Time for a new backpack?

Hello! I realize I left you hanging there, last week. As I shared on Facebook, I had a rather nasty… something (probably food poisoning)… that had me out of commission for a while. But I’m back! Sipping tea! Eating dry, gluten-free toast! Living the high life!

Anyway….

I’ve shared deals here on High Sierra Fat Boy backpacks a bunch of times—they often go on sale at Amazon—but today’s deal is straight from the manufacturer: Shop the High Sierra cClearance right now and you can use coupon code CLEAROUT for another 50% off those prices. Fat Boys are marked down to $35, so just $17.50 after coupon. Both of my kids used these bags all through high school and they held up really well.

Don’t want those? They also have great clearance on camping packs, ski bags, lunch boxes, luggage, and more. Definitely worth checking out.

Shipping is a flat $2.99, or free on your $79+ order.

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Pancakes for everyone!

I own lots (and lots and lots…) of specialty kitchen items, and it’s not unusual for my husband to ask me if we “really need” this or that thing. The answer is always yes, of course, but it is more like “absolutely” when it comes to the electric griddle, because there is simply no other way to make pancakes or French toast for a crowd without being stuck in the kitchen all day. A good griddle allows you to make 8 pancakes at a time, with no hot spots or need to rotate items around, and it’s worth it weight in… well, okay, maybe not gold… maple syrup? Yes. Worth its weight in real Vermont maple syrup.

So it would be a no-brainer to spring for this Black & Decker family-sized electric griddle now that it’s dropped to $15.02 at Amazon. It averages 4.5 stars with nearly 700 reviews, and it looks like it handles 8 pancakes at once.

If I didn’t already have a trusty griddle, I’d be all over this one.

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Woohoo, it’s a Woot-Off!

Know what today is? That’s right, it’s my kid’s birthday. (Oh, was that not what you were going to guess…?) My oldest was born 19 years ago today, and to celebrate, Woot is having a Woot-Off! I mean, surely that’s why, right?

Whatever the reason, they’re rotating through the deals fast and furious today at Woot, Home.Woot, Electronics.Woot, Computers.Woot, Tools.Woot, Fashion.Woot, Sport.Woot, Kids.Woot, and Wine.Woot (motto: almost always something you can consume; only sometimes wine). Deals last for as little as seconds, if people snap ’em up quick, or as long as 30 minutes, but once they rotate through, they’re gone.

Shop all day and spend $5 just once for shipping, no matter how many orders you place.

Perhaps I can drown my sorrows about my mah baybee being away at college instead of home with me today in a few good deals….

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College, ahoy: Picking a meal plan

Recently lovely reader Teresa sent in a great question:

Have you written about selecting college meal plans? We are close to having that quandary er… privilege. Son in question is a quesocarbotarian if we don’t keep an eye on him. He’s been vegetarian for close to 10 years, he easily eats veggies, fruits and plant proteins lovingly placed on the table before him, but I fear he may have difficulty finding balanced food court style choices. And how do you select an appropriate number of meals per term? We do have Amazon Prime for any emergencies. If you have sage advice (and you surely do!) I bet lots of folks would love to know how you broke this down?

Rather than just answering it here, I actually sent it along to Alpha Mom because it fits in with other college-related posts I’ve been writing over there, but if you have a kid leaving for college in a few months, you should go check it out.

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Shop the Warehouse, save extra

From right now through Earth Day (April 22nd), shop the Amazon Warehouse and save even more—you can save an additional $10 off $50+ worth of items direct from Amazon (not 3rd-party sellers) when you apply coupon code EARTH10.

I know some folks have had mixed results with Warehouse items; I’ve heard occasional tell of boxes with the wrong items in them, for example, but I’ve always been pleased with my purchases. Usually it’s a pristine item in a scuffed-up box. Anyway, I’m certainly not going to pass up a chance to save an additional ten bucks, so I’m off to shop.

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Are you feeling Lucky? You should be!

One of my very favorites is Lucky Brand—their jeans fit me and hold up great, their tops are that mix of classic and quirky that I love—and basically I adore everything about them except the regular retail prices. I mean, I’m sure someone is paying that, but it’s not me.

On a day like today, though, I’ll go shopping there and I won’t even feel guilty. Right now their Sale section is filled with items that come down an additional 40% when you put them in your cart, plus you can use coupon code SLCKDLSOFF75 for another $25 off your $75+ order. It looks like some shoes are automatically an additional 50% off, too.

Shipping is free on $50+, or a flat $5, otherwise. (I don’t think I’m going to have any trouble getting to $50, however….)

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Ready to go camping?

I share this with the full caveat that I am emphatically not a tent camping person. I am a camping person only when that camping involves sleeping inside an actual structure, preferably on a real mattress. But my hat is off to those of you who truly enjoy sleeping inside a nylon pod on the ground.

That said, today only, this Coleman Sundome 4-person tent is currently down to an all-time-low price of just $33.15 on Amazon, as part of their Daily Deals. It averages a 4.5-star rating with over 1,700 reviews, too.

(Bear in mind that a “4-person tent” means you can stack 4 humans like cordwood or host 2 humans without them killing each other. Just a handy tip.)

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Candy sale!

With Easter coming up, it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to resist a candy sale, anyway (um yes, my adult- and nearly-adult-children need Easter baskets, obviously), but this one is going to be useful to me for another reason, too.

Right now Amazon is offering an additional 25% off your qualifying $25+ candy purchase, and that means I can both get some goodies for the kids and restock for baking. (I like good-quality dark chocolate bars rather than so-called “baking chocolate” for things like flourless cakes.)

Goodies for them, goodies in the future, and I save without leaving the house. Just a few of my favorite things!

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It’s time to Kohls again

Oh, we haven’t had a great combination of Kohls sales/coupons for a little while, which is weird, because Kohls is pretty much synonymous with sales and coupons. Hey, that’s fine. I’ll take it whenever it happens.

So here we go: Everyone gets $10 Kohls Cash for every $50 spent through April 15th, plus automatic free shipping on $75+ (shipping to your local store and picking up is always free), and through April 12th, coupon code SPRINGSAVE takes 20% off $100+ or 15% off a smaller order. If you have a Kohls charge card—which you do, right, because that’s how you get the best deals—you can use coupon code BUNNY30, instead, for 30% off any order, plus you can use code APR4FREE for free shipping on any size order.

Those percent off coupons can be stacked with department-targeted coupons, as well: STYLE10 takes $10 off your $40+ purchase in Juniors or Big Girls (7-16), PLAYTIME15 takes 15% off Melissa & Doug toys, and MENSTYLE10 takes $10 off your $50+ purchase of men’s clothing and shoes.

As always, there’s tons of great deals in the Clearance, so I start there. (Pssst, folks with kids heading off to college in the fall—this is a great time to pick up towels and other dorm-stuffs before they jack the prices up and start screaming “college prep!” this summer.)

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April Beauty Boxes, no foolin’

I kept checking the Target site for an early release of this month’s beauty box, and finally figured maybe they weren’t going to have one. Well, the joke’s on me—they have two options this month (even if we weren’t able to snag ’em early).

Choose from the regular April Beauty Box or the April Naturals Beauty Box.

Both are $24 worth of products for just $7, and while the first box has a full-size Sally Hanson Double Duty top/base coat (easily worth $7 on its own), the second one appeals to my crunchy hippie side. Heck, who am I kidding? I’m going to get them both.

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