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If you have a Discover card, don’t forget to check out your quarterly opportunity to Get More—every three months you can activate an added Cashback Bonus on certain categories. Signups for July – September are now open, and you’ll earn 5% on up to $1,500 worth of purchases at Home Improvement stores and Amazon.

Extra cashback at Amazon?? If I’m dreaming, don’t wake me up.

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The Want Not Review: Parent Hacks

Are you a parent? Do you follow Parent Hacks? Pretty much everything Asha Dornfest does is brilliant, and I am forever wishing her site had been around when my kids were tiny, because every tip she offers is both simple and genius. I mean… turn the bread the other way ’round to disguise the fact that you’re making a sandwich with the loaf heels and not have your kid complain? Okay, fine, maybe that’ll work on my teenagers, too.

parent-hacksNow Asha’s taken the best tips from the last 10+ years and put them into a best-selling book, perfect for your own use or as the newest parenting bible to give to new parents. She covers everything from MacGyver-esque baby-proofing to how to get the gunk out of the corners of the cupholders in your van. And yes, you will be shaking your head and saying Why didn’t I think of that?? as you read. At the same time, the quick-tip format and fun illustrations make this perfect for a busy parent to read on the go or in-between toddler tantrums.

When I was pregnant (you know, back in the Stone Age), we had What to Expect When You’re Expecting (which pretty much convinced me—mid hormonal-craziness—that eating anything other than organic whole grains and vegetables was tantamount to poisoning my baby outright) and The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood (which was funny, but hard to read with an infant screaming at me 24/7). Parent Hacks is the book I wish I’d had, back then.

I have a copy of Parent Hacks to give away to a Want Not reader! Get it for yourself, get it for your favorite expectant or new parent, win this one and buy six copies for your friends, whatever. If you want to win it, first go review the contest rules and regulations, then come on back here and leave a comment on this post by 8:00 am Eastern (that’s 5:00 am Pacific) on Friday, April 15th, 2016. The winner will be selected via my WordPress random-winner-picker-plugin-thingie (technical term).

Ready? Go!

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If you need a sewing machine (plus a bonus tip)…

… Amazon’s doing a Deal of the Day on this Brother XM2701 Lightweight, Full-Featured Sewing Machine for just $74.99 (its lowest price ever). At 4.5 stars with over 300 reviews, you could do a lot worse.

Now: Will it be the perfect sewing machine for a veteran looking to do heavy use? Probably not (though it might surprise you), but it would be a great first machine for a tween/teen or even an occasional-use machine for an adult newbie. When my daughter asked for a sewing machine a few years back, I got her an earlier iteration of this model, and she uses it quite a bit and it’s still working great. (As in, it’s produced numerous projects, from stuffed animals to an entire quilt.)

And here’s the bonus tip, good on this sewing machine or something else, if you qualify: Amazon is offering a promotion for Prime members who also have a linked Discover Cards where you can use code DISC16EVER to save $15 on a qualifying purchase (Amazon must be the seller) when you pay with your available Cashback Bonus. Note: This offer is only valid for customers who have never paid with Cashback before. Why? I have no idea. But I tested it and it took my price on this machine down to just $59.99. (Of course, I don’t need a sewing machine, so now I’m going to go shop for something else. But still….)

Go forth and save. And sew. Or both!

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Some site downtime coming up

Don’t panic, but due to a server migration, Want Not will be offline for a bit this weekend. It’ll be back, better/stronger/faster than before, so don’t freak out if you can’t connect for a day or two.

Thanks for your patience!

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Time for a family movie?

Christmas is almost here, and if you’re not ready yet, well, good luck today.

Once everyone is home and cuddled up in front of the fire air-conditioning, you might want to enjoy a movie together. That’s cool. Through January 4th, pick a flick from Amazon Instant Video and get 75% off the rental price (either SD or HD) with coupon code MOVIE75OFF. Just click on the More Purchase Options link (just under the Rent/Buy buttons) to enter your code.

Code works once per account, so choose your movie carefully.

Also? Have a wonderful holiday.

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Make space, without space bags

You know those fancy “space bags” you hook up to your vacuum cleaner and they do things like make all your spare pillows and blankets shrink down to the size of a pancake? Those are kind of cool, but they tend to be expensive, and I’ll tell you a little secret. Ready? Come closer:

For most items, you can achieve the same effect with a heavy-duty zip bag and just lying down on the bag while you seal it (or letting your kids sit on it for you).

Granted, a big Ziploc isn’t going to last forever, but neither will a space bag, probably. Anyway, this is all preamble to pointing out that right now Amazon has this 5-pack of 3-gallon Ziplocs available for just $5.24—its lowest price ever—or even less when you buy via Subscribe & Save. These aren’t big enough for bedding (well, maybe a single set of sheets, depending) but they’re plenty big enough for tons of other things, and in addition to helping you get to that magical extra-savings point of having 5 S&S orders in a month, they’re great for getting things around the house organized. Oh hey, they have this 4-pack of 10-gallon Ziplocs for $4.49, too (also its lowest price, and lower still when you buy via Subscribe & Save). This size is actually big enough for sweaters and blankets.

Also, flopping down on top of a bag to squeeze the air out is kind of fun.

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Don’t forget your Schoola credit!

If you made a purchase at Schoola during their promo to get an $11 credit to spend later, don’t forget to go shop this month and use it—credits have been automatically applied, so you’ll see the $11 come off at checkout.

Shipping is currently still free, and your credit is good until December 31st. Happy shopping!

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Well, that’s just wootiful

Er, I mean beautiful. I think.

Just in case you want to get a jump on all the cool deals you’re likely to see this week at Woot, take note that if you make a purchase right now and pay your $5 for shipping, then any order you place through December 14th will ship for free.

My guess is there will be a pretty great Woot-Off happening on Friday (and then again on Monday), so it’s nice to know you could potentially be saving all those shipping charges.

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Also: Don’t forget your comparison shopping

Perhaps you, like me, are spending a lot of time watching the Amazon Lightning Deals these days. It should go without saying that you always double-check a deal before you jump on it, but I’m saying it, anyway.

For example: I’ve been wanting a hands-free leash for one of my dogs. Right now, this extra-long hands-free leash is on a Lightning Deal for $16.99 (down from $23.99). Hmmmm. I don’t really need a long one, though. And my product page came up with an ad for this regular hands-free leash (with similar excellent reviews) available for just $9.99. That’s more my style, and a quick price check reveals that’s a great price.

So! Then I remember to read the “Special Offers” section, and it turns out that if I purchase 2 or more qualifying items I can get one for free with code WKFATFME. Really? I tried the code on 2 leashes. Yep, 2 leashes for $9.99 shipped. (I have two dogs, but only one goes for walks. I guess a friend is getting a leash!)

In other words: Compare. Read. Check. Then go get your deals.

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Right up my alley for the next quarter

Have you been remembering to sign up to Get More with Discover? You can enroll now for the next quarter starting in July, and then from July through September you can earn extra money on Home Improvement and Department Store purchases, and—be still my heart!—Amazon purchases! Seeing as how I’ll mostly be spending those bonuses at Amazon, anyway, I’ll happily grab the bonus if they want to give it to me.

My Subscribe & Save items alone should be enough to get me plenty, and if I’m already into holiday shopping by then, well, that’s just more cashback to rack up.

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