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Soft skin, big savings

It’s hard to believe that soon(ish) summer will end, and the weather will turn, and eventually we’ll be back to the battle of cold weather vs. dry skin. Or maybe that’s just me…? I have summer body washes (exfoliating! citrus!) and I have winter body washes (ultra-super-mega-moisturizing!), and that’s just how I roll.

One of the moisturizing washes I favor for winter is Olay Ultra with Shea Butter, which is already very affordable at Amazon right now at $2.84. But you should see a clippable $1 coupon and it’s available on Subscribe & Save (bonus: free shipping, plus I love cheap items like this to get me up to 5 items for the month so I save 15% on all of ’em), so you can get it delivered for just $1.41. That’s hard to beat, especially for a super-moisturizing formulation.

Buy it now, thank me in November.

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Heads up, DC Comics fans

Do I know anything useful about comics? No, I do not. Sometimes many words come out of my son’s mouth and the mouths of his friends and I smile and nod and say useful things like, “Wow!” and “I did not know that” and eventually they stop talking to me. And still, I know nothing about various characters or their history or anything useful.

I’m okay with this.

What I do know is that, for some reason, right now Amazon has the DC Comics Encyclopedia and the DC Comics Ultimate Character Guide marked down to their lowest prices ever ($21.30 and $8.37, respectively), and for fans of the DC universe, those might be great bargains to scoop up. And if there was, say, a dad who is into comics who you needed a Father’s Day gift for, well, maybe this will be of interest.

Pro tip: Just don’t tell your DC fan that sure, you love comics a lot, especially Louis C.K. They will not get the joke.

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Don’t miss this golf deal for Dad

Full disclosure: I know nothing about golf. Like, actually I know less than nothing, unless we’re talking about mini-golf, in which case I know that the windmill is tricky. Nevertheless, I went looking at the club sets that are the bonus deal in the Amazon Gold Box today, and if you’re in the market for a decent starter set of clubs, the prices on the Callaway sets you’ll find there seem decent. A 12-piece set (either right- or left-handed) is just $137.50 today, about $100 less than usual.

I don’t think they’ll help much if you’re facing a windmill, but as a Father’s Day gift for the guy who wants to take up golf? Pretty sweet.

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Got fan?

If you’re looking for an affordable small-but-mighty fan as we head into the summer months, look no further than this Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce fan, currently down to just $12.79 at Amazon (its lowest price ever).

I bought this one last year for a couple of bucks more for my finicky “I’m too hot! I can’t sleep when I’m too hot!!” princess, and it’s served us well. She uses it every night in the summer and it’s powerful but quiet. I mean, sure, I’m a big fan (ha! pun unintentional!) of our Vornado fans as well (the comparable model to this would be this one, I think), but at this price point, the Honeywell is truly the best bang for the buck.

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The best part of summer…

… is (are?) the hummingbirds outside my office window.

A couple of years ago, I bought a hummingbird feeder from Amazon during the holiday lightning deals in November. Then I waited patiently (sort of) until May when I could hang that baby up and watch the show out my window whenever I get bored. I love having that feeder, but the one I bought doesn’t have a wide mouth, so it’s nearly impossible to clean. (I use a tiny little brush on a wire designed for cleaning reusable straws, but it’s tedious and hard to aim inside the bottle.)

Today, finally, the Amazon Gold Box is filled with Perky Pet hummingbird feeders, and while most of them are probably there because they’re the old, narrow-neck design, the 710B copper one has a wider mouth for ease of filling and cleaning. For $11, I’m finally upgrading.

(By the way, it comes with “free nectar mix,” but the best nectar for hummingbirds is simply a 4-to-1 solution of water to sugar, boiled for at least a minute to help kill bacteria, then cooled. They don’t need any red food dye or other additives.)

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Labels for all occasions

This one is always a hot item, especially when it drops to this price: right now Amazon has the DYMO LabelManager 160 Hand Held Label Maker available for $9.99 with free Prime shipping. These are good for… well… just about everyone, but they make very popular teacher appreciation gifts (particularly in the lower grades or for lab teachers with a lot of materials to organize), are good for Father’s Day, etc.

It looks like a bunch of the refill tapes are on sale, too. Time to get organized!

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Heads up, Apple-lovers

I don’t want to get into a protracted discussion of whether higher-cost Apple items are “worth the money” compared to their Windows counterparts—people have Strong Feelings both ways and I get that—but if you’re an Apple type and you’ve been waiting for a great deal on a 13″ Air, I’ve got a deal for you.

See, I was just looking at Best Buy’s Deals of the Day (that’s a decent $40 toaster oven there, if you need one) and then I clicked on the 4-Day Sale link towards the bottom. The first deal that pops up on that page is the latest 13.3″ MacBook Air for $800. That’s $200 off, which is basically unheard of. It’s not a refurb or an open box, either.

Personally, I tend to hit the Apple Store directly for refurbs, but if that’s not your jam (or you need, say, a graduation gift…?), this is the deal to beat.

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Ready to switch to LEDs?

If you’re like me, your hippy-dippy crunchy side goes to war with your need for bright light every time you buy compact fluorescents and wish there was a better option. And there is—LED lightbulb technology has come a long way in the last few years, now offering energy-efficient bulbs that give off well-balance, bright light.

Right now Amazon has this 6-pack of daylight LED 60W-equivalent bulbs available for just $34.66, a good $10 cheaper than I can find them anywhere else. They’re highly rated in customer satisfaction and performance, and each bulb can last for up to 20,000 hours.

We’ve replaced most of our household fixtures with LEDs over the years, but these are perfect for the conventional lamps we still have here and there. Maybe you’ll find the deal useful, too. (I know someone emailed me about LEDs recently. Sue? Was that you?)

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Fresh bread at the push of a button

If you’ve been looking for a good deal on an automatic bread maker, look no further than the T-Fal Actibread, which has more options than I even knew existed. Different size loaves! A special setting for gluten-free breads! A pasta setting! It’s practically magic. It’s also currently priced at just $98.99 at Amazon, which is already about their lowest price ever, and there’s also a $10 off coupon you can clip.

So that’s a full-function, highly-rated bread machine delivered for just under $90, when the next cheapest offer on it is $150 from a different seller. Seems like a deal worth snagging, to me.

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Get sew creative

Woohoo… today’s Amazon Gold Box holds a Brother CS6000i Computerized Sewing Machine for $115 shipped. This is a good $60+ off the price you’ll find anywhere else, and the reviews on this baby are fantastic (it’s the number one best-seller in sewing machines right now).

It also comes with about a billion accessories (okay, maybe not quite a billion…) and is, in general, a steal at this price. If I hadn’t just gotten my crafting kid a machine a couple of years ago, I’d be all over this.

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