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Let the kids have their selfie fun

On the one hand, I think a selfie stick is a bizarre invention. On the other… hey, what’s the harm in the kids amusing themselves with goofy self-portraits? Exactly.

What you don’t want to be doing, though, is paying $20 for a selfie stick, or—worse yet—getting a bulky or crummy one. You’ll thank me for this one around Christmas, when you remember that you got the deal and tucked it away: Amazon has this Aukey compact bluetooth selfie stick available right now for $12.99, which is okay, but when you apply coupon code U4T37Y87 you’ll get another $4 off, making it just $8.99 shipped if you have Prime. That’s what I’m talking about! This version gets great reviews, and $9 is a price I can stomach for frivolity.

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The best deal on the best duffle

The last time I posted this deal was over 4 years ago, but it’s back on select colors—right now Amazon has the Samsonite Tote-a-Ton Duffel available for just $19.99 in either purple or green (red and black are more expensive). This is the lowest it ever goes, pretty much. (For reference: The same bag is $30 at eBags and excluded from coupons.)

This under-a-pound sturdy bag will hold as much as a steamer trunk, then fold down to almost nothing for storage when you’re done with it. Grab one now for next spring when you suddenly realize your kid needs a bag for camp/college/being thrown out of the house because it’s time.

Not that I am advocating throwing your child out. I’m just suggesting you score a deal on this bag, is all.

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Tickle your Tervis!

Okay, in fairness, the coupon code GAMEDAY is going to take 30% off nearly everything at Bealls today, not just Tervis tumblers and accessories. But—Tervis is pretty much all I go to Bealls for, because it’s one of the few places that puts it on sale periodically and doesn’t exclude it from coupons. Find something already on sale, then take off another 30%? Score! Edited to add: Thanks to beautiful and alert reader Laura for pointing out you can stack that with coupon code MOBILE for free shipping on any order!

Um. Did you know there are Star Wars Tervis? Be still my heart.

Shipping is a flat $5, which is nothing if you’re stocking up on gifts. These definitely are the condensation-proof, unbreakable cups you’re looking for….

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Keurigs, half price

If you’ve been waiting for the right deal to take the Keurig plunge, today’s the day:

Right now on the Keurig site, you can take half off any Keurig 2.0 brewer with coupon code DPSFRIEND. You’ll get free shipping, too.

Personally my coffee habit has reached the point where a whole pot is never enough (so I’m not interested in single-cup brewers), but if you’re in the market, this deal is hard to beat.

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Get your guitar on

I’ve got a great option for budding guitar stars, today….

Check out the current offering at Electronics.Woot—they’ve got an acoustic Fender Squier bundle for just $99 + $5 shipping that has everything you need to get started. For comparison, that same bundle is currently $140 at Amazon, with an average 4.5 star review.

This isn’t a top-of-the-line model, obviously, but it’s a solid offering at a decent price, which makes it perfect for teens/beginners/hobbyists without having to spend a lot.

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Now’s the time for Chromecast

If you’ve been thinking about nabbing a Google Chromecast—the simple, inexpensive way to stream web content on your TV from your computer—today’s the day to do it: Right now Amazon is running a bonus promotion where you can get the $29.99 dongle and pick up a $10 Amazon gift card for free. That’s basically like getting 33% off, and it’s not like you’ll have to look too hard to find something to spend that gift card on later.

If you don’t have a Roku or an AppleTV, this is a cheap alternative. This is also a great way to make yourself very popular with a kid heading off to college next month.

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Get a great little fan, cheap

The last time I posted this Honeywell TurboForce Fan, it was down to $14.79—its lowest price ever, at the time—and I went ahead and bought one for myself and it was promptly commandeered by one of my kids (and has been in faithful service ever since). Today, it’s down to $12.79, the new lowest price ever, and it’s an even better deal.

This is the perfect little bedroom fan if you need one. At this price, it’s a no-brainer.

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Coffee for everyone

If you’re in the market for a new coffeemaker—the regular drip kind, not a single-serve one—right now the Amazon Lightning Deals contain the Cuisinart DCC-1150BKFR 10 Cup Thermal Coffee Maker for just $39.99 (its lowest price ever).

After our last coffeemaker bit the dust, this is the one I ended up buying after an obsessive amount of research. I’ve been very happy with it, and I paid about 30% more than what it costs right now. It’s fast, it keeps the coffee warm, and it feeds my addiction. Er, I mean, it makes tasty coffee. That’s it.

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Remember when gaming was with a board?

If you want to lure your child away from screens this summer, may I suggest one of the greatest board games ever made? Right now Amazon has Carcassonne for just $24.42—its lowest price ever—and this is a great game for kids 8+ and adults alike.

I don’t know if it’s truly going to seem more fun than Minecraft to the kids, but if you’re like me, you can declare that “We’re going to have fun as a family, darn it!” (except darn might not be the world I would use…) and force them to play, anyway. But they will like it, I promise.

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Anime? Don’t mind if I do

If you or your nerdalicious offspring enjoy anime, the industry standard is arguably Cowboy Bebop, and the entire series is the Bonus Deal of the Day in the Amazon Gold Box right now for 60% off.

This would be a great surprise for the kids before a long car trip if you have a portable DVD player, or maybe I’m the only person who thinks in terms of an item’s value being directly tied to how quiet it renders my teenagers….

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