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Friends & Family savings at Lands’ End, today only

Today is a hard day for a lot of Americans, because last night there was a presidential debate which—speaking only for myself, of course—caused some of us to question the reality of our existence.

Political debate is one thing. Good bargains are another. Today I’m going to try (and probably fail) to stick to the latter.

So: Oh look! Over there, at Lands’ End! On the site they’ve got a 30% off coupon, but I’ll do you one better because I like you. Today (Tuesday, September 27th) only, use coupon code ENJOY40 with PIN 7260 for 40% off nearly everything, including clearance items. 40% off soothes all sorts of things, including political hangovers.

Also, for anyone who isn’t already worshipping at the altar of Lands’ End and has a tall/skinny kid: This is (still!) my go-to store for quality pants for kids of the string-bean variety.

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End your weekend on a high (mystery) note

This post is sponsored by As always, all opinions are my own.

It’s almost Monday again, and that means (for me, anyway) spending tonight finishing all off the things I swore I was going to do last week. Whoops. Among those many things: my college student is still looking for a few things, and maybe I’m feeling nice enough to go shop for her. Maybe.

Enter Kohls, naturally. And even better, today they’ve got a a mystery coupon available worth 20%, 30%, or even 40% off your order! (You have to go through the link to get your unique coupon code.)

kohls-hex-chairNow: what to do, what to do? I got a 30% off code, which means this hexagon chair that would match the kid’s roommate’s chair would be just under $45, because it’s already on sale. I’d probably be very popular if I went ahead and got that. (For at least a few minutes, anyway.) (And then we’d be in the whole “how do we know which chair is which?” thing, or, who knows, maybe they’d go all southern on me and want them monogrammed. Seems unlikely, though.)

kohls-yoda-lampOn the other hand, I suspect that I would be even more popular if I went ahead and snagged this LEGO Star Wars Yoda desk lamp, because if I asked she’d tell me it was for little kids, but if I just bought it she would love it and be the envy of the dorm. (Hrm. Assuming no one else in her dorm already has one; she lives in the nerd dorm so it’s possible that would not be the case.)

Regardless, I’ve got until midnight Central time to shop, so I’m sure I’ll find something worthwhile to spend my savings on, whether for the kids or just for myself. And you can go get your code and do the same. The holidays are coming…. (And believe you me, if I’d gotten one of those 40% codes? I’d be buying everything!)

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Stride over to this day of deals

If you love Stride Rite shoes for the kids, but don’t necessarily love the prices, well, today’s your day to save—they have almost a hundred different styles marked down to just $19.99, today only. Just use coupon code SHOESDAY on the eligible items.

Don’t wait, though, because when Monday’s over, so are these deals. And then where are you going to find a decent price on Star Wars sneakers? Exactly.

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Again with the “one day” thing

I rather like that the folks at Macy’s don’t seem to understand the English language. They keep having these “One Day Sales,” each lasting at least two days, and occurring with regularity. That’s not how language works, Macy’s. But that’s fine! Because it means a ton of markdowns for us, so let’s just pretend we’re cool with it.

There are all sorts of deals and specials today (and tomorrow) only, plus you get free shipping at $25+, plus you can take an additional 20% off marked-down kids’ items with coupon code CUTE. Look for summer clearance for the best deals, obviously.

And if you miss this sale, well… probably there will be another one in a couple of weeks. Shhhh, don’t tell everyone.

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While we continue to sweat…

… why not start thinking about winter? (Sure, that makes sense.)

If you have kids who need winter coats—or if you’re the awesome sort of person who buys ahead for the inevitable coat drives to come—check these out: Amazon has Big Chill Expedition jackets in both girls’ and boys’ versions, right now, starting at around $12. You’ll have to play around with the sizes/colors to find the best deals, but most of them are under $20.

And this is where I’ll confess that, yes, my high school senior is still wearing a boys’ sized parka in the winter, because that coat in 18/20 was about half the cost of the same one in a men’s size. These jackets don’t run quite that large (up to 18, in boys’, and just 14/16, in girls’), but enjoy the kids’ sizes while you can!

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Did someone say 6pm?

Remember back when we all used to shop all the time, because the prices were so good and shipping was free? And then they started charging shipping again and we were sad? (And by “we,” here, I of course mean “me.”)

Well! This is the week to hit them up—shipping is free all week, plus today only you can save an additional 10% with coupon code BESTPICKS.

I don’t think anyone in my family actually needs any shoes right now (which is a small miracle unto itself…), but they have all sorts of clothing and gear besides, so surely there’s a deal just waiting for me if I go look for it….

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Score some Aero deals

Is there a mall store my girlchild loves more than Aeropostale? No, there is not. That store is like crack to teens, and unlike some other mall stores (*coughHollistercough*) they don’t crank the music up so loud that you wonder if you’re having a stroke.

Anyway! If your kid loves Aero like mine does, right now you can shop using coupon code BTS30 for 30% off practically the whole store. Plus you can head on over to this giveaway at for a chance to win one of 10 $50 gift cards. (Winners will be selected via lottery drawing and notified on August 24th; see the full official entry rules for details.)

(I’m not saying my kid has these Seriously Stretchy Jeggings in every color, but I’m not saying she doesn’t, either.) (Related: Ah, to be a teen again!)

Shipping starts at $7 but is free on $75+. Or just wait until you win one of those gift cards and then you really won’t care about shipping costs.

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Because I’m always a sucker for a nerd shirt

Do you have a Pokémon GO addict in your house? Perhaps you are said addict? (No judgment here; it’s not my jam, but I fully admit I watch a lot of terrible television. We all have our vices.)

In that case, might I suggest you need this shirt, immediately?


Shirt.Woot never lets me down, and today’s shirt is no exception. I can’t stop giggling. Get a standard t-shirt for $7, or an American Apparel T or tank for $10. $5 ships your entire order, regardless of how many Pokémon trainers you’re buying for.

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Got uniforms?

If you’re staring down the barrel of back-to-school and your kid(s) wears uniform gear, today would be an excellent day to avail yourself of the deals at Kids.Woot—they’ve got an entire page of “uniform bundles” at ridiculously low prices.

Choose from 5-packs of boys’ or girls’ polos, and 3-packs of pants, shorts, or scooters. $5 ships your entire order no matter how much you buy, and you could get everything out of the way in one fell swoop. (Um, as long as your girl-child doesn’t want pants or shorts. Hmph.)

We had a few glorious years of uniforms in middle school. I know some people hate uniforms, but I loved the end of “what do I wear today”itis. The fact that it drove my kid up a wall was just the icing on the cake.

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Shine on, Macy’s

This post is sponsored by Macy’s. As always, all opinions are my own.

We sometimes poke a little good-natured fun at the stores that seem to have a lot of sales, ’round here, but of course I live for these discounts. Don’t stop! Mark stuff down and then have additional coupons as much as you like, favorite retailers. I’m here for you, when you do.

So right now, Macy’s is doing another great online coupon, and am I on it? Like white on rice, baby. Just use coupon code SHINE through August 4th to take an additional 20% off most items, plus 10% off most of the rest (some exclusions to apply). [Updated to add: Apparently the coupon will continue working on sale/clearance jewelry through August 14th, though.] I noticed it doesn’t work on Converse sneakers, for example, but it does take an additional 20% off many Vera Bradley items (which are already on sale, so hey).

CK-rainjacket-macysThis coupon came at the perfect time for me, because I was just thinking that I need a “nicer” raincoat. Here in the south, winter = rain, and while I own nice Gore-Tex windbreaker perfect for sitting through rainy football games, it’s not quite nice enough to wear to a business meeting or out to dinner.

I went looking, and hello—this hooded Calvin Klein lightweight jacket is exactly what I’ve been wanting. It’s nicer than my windbreaker and can be dressed up or down, it’s longer than a jacket but not as cumbersome as a full coat, and it comes in a bunch of colors. (I like this blue; I think it’s more fun than a typical tan or black jacket, but not so bright that it overwhelms.)

This jacket was originally $150, is currently down to $89.99, and comes to $72 with the coupon. I think I can justify that for a designer label jacket with great reviews.

minecraft-shorts-macysNow, to assuage any guilt I might have about shopping for myself (it happens, even though I know it’s silly), I went looking for some shorts for my son. I found these Epic Threads Digital World shorts and I can’t stop laughing, but oh yes, I’m buying them. (Pro tip: Got a string bean of a teenage boy? Look for children’s brands that go up to size 18 or 20 when you need shorts for ’em. They’re cheaper, and in a lot of cases, they actually fit better.) Are these shorts ridiculous? Yes. Do I love them, anyway, and will my teenager wear them (maybe ironically, maybe not)?

If you have a kid who loves Minecraft, you obviously need to buy him these shorts. They were originally $28, marked down to $9.99, so just $8 after coupon. I don’t know about you, but even if my kid only wears ’em once, for $8, the amusement factor is a bargain.

Go head, grab that SHINE coupon and snag yourself a good deal. I won’t tell anyone.

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