whiner.) Back to Kohls I go, and thankfully there are codes galore.

If you don’t have a Kohls charge, why not? Seriously, get yourself together. But in the meantime, you can use coupon code LIVING for 15% off your under-$100 order, or code HEALTHY for 20% off $100+. You’ll also get free shipping to your home if you spend $75+, or free shipping to your local store on any size order.

If you do have a Kohls charge, you’re smart and also pretty. You can use coupon code LOVE2SHOP for 30% off your entire order, plus code FREE4MVC for free shipping on any size order. There’s also a slew of stackable department codes:

  • DARKSIDE10 takes $10 off your $50+ Hasbro Star Wars toys
  • JEWELRY20 takes 20% off jewelry/watches
  • BABYLOVE10 takes $10 off $30 baby clothing/gear
  • MYSTYLE10 takes $10 off $30 Women’s Plus clothing

I have to go buy some shoes, but the possibilities are nearly endless. Happy saving!

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Up for a little DIY on a table?

I am not, in general, a fan of cheap furniture—invest in good quality and you’ll save money over time by not having to buy things over and over. However, sometimes you simply can’t afford more (the dresser I bought in grad school for $50 is now my son’s; guess I got my money’s worth out of it, huh?), and sometimes you want something you don’t have to worry about being ruined.

So here’s today’s idea: This little coffee table with two bins at Amazon is down to just $30 (its lowest price ever). It’s not exactly glamorous, and it looks to be made of MDF, but if you needed something cheap, hey, it’ll work. Better still, though: Do you need a LEGO table for the kids? This would be perfect.

Instead of spending $100+ on a table meant expressly for that purpose, spend $30 on this and then either use it as is or buy some baseplates to glue to the top. Presto, you have your own little LEGO table, and if the kids are tough on it, who cares? Store the extra pieces in the bins, store finished creations on the little shelf under the top—it’s perfect.

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LEGO Dimensions deals

Still looking for some more LEGO Dimensions packs for the kids, but afraid you’re too late? No worries—today’s featured Deal of the Day at Best Buy is 25% off all things Dimensions, plus you’ll get free 2-day shipping to have it in time for Christmas.

I was on the phone this morning with a brave friend who actually went out to Best Buy to do some last-minute shopping. Needless to say, I recommend the stay-at-home experience.

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Don’t panic! You still have time!!

Christmas is this week, you know. Like, soon. It’s okay if you still have shopping to do. There’s time, even if you refuse to leave the house and shop with the panicked masses. (I mean if you’re refusing to leave the house to shop. Hopefully you’re not a bona fide recluse.)

Amazon Prime is going to be your best bet right now, obviously—Prime is reliable, the Lightning Deals are flying fast and furious, and Amazon carries just about everything—but it’s not your only option. Other ways to get it done without hitting the mall:

Get free shipping on every order and a free 2-day upgrade on $75+ at, right now. They’re known for footwear, but they have tons of other clothing options and even a weird assortment of home items like fancy pots and pans. (Le Creuset, anyone?)

Get free shipping on everything at Target right now, plus they’re still guaranteeing before-Christmas delivery on regular shipping if you order by tomorrow.

Macy’s is still guaranteeing before-Christmas shipping on in-stock items (and it’s free on $99+) and they’re having a pop-up sale today. Take an additional 20% off just about everything with code WRAPUP. There’s some great deals in women’s clothing and also on kitchen stuff. (What? A girl can’t dream about a new pair of boots and a fancy coffeemaker?)

While you probably don’t want to pay for the shipping upgrade, bear in mind that anything you order from Kohls can be ordered online and picked up at the store—you still have to go to the store, but you don’t really have to fight the crowds (you’re in and out in a flash). Better still, they’re luring you right all kinds of deals and extra savings right now—$10 Kohls Cash for every $50 spent, take 30% off with your Kohls Card with code PRESENTS30, and shipping to the store or to your home on $50 is free, or code MVC4FREE gets you free shipping on every order (this is only useful if you don’t need it before Christmas, obviously). There’s also codes on the site itself for more savings if you don’t have a Kohls card.

In other words, there’s plenty of ways to finish up your shopping without aggravation. I promise.

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Double the strolling, a fraction of the price

In the market for a double stroller? One of today’s holiday deals at Amazon is a slashed price on this highly-rated Joovy Scooter X2 Double Stroller—it’s $100 cheaper than it was yesterday! Choose from five different colors, each now just $149 apiece.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a single stroller of this quality at that price, so for a double, this is pretty much a can’t-miss deal.

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Make it Macy’s

There’s still time to shop at Macy’s and get it in time for Christmas, plus they’re pulling out all the sale stops right now to entice you.

Shipping is automatically free on $25+, clearance is an additional 25% off automatically, and there’s late-breaking specials galore. If you’re done with your holiday shopping, well, scoop up some of those clearance deals and other stuff you need just because. (I mean, hey, I’m not giving anyone towels for Christmas, but there are some great deals on towels and we need ’em anyway….)

Happy hunting!

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