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Top-shelf kicks for clearance rack prices

Helllooooooooo! I have been away. (And busy with these people in my house who like to call me “Mom” as if that means I owe them something. Sheesh!) But today I have spotted a crazy deal those of you whose offspring are still miniature are likely to appreciate.

Today (Wednesday, August 15th) only, check it out: Stride Rite is having a Flash Sale on over a hundred different styles. If it’s in the sale, it’s $19.99—no fooling! And sure, there’s plenty of sandals because that’s end-of-season stuff, but also sneakers, dress shoes, and even boots. When else can you get ergonomic shoes for kids that started at $52 for just under $20?

Shipping is free on $30+, so buy a couple of pairs and you’re all set. I’ll just be over here all bitter that my kids have bigger feet than I do….

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A small existential crisis and two giant floaties

Hello! You may have noticed I have not been here. I am trying to figure out some things, like whether or not Want Not remains sustainable in a world where absolutely everyone now knows how to shop online and find deals, or how excited I can continue to be about a deal on paper towels when I’ve already been doing this for more than a decade.

Also, I’m pretty concerned about the fact that “mom jeans” are coming back as a cool thing for hip teenagers to wear. If that doesn’t herald the imminent death of polite society, I don’t know what does.

Anyway! I’ll wrestle with this stuff as best I can and get back to you. But in the meantime, today I stumbled across a deal that was too good not to share. You know how those giant unicorn pool floaty things have been everywhere this year, but they cost somanydollars? Today’s the day to make everyone’s dreams come true without emptying your wallet!

Amazon has this giant inflatable unicorn pool float available for $37.99—a typical price—but there’s a secret coupon code! Just enter code ZGOBSU9K at checkout and it’ll deduct $24, making your price just $13.99 with free shipping.

Don’t love the unicorn? The same company also has a giant inflatable dragon pool float on a similar deal—the original price of $37.99 drops to $13.99 when you apply coupon code I8FB8ALS at checkout.

[Note: If you try to check out with both of them, only one coupon will work. Place separate orders if you’re trying to get more than one.]

I feel like these are probably at least $14 worth of entertainment.

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Go be a Champion (of savings)

Need some new workout gear, or just like comfy clothing? Hop on over to the Champion online clearance for some already great price reductions, and then save even more—use coupon code EXTRA40 for an additional 40% off and code ESHIPCH for free shipping on any size order.

I’m seeing things like ridiculously low prices on sports bras and other specialty wear, plus this is my favorite way to stock up on socks for the whole family. (Because everyone is always out of socks. Where do they go? I have no idea.)

Sizes and styles are limited, of course, but with discounts like these, that’s no surprise.

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It’s a flash sale on everyone’s favorite summer shoes

Remember when we all just made fun of Crocs for adults but kept buying them for our kids and maybe a pair for ourselves “just for gardening” and then they started making all kinds of other styles and now they still make the ubiquitous squishy clogs but also things like real leather dress shoes? They’ve come a long way, baby.

Well, today (Thursday, June 7th) is the day to shop. They’ve put over 100 styles in a 24-hour Flash Sale, which means you can mix and match your favorites for the whole family and get 50% off everything. Free shipping on your $29.99 order, otherwise shipping is a flat $4.99.

I don’t want to tell you what to buy, but if you have a beloved chef/cook in your life and you don’t pick up a pair of these Muppets Swedish Chef clogs, just know that I will be pretty disappointed.

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Kohls, Kohls, Kohls, Kohls, and also Kohls

It’s time for a new batch of Kohls coupons! Just in time for… well, okay, they have coupons all the time, so it’s “just in time” for pretty much whatever you need. Clothing! Outdoor furniture! Kitchen stuff! Whatever!

Right now they have specials and Door Busters galore, plus everyone earns $10 Kohls Cash for every $50 you spend. Kohls charge card holder can take an additional 30% off with coupon code MOM30, plus get free shipping on any size order with code FREE4MAY. Everyone can take an additional $10 off $50+ on qualifying Home items with code MOMSDAY10 (stacks with other percent-off coupons!), or use code SAVEMORE20 for an extra 20% off $100+ or 15% off, otherwise.

I’m sure I’ve shared this before, but one of my favorite things to pick up during these sales—either because we need more or because I need some cheap items to get me to the next Kohls Cash threshold—are these Big One pillows. At $4 apiece (that’s before coupons) they’re surprisingly good quality, and cheap enough that when they finally do flatten out, you don’t have to feel bad about replacing them.

Those of you starting to gear up your soon-to-graduate kids for the college adventure, toss those in your cart and then look around. There’s tons of bedding and towel deals, plus bed bug encasements (trust me, even if there aren’t bugs, you’ll feel better knowing your kid’s who-knows-what-came-before dorm mattress is hermetically sealed), foam padding, etc. You could knock out a big chunk of your shopping months ahead of schedule, cheap.

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It’s a super cyber-delic sale

Silly name aside, for whatever reason Old Navy is having a huuuuuuge (super cyber-delic, even) sale today. Get an additional 40% off everything—even already-reduced sale prices—automatically, plus coupon code FREESHIP will give you free shipping on your $25+ order, rather than making you get to the normal $50+ threshold.

Grab this cool tote for free, too, with code TOTALLY. (Add the tote to your cart, then use the code.)

If you’re dying for new items, well, 40% off is pretty nice. But really, scope out the clearance and save a bundle. But hurry—this sale is over tonight (Monday, March 12th) and items are selling out.

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Clearance, free shipping, and something for everyone

Y’all know that sometimes I forget to check sales at Children’s Place since my kids rudely became adult-sized and I can no longer put together an entire season’s wardrobe for them for around $50 (harumph). But then sometimes I remember to check and I’m all “Wait, look at all the stuff they have now!”

Today is one of those days.

Back in my day (you know, when dinosaurs roamed the earth…) the only adult-sized stuff they carried was pajamas, before the holidays. You could get matching jammies for the whole family, if you wanted. But apparently now they also carry adult t-shirts, with mom-and-me and dad-and-me options, plus whole-family options. Is it too early to think about Mother’s Day and Father’s Day? No, it is not.

Today everything is on sale and every order ships for free. May I humbly suggest that you buy your favorite father the pizza t-shirt and then get slice-of-pizza shirts for all the kids? Because that is hilarious and also really cheap today. Plus there’s Clearance items starting at around $2, for your regular kid-outfitting. Go!

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All aboard the LEGO train

When my son was little, it was all trains, all the time. He moved on from Thomas the Tank Engine to LEGO and stayed there for a loooong time, and despite the many late-night injuries I sustained from stepping on plastic bricks, I kind of miss those days.

Back then I usually stalked one super-expensive LEGO set all year to make sure he had one really special holiday gift, and because most big LEGO sets never get down to more than about 30% off it was always a bit of a challenge. I guess I should be pleased that now he just wants money, right?

Anyway! Let’s say you have a LEGO-loving, train-loving kid (or adult; no judgment!) in your life. You might want to hop on over to Target right now for this LEGO City Cargo Train set, currently 30% off and down to $140. You can get free shipping or free store pickup, and if you have a REDcard you’ll get another 5% off, too. Is that still expensive? Of course it is, but I doubt it’ll be any cheaper than this, so if it’s on someone’s list, this may be as good as it gets. (For reference: It’s still $188 at Amazon.)

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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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