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Homemade espresso, hold the high price tag

Me, I’m a simple gal with simple needs—while I enjoy espresso (when it magically appears in front of me), I’m fine with a regular coffeemaker that just brews a decent cup of joe in the morning. I’m lazy, I guess, plus I don’t really want to think too hard about my coffee before I’ve had coffee.

But! Every so often we visit my parents and my stepmom makes cappuccino every morning with her fancy-pants machine. And that stuff is amazing. And then my husband and I have conversations like this:
Me: We should buy a fancy machine!
Him: Or stay here forever.
Me: We should stay here forever!
Him: I was kidding.

(It’s magical. Obviously.)

Anyway, the thing is, today Home.Woot has a refurbished Breville Espresso Machine available for $230 + $5 shipping, and while this is crazy expensive for a coffeemaker, it’s actually crazy cheap for this particular one—the regular price at Amazon is $500 new. Check out the reviews there, though, because everyone loves this unit, and at this price, if you were considering upgrading, this might be the right time.

I’m actually tempted. I mean, it’s cheaper than moving back home again, right?

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Fresh bread, like magic

This one is always popular when the price goes down, and today’s deal is its lowest price ever: Nab this Cuisinart CBK-100 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker at Amazon right now for just $70.62 shipped. This unit gets great reviews and normally goes for right around $100.

If you don’t see the sale price with Amazon as the seller when you hit the page, look in the righthand column for the special price with Amazon as the vendor.

Hurry, though—I suspect they’ll be jacking the price back up pretty soon.

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Spin me right round, baby, right round

I think we saw a deal on this a year or two ago, and it was hugely popular, and it’s baaaaaaaack! Right now Amazon has the Spin ‘N Saucer available for just $19.94 with free Prime shipping (or free Super Saver Shipping eligible)—that’s its lowest price ever. Buy it now and tuck it away for Christmas!

If you have a kid who loves to spin, it doesn’t get much more fun than this. Supposedly this is for ages up to 5… if your kid is small, they could use it longer. And just because I like you, I’ll tell you that we lovingly nicknamed this one the “spin and barf” in my house.

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The Want Not Review (and giveaway!): Misfit Shine

misfit-shine-wineMy name is Mir, and I hate to exercise. That said, I’ve reached an age (ahem) where it’s no longer optional if I wish to remain healthy. So I exercise, and I’m sort of getting used to it, but I still don’t love it. I’d say that I just… hate it less than I used to. Which is progress.

I’d been on my new daily exercise regimen (I work out for half an hour a day, every day) for about 6 weeks when I went to Mom 2.0 and won myself a pretty, shiny Misfit Shine Activity and Sleep Monitor. Up until that point I had resisted the fitness tracker craze (my husband wears a Fitbit, but I think they’re kind of ugly), but this was so pretty. And free. And maybe this would help to motivate me in my quest to get healthier.

Keep reading for my full review, and also to enter to win your own Shine—I’m giving away the one pictured here! (more…)

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Still searching for a 3DS?

One assumes that most folks seeking a killer deal on a Nintendo 3DS console have already jumped into the pre-holiday fray and found a solution months ago, but who knows. Maybe you were wondering if you might find a deal before next Christmas, or maybe you just didn’t want one, before.

Either way, right now there’s an available Groupon for a $99 refurbished 3DS console, which makes it even cheaper than getting a refurb direct from Nintendo. (And this is a manufacturer-refurbished offering.) You still get a 1-year warranty, so really, it’s just like buying new… minus about 40% of the usual cost!

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Blend it like a (frugal) ninja

If you’re in the market for a blender—especially a blender for making/taking smoothies with you—you might want to take a look over at today’s Woot offering. They’ve got a refurbished Ninja BL660 Professional Blender with single-serve cups available for $69.99. (For comparison: You can get the same model, new, at Amazon for $130. It’s currently rated at 4 stars over there with over a thousand reviews.)

I don’t have any personal experience with this blender, and folks seem to either love it or hate it. I do, however, absolutely adore my Ninja Cooker, plus there’s something very pleasing about being able to say that you’re preparing food “with my Ninja.” But maybe that’s just me.

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Well that’s an adorable (and free) speaker!

This is probably a mistake, but I was just able to order one, so we’ll see….

Amazon has these GOgroove Groove Pal Kid-Friendly Animal Speakers available right now for $14.99. But if you apply coupon code SAVEPALS it’ll deduct… $14.99! So it’s free, so long as you have Prime shipping.

There’s six different styles from which to choose. I assume there’s a decent risk of orders being canceled, but who knows? Worth a shot.

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Ice cream season is upon us

I just found out that our local strawberry farm is open. This is good news for my stomach, but bad news for my wallet.

Once we’ve gone picking a few times, then it becomes a festival of strawberry everything, including strawberry ice cream and strawberry sorbet. Fortunately, I have this lovely Cuisinart ICE-30BC 2-quart ice cream maker to make it all very easy, and I love it. Unfortunately, that machine retails for $80. But today’s your lucky day—Home.Woot has refurbs today for just $39.99. If you’re in the market for an awesome automatic ice cream machine, this is a great unit and a fantastic price.

Even if you don’t like strawberry. (Is that possible? Do people not like strawberry…?)

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Griddle me this

So it’s a good day to shop over at Kohls just in general; everyone gets $10 Kohls Cash for every $50 spent, everyone can use coupon code LOWEST20 for an additional 20% off, and Kohls charge card holders can use code SEEDS for 25% off. And every order of $75+ ships for free.

But on top of that, today only they have a bunch of Door Busters, and that includes $9.99 small kitchen electrics—there’s a $10 rebate available on the $19.99 price, plus you can use a coupon to pay even less. Some of the appliances aren’t that thrilling, but they have the Presto Cool Touch 20″ griddle and that’s got fantastic reviews and the price is certainly right (for reference: still $35 at Amazon with fabulous reviews). I own this griddle, myself, and use it all the time. I’m pretty sure I paid more than $10, too.

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I’m coffee-conflicted

On the one hand, I own a <$100 coffeemaker and it suits my needs just fine. It... makes coffee. It keeps the coffee warm. If I'm organized, I can even set it up the night before and the coffee will magically brew for me in the morning. That's really all I need. And the idea of spending hundreds or even thousands on a coffee making machine seems crazy to me.

On the other hand, my parents have an espresso machine that's super-fancy and makes really, really good coffee. I have no idea what it cost (I am afraid to ask), but I do enjoy visiting them a whole lot. (Not just for the cappuccinos. But it doesn’t hurt.)

And then on the third hand (you mutant, you, with your third hand), today’s Home.Woot offering is a reconditioned Saeco Intellia Automatic Espresso Machine for $400, which I dismissed as insane until I saw that this machine retails for around $1200 new, at which point $400 seemed like a real bargain.

Long story not much shorter: I’m afraid I can’t justify buying one of these, but if you’re in the market, apparently it’s a really good deal. Please invite me over for cappuccino after you get it. (I’ll bring cookies!)

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