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Go get a local Groupon

Had your eye on a deal in your area, but still wishing you could save just a liiiiiittle bit more? Today’s the perfect day to save—hop on over to Groupon and grab any local Groupon (up to three of ‘em, actually) for up to 20% off (up to a $50 discount) when you use coupon code TRIPLE. You can also use the code for an additional 10% off a getaway or goods deal, but the local deals are definitely the savings to beat.

I’m seeing lots of great deals on gym memberships and boot camps in my local area… but that would require me to get up from my desk….

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Get some nice knives

In the market for new steak knives? Amazon is currently running a Lightning Deal on this Culina Steak Knife Boxed set, which I bought myself shortly after Christmas (the last time it was on sale). I like ‘em. They’re not super-high-end like a set that’ll run you hundreds of dollars, but for $40 they’re a steal—the box is nice, the knives themselves will go with any flatware set, and they’re nice and sharp.

I haven’t used them to do anything extraordinary (like… butcher a side of beef or kill someone), but we’ve used them several times for steak and chicken and they’re well worth the price.

This may be the most words I’ve ever written about knives.

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Va va va Vera

If you love Vera Bradley—and assuming you’re not busy digging out of a snowbank today (everyone okay?)—it’s a great day to shop their sale section. For starters, everything is an additional 15% off, automatically. Then you’ll get both free shipping on $75+ and a free accordion wallet with your $75+ purchase, too.

Personally, my reaction to Vera is usually… not terribly enthusiastic (I prefer a leather purse)… but I just went through the sale section and was reminded that they are so much more than purses. There’s some baby stuff in there that’s adorable. And yeah, the original prices are crazy, but the sale prices are awesome.

Quick, someone lend me a baby so I can buy cute things! What?

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Bowl in a bowl in a bowl in a (you get the idea)

Need a set of mixing bowls? This Anchor Hocking 10-piece glass bowl set is down to just $15.97 at Amazon (its lowest price ever). Just make sure you choose Amazon as the vendor; you may need to go to the “Other Sellers” column on the right as it’s currently defaulting to a different seller (and higher price).

This pretty much gives you every size bowl you need, and they’re nearly indestructible. Plus you can’t beat the price!

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Today’s the day to save on Prime

Have you been on the fence about getting Amazon Prime? I’ll confess, when the price was raised to $99/year I wasn’t sure, initially, that we’d keep it. But I use it all the time, from last-minute shopping convenience to free loans for our Kindles to enjoying Prime Steaming of shows I should probably be working instead of watching.

If you’ve been considering Prime but haven’t taken the plunge yet, do it today—instead of $99, today only they’re offering a year of Prime for just $72 through this link, making it even cheaper than the original $79 it used to be, years ago.

[Bonus: Even if you don't grab Prime, they're offering all 10 episodes of the first season of the Amazon-original series, Transparent, today, to everyone. Of course, I don't know too many people who're going to have time to watch all 10 episodes today, but there you go.]

I already paid my $99 because I’ve had Prime for years, but if you haven’t, this would be the day to grab it.

[Edited to add: The ravishingly gorgeous Corey points out that if you're an existing member, you can purchase this as a gift... for yourself! Just set your existing account so that it doesn't auto-renew, then send your gift on the expiration date. Thanks, Corey!]

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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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Woot up your Tuesday

As much as I appreciate a Monday holiday, I don’t love how it makes Tuesday feel like Monday. (You feel me? No? It’s possible I need more coffee.)

Then again, there’s nothing like a Woot-Off to cheer me up; rotating deals all day long have that effect on me. They’re Wooting Off all day long today at Woot, Home.Woot, Tools.Woot, Sport.Woot, Kids.Woot, and Wine.Woot (motto: only wine occasionally, haha we fooled you).

Will all this Wooting impede my productivity today? Probably. Will it increase my happiness? Definitely.

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Free shipping, extra savings

Hop on over to Forever 21 today for free shipping on any size order, plus an automatic extra 30% off sale items and various other sales.

This is a perfect time to pick up cheap leggings for your teen, which of course can then lead to the joy of further arguments about whether or not leggings are pants (they’re not). Wait. Tell me again why I’m shopping here…?

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I’ve clearly lived in the South too long

I’m not sure what’s wrong with me—perhaps all those grits and grosgrain ribbons have finally infused my brain with a weakness for all things adorable and “down home”y—but today’s deal at Home.Woot is actually sort of charming me into thinking I really, really need a giant drink dispenser and matching mason jar-esque drinking mugs.

Do I need it? Probably not. Would it be awesome filled with tea or lemonade on a hot day, out on the porch? Of course it would.

Woot’s selling it for $40 plus $5 shipping. Looks like the regular price is around $70. I don’t entertain enough to justify it, but maybe you do. And if you get one, I want to come to your party.

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