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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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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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Because you only get one set of teeth

Every time I go to the dentist for a cleaning, he both compliments me on the excellent state of my teeth and tries to sell me an overpriced sonic toothbrush. Um. Thanks? But no thanks. Why would I buy a supposed top-of-the-line model (complete with the dentist’s mark-up!) when I could get something like this highly-rated Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Rechargeable toothbrush, instead, for under $15? It’s currently marked down to $19.96 and there’s an available $5 coupon to clip. (You can also snag this 3-pack of replacement heads with an available $3 coupon to clip, and if you buy via Subscribe & Save you could end up paying as little as about $11 for ’em.)

At this price, it’s a no-brainer. And based on the reviews, I don’t think you’re getting an additional $100+ of “extra” on a more expensive model. But hey, if you want to spend more, I certainly can’t stop you.

[Edited to add: One coupon use per account. If you have two kids, like I do, text your spouse “please go clip this coupon and buy one of these.” Mine didn’t even ask why, which is a sign of a perfect marriage, obviously.]

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Yeah, Baby(daddy)

You know, Father’s Day is coming up. And is there a trio of movies more dad-humored than the Austin Powers films? I think not. So go ahead and scoop up this Austin Powers Triple Feature Blu-ray set at Amazon for just $9, and allow that special dad in your life to kick back with three of the most ridiculous movies out there.

Really, the only more “dad” movies out there than these are the Airplane ones, but these are a very close second.

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For a certain kind of teacher…

… this Teacher Swears: Swear Word Adult Coloring Book to Rant & Relax—currently just $3.99 (half off) at Amazon—would be a perfect gift, no?

School ended for us a week ago, but I’m thinking I can just pick up a few of these for next year. Sweary teachers are my favorite. (Lest anyone is getting worked up, do look at the sample pages. It’s things like “Mother Clucker” and “Crud Muffins.” I love it.)

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One of the best for family game night

If you’re looking for a game to add to your family game night collection (assuming you are not, like my family, so sick and twisted that all the kids ever want to play is Cards Against Humanity…), look no further than Ticket To Ride for an hour of strategy from a 5-star-reviewed board game.

And if you’re looking to get it for a lot less than usual, today’s the day for that: Target has it for $27.59 with free shipping, and Amazon dropped their price to match (this makes it its lowest price ever). If you have a Red Card, Target’s the place to buy it, and if don’t but you have Prime, Amazon’s probably the way to go. Either way, you’re on your way to a fun night of gaming for anyone age 8+.

And unlike family game night at my house, no one will need to pull out the Urban Dictionary app to clarify. Ahem.

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Heads up, Hyperbole and a Half fans!

If you, like me, basically consider Allie Brosh and her book Hyperbole and a Half all that is good and right and true about this world, I have some super-exciting news for you: She has a new book coming out!!

You can pre-order Solutions and Other Problems on Amazon right now for $13.40 (paperback) and it will ship when it’s released in October. (And with the Amazon Pre-order Price Guarantee, if the price drops again before then, you’ll get the lowest price.)

My kids consider Hyperbole and a Half something of a life manual, and of course it helps that she writes about her Special Dog and her Helper Dog, who closely mirror our own dogs in terms of intellect. Sometimes I get a text from one kid or the other which reads either “Bees?” or is just a few bee emojis. If you don’t know why that’s funny, buy the first book right now, and then go pre-order the second one.

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Need a TV?

The one thing I’m not buying for my kid’s dorm room is a television, because I’m a giant meanie (obviously). If I was, though—or if I needed a smallish set for a spare room or something—I’d be jumping on this deal: Best Buy currently has this Sharp 32″ 1080p HDTV available for just $150 shipped! It has an average 4.6 star rating with over 1,700 reviews, too. (For comparison: The same set at Amazon is going to run you at least $230.)

Only somewhat related: Remember when a 32″ TV was considered gigantic? And also when it weighed, like, 100 pounds? This is now considered a small set, and it weighs about 10 pounds. Technology, man. Crazy.

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Do you remember my dorm list?

Back when I answered the question of what to buy for dorm-bound college freshmen, I mentioned this Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Vacuum as a great choice because it’s tiny, gets decent reviews, and regularly dips below $15. Well, today’s the day if you’ve had your eye on it—it’s part of a Dirt Devil trio in the Amazon Gold Box, and you can snag it today for just $14. And if you don’t have a dorm to send it off to, well, it’s a handy spare, to have around, too. (Not gonna lie; I have a stick vac in my kitchen for quick clean-up.)

Now, just to be absolutely clear, when I told my husband I was buying it for our soon-to-be-freshman, he had a good laugh over the notion that I believed she would ever vacuum anything. And he’s probably right to be skeptical. But for $14, I’ll sleep better at night knowing that at least when she drops cookies all over the floor, she’ll have a way to clean up the crumbs.

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Happy knives (yeah, that’s a thing)

Listen, if you’re a gourmet chef, absolutely invest in super-high-quality knives, because 1) you’ll need them and 2) you can justify them. I do a lot of cooking and I’m not quite to that point, myself, but the truth is that with a good knife sharpener you can do okay with whatever you have.

At some point, in a fit of aggravation with my knives, I bought the same Pure Komachi set that’s available on Sellout.Woot today for $20 (plus $5 shipping). Here’s what I can tell you about them:
1) They are surprisingly good. According to my Amazon history, I bought my set in October of 2010. I still use them every day and have no complaints.
2) They make my kitchen counter happy. I mean, look at them. Multicolor knives! Festive!
3) This set (without the bonus steak knives) currently costs $63 at Amazon while it’s just $20 with the steak knives at Woot, but take a look at the Amazon reviews—4.5 stars with over 200 reviews.
4) The knife block—or should I just call it a plastic dome?—is huge. Huge. We don’t use it; we use our old wooden block because I didn’t want to give up that much counter space. Be aware that it’s gargantuan.

I sharpen mine with this $6 knife sharpener and that’s all the maintenance I do. (Well, that, and I don’t put them in the dishwasher.)

I don’t always personally own products and deals I recommend here, but in this case, consider this a real testimonial. No, this isn’t a professional set, but for the average home cook, it’s quite a deal on a decent bunch of knives.

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