May the 4th be with you(r Lightning Deals)

Heads up, Star Wars fans: You already know that today is a very special day (May the 4th be with you!), and Amazon is there for you—a ton of today’s Lightning Deals are Star Wars-themed. You just have to keep checking back to see what’s coming up.

I’m digging these lightsaber BBQ tongs, myself. Father’s Day gift, anyone?

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Cinco de Mayo starts now

Good morning! I have decided to live. (You know how you get really sick and for a few days you’re like, Eh, I can die, it’s fine… and then you sort of start feeling better and then you wake up one day and think I still feel gross but I choose life!? No? Just me? Okay.)

Just in time, too, because Home Decorators Collection emailed to let me know their Cinco de Mayo promotion has already begun, and that means 50%+ off hundreds of items, plus extra savings on Outlet items and free shipping on almost everything. You won’t have it in time for a party tomorrow, of course, but if you’ve been trying to get your porch/patio in order, lately, this may be the time to pick up some new outdoor furniture or accessories.

(Yeah, I went and looked. Apparently I’m supposed to be getting the house in shape for a graduation party. I don’t know why, because both of my precious babies are still toddlers. Right?? Lie to me.)

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The May Beauty Box is here!

Hurry—these always sell out really fast. Target has their May Beauty Box available for a limited time for just $10 with free shipping. It’s a $47 value!

(This was so exciting, I’m posting it from my sickbed. Go get one; I promise I didn’t touch it.)

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It’s Kohls time (with so many Star Wars deals)

Whether you’re a fan of Star Wars or not, it’s hard to pass by a big sale at Kohls, especially when you can earn Kohls Cash ($10 for every $50 you spend) and there’s coupons galore (Kohls card holders can use code RAIN30 for an extra 30% off and code KCAPRIL for free shipping on any size order; anyone can use code ALLDAISIES for 15% off and get free shipping on $75+ automatically), but man there are a lot of Star Wars deals right now, too. Just a bonus if your geek tendencies tend to lean that way.

I mean: hello, R2D2 winter boots for the kids. How cute are those?? And although the original price was $55, after sale and coupon you could snag ’em for around $12.

Those aren’t your thing? That’s fine—everything else is on sale, too. (I have neither a small child nor a need for boots, but that didn’t stop me from making a very high-pitched noise when I saw those, anyway.)

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Need a TV?

The one thing I’m not buying for my kid’s dorm room is a television, because I’m a giant meanie (obviously). If I was, though—or if I needed a smallish set for a spare room or something—I’d be jumping on this deal: Best Buy currently has this Sharp 32″ 1080p HDTV available for just $150 shipped! It has an average 4.6 star rating with over 1,700 reviews, too. (For comparison: The same set at Amazon is going to run you at least $230.)

Only somewhat related: Remember when a 32″ TV was considered gigantic? And also when it weighed, like, 100 pounds? This is now considered a small set, and it weighs about 10 pounds. Technology, man. Crazy.

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Friends & Family savings at Macy’s

If you’ve been waiting on a sale at Macy’s, today’s the day—just about everything is already on sale, plus you’ll save an extra 25% (10% on things like furniture) and get free shipping on $25+ when you apply coupon code FRIEND.

I use sales like this to stock up on things like bras (many are on sale, others are Buy 1, Get 1 Half Price; then you can use the coupon on top of that), but I’m not kidding that everything is on sale, so you do you.

Just one more tip: If you’re into Fiesta ware, the savings here are crazy. Buy 1, Get 1 Free before coupon on place settings kind of crazy. Just sayin’.

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Everybody needs tp

So the good news is that my daughter’s dorm actually has private bathrooms—no walking down the hall to a cavernous room of stalls and sinks for her. The bad news is that she was astonished when I mentioned that she’d need to work out providing toilet paper among her room- and suite-mates. When I finally stopped laughing, I asked her how she thought the school should best provide that toilet tissue to everyone. Concierge service? Oh! Maybe they could send it in with the maid. (You know my suggestion was that everyone bring a giant package and they’d be set for the year, right? So embarrassing, Mom.)

Anyway! Now I’m stocking up for home as well as for her to take to school in a few months. So I just snagged this 24-roll Quilted Northern Supreme Rolls deal at Amazon: it’s marked at $24.29, then there’s a clippable $5 coupon, plus if you have your 5+ subscriptions for the month, you’ll save another 15%. That made it $15.65 delivered, for me, and the package claims 8 supreme rolls equal 30 regular ones—which is probably a stretch—but even if you only consider them equivalent to double rolls, that’s basically 48 rolls for around $15. Not bad.

It’s not as good as dorm maid service, I guess, but still.

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Another chance to score at Schoola

Once more, with feeling? In honor of Earth Day (hey, why not?), Schoola is doing another buy more, save more sale.

If you’ve never signed up, you get money in your account right off the bat just for creating an account. Shipping is free on $25+ (for a limited time). And right now, spend $30+ and get 30% off with code SAVE30, or spend $50+ and get 50% off with code SAVE50, or spend $60+ and get 60% off with code SAVE60. It’s a great way to score gently-used clothing for the whole family at a crazy discount off retail.

Did I place an order, myself? Um, is the sky blue? I had $20 in credit in my account, so I carefully stocked my cart with $60 worth of goodies (total: $60.30, because I’m a ninja), used the 60% off coupon, applied my $20 credit, and then paid… $4.12 out of pocket for six pieces of designer clothing. I’ve still got it.

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Because there are always more dishes

Mind you, this is kind of a stupid amount of dishwashing liquid, but: Right now Amazon has this 6-pack of Free & Clear Seventh Generation Dish Liquid available for just $15.54—which is already a perfectly excellent price—but you can also buy via Subscribe & Save for up to another 15% off and free shipping, and there’s a clippable 30% off coupon. That means you could end up with 150 ounces of environmentally-friendly (yet highly rated, still actually-cleans-the-dishes) dishwashing liquid for just over $10 shipped.

If you’re not in need of dish liquid, the same coupon is available for their Free & Clean hand soap. This stuff is normally a lot more expensive (why oh why do products with less in them always cost more, universe??), so if you use either one, this is definitely the deal to beat.

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Towel time

Are you using sad, old towels? (Don’t feel bad. I am notorious for hanging on to towels well past their prime. I don’t know what my problem is.) Right now is a good time to turn over your stash, or stock up for your dorm-bound kids, or buy some wedding gifts. Whatever.

JC Penney is offering their Home Expressions bath towels at a deep discount, right now. Bath-size towels are just $3.99 apiece; hand towels are $3.49; washcloths are $2.79; and an entire 6-piece set is just $17.99. That’s pretty awesome, already, but right now if you spend $25+, you can use coupon code FORYOU99 to take an additional $10 off. Shipping to your local store is free (I always just ship to store, when I’m buying online with JCP.)

Mix and match to make the deal you want, then apply the coupon to make it even more crazy awesome. While these certainly aren’t top-of-the-line luxury towels, they average a 4.5 star review and will certainly be worth this price.

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