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Laser printer? There’s a Deal of the Day for that!

Color laser printers are crazy expensive, and if you can afford one, feel free to adopt me. Color inkjet printers are very affordable, but the ink is expensive (and dries up if you don’t use it often enough). But for most of us, most of the time, a black-and-white laser printer is a perfect home solution—one toner cartridge lasts a loooong time, and most document printing is fine in just black and white.

If you agree, and you’re in the market for a printer, get on over to the Best Buy Deal of the Day page right now, because they’ve got a highly-rated Canon laser printer/scanner/copier about halfway down that’ll cost you just $89.99 delivered. (For comparison—and more reviews, if you like—here it is at Amazon for $150.)

This deal will only last one day, so hop on it if you’re interested.

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Plug in everything

I’ve been stalking surge protectors for a while, as I want to make sure I send my kiddo off next year with at least a couple, and then the year after that my other kid will need a couple, and I’m going to need a moment to collect myself, actually, hang on. (Mah baybeeeeeeeees….)

Anyway, right now Amazon has this Belkin flat-plug 6-outlet surge protector strip marked down to just $7—its lowest price ever. We have several of these, already (I paid around $12 for them, I think), and I especially like the flat plug so that you can put them behind furniture.

I bought two. One for each teen. But they seemed a little confused when they came downstairs this morning and I told them they’re grounded for wanting to leave me.

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Valentine’s Day is coming

Tired of giving V-Day gifts that die (flowers), get eaten (chocolate), or just take up space (most everything else)? I’ve got a great idea for you, particularly if you enjoy games—right now Amazon has Alderac Entertainment Group’s Love Letter game regular set for just $7.99 or you can snag the slightly better-looking boxed edition for $8.96. This is a ridiculously high-rated quick-playing game of risk, deduction, and luck, and it would be a lovely Valentine’s Day gift for that special nerd in your life.

Better still: You can play an entire game in just 15 minutes. If you’re buying it for your kid, that gets you off the hook pretty quickly. If you’re buying it for a love interest, well, that leaves you plenty of time for… other things.

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The hold-it-all backpack

For years and years, I was a fan of buying backpacks only from Lands’ End or LL Bean, on account of their unconditional guarantee. Their bags are great, don’t get me wrong, but as the kids grew and needed to carry more stuff, they just weren’t quite… right.

Now both of my kids carry High Sierra Fat Boys, and have for years. They hold… just about everything. They’re relatively ergonomic (even when loaded up), have tons of compartments, and have held up well. So when I spotted this Lightning Deal on one for just $12.97 I knew I had to let you know—that’s crazy cheap for this bag. (I think I got ours for around $20-$25 on sale, but the normal retail on the patterned ones tends to be around $35-$45.)

This one may not be your favorite color/pattern, but chances are good some of the other options will cycle through the Lightning Deals later today or tomorrow, too. Worth keeping an eye on, if you’re in the market for a big-kid pack. Ours will be going to college with the kids, and are worth way more than twelve bucks!

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While we’re getting organized

Since discussing various dorm accoutrements the other day, I’ve been stepping up my “stay organized in a small space” shopping in earnest. (Hey, I only have less than 7 months left before she leaves.)

Found this morning: This Overdoor Basket Organizer at Amazon for under $21 (looks like it’s been a couple of bucks cheaper once, but still a great deal). On the one hand, a soft organizer will take up less room when she’s packing, but on the other, a sturdy one like this looks like it’ll handle more stuff and more weight. Given that my girl will be headed into a two-rooms-one-bathroom situation, this might be perfect for keeping all those hair products and lotions and stuff off the bathroom counter. Or she could even hang this under her lofted bed to organize school supplies and such. Either way.

At the rate I’m going, she’s not even going to need a dorm room. I’ll be able to construct her a little storage facility in the parking lot. (I don’t know if this is a good thing or not. Maybe don’t tell me.)

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Budget pet vacuum for the non-Dyson crowd

Not everyone can afford to drop a few hundred on a vacuum cleaner, and that’s fine. The trick when spending under $100 or so is to make sure you’re still getting something decent. Enter one of today’s one-day deals at Amazon: this Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind Bagless Upright Vacuum for just $75, today only.

This is its lowest price ever, so you know it’s a good deal. And I can’t link to the page because it’s behind a subscriber wall (grrrrr), but this Hoover model was actually rated higher than the comparable Dyson by Consumer Reports. Just sayin’.

Anyway, if you’re in the market, this wouldn’t be a bad choice, especially at this price point.

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A doozy of a piano deal

I realize this isn’t necessarily one of those “universal appeal” items, but if you’re in the market, don’t miss this one. Right now Adorama has this Yamaha P-115 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano on sale for $599, which is already pretty great—this is the piano I bought when my kids started lessons, and we paid $750 for ours. So hey, already a fabulous deal.

But! You can also apply coupon code 12NEWYEARS for an additional $105 off, making this $1000 digital piano just $495 (shipping is free).

Again, this is hardly the sort of thing you’re going to pick up on a whim, but if you’ve been wanting a hammer-action digital piano, snagging this Yamaha for under $500 is just a crazy good deal. (And before someone asks why you would buy such a thing: This is ideal for someone who needs real piano feel but doesn’t have the room/patience to deal with an actual piano.)

(I’m trying really hard not to be bitter about how much more I paid for ours.)

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If you’ve been wanting a Ninja…

… today is the day to nab a deal.

I’m referring to the Ninja Cooking System, of course, my favorite cooking apparatus. I own five slow cookers (don’t judge me; I use them all!) and the Ninja is far and away the most versatile one. I use it at least twice a week and sometimes more. (Hello, my name is Mir, and I’m a Ninja addict.)

Anyway! Today at Home.Woot they have reconditioned Ninjas for just $69.99. That’s… crazy cheap. (There are a zillion different model numbers and I’m not seeing this exact one at Amazon, but the cheapest I see at Amazon is $100 on sale.)

Choose from four colors (fancy!) and also, today only, pay via Amazon and you’ll save an additional 10%! That’ll take care of your shipping and a couple bucks, besides. Arrives in time for Christmas, too.

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Ready to put it in OVERDRIVE?

Many thanks to alert (and pretty!) reader Liza for pointing out that one of this season’s hottest gifts, the Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit is currently just $120 at Amazon (when the cheapest I can find it anywhere else is around $150). Fun for the entire family, this multi-configuration race track and programmable supercars are engaging for all ages, plus you’re learning about programming and strategy while you go.

I wouldn’t say this is a pick-it-up-on-a-whim sort of thing, but if you’ve been looking for a deal, I doubt we’ll see a better price before the holidays.

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Keep it down, kids

Okay, so, my kids are now teenagers and I no longer get to give them lectures about how they’re going to ruin their hearing with headphones turned up too loud, I guess. (I suppose I could still do it, but they’re too busy listening to other stuff, they wouldn’t hear me.) If you have smallish kids who use headphones for iPads and the like, though, you should probably be using volume-limiter headphones, because—and I don’t know if you know this—kids aren’t all that bright when it comes to their own safety. (I know! I was surprised, too.)

The good news is that these Kidrox Volume-Limited Foam Headphones have great reviews and are highly-rated for both comfort and function. The better news is that right now, the red, green, and orange ones are down to just $12.99 (their lowest price ever) at Amazon right now. Note that these are sized for children as young as 3, so if you have a kid with an enormous melon-head they may be too small.

For the average tech-savvy 3-9-year-old, though, these are a parent’s dream come true. Perfect under the tree or in a stocking (especially if you’re a little cruel and want them to think they’re getting a new electronic device, haha).

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