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Need to get to free Amazon shipping?

If you don’t have Prime, it happens all the time—you want to buy something just under the free Super Saver Shipping amount, but you need to add something to your order to get there.

Well, stocking stuffer season is nearly upon us, so may I suggest these $1 mustache bandages? Perfect for filling out your order, plus filling stockings.

Now, come closer… I mustache you a question. Oh, you’re busy? Okay, I’ll shave it for later.

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Pssst, you could win some Amazon $$

Hey, do you have a few minutes to fill out an informational survey for They’ll use the information you provide to make their site better, which in turn helps me to make this site better, because I work with them.

Just click right here to do the survey, and then don’t forget to include your email address—three lucky respondents will be randomly selected to win $50 gift cards to Amazon. Sweet, right? Go do it now before you forget! (And let me know if you win!)

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Amazon raising the price of Prime: Save now!

Amazon continues to make Prime a little less awesome (boohoo!)—starting mid-April, the yearly cost of Prime membership will be increasing from $79/year to $99/year.

Personally, I will continue to pay for Prime, because I figure it’s saved me well beyond that $100 each year. That’s not going to stop me from grumbling a little, though. As one does.

Here’s the good news, though: If you’ve been thinking about getting Prime, well, now would be a great time to sign up, before the price increase, obviously. And the better news is that if you have Prime already and your renewal date is past mid-April, here’s how to get one more year at the old rate! Just go purchase a Prime gift subscription for yourself (you can use the same email addy, even) and set the gifting date as the day after your current subscription expires. Then turn off your auto-renew. Voila, you’ll automagically get an email about your gift on the day you specify, and then you can turn your auto-renew back on (if you like), and you’ve saved $20.

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Day 5 Big Prize Week Winner (Amazon Gift Card)

Wooooooooo! Did you have fun shopping today? It was a long day, but there were a lot of great deals to be had without even leaving the house. Thanks for hanging around with me today.

But of course, no one’s concerned about that, right now. You all want to know who won today’s contest for an Amazon gift card. Without further ado: The winner is lucky commenter 619, Stephanie. Congratulations, Stephanie—please check your email! I’ll be sending you a $250 Amazon voucher!

I want to say thank you so much to everyone who makes running this site so much fun. I wish I could give prizes to everyone, all the time. Seriously.

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2013 Big Prize Week Finale: $250 Amazon Gift Card

This contest post will stay at the top of the page from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Eastern on November 29th, 2013. Read on to find out about today‚Äôs prize and enter to win! (more…)

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Luring you into Amazon Mom

If you’re not yet a member of Amazon Mom, Amazon is really hoping to lure you into signing up, right now. In addition to giving you three free months of Prime (if you haven’t done a Prime trial before), signing up now will also allow you to use coupon code BABYTIME for $25 off your first diaper purchase after joining.

So… Prime costs $79/year, or about $6.58/month. Between the three free months and the diaper coupon, it’s like you’re saving about $45. And if you don’t actually want to pay for Prime, that’s fine—just cancel it before your three free months are up. I’ll confess, though, that I finally went to the dark side and now pay for Prime; the extra 20% off my Subscribe & Save items has definitely made it worth it, to me.

Also: Both new and existing Amazon Mom members can check out their current Toy Sale Event and use coupon code TOYS2013 to save an additional 20% on eligible items.

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Erector sets marked down at Amazon

For this particular batch of markdowns I feel compelled to preface with “caveat emptor”—I don’t usually post items with poor reviews, but I’ll leave it to you decide if you feel like taking the risk, here. Certainly these newer sets (which include plastic pieces) are not the heavy all-metal sets we grew up building with, and I don’t doubt that for younger kids, the assembly can be difficult and unforgiving. Would you be willing to purchase, anyway, at the clearance price? That’s up to you. Read the reviews and decide for yourself.

That said, take a look:
Erector Space Chaos – Dark Pirates Raider for $4.80 (52% off)
Erector Space Chaos – Silver Force Raider for $4.99 (50% off)
Erector Space Chaos – Dark Pirates Bomber for $5.91 (61% off)
Erector Extreme Model Set Dragster 80 pieces for $7.46 (50% off)
Erector Space Chaos – Dark Pirates Commander for $9.49 (68% off)
Erector Space Chaos – Silver Force Destroyer for $14.99 (67% off)
Erector Extreme 3 Model Set – Power Motor – 160 Pieces for $15 (50% off)

Look at it this way: Unlike the set I grew up with, what are the chances of needing to give your kid a lecture about lockjaw with these? Pretty low. And if you’re too young to get that reference, get off my lawn.

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Some random Amazon markdowns to start your day

There’s still time to get these goodies before Christmas. Just in case you needed something kind of last minute….

To protect your phone from your toddler:
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case for $5 (75% off)

For your favorite Elvis devotee:
Elvis Chess Set Collector’s Tin for $15 (68% off)

For the kids who like all things cars:
Sonix City Raceway Playset for $6.06 (78% off)
Sonix City Airport Playset for $6.34 (77% off)
Fisher-Price Rev’n Go Garage for $14.55 (64% off)

For your World of Warcraft fan:
Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Ragerock for $5.59 (38% off)
Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Colton for $5.59 (38% off)
Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Barren Lands Chase for $7.64 (69% off)
Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Goblin Zeppelin for $16.99 (74% off)

(Confession: I have never played WoW in my life and I kind of want the Goblin Zeppelin. That’s a mean looking machine, right there.)

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Final stretch: Under $5 toy deals at Amazon

You’ve got about a week left to get your Christmas shopping done, my pretties! Are you ready?

Amazon has an entire assortment of under $5 toy bargains you can still get in time for Christmas, you know.

A few other random things I saw (over $5):
Nascar #24 Drive to End Hunger Car Building Set for $6.44 (60% off)
Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar Match and Munch Game for $7.36 (71% off)
The Orb Factory StoryCraft The Frog Prince for $7.87 (61% off)

Plenty of toy deals yet to be scooped up, is my point.

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Amazon toy markdowns, part I’ve lost track

(I closed my computer yesterday and took the rest of the day to spend with my family. It feels crass to resume normal goings-on in the wake of senseless tragedy, but I don’t know what else to do. Hoping and praying for peace for everyone, truly.)

So this is me taking my mind off the hard stuff, okay? If you need a distraction, great, and if you don’t, I get it. But the toy markdowns continue, so here you go.

Collectible Monopoly games:
Monopoly World of Warcraft Edition for $13.99 (65% off)
Monopoly South Park Edition for $13.99 (65% off)
Monopoly Spider Man Edition for $15.99 (60% off)
Monopoly The Office Edition for $15.98 (54% off)

Polly Pocket sets:
Polly Vacation Helicopter Set for $5.49 (66% off)
Polly Cruisin Pet Spa Vehicle for $8.99 (44% off)
Polly Color Change Makeover Salon for $11.94 (56% off)
Polly Spin ‘N Surprise Hotel Playset for $19.49 (61% off)

Weaponry (you’ll shoot your eye out, kid):
Xploderz XMagnum 700 for $5.99 (70% off)
Xploderz Target Strike Set for $19.99 (56% off)
Nerf Vortex Proton for $9.97 (50% off)
Nerf N-Strike Rayven for $13.97 (65% off)
Nerf Dart Tag Speedswarm Blaster for $14.99 (46% off)

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