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Never be without charge

One of my very favorite gifts to give a teenager is a really good portable charger. Why? Because I plug my phone in at the end of the day, and if it’s been a really busy day, and/or I’ve been out for a long time, I might be down in the 50%-60% battery range. This is because I am old. My kids, on the other hand, regularly need to charge their phones by lunchtime because they’re almost dead. Do they need to be on their phones all day? Surely not. And yet, here we are. Having a portable charger stashed in their backpacks makes them feel a little less panicky.

This Mi Power Bank Pro 10000mAh High Speed Charging Battery Pack gets rave reviews, and when full, can recharge an iPhone four times. So the $25.40 price there isn’t too bad, anyway, but you can go ahead and apply coupon code 10XMSDPB at checkout to get another $10 off. I can’t think of another charger of this caliber you could snag for around $15 shipped.

Get it for your favorite teenager, or just get it for yourself. I don’t judge.

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Need a laptop backpack for under $20?

Personally, my approach these days is to buy my college kids one last backpack—and for that reason, I spring for a lifetime-guarantee one—and call it a day. But if you can’t afford to shell out for a top-of-the-line, we’ll-fix-it-forever bag, don’t fret. There are plenty of great options available for cheap.

For example: Amazon has this Luxur 37 Laptop Backpack available for just $30, which is already a pretty good deal for a roomy waterproof pack with padded sleeves for your devices and a nifty little charging portal which allows you to plug in to the built-in charging cord without removing your computer from the bag. I mean, it only has a one-year warranty and it’s not a big-name brand, but the reviews are excellent. At $30 I might consider it.

But you know we can do better, right? Apply coupon code PPB7ACDC for an additional 40% off; the bag I’d consider at $30 is a complete no-brainer at just $18. Buy it for your favorite college student. Buy it to use as your carry-on on your next flight. Buy it for whatever, because I don’t think you’re going to find a better bag at this price point.

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If you’ve been waiting for a KitchenAid deal…

… today’s the day to get it. You’re welcome.

If you want the 6-quart professional model at a screaming good price, go check out today’s eBay Daily Deals. They have refurbished KitchenAid KP26M1X professional 6-quart mixers for $230 today, which is already pretty good. (For reference: new, that mixer will average about $350 at Amazon, although right now some colors are a bit lower.) But then you can apply coupon code PRETTYDAY to save another 20%, making it just $184, which is ridiculous.

These are factory refurbs, so they’re certified and warrantied. This is the mixer I own—also purchased as a refurb—and I love it. It’s a workhorse. I think this may be the lowest price I’ve ever seen on it.

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Heads up, Instant Pot lovers!

I, myself, have yet to succumb to the Instant Pot craze. I’m still #teamcrockpot all the way, but whatever. The rest of you seem to have partaken of the Kool-Aid, and good for you. I’m sure someday I’ll get with the times and wonder why I waited.

That said, if you already own some variety of 6-quart Instant Pot, right now Amazon has this 9″ tempered glass lid with spoon rest available at a list price of $16.99, which seems a little nuts just for a lid. But if you apply coupon code RMGLF4AY at checkout, the price drops to just $5.95, which is perfectly reasonable.

Why do you want a glass lid for your Instant Pot? Well, apparently that allows you to use it like a regular slow cooker, or even to make popcorn (not sure how that works, but one reviewer swears it does). Also the existence of this lid makes me believe that sticking with my crock pots isn’t so dumb, after all. So.

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Food processors for everyone

Full disclosure: I’m a Cuisinart gal. I’ve had the same Cuisinart food processor since… ummmm… grad school, maybe? A long time, is my point. And if you’re not a person who cooks I can see where it might seem like an extraneous kitchen electric, but I use mine all the time. The Cuisinart is how I finally mastered a decent pie crust. The Cuisinart is how I grate giant blocks of cheese I buy on sale. The Cuisinart is the secret to a great latke and a perfect slaw and a divine pesto. I could go on, but you get the point.

That said, I came across this KitchenAid 7-cup food processor today at Amazon for $57.93, and that’s its lowest price ever and about 40% off where you’ll find it elsewhere. KitchenAid is a similarly reliable brand so I’m okay recommending that one, but of course I also had to peek and see where the comparable Cuisinart was. Turns out this Cuisinart 8-cup food processor is also at its lowest Amazon price ever of $65—not quite as huge a discount beyond other sellers, but pretty good—if you’re a brand loyalist and/or you want one a little bigger.

Either way, if you’re in the market, they’re worth checking out. (Seriously, grate your own cheese. You’ll save enough money to pay for the food processor several times over.)

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For serious tailgaters/picnic-ers/hunters/etc.

Do you need a Serious Cooler™ but aren’t quite ready to sell your children or vehicles so that you can afford a Yeti? Are you looking for the intersection between durability and price?

Today Amazon is offering this 16-quart Stanley Adventure Cooler in green at just $40—its lowest price ever. While this isn’t quite large enough to be a large-party-crowd cooler, it’ll hold 21 cans and keep them cold for up to 36 hours (!). It also comes with a lifetime guarantee, so once you own one, you’ll never need to replace it. I also like how it has a row of bungee cords across the lid so you can strap in your Stanley thermos or other items, too. (I think it’d be perfect for a couple of beach towels or some snacks.)

Then again, I live on the surface of the sun, where we take our coolers very seriously. You may not need one quite so fancy if you live somewhere a little more moderate in temperature.

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Listen up (with over-ear headphones)

Earbuds are convenient—they’re small, and you can tuck a set in your purse or pocket—but personally I don’t want to stick something in my ears for longer than a few minutes. If I’m going to listen to music for a while or be on a long call, I’d much rather wear headphones. I find them more comfortable than jamming plastic directly into my ear canals, and I think they do a better job of blocking ambient noise, too.

That said, high-end headphones can be ridiculously pricey, and while I hesitate to spend that kind of money on myself, I for sure don’t want to spend that kind of money on my kids (who—even as college students—manage to break every pair of headphones or earbuds in about a year). Enter this deal on Artix foldable headphones with inline microphone that Amazon has right now: At about $16 and with an average 4.3-star review (at over 800 reviews), that’s not too bad. But apply coupon code LOGJ7IUZ to the blue, pink, or purple ones, and your total will be just $8.50, which is ridiculous. (The turquoise and orange ones are excluded.) Not only do they work with all your favorite devices, they can fold up for easy storage, and the cord is a tangle-and-breakage-resistant nylon to avoid the pesky “oh I dunno, these were stuffed in my backpack all year, I have no idea why the wire broke” blues.

Bear in mind that these will not be suitable for adults with large noggins, but it looks like for older kids or smallish adults they’re definitely a bargain.

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Hello! Do you need a robot?

Hi there! Did I disappear for a week? I did. I’m sorry. As is the Production Code, the show I’m doing opened just as I commenced dying* from a terrible, gross cold. The good news is that I drank all the tea in the world and survived, but the bad news is that I guess I hope you didn’t want any tea. Also that I hope you didn’t need me last week.

Anyhoo! Now that I’ve decided to live I thought I should come back with a super fun deal, because why not? I mean, sure, sometimes you need stuff, but sometimes you just want stuff. I, for example, have done about the same amount of basic housework in the last couple of weeks as my dogs, which is to say that—save for accidentally producing a few tumbleweeds of hair which we could maybe call decoration…? No?—none at all. If I’d had this robot vacuum here I could’ve at least claimed that I vacuumed, even though it would’ve just involved pressing a button.

Said robot is currently priced at $250, which is the regular price and not very exciting, but if you use coupon code 7SSBEOEO you’ll save $90, bringing it down to $160, which is actually a pretty darn good deal. Now, bear in mind that this is unlikely to replace a standard vacuum—the issue, thus far, with the robotic ones is that the dirt cup just isn’t all that big—but to keep things tidy while you’re busy hacking up a lung, hey. Not bad. If you’re in the market for such a thing (pro tip: this is one of my favorite things to give as a wedding gift, as it’s a perfect “I wouldn’t spend my own money on it because it’s a luxury but it’s sure nice to have” item), this is a sweet deal.

*I was not actually dying. I am just dramatic. But I hear when you’re in a show, that’s a good thing, right?

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Because my whole life is now about toothbrushing

Did I mention that I got Invisalign about a month ago? I did. And I’m looking forward to having straight teeth in the near future. But in the immediate present, I spend an inordinate amount of time brushing my teeth. I feel like it’s my new hobby.

(I’ll spare you the details for now, but at some point I will be writing quite a bit about my Invisalign experience, so do let me know if you’d like to know when that happens—it will be over on Alpha Mom, not here.)

Anyway, when you are obsessed with brushing your teeth, you also become obsessed with toothbrushes. If you’ve been looking for a deal on an electric toothbrush, I’ve got one for you right here: Today Amazon has the Philips Sonicare 2 Series plaque control rechargeable electric toothbrush marked down to just $29—its lowest price ever—and there’s also a clippable $5 coupon, bringing it down to just $24 shipped.

This particular model averages 4.3/5 stars with over 5,500 reviews, and it doesn’t get much better than that. You don’t even have to be brushing your teeth ten times a day like me to justify this deal!

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A tale of fancy headphones

Once upon a time, my audiophile husband became convinced that he needed some super-fancy noise-canceling headphones. As someone who finds the earbuds that came with my phone perfectly sufficient, I was skeptical. But at some point I redeemed a bunch of Discover Cashback to make said headphones an affordable gift, and he got them for either his birthday or Christmas and was thrilled.

In fact, he raved about them constantly. He especially went on and on about how amazing they were for flying. The noise-canceling, he said, was a complete game-changer. “I don’t feel tired when we land. I think it’s because I can’t hear the droning of the engines the whole time.” I remained skeptical, but as the headphones in question had cost $300 or so, I was glad he was happy with them. And then… I had to fly somewhere. And he lent me the headphones.

Y’all. I’m still perfectly happy with earbuds for listening to music on a walk, or whatever. But you put these headphones on your head on a plane and turn the noise-canceling switch on and it goes completely silent. I don’t even necessarily listen to anything when I use them on a plane—I sometimes just use the noise-canceling so I don’t have to listen to everything else. You have no idea how loud it is on a plane until you’ve used these headphones to make it quiet.

The magic device in question is the Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, and as Bose has gone through several more iterations since they first came out, the good news is that they’re down to just $170 at Amazon, now (their lowest price ever). [Edited to add: Amazon has now matched Best Buy’s price, so buy it there or at Best Buy. Thanks for the heads up, Amy!] Still crazy expensive, but let me remind you that I paid $300 for my husband’s. But, the even better news is that today’s Best Buy Doorbusters features these headphones at just $150.

If you want a great deal on comfortable noise-canceling headphones that really work, this is the deal to beat.

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