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Solve the “I’m bored” blues

Whether you’re road-tripping, languishing in an airport, or just hanging around the house while (horrors!) electronics are off-limits, everyone sometimes needs a pocketful of brain-teasing distraction. Enter Kanoodle, the ages-7+ game of spacial relations. It looks simple, but is it? (Answer: Nope. Not for me, but then again, I’ve been known to screw up trying to draw a straight line.) Play a hundred different ways, and even the typical price of $10 is a good buy.

Right now at Amazon, though, they’ve got it marked down to $8.15—pretty good—but even better, check out the “Other Sellers on Amazon” column to the right to see it for $7.50 and free shipping whether you have Prime or not. 100 games for $7.50? Nice!

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And here some more sandals (and other kid stuff)

If you didn’t find what you needed at the Target sale and your kids still need stuff, head on over to Carter’s for their 4th of July sale. Today they’re offering free shipping on every order, and amongst their Doorbuster offerings today you’ll find $2 flip flops! Plus they’re taking another 30% off their Clearance, too.

Insert obligatory kvetching here about how I miss my children being small enough to wear Carter’s. I mean. Look at the cuteness. Can someone bring a baby over here for me to sniff, please??

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Got sandals?

Well, not to worry—if you don’t, Target is doing a “Deal Days of Summer” promo right now with great sales every day until the 4th of July. Today’s deal is sandals—already on sale, in most cases, and an additional 30% off with coupon code SUMMER. (Thanks for the tip, Cool Mom Picks!)

Shipping is free at $25+, plus they offer free returns. Pick up sandals for the whole family! Plus whatever else you needed, anyway.

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The cutest (and cheapest) Clarisonics ever

I own one of the original Clarisonics and it’s sort of amazing. My skin is very finicky (I’m oily! I’m dry! I’m both old and wrinkly and I have acne!) and it has helped calm my face down considerably, even though I’ll admit that initially the idea of using a circulating brush on my face was a little terrifying.

Anyway. This isn’t about me, this is about you, or—more precisely—about your opportunity to get your very own unit in a super-cute print for 40% off. How, you ask? Just hop on over to the Clarisonic site and search on final40 to see the assortment of Mia 2 kits which are available for 40% off, today (with FINAL40 coupon code). Sure, you can go for a color or an ikat pattern, but holy heck that Keith Haring Pop Edition is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

Shipping is free. Check out the reviews on the Mia 2 on Amazon (as well as the never-budging $149 price tag) to make yourself feel really swell about scoring a fancy one for just under $90.

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Free shipping’s back (today only)

Hey, remember when shipping was always free at I do, but barely. It was a long time ago. Eagle-eyed reader Sherri pointed out to me that they’re doing free shipping today (Thursday, June 23rd) only, for some reason.

What a wonderful excuse to get a new pair of shoes, amirite? Or clothing or other stuff. I don’t judge. (If you’ve never shopped 6pm—and I don’t know how that would be possible, but just in case—this is Zappos’ outlet site. They pretty much have shoes and everything else, too.) They’ve got sales going as well as “hourly steals” today, plus their regular closeout pricing. And now, free shipping. Thanks, Sherri!

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A peek into my actual life

Me: Should I buy this 6-pack of laundry baskets for $25?
Husband: Do we need 6 laundry baskets?
Me: Um. Well. We can use them to move the kids into their dorms, and then leave them each one and bring the extras home and use them for other stuff.
Husband: Is that a good price?
Me: Yeah, it’s the lowest price ever. They’re Sterilite, good handles.
Husband: Sure, we’ll figure out what to do with them.

(Notice that nowhere in that conversation did I remind my husband that we already own five other laundry baskets. These are different. These ones are square. Shhhhh.)

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It’s a Wootiful day in the neighborhood

Are you ready for a Woot-Off? Because I am. I mean, sure, I’m always ready for a Woot-Off, but whatever.

They’re Wooting Off all day at Woot, Home.Woot, Electronics.Woot, Computers.Woot, Tools.Woot, Sport.Woot, Kids.Woot, Shirt.Woot, Accessories.Woot, and Wine.Woot (motto: piquant, with a soup├žon of things which have nothing whatsoever to do with wine, actually).

Spend your day checking out the rotating deals, and pay just one $5 shipping fee no matter how much you end up buying for the entire day. I’m not saying I’m going to spend the whole day buying cool t-shirts for my family… but… I’m not not saying that, either. Ahem.

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Make your laundry better with balls

I go back and forth on the notion of wool dryer balls. On the one hand, my inner 10-year-old thinks it’s fun to say, and it’s certainly an environmentally-friendly option and I know a lot of people who swear by them. On the other hand, I keep thinking I’ll end up losing them or I’ll miss the bit of fresh scent I get from a dryer sheet. So I waffle.

Right now, this 6-pack of XL wool dryer balls at Amazon is marked at $18.95, but coupon code SMART900 takes another $7 off, which means if you have Prime, you’re getting them for $11.95 shipped. They supposedly soften/fluff your clothes and reduce static just as well as dryer sheets, only they last forever (okay, maybe not forever, but a long time). At this price, I may give ’em a try.

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Stock up, score points with your tween/teen

Whether you’re redoing your tween’s bedroom or getting ready to send your newly-minted adult off to the dorm, there’s a little something for everyone at PB Teen, although the prices usually make me feel a little faint. During a sale, though, good luck holding me back. Right now they’ve got tons of markdowns, plus many items have free shipping, plus you can use coupon code FRIEND20 for another 20% off. (Alternatively, use coupon code FREESHIP for free shipping on any order.)

Grab backpacks and lunch bags for the coming year, or bedding, or any other number of room accoutrements. Just look for the intersection between items on sale and items with free shipping. And try not to snicker too much over things like $15 locker shelves. (When I was a kid, we propped up a piece of scrap wood with a textbook, and we liked it. Hmph.) I’m seeing duvet covers at what I would consider Walmart prices, only it’s Pottery Barn. Crazy. I mean, I know I said I was finished dorm shopping, but…

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Blasts from the past, blowout-sale style

If you’re the sort of person who stocks up during the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale—and I’m not saying I am; pay no attention to that pile of body creams behind me—now’s the time to stock up and indulge your nostalgia. They not only put the entire store on sale, they brought back a bunch of favorite fragrances from years past. Most items are buy 2, get 1 free (good) and buy 3, get 2 free (better).

I’m a fool for brown sugar and fig, personally, but I do remember when cucumber melon was the “in” thing, because I’m pretty old (as my kids like to tell me).

Unfortunately, there’s no free shipping option this time ’round; shipping is a flat $9.99 (yikes) on orders under $10, but a flat $5.99 (more manageable) on orders over $10. Fortunately, you can also use coupon code DISCOVER20 for another 20% off (some exclusions apply), so you can likely recoup your shipping costs, that way.

Just a friendly reminder, here on the first official day of summer: Buy and save now, stuff stockings later. You’re welcome.

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