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Keep your eye on the Gold Box (spoiler: Instant Pots)

It wouldn’t be a big deal day without all of the deals in the Amazon Gold Box, and the Lightning Deals are flying fast and furious in there, too.

But perhaps the best news is that when I asked what everyone was looking for this shopping season and a ton of you said you wanted Instant Pot deals. Ask and ye shall receive! Today at Amazon the Gold Box holds lowest-price-ever deals on both the 8-quart Instant Pot (down to $82, plus I’m seeing a Warehouse Deals option with damaged packaging for just $70!) and the 3-quart Instant Pot (down to $49).

Alternatively, if you—like me—are still on Team Slow Cooker, check out this 6-quart Crock-Pot Express for the all-time-low price of $50.

And here’s a Lightning Deal tip, too, in case you didn’t already know: Amazon recently made it so that you can’t isolate just those flash deals in a browser, but you can still view just the Lightning Deals in the mobile app if that’s your preference.

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You know I love a good Vornado

Okay, this one may not be a good holiday gift (or maybe it is; you do you), but right now Amazon has the Vornado 630 Mid-Size Whole Room Air Circulator Fan on sale right now for $40 (its lowest price ever).

If you’re unfamiliar with Vornado, they used to call them the “ceiling fan on the floor,” because it doesn’t just blow air, it really does circulate it. Fun fact: When these fans first came out (or at least when they first started showing up in stores in the US, anyway), I was 17 and working in a department store. We used to plug a Vornado in right in front of the display of boxes, tip it straight up, and then set a beach ball above it to show how the vortex of air could hold it steady above the fan. It really does cool an entire room (and the beach ball thing is a neat party trip).

I know you’re probably freezing right now (I mean, I am), but if you need a good fan when it gets warm again, this would be an excellent choice.

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Keep your eyes on the Gold Box

Obviously the Amazon Gold Box is going to be on fire this week, but I had to chuckle when I clicked over there this morning—one of today’s “Deal of the Day” items is this Anova bluetooth Sous Vide and I need to tell you something about it.

First of all, do you need an immersion circulator? No. You don’t. I mean, I don’t think anyone needs sous vide cooking in their lives. It’s clearly a specialized cooking implement and the fact that it’s now $95 instead of $150 means absolutely nothing if you don’t already love cooking and want one. So I’m not suggesting this to anyone whose reaction to this post was a hearty, “What the heck is a sous vide??”

But second of all, my husband bought one of these for me last year because 1) I really like to cook and 2) I watch entirely too many Food Network shows, and I’m a convert. Steaks melt like butter when you sous vide them before finishing them on the grill. Fish is fully infused with your seasonings and perfectly cooked. And vegetables taste like they were professionally prepared even though, hey, I just threw them in a Ziploc with some herbs.

So no, no one needs a sous vide. (And yes, I laughed my behind off about it having bluetooth, but you control it with a phone app and then the phone lets you know when it’s done cooking!) On the other hand, I’ve been known to whisper sweet nothings to my Anova when no one is looking, so I’m just… letting you know about that.

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They should call it the scruff-tamer

Okay, so, here’s an example of a time I’m really glad my son doesn’t bother to look at my website.

I’ve been shopping for months, doing research and looking at different models, because my son is… ahhhh… not so much about shaving. And that’s fine—you do you, kid!—but he does periodically ask for some assistance in cleaning up a little. I think there’s a fine line between “millennial with a charmingly offhand goatee” and “possibly homeless teen,” so I’m all for keeping things tidy as easily as possible.

In addition, he already owns an electric razor, which was ditched after about a year when he discovered that he really doesn’t like shaving. And now he has no idea where it is. Which doesn’t drive me insane at all. (Ahem.)

So! I’ve had a few different models of beard trimmers in my Amazon cart for a few months. Remington has led the pack, for the most part. On the one hand, this Platinum Beard Boss is the highest-rated of the trimmers in contention, and there was even a coupon running on it for a while, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend that much in case the new trimmer ends up joining the old razor in oblivion. On the other hand, this Crafter Beard Boss, although smaller and less fancy, has overall good reviews and just dropped to its lowest price ever of $21. I can live with that, and given that things haven’t gone full-on Lumberjack (at least yet?), I think it’ll be sufficient. One more Christmas gift down.

Will he ever use it away at college if I’m not around to nag him? Probably not. Let’s not think about it.

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Crazy deal on a photo printer? Check!

If you’ve been considering getting a printer suitable for doing your own photo prints at home, it’s likely you’ve found yourself overwhelmed by both the options and the typical price. And—fair warning—even once you buy the printer, it’s generally the ink that tends to get you, later, so I wouldn’t encourage this as an impulse purchase, or anything, but it can represent a lot of convenience and savings in the long run.

That said, it doesn’t get better than this: Right now Adorama is offering this Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Printer bundle deal so cheap, I sat here wondering for a minute if it was a mistake. The price is displaying on the site as $379 with an “Add to cart for lower price” button. Once you do the add, the price drops to $309, plus you get $50 worth of photo paper for free. Pretty great, right?

But wait, there’s more (she said in her best Ginsu knives voiceover tone)! There’s an available $250 rebate (really!) so you are now paying $59 out the door for a $400 printer. Basically you’re paying for the paper and getting the printer for free.

Again, I wouldn’t recommend it as an impulse buy, but if you’re in the market, this is the deal to beat. Crazy.

(For reference: This printer is averaging 4.5/5 stars on the Adorama site with over 400 reviews, and 4.2/5 stars on Amazon, where the price is still $378.)

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The holidays are coming, believe it or not

Hello! I am not dead. I know you’re relieved. Life has been a little nutty of late. (Haha! That’s implies that sometimes life isn’t nutty. Ah, wishful thinking!)

I don’t know if you know this, but it’s already the middle of October. How did that happen? I’m starting to get organized for holiday deal-hunting and—of course—Big Prize Week. (If you’re new here, I give stuff away the week leading up to Black Friday. It’s fun! You should make sure to be here, then.)

Here’s where you can help me out: What are you looking for, this holiday season? Which items are on your must-have list or what sorts of deals would be the most appealing? The more feedback you can give me, the better (hopefully!) I can make sure I’m finding the stuff you want.

(Can you tell I’ve reached the point where all my kids want is cash…?)

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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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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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If only the name-brand will do…

… I have an Instant Pot deal for you today!

(Look, I know there was a recent deal on a different brand, and in some—not very many—things I am a brand loyalist, so I don’t judge either way. Myself, I have not hopped on the pressure cooker bandwagon yet, so I have no opinion. You do you.)

Today one of Amazon’s Daily Deals is 30% off this Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, bringing it down from $100 to $70 for one day only. It slices! It dices! It makes perfect julienned fries! Oh, wait. No it doesn’t. But it does do all sorts of stuff, and if you’re in the market, this may be the deal you’ve been wanting.

Like I said, I don’t quite grasp the attraction just yet, but I own five slow cookers, so again: I don’t judge.

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Pressure cooking? Isn’t it all pressure cooking?

I love the moniker “pressure cooking,” because as far as I’m concerned, trying to feed your family is always pressure cooking, or maybe that’s just my family. Ahem.

Anyway, I know that Instant Pots are all the rage right now, though I have yet to succumb, myself. (I’m still over here with my 5 slow cookers, yo. I like the house to smell like dinner all day.) And there are periodic deals on ’em, sure, but if you’re looking only at the Instant Pot brand, you’re likely missing some deals.

Today, for example, Best Buy has this 6-quart Insignia pressure cooker marked down to $39.99 shipped. Why? I have no idea. When I went to price-compare it over at Amazon I found it listed at nearly $200 from a 3rd-party, which is nuts, but it makes me suspect it’s a slightly older model that’s been or is being discontinued. Regardless, the reviews are excellent, and the next closest model available in the Instant Pot line costs twice as much, so if I wanted one of these, I’d probably jump on this deal.

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