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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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Up for some iPod hunting?

Sure, if you’re in the market for an iPod Touch, chances are you want the latest/greatest one. I get it. But if you’d rather save some cash—and/or if you’re buying for, say, someone a bit younger who maybe doesn’t yet possess the maturity to pick up their dirty socks—maybe you’d rather get a deal over the latest model.

If that sounds like you, check out Cowboom today—their Deal of the Day is an assortment of refurbished iPod Touches, from 3rd generation to 5th. Probably what you’ll see when you visit the site is a 5th generation 32GB model for $170 (not a bad deal). But if you refresh the page, click on “More Info,” and/or visit from a different browser, you’ll find you’re offered a few different options. And any time you click “Add To Cart” when it’s refreshing the rotating deal, it will tell you that someone beat you to it, but then offer you some alternatives.

So it requires a bit of patience, but you may come across the discount you want. Happy hunting!

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Trade in your old reader, save on a Kindle

If you’ve been on the fence about upgrading to a shiny new Kindle, maybe this will help push you over: Right now Amazon is offering an instant $20 Kindle credit when you trade in your old reader.

They’re not just giving you $20 towards a new Kindle for your old device, either; this is a $20 credit on top of the value of your trade-in. So, for example, if I decided to trade in my old 6″ Kindle Ink, it looks like I could get around $20 for the device, plus the instant $20 credit toward a new Kindle. I’m essentially doubling my money, there.

Now I just have to remind myself that my old Kindle works just fine….

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The good kind of Dutch oven

If you’ve been wanting a solid 5-quart stovetop-to-oven workhorse, you could do a lot worse than today’s Meijer’s 1 Day Deal, which is the Circulon Acclaim Hard Anodized 5Qt Covered Dutch Oven for just $24.99 (and free shipping). They claim the regular price is $50, so I went to check it out… over at Amazon it’s running at $68ish, so it’s an even better deal than they’re advertising! Also note that it averages 4.5 stars in reviews.

I don’t own this particular piece, but I do have a bunch of Circulon and I’ve always been quite happy with it. At $25 I think this one is a no-brainer.

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DIY closet, c-h-e-a-p

My first apartment after I graduated from college was a tiny space in a converted slum of a house where the curtains blew in the breeze and turning on the heat caused the circuit to trip and leave the entire house without electricity. Good times. (And by “good times” I mean “thank the lord above that I didn’t have to live there for too long.”) My bedroom—barely big enough to hold my bed and desk—had no closet.

I wish Amazon had existed back then, so I could’ve nabbed this double-rod closet for just $35 shipped; it works as a free-standing arrangement, or can be adapted to work inside an actual closet. As it was, I think all I had was an assembly of milk crates and despair to use for clothes storage.

I’m about to go full-out “you kids today have it too easy!” on you, so I’d just slowly back away and grab that closet, if I were you. Just saying.

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Have crock, will travel

Full disclosure: I own five crock pots. Don’t judge me. I use them all. (I really do!) They come in especially handy for Thanksgiving dinner prep, but I realize my deep and abiding love of all things slow cooker may not be entirely normal.

That said, if you’re only going to own one crock pot, I recommend springing for one that’s programmable. But if you already own a programmable one—or simply don’t feel the need for it, or can’t afford it—you might be interested in a great deal on one that’s not. And if you ever travel to potlucks or whatever, you definitely want one with a locking lid. So! Behold: Amazon has the Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker available right now for just $23.99, its lowest price ever.

If you’ve been thinking about a backup crock, or one specifically for transporting, this is a great deal on a highly-rated model.

Fortunately, I already have one with a locking lid. Hear that sound? (It’s my family heaving a giant sigh of relief that I’m not buying another crock pot.)

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The cheapest way to grind-and-brew

Let me start this one out with a caveat: In general, I don’t think it’s a great idea to get a combination coffee grinder/brewer, because if one part breaks, you either have a giant grinder but no way to brew, or a brewer but no grinder. That said, this all-time-low price of $39.62 at Amazon for the Cuisinart DGB-550BK Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker is pretty much unbeatable, so I’d consider taking the risk. (I’m pretty sure I paid more than that for just our Cuisinart coffeemaker.)

Take a look if you’re in the market. You’re definitely not going to find it any cheaper, and you know that as soon as the orders start rolling in, Amazon will raise the price.

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Bump up your Subscribe & Save savings

We’ve reached the part of the month where I’m checking to make sure I have at least 5 Amazon Subscribe & Save items scheduled for next month, so that I get the maximum discount on all of my items. Sometimes I’m one short, and then I go looking for something cheap that I still actually want.

Today’s find: A crazy good price on my favorite Goody hair elastics. These slide-proof elastics actually stay exactly where you put them, and they don’t hurt, either. To get a pack of ‘em for just over a buck is a great bargain, plus it bumped me up to savings 20% on the rest of my items.

Just a little deal and recommendation to share. I need more because someone in my house has been stealing mine. You know how you think 10 ponytail holders is more than enough, right up until you can’t find a single one…? Yeah, that.

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Looking for Apple deals?

Nope, sorry, Apple isn’t doing Black Friday deals today. Um, unless you count that certain items will get you an Apple Store gift card, presumably so that you can buy more Apple products. Thanks?

If you just want to snag a great deal on an iPad or an Air or what have you, check out the 60-Hour Black Friday Sale going on over at MacMall. From computers to accessories, from the latest-and-greatest to steals on older models, they’ve got the prices to beat, today.

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Real basketball, scaled down

Every year around this time, this SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop set gets marked waaaaay down (right now it’s just $14.99, and Prime shipping eligible). This is the highest rated indoor basketball hoop Amazon offers; it’s just like a real one, but smaller. It’s got a polycarbonate backboard, a breakaway rim, and basically although it’s a “toy,” it’s as close to the real thing as you can get for the back of your kid’s bedroom door.

I hear these are particularly popular in dorm rooms, too. It’d make a nice holiday gift for the young adult heading back to college after the break.

And if you wanted to hang it on your door at work, well, I certainly won’t judge you.

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