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When my (now sophomore) college kid left us last year, I had done all the research and prep and shopping. She had everything she could possibly need… or so I thought.

Her roommate had a calendar whiteboard, and she did not. It did not matter that I’d had a duvet cover custom-made for her, or that she had a bulletin board, or that she even had coordinating throw pillows. No. She needed a calendar whiteboard. And I never bought her one, because I am the worst. I think she ended up buying one for herself.

Have a college student? Learn from my mistake. (This is a great graduation gift, too, of course.) Right now Amazon is offering this 16X20-Inches Aluminum Framed Magnetic Dry-Erase Calendar, with a Marker and Two Magnets for just $5.49. It is an Add-On, so you’ll need to toss it in with another order, but this is not only its lowest price ever, it’s about a third of what it typically goes for. Trust me, you won’t beat this price anytime soon. (The only thing I can find that comes close is those magnetic board that aren’t framed or rigid, plus you need a large metal surface to put them on.)

Am I buying a couple? Yeah, I learned my lesson.

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Emergency chewing gum is a thing, people

I carry a purse that is probably too large and I often have a weird assortment of things inside of it. There are a few things I always have, though—my wallet, my phone, my keys, some lip balm, and… a pack of gum.

Yes, gum is as important as my keys. It’s perfect for a… uhhh… breath emergency, let’s say. Or to settle a stomach if you’re not feeling great. Or to distract a complaining child. Or to offer to someone else having a rough day. Insert something cheesy about gum sticking us all together here, if you like. I’m just saying I value chewing gum.

Right now Amazon has this 18-count box of Trident Cinnamon marked down to $5.48, for some reason, but when you buy via Subscribe & Save you save an additional 5% or 15% depending on how many items you have in your order this month. Listen, the current price without additional discount is already just $.30/pack, or a couple of pennies per stick. The additional discount just makes it even more stupidly cheap.

Santa always tucks packs of gum in the toes of stockings, here, and I always have a stash on hand, too. Plus, I can always use something cheap to get me to that 15% discount for the month. Maybe you can, too? If not, I’m pretty sure I have some gum here in my purse if you need a piece.

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Fall? Finally??

It was 42 degrees out this morning when I woke up. Gloooooorious! (Fall takes a while to get to Georgia, y’all.) It’s warmer now, of course, but I think summer may finally be coming to an end. I’m wearing jeans. I am more excited about this than is maybe reasonable.

Be that as it may, if you’re going to need a new coat for the upcoming winter—or anything else, really—today (Tuesday, October 17th) you can take 50% off one regularly-priced item at Lands’ End. Just use coupon code HARVEST with PIN 1410.

When I still lived up in the frozen north, I had one of their stadium squall coats and it got me through many frigid winters. That would be overkill for me here, but I mention it because I really did love that coat a lot.

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I lure them in with the chocolate

Convincing my college kids to pursue actual nutrition is… an uphill battle, at best. So I buy things like Carnation Instant Breakfast which is really just fortified chocolate milk powder, I know, but it’s 1) compact, 2) inexpensive, and 3) something they’ll actually consume, so—in other words—perfect for the dorm.

Right now Amazon has this 6-pack of 10-serving Carnation Instant Breakfast mix marked down to $19.98—already its lowest price—but there’s a clippable 35% off coupon and if you buy via Subscribe & Save you can save up to another 15%. So that’s $12 shipped with just the 5% off (less if you have 5+ items in your monthly order), which works out to about twenty cents a serving.

I’d rather they were eating wholesome, fresh foods, of course. But this will do in a pinch, especially at this price.

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For your hipster toddler’s BBQ

I can’t stop laughing at this. I mean, we have a grill outside, and when my kids were little, yes, we had a plastic kiddie grill for them, too, but when only the finest replica will do, I guess this is what you get:

Amazon just marked down the Theo Klein Weber Kettle Grill Toy to $28, which is a good $10 cheaper than I’m seeing anywhere else (not even taking shipping costs into account). Expensive for a fake kiddie grill? Yes. But cheaper than usual, and yes, it looks exactly like the grown-up one.

Of course, it does come with a variety of fake food, including meats, so if your hipster toddler is vegan, I guess you’ll have to figure out a way to explain that some people think it’s okay to slaughter defenseless plastic cows just to get plastic steaks for their own callous enjoyment. Don’t even get me started on the plastic salmon farms! So inhumane!

Anyway, if this is the sort of thing you’re in the market for, the price is right.

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I remember when they didn’t have color

I’m old enough to remember when White House Black Market actually only sold clothes in black and white. My first reaction was “… the heck??” and that rapidly gave way to “Oh, but this stuff is really nice!” Nowadays they sell all sorts of colors and patterns, but I still get a giggle remembering how “innovative” it seemed, back in the day.

Anyway! Right now they’re offering an additional 50% off select clearance items (they’re all clearly marked) when you apply coupon code 63679. If you’ve never shopped there before, I can assure you their clothes are insanely well-made and a bargain at these reduced prices. I only own a few pieces but they’ve held up for many years.

Shipping is a flat $5.95 or you can join their rewards program for free and get free shipping.

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I remain a sucker for all things LEGO

Did I love LEGO as a child? I did. Did my children love LEGO when they were small? Of course. Did my son continue requesting ever-larger and more complicated LEGO sets well into the double digits? He did. And do we partake in every LEGO theatrical release with something akin to reverence? You know it.

So: Did I love the LEGO Batman movie? I giggled like a maniac through the whole thing, and I’m not even going to apologize. Will I go ahead and purchase The LEGO Batman Movie as a digital HD film at Amazon for just $2.49 (when I have a ton of digital credit in my account thanks to opting for no-rush shipping most of the time)? Let’s just say I am really looking forward to the next long car or plane trip with my (grown) kids. (“Are you trying to tell me that Bruce Wayne is Batman…’s roommate?”)

Go get it before they jack up the price. If you have a sense of humor I promise you’ll be glad you did.

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Sure, I have some questions

Look, I’m not saying that this Igloo 5-quart cooler at Amazon isn’t a great deal, because at $9.67 shipped (if you have Prime), it absolutely is. It’s normally around $20, so obviously it’s a great deal if you’re in need of a cooler like this.

I do have a few questions, though:

1) Why—when this is a lunch-box-sized cooler, around the right size to hold a 6-pack of soda—do all of the product pictures somehow make it look like a party-size cooler? Not cool.
2) Why are all of the product pictures captioned in… hmmm… is it Japanese?
3) What do those captions say? Do they say, “Hahaha, this cooler is a lot smaller than it looks!” or what?

It’s a deal worth checking out, but I’m just saying I’m a little confused, is all.

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Got Ts? Go get ’em!

If you love Threadless like we love Threadless, get on over there today (Tuesday, October 3rd)—nearly every t-shirt is just $10, today only.

They’ve got nerdy shirts, snarky shirts, pretty shirts, political shirts… they’ve got it all, really. My kids each have dozens of shirts and yet, I can never pass by this sale. It’s possible we have a problem. It’s also possible I don’t care.

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New month, new Beauty Box!

A new month means a new Beauty Box at Target, and the October Beauty Box is not only chock-full of goodies (just like its predecessors), it also contains a $3 off your $15+ Beauty purchase coupon to use later this month.

It seemed like summer lasted forever and then *boom* now it’s suddenly October. A little box of beauty goodies for just $7 delivered might help ease the sting, a bit.

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