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Highly effective teens?

Personally, I hear the phrase “highly effective teens” and I hear “sparkly unicorn.” Not that I don’t love teens. I do! I even love my personal teens! But “highly effective” is just… not how I’d describe them.

Well, I can’t think of a better passive-aggressive encouraging gift for your favorite teen before we segue into the new school year than this set: Grab the miniature edition of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens for just $3.82 (perfect for getting lost in the bottom of a backpack!), plus the companion The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Workbook for just $3.30.

For under $10 you’ll either open up a whole new world of productivity for your kid, or create an environment in which you should probably sleep with one eye open. It could go either way.

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It’s a great day to Kohls

Break up the monotony of your week this Wednesday (it is Wednesday, right?) with some shopping over at Kohls—their summer sale is on, plus you can redeem your Kohls Cash from the last earning period.

Everyone gets free shipping on $75+, and Kohls card holders can use code JULYMVC for free shipping on any size order, plus coupon code BEACH30 for an additional 30% off. No Kohls card? You can still use coupon code SUNNY for an extra 15% off.

Looks like they’ve added a bunch of stuff to the clearance, too.

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If you love Justice and Brothers…

… well, then, I’m sorry that I’ve missed posting some of their recent flash sales. (A lovely reader told me about some great deals she scored on the last one, but I didn’t see it until it was over. Whoops.)

But the good news is that today at Justice and Brothers they’re doing it all over again—it’s a flash sale that ends tonight, and coupon code 738 takes 40% off and then another 20% off. On clearance items, that means you’re looking at about 80% off altogether, after discounts.

Yeah, their stuff is pricey, and yes, the 40% code is something they do pretty much all the time. But with a sale like this, you can score some decent deals and make your kid happy. Plus… they carry school uniform apparel, too.

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Get your jeans on (for less)

There’s a huge end-of-season sale going on right now at Levi’s, with tons of markdowns already in place, and coupon code EXTRA50SALE will save you an additional 50% on those sale items ending in .90 or .97, too. (You may need to go through colors/sizes to find which items qualify.) We’re talking genuine Levi’s for $10; it doesn’t get much better than that.

(Note that the code displayed on the site is 40% off with EXTRA40SALE; you’re special, though, so you can use the 50% off code, instead.)

Shipping is free on $100+, otherwise it started at $7.50.

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OMGoodness the cuteness!

Right now there are a ton of Seafolly markdowns happening at Amazon (they’re an Australian company that mostly makes cool swimwear), but if you have a little girl, please go buy one of these Ballerina Fairy Tutus immediately. They’re adorable, and marked down to just $13.30. (They claim the original price was $55, but who knows.)

I would totally buy one for my daughter, I love them so much, but they only go up to size 6X and she’s 16… sooooo… yeah.

(There’s tons of other Seafolly deals there, too. But the fairy wings!! Too adorable.)

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Crazy toy discounts ahoy

It’s that time again—it’s the big online clearance at Toys ‘R’ Us, with deep discounts on all sorts of goodies. I’m seeing crazy discounts on big-ticket items like ride-ons and bikes.

If you’re the sort of person who’s inclined to knock out some holiday shopping long before the craziness that’ll be coming up in a few months, this is the sale for you. Some items have free shipping; most are free to order online and pick up at your local store, too.

The best deals will sell out quickly, so get going if you’re interested.

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Get your swim on

If you haven’t outfitted the family in swim gear for the summer yet, today’s the day to get on over to Lands’ End—it’s the last day of their 40% off Swim Event. This, of course, means that a lot of stuff is more than 40% off, but the stuff that wasn’t on sale before is now at least 40% off.

I shamelessly love all things Lands’ End Swim, both for fit and durability. I think I’ve only once had to call them about a piece that didn’t hold up as well as I thought it should (and they replaced it right away, because their guarantee is awesome), but for the most part, nothing leaves the house until the kids outgrow it. Sturdy stuff for them, slender suits that don’t look like grandma suits for me. Love!

(Shipping is automatically free on $50+. Don’t forget that you can return unwanted items to your local Sears, too.)

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Time to clean up at Kohls

Been waiting for the trifecta of Kohls Cash, coupons, and free shipping over at Kohls? Today’s the day it all starts—get $10 Kohls Cash for every $50 you spend, take an additional 30% off with coupon code GREAT30 and your Kohls card, and get free shipping on any size order with coupon code FREEMVC and your Kohls card.

No Kohls card? No problem; you still get the Kohls Cash, automatic free shipping on $75+, and you can save an additional 15% with coupon code HOTSAVINGS.

(Just in case you weren’t already clear on how neurotic I am, when I need new jeans, I often order a dozen pairs from Kohls on a sale like this so that I can try them on at home, then return the rejects to the store. It’s so much better than trying to get a good view of your backside in a tiny fitting room under fluorescent lights!)

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Have you tried thredUP yet?

Remember back when I did a thredUP review? No? Let me find it for you… here it is! I’ve been shopping them periodically ever since then, with some hits and some misses, but I just got my latest order and loved absolutely everything in my polka-dot box, so I have them on the brain.

Anyway, they have a new offer out for first-timers, just in case you haven’t taken the plunge yet. Go register at thredUP and you can take 40% off your first order with them by using coupon code JU40. This is a way better deal than their customary free $10 to spend, if you’re ordering a bunch, so get on it. And hurry, too—the code is only good this weekend, and then the deal is over.

(My tip, if you’re new and feeling overwhelmed: Shop brands/cuts you already know and love. Every item I’ve gotten from thredUP has been in impeccable condition, so the disappointments have been stuff that didn’t fit, not items that weren’t as they appeared. This last package was all t-shirts from my favorite brands and I’m a happy shopper.)

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Time for the Payless BOGO sale

Summer growth spurts got you (and your wallet) down? Payless to the rescue—today you can Buy One, Get One Half Off, plus use coupon code ZZBOGO10 for an additional 10% off your entire order.

Shipping is free to your local store, or on your $35+ total.

I remember back when Payless was the best place to get shoes for quick-growing kids’ feet, but I never would’ve considered buying adult shoes there. They’ve really cleaned up in recent years, though, and some of their adult stuff is pretty nice. Makes it pretty easy to take advantage of these BOGOs….

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