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Puzzle me this

Ohhhhhh, I am digging today’s featured Gold Box deal at Amazon—it’s deep discounts on puzzles, my family’s weakness. Choose from chunky wood options for the toddlers all the way up to 1,000-piece masterpieces, and while the deal header says “up to 50% off,” some are actually even cheaper than that.

Not included in this sale, but worth every penny: If you have nerdlings who love science, get this The Elements puzzle immediately. It’s not only satisfyingly difficult, it’s gorgeous, and a great way to learn the periodic table. (We just did this one over Christmas break. It is my favorite puzzle in the whole world, and I’m pretty sure I paid a lot more than Amazon is currently selling it for.)

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Better late than never, LEGO Minecraft

If you have Minecraft- and LEGO-crazy kids, you may have noticed that the newest themed LEGO sets did not go on sale before Christmas. (You may also have noticed that when they came out with the Microworld sets, they didn’t go on sale for several years, but why nitpick?)

Anyway, perhaps you have a birthday or other occasion coming up, in which case you may be pleased to know that a trio of LEGO Minecraft sets have just dropped to their lowest prices ever (so far…) at Amazon:
LEGO Minecraft Crafting Box is down to $42
LEGO Minecraft The First Night is down to $34.99
LEGO Minecraft The Ender Dragon is down to $59.99

None of these are huge discounts, but for sets that haven’t yet gone on sale, it’s a nice savings. You’ll totally feel better about stepping on these pieces in the middle of the night. (Not really, but we can dream.)

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Kohls free shipping is back

Know how there used to be free-shipping-on-any-size-order codes for Kohls cardholders all the time, and then there just… wasn’t? I used to shop them all the time and then I kind of stopped. Getting up to the $75 minimum just wasn’t as gratifying as a great deal on a couple of pairs of socks at a time, I guess.

Well, hip hip hooray, it’s back! Of course they’ve got Door Busters and other sales going, and you get $10 Kohls Cash for every $50 you spend, and everyone gets free shipping on $75+, and everyone can take advantage of the discount coupons on their main page (20% off $100+, or 15% off under $100). But if you have a Kohls charge card, you can also get free shipping on any size order with coupon code SHIPPINGMVC, plus an additional 30% off with coupon code NEWYEAR30.

I’m off to find the smallest possible deal so that I feel really pumped about that free shipping. I’m not even ashamed.

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Stock up for the kids (especially on jeans)

It seems like forever since I’ve posted about deals at Children’s Place, but that’s probably only because I’ve been shopping in the grown-ups section for my teens and weeping bitterly. (I like how I don’t let my life get in the way of my work….) Anyhoo—surprise!—they’re having a big sale right now.

Every order ships for free, automatically, and items are already marked as much as 75% off. All denim is 60% off, plus you can use coupon code 76ED372 for another 20% off, which makes most jeans around $6.24. Crazy cheap!

You go shop. I’ll just be over here muttering about how expensive teenagers are.

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I’m not dead! And here’s some good clearance

Sorry for that absence, there. One of those delightful stomach viruses came to visit our home, so you understand that I had to lay around wishing for my own death for a few days, then tend to my offspring, then burn the house down. You know how it goes.

Anyway! Things are much better now. So much better, in fact, that I’m busy shopping over at Nordstrom Rack, where the plentiful clearance has, in some cases, gone to as much as 90% off. This is my favorite place to shop for lingerie without having to sell my kids to pay for it, by the way.

Anyway, tons of deals to be had. Free shipping on $100+, or a flat $7.95, otherwise. (You know I hate paying for shipping, but the savings here are so good I let it slide.) Happy shopping, and no worries—I wiped this post down with Lysol wipes.

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My kid’s favorite mall store does extra clearance

I’m not quite sure how to feel about Aeropostale, because on the one hand, it’s my daughter’s favorite, and not nearly as hoochie as some other options, but on the other, they do seem to offer quite a few questionable items. (Skin tight? Cropped? How about both?) I do give them points for the “Santa, stop judging me” shirt, though.

Anyway, it’s clearance time over there—take another 40% off already-reduced clearance with coupon code EXTRA40. Shipping starts at $7, which stinks, but if you’re buying enough, it may be worth it.

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Merry Day After Christmas!

I didn’t actually mean to take a break from posting this week, but Santa brought me a very special gift a little early this year—the flu! I must’ve been a very good girl, huh? Lucky me.

I’m better now, though moving pretty slowly. Here’s a few post-holiday deals to check out: is having a big post-holiday clearance, plus you can use coupon code 6PMEU1225201415683 for an additional 15% off.

I love the after-Christmas sale at Macy’s, because they don’t fool around—they’re all, “It’s December 26th and we’re marking everything down.” Shipping is currently free on your order of $75+, there are markdowns galore, and you can try coupon code YFM32X for an extra 20% off sale/clearance items.

If Kohls is more your speed, stack coupons HOLIDAY20 (20% off) and HAPPY2015 for $10 off $30+. Everyone gets free shipping on $50+ and there’s about a zillion deals to be had.

I’ll keep looking around, but that should get you started….

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Free expedited shipping at 6pm

Scrambling for those last-minute gifts? Spend $75+ and order by 4:00 pm PST today at and they’ll get it to you in time for Christmas, for free.

Make your procrastination even better: Right now you can use coupon code 6PMCN1222201415812 for an additional 15% off your order.

If you can’t find what you need there, remember that you still have time to get stuff shipped in time from Amazon, particularly if you worship at the alter of Prime shipping (as I do). Then again, I would pay quite a lot extra to not have to go to the mall this week if I wasn’t done shopping, anyway….

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Did you need a Lalaloopsy head?

I kind of feel like if you’re going to go for one of these weird Lalaloopsy dolls, why not get one with a body, but hey, to each their own. Apparently they make styling heads, too, and maybe you feel like bodies are overrated.

If you (or your kid, or your dog, whoever) wants one of these heads, you’re in luck! There’s a couple of ‘em on sale at Amazon right now. The Jewel Sparkles head is down to just $7.62 (70% off) and the Peanut Big Top head is just $8.81 (65% off).

You can do fun stuff with their hair! Or just leave them around the house to freak people out.

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Another round of toy price drops

Slowly but surely, the prices are dropping. Here’s a few things I found at Amazon this morning. Bear in mind that sometimes their “original price” is inflated, but I only share stuff that is clearly cheaper than it’s been and a better price than I’m seeing anywhere else.

For the littler kids:
Imaginext Mega T-Rex for $14.96 (67% off)
Imaginext Space Alpha Walker for $20.09 (50% off)
Switch and Go Dinos Turbo Bronco The RC Triceratops Vehicle for $22.76 (49% off)

Monster High:
Creepateria Draculaura Doll for $5.74 (56% off)
New Scaremester Clawdeen Wolf Fashion Doll for $6.65 (70% off)
New Scaremester Twyla Doll for $6.82 (66% off)
Ghoul Sports Clawdeen Wolf Doll for $7.38 (63% off)
Ghoul Sports Toralei Doll for $8.72 (56% off)

I’ll keep hunting….

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