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The holidays are coming, believe it or not

Hello! I am not dead. I know you’re relieved. Life has been a little nutty of late. (Haha! That’s implies that sometimes life isn’t nutty. Ah, wishful thinking!)

I don’t know if you know this, but it’s already the middle of October. How did that happen? I’m starting to get organized for holiday deal-hunting and—of course—Big Prize Week. (If you’re new here, I give stuff away the week leading up to Black Friday. It’s fun! You should make sure to be here, then.)

Here’s where you can help me out: What are you looking for, this holiday season? Which items are on your must-have list or what sorts of deals would be the most appealing? The more feedback you can give me, the better (hopefully!) I can make sure I’m finding the stuff you want.

(Can you tell I’ve reached the point where all my kids want is cash…?)

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Sure, I have some questions

Look, I’m not saying that this Igloo 5-quart cooler at Amazon isn’t a great deal, because at $9.67 shipped (if you have Prime), it absolutely is. It’s normally around $20, so obviously it’s a great deal if you’re in need of a cooler like this.

I do have a few questions, though:

1) Why—when this is a lunch-box-sized cooler, around the right size to hold a 6-pack of soda—do all of the product pictures somehow make it look like a party-size cooler? Not cool.
2) Why are all of the product pictures captioned in… hmmm… is it Japanese?
3) What do those captions say? Do they say, “Hahaha, this cooler is a lot smaller than it looks!” or what?

It’s a deal worth checking out, but I’m just saying I’m a little confused, is all.

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New month, new Beauty Box!

A new month means a new Beauty Box at Target, and the October Beauty Box is not only chock-full of goodies (just like its predecessors), it also contains a $3 off your $15+ Beauty purchase coupon to use later this month.

It seemed like summer lasted forever and then *boom* now it’s suddenly October. A little box of beauty goodies for just $7 delivered might help ease the sting, a bit.

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If only the name-brand will do…

… I have an Instant Pot deal for you today!

(Look, I know there was a recent deal on a different brand, and in some—not very many—things I am a brand loyalist, so I don’t judge either way. Myself, I have not hopped on the pressure cooker bandwagon yet, so I have no opinion. You do you.)

Today one of Amazon’s Daily Deals is 30% off this Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, bringing it down from $100 to $70 for one day only. It slices! It dices! It makes perfect julienned fries! Oh, wait. No it doesn’t. But it does do all sorts of stuff, and if you’re in the market, this may be the deal you’ve been wanting.

Like I said, I don’t quite grasp the attraction just yet, but I own five slow cookers, so again: I don’t judge.

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Pressure cooking? Isn’t it all pressure cooking?

I love the moniker “pressure cooking,” because as far as I’m concerned, trying to feed your family is always pressure cooking, or maybe that’s just my family. Ahem.

Anyway, I know that Instant Pots are all the rage right now, though I have yet to succumb, myself. (I’m still over here with my 5 slow cookers, yo. I like the house to smell like dinner all day.) And there are periodic deals on ’em, sure, but if you’re looking only at the Instant Pot brand, you’re likely missing some deals.

Today, for example, Best Buy has this 6-quart Insignia pressure cooker marked down to $39.99 shipped. Why? I have no idea. When I went to price-compare it over at Amazon I found it listed at nearly $200 from a 3rd-party, which is nuts, but it makes me suspect it’s a slightly older model that’s been or is being discontinued. Regardless, the reviews are excellent, and the next closest model available in the Instant Pot line costs twice as much, so if I wanted one of these, I’d probably jump on this deal.

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Much ado about this mattress

In general, I advocate trying a mattress before you buy it. Everyone has their own preferences and foibles, and buying the surface on which you’ll spend 1/3 of your time without at least a cursory lie-down seems a little reckless. On the other hand, sometimes good reviews and a great deal (and a spare bedroom, or an un-picky kid) will cause me to temper that advice.

Like now—today Amazon has this Zinus 12 Inch Gel-Infused Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress (no, I don’t know why you would want a mattress that has green tea; wait, I lied, the green tea is used as an odor inhibitor, apparently) available at a deep discount if you’re looking for either a twin or full. The twin is down to $139 (23% off) and the full is down to $159 (36% off and its lowest price ever).

It’s averaging 4.5 stars with over 1,000 reviews, so if I needed a mattress, I’d probably chance it. That said, do make sure you actually like memory foam if you’re considering it, because it’s a very different experience than sleeping on a traditional innerspring.

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If you’re ready to get your Wonder Woman on

Listen, I hate to jump on a bandwagon when it’s not warranted, but I took my (adult) kids to see Wonder Woman and it was possibly even better than the hype. I laughed, I cried, I was surprised at how great it was.

With that in mind, I have to tell you that I have never been a Barbie person—at all—but when I saw this Collector’s Edition Barbie Wonder Woman today I let out an involuntary little squee. It’s perfect. I want one for my desk, immediately. It’s not on sale and so I’m… you know… wavering… but… maybe I can justify it…? (I do have a birthday coming up….)

If you’re looking for Wonder Woman toys for younger kids, the Mattel Shop has their Barbie offerings featured right on the splash page, and if you sign up for their newsletter you’ll get a code for $10 off $50, too. Which is handy if you, like me, then discover that ZOMG they actually have the set of all three collectible figures marked down right now, plus you could save the additional $10. (I might like the Antiope doll even better. Help.)

Look, I’m not saying you need these. I’m not even saying I need them. I’m just saying they’re kind of awesome. Thats all.

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Cool down for under $10

It’s rare that I get to highlight a deal on a product that I not only 1) bought and 2) love, but which I’ve had for years. And the best part for you is that the price is now way lower than it was when I initially bought it (on sale, of course).

So: If you need a compact fan, and you’re not quite ready to spend the bucks on a Vornado, go grab this Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce Air Circulator for just $9.26 at Amazon today (its lowest price ever). I paid $15 for ours just about three years ago, and one of my kids runs it every single night. It’s still going strong, and it’s quiet, too. Definitely a fan favorite.

(Get it? Get it?? I’ll be here all week, folks.)

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If you haven’t yet snagged a Sonicare deal…

… today may just be the day to pull the trigger.

As part of their Deals of the Day, today Best Buy is offering various colors of the Sonicare Series 2 Rechargeable for just $39.99, and then if you apply coupon code TWOSERIES10, you’ll save another $10. Shipping is free, or you can pick up at your local store if you want it faster.

For comparison: The same model is averaging a 4.5-star rating with over 4,500 reviews at Amazon, where the price is also currently $39.99, but without that extra coupon.

I bought electric toothbrushes for my teens just so I could stop wondering if they were doing a good job brushing. Totally worth it.

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The Want Not Review: EmaxDesign 12-Piece Makeup Brush Set

Happy Monday! Life has been a little nutty ’round here, lately, but I did want to drop a quick few words about a purchase I made a couple of weeks back just because I’m so impressed with it. To clarify: this is a product I bought on my own, with my own money, and I am discussing it here just because I’m a happy customer.

So, let’s get to it. “It,” specifically, being this 12-piece makeup brush set at Amazon, currently listed at $11.99. (I got mine for $2 less on a Lightning Deal.)

I’m not really a makeup person in general—I don’t wear it every day, and when I do wear it for anything other than stage, I don’t wear much—so I am reluctant to spend a ton on things like brushes. However, with the exception of one beloved Clinique foundation brush I once splurged on, my cruddy, old brushes were looking pretty… cruddy and old (surprise!) when I pulled then out to get ready for stage makeup use (I’m in a show that opens this weekend), so I knew I had to go ahead and replace them, but preferably not for much money. I did some research on Amazon, and then this set came up on a Lightning Deal, so I got it.

I love them. Honestly, it’s more brushes than I need (I already handed off a few to my daughter), but they are the nicest brushes I’ve ever owned, and that includes my Clinique brush. (I’ve already discovered that I like the short-handled foundation brush in this set better than my “fancy” one.) The handles are sturdy, the bristles are dense but soft, they wash up easily and don’t shed, and I would’ve happily paid $12 just for the foundation brush. If you need brushes (or are looking for a set for a young lady but don’t want to break the bank), this is a ridiculous value even at the “regular” price, and if you can catch it on Lightning Deal for a couple of bucks less, more power to you.

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