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Pick your Dirt Devil

Longtime readers know I am a fan of quality and durability over simply “cheap;” to me, it’s worth the extra money to get the right item. On the other hand, there are times when I’m good with simply cheap—clothing small children will outgrow, snack food about which I feel ambivalent (ha!)—and that’s okay, too.

I have recommended (and linked to) this Dirt Devil Simpli-Stick vacuum multiple times already, I know, because I think it’s the best compromise around in terms of bang-for-your-buck and being small but mighty. Do I recommend it as your only vacuum? Of course not! But is it perfect for quick kitchen clean-ups or your kid’s dorm room? Absolutely. This is the vacuum I bought for my kid’s dorm. Right now it’s listed at $16.88 with an available $2 coupon to clip, so it’s about what I paid for hers.

But I also just noticed that if you want to go, say, another level up from there, the Dirt Devil Vibe vacuum—similar to the Simpli-Stick, but this one also has a powered brush roll—has that same $2 coupon, which means you can get it for $23. Is it $8 better than the other one? I can’t say for sure, but I’m in the process of accumulating dorm stuff for the other kid, and given that he will actually vacuum on a regular basis, I’m thinking I’ll spring for this one.

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Portable back-up is a bargain at any price

I’m pretty sure we had a deal on these a little while back, but here I am again.

Today Rakuten.com (formerly Buy.com) has refurbished 2TB WD My Passport Ultra external drives (in either black or blue) available for just $64 shipped.

For reference: They sell for just under $90 at Amazon (note the 4.5 star average with 5,000+ reviews!), and I thought I was pretty awesome when I scored the 1TB version for my college freshman for $50.

In short, this is a crazy good deal on a tiny powerhouse of data backup. Don’t miss it.

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Stop! It’s Woot-Off time!

I hope you didn’t have any plans for today—it’s time for a Woot-Off!

That means rotating deals all day long at Woot, Home.Woot, Electronics.Woot, Computers.Woot, Tools.Woot, Sport.Woot, Accessories.Woot, Kids.Woot, Shirt.Woot, and *gasp* Wine.Woot (motto: Occasionally wine, usually edible, sometimes just confusing).

Spend $5 on shipping on any order today and that’s it; order as much as you like and it all ships for that one $5 charge, whether you place one order or twenty. And if you’ve never done a Woot-Off before, basically they just rotate through deals—some better than others, so do pay attention to the prices—and each lasts 30 minutes or until it sells out, whichever comes first. If you have some time and patience, Woot-Offs are great days to snag incredible savings.

Enjoy, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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Did someone say 6pm?

Remember back when we all used to shop 6pm.com all the time, because the prices were so good and shipping was free? And then they started charging shipping again and we were sad? (And by “we,” here, I of course mean “me.”)

Well! This is the week to hit them up—shipping is free all week, plus today only you can save an additional 10% with coupon code BESTPICKS.

I don’t think anyone in my family actually needs any shoes right now (which is a small miracle unto itself…), but they have all sorts of clothing and gear besides, so surely there’s a deal just waiting for me if I go look for it….

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More IZZE, this time for the pomegranate fans

So we just had that great deal on clementine flavor IZZE, and today the 24-pack of pomegranate IZZE is on Lightning Deal for $14.34. Once again—and it seems this doesn’t work for everyone, so maybe just for those with Prime (make sure you’re logged in, too)?—there’s a clippable 20% off coupon in the middle of the page, too, which takes the total down to just $10.51 shipped.

I was about to buy these when I remembered that my son doesn’t like this flavor. You know who likes this flavor? Me. And I should probably just be drinking more water. But hey, if you like pomegranate, grab this one.

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Score some Aero deals

Is there a mall store my girlchild loves more than Aeropostale? No, there is not. That store is like crack to teens, and unlike some other mall stores (*coughHollistercough*) they don’t crank the music up so loud that you wonder if you’re having a stroke.

Anyway! If your kid loves Aero like mine does, right now you can shop using coupon code BTS30 for 30% off practically the whole store. Plus you can head on over to this giveaway at Savings.com for a chance to win one of 10 $50 gift cards. (Winners will be selected via lottery drawing and notified on August 24th; see the full official entry rules for details.)
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(I’m not saying my kid has these Seriously Stretchy Jeggings in every color, but I’m not saying she doesn’t, either.) (Related: Ah, to be a teen again!)

Shipping starts at $7 but is free on $75+. Or just wait until you win one of those gift cards and then you really won’t care about shipping costs.

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Because I’m always a sucker for a nerd shirt

Do you have a Pokémon GO addict in your house? Perhaps you are said addict? (No judgment here; it’s not my jam, but I fully admit I watch a lot of terrible television. We all have our vices.)

In that case, might I suggest you need this shirt, immediately?

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Shirt.Woot never lets me down, and today’s shirt is no exception. I can’t stop giggling. Get a standard t-shirt for $7, or an American Apparel T or tank for $10. $5 ships your entire order, regardless of how many Pokémon trainers you’re buying for.

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In case you go swimming with your phone

I am skeptical of any bag which claims to keep your phone dry, on account of the fact that phones are expensive and any failure of said bag is going to prove a very expensive discovery. However, some people swear it can be done, and course sometimes people who don’t spend all their time hermit-ing at home, reading while curled up with dogs (not that that sounds like anyone I know…), go to water parks and such.

Anyway.

Right now Amazon has this 3-pack of iSpecle waterproof phone cases available for $14.99 (not bad), but applying coupon code 9BSEJKO9 brings the price down to just $10.49, which is even better. Reviews are excellent, and if you look at the detail pictures, you’ll see that the mechanism for closing the bags at the top (two turn-latches) does indeed look a lot more secure than many other bags I’ve seen (many of which have a zip-top). Snag ’em now for your next water adventure, or go ahead and buy them and put them away for stocking stuffers and use next summer.

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It’s time for snacks

Hello! Sorry for the absence this week. The craziest thing happened—about 18 years ago I gave birth to a tiny human who only recently turned into a full-fledged independent person, and just when that happened, she had the nerve to move away for college. I mean. Anyway, I spent most of this week alternately yelling at her to go pack things and grabbing her face and calling her my precious widdle baby. (This was just me making sure she was ready to leave, you understand.) Yesterday we made the trek and dropped her off, so we now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.

Anyway, because I’m an adult, and I deal with my feelings in adult ways, now that I’m home minus one kid I am going to Eat All The Things, so I was delighted to see this deal pop up on Amazon on Kind bars, because 1) I love those, 2) I feel kind of virtuous because they’re less crappy than generic granola bars, and 3) the price is great. The popped salted caramel ones are down to $7.78 for 15, plus cheaper on Subscribe & Save, plus there’s a clippable 20% off coupon.

Did I order them as fast as I could click Buy? Indeed I did. Because I am going to need a lot of snacks to get through the next… ummm… five years or so. Don’t judge.

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Got uniforms?

If you’re staring down the barrel of back-to-school and your kid(s) wears uniform gear, today would be an excellent day to avail yourself of the deals at Kids.Woot—they’ve got an entire page of “uniform bundles” at ridiculously low prices.

Choose from 5-packs of boys’ or girls’ polos, and 3-packs of pants, shorts, or scooters. $5 ships your entire order no matter how much you buy, and you could get everything out of the way in one fell swoop. (Um, as long as your girl-child doesn’t want pants or shorts. Hmph.)

We had a few glorious years of uniforms in middle school. I know some people hate uniforms, but I loved the end of “what do I wear today”itis. The fact that it drove my kid up a wall was just the icing on the cake.

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