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Summer’s end ice cream

Summer may be over, but that just means it’s the perfect time to snag a deal on an ice cream maker! Amazon has this Cuisinart ICE-21R Frozen Yogurt/Ice Cream/Sorbet Maker available in red right now for just $31.99 shipped (its lowest price ever).

I have a Cuisinart ice cream machine and I love it truly, madly, and deeply. I may whisper sweet nothings to it during the summer when it’s 100+ degrees out. I am not ashamed.

Snag it now rather than bemoaning the higher cost once the temps rise again!

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My favorite containers!

I kind of have a thing about food storage containers. I wouldn’t say it’s an illness, most like… ummm… an intense interest? Because… food. And packing lunches, so very many lunches.

Anyway! For home use I prefer glass storage, but glass in lunchboxes seems like a very bad idea indeed, so for packed lunches I use plastic, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I used to love Lock & Lock the best, but have recently become a Sistema convert. They’re both good, really… it’s possible I give the edge to Sistema because you can get it in pretty colors. (I own my shallowness.) Both brands are made from BPA-free polypropylene, plus have easy-open lid-lock mechanisms and leak-proof seals. But today on Sellout.Woot they have a 16-piece Sistema set for $15.99, and while it’s not colorful, it is a great deal.

If you need containers to augment your lunch supplies, this is the deal to grab,

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Hey, Baby—travel in style

Looking for a great deal on a travel solution for baby? I’ve got you covered.

Right now Amazon is offering this Graco FastAction Fold Sport Stroller Click Connect Travel System in Tangerine for $226.33 when you buy directly from Amazon (look in the righthand sidebar to choose Amazon as the vendor). That’s already a decent price for a highly-rated infant carseat/base/stroller combo, but it gets better.

Apply coupon code WHATADEAL to save an additional 20% (again, this only works when you buy from Amazon as the vendor); that’s $45.27, bringing your total down to $181.06. There’s also an available $25 manufacturer rebate, meaning you get the whole shebang for $156. Not bad!

This is probably not the deal to get if you already have an infant car seat, but if you need both the seat and a full-featured, lightweight (just 7.5 pounds), grows-with-your-child stroller, this deal is hard to beat.

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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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