Listen up (with over-ear headphones)

Earbuds are convenient—they’re small, and you can tuck a set in your purse or pocket—but personally I don’t want to stick something in my ears for longer than a few minutes. If I’m going to listen to music for a while or be on a long call, I’d much rather wear headphones. I find them more comfortable than jamming plastic directly into my ear canals, and I think they do a better job of blocking ambient noise, too.

That said, high-end headphones can be ridiculously pricey, and while I hesitate to spend that kind of money on myself, I for sure don’t want to spend that kind of money on my kids (who—even as college students—manage to break every pair of headphones or earbuds in about a year). Enter this deal on Artix foldable headphones with inline microphone that Amazon has right now: At about $16 and with an average 4.3-star review (at over 800 reviews), that’s not too bad. But apply coupon code LOGJ7IUZ to the blue, pink, or purple ones, and your total will be just $8.50, which is ridiculous. (The turquoise and orange ones are excluded.) Not only do they work with all your favorite devices, they can fold up for easy storage, and the cord is a tangle-and-breakage-resistant nylon to avoid the pesky “oh I dunno, these were stuffed in my backpack all year, I have no idea why the wire broke” blues.

Bear in mind that these will not be suitable for adults with large noggins, but it looks like for older kids or smallish adults they’re definitely a bargain.

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Hello! Do you need a robot?

Hi there! Did I disappear for a week? I did. I’m sorry. As is the Production Code, the show I’m doing opened just as I commenced dying* from a terrible, gross cold. The good news is that I drank all the tea in the world and survived, but the bad news is that I guess I hope you didn’t want any tea. Also that I hope you didn’t need me last week.

Anyhoo! Now that I’ve decided to live I thought I should come back with a super fun deal, because why not? I mean, sure, sometimes you need stuff, but sometimes you just want stuff. I, for example, have done about the same amount of basic housework in the last couple of weeks as my dogs, which is to say that—save for accidentally producing a few tumbleweeds of hair which we could maybe call decoration…? No?—none at all. If I’d had this robot vacuum here I could’ve at least claimed that I vacuumed, even though it would’ve just involved pressing a button.

Said robot is currently priced at $250, which is the regular price and not very exciting, but if you use coupon code 7SSBEOEO you’ll save $90, bringing it down to $160, which is actually a pretty darn good deal. Now, bear in mind that this is unlikely to replace a standard vacuum—the issue, thus far, with the robotic ones is that the dirt cup just isn’t all that big—but to keep things tidy while you’re busy hacking up a lung, hey. Not bad. If you’re in the market for such a thing (pro tip: this is one of my favorite things to give as a wedding gift, as it’s a perfect “I wouldn’t spend my own money on it because it’s a luxury but it’s sure nice to have” item), this is a sweet deal.

*I was not actually dying. I am just dramatic. But I hear when you’re in a show, that’s a good thing, right?

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One day to save even more on bigger-ticket items

If you’ve had your eye on something over at Rakuten, today may be the day to scoop it up—they’re offering up to an extra 15% off almost everything for one day only (that’s today, Thursday, February 1st). Coupon code SAVE10 will take an extra 10% off any order (max savings: $35), while coupon code SAVE15 takes an additional 15% off any order of $100+ (max savings: $50).

If you’re not great at math, but want to maximize your savings, I’ll just go ahead and tell you that the max savings with the 15% off coupon can be had on a total of around $350… which, coincidentally, is about what several of their discounted fancy TVs are at right now. Just sayin’. (Ooooh… I have a kid who’ll be moving into an apartment next year, and I just discovered they carry foam mattresses, too. Hmmm.)

Anyway, the coupon works today only, plus the fine print has a caveat about “or until promotion savings run out” (whatever that means), so I would get looking if you think you want to use it.

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Extra savings on Target clearance

Is there anything better than Target clearance? Yes: Target clearance with an extra 20% off! Select clothing, shoes, and accessories are all eligible for an extra 20% off today when you apply coupon code SAVEBIG. (Note that eligible items are clearly marked.)

Shipping is free on $35+ or with your REDcard, or you can opt for store pickup if you’re buying less and don’t want to pay for shipping.

It looks like the offer is good all this week, but items are selling out fast.

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It’s time for fancy deals

Every time there’s another round of discounts at Last Call by Neiman Marcus I end up prefacing it with these are not the same as deals at Kohls because someone invariably complains that the prices are still too high. So, to clarify:

Deals at Last Call are still expensive. There, I said it. That said, if you’re in the market for designer goods or a fancy evening gown or whatever, hitting up one of their sales and plundering the clearance can really pay off. I mean, I’m not in the market for a $100 dress every day, but if it’s formal season and the original price was $700? Maybe! My point is that this is the time to scoop up some of their deepest discounts of the season, but don’t expect to be getting items for a couple of bucks.

Shipping is free on $99+ with coupon code LCSHIP, or it’s free with ShopRunner, or otherwise shipping will run between $5 and $7. Happy hunting!

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My kind of Philosophy

How do I love Philosophy? Let me count the ways, except don’t, because we’ll be here a long time. There’s a lot of “luxury” bath and beauty stuff I don’t love, but Philosophy’s products are gentle on my finicky skin and their scents are lovely without being overpowering.

You know I only shop them when there’s a sale, though, right? I mean, love only goes so far. Ha! Right now if you spend $60 and apply coupon code bestyear, you’ll get a free cosmetic bag gift set (the bag is adorable, and it’s filled with Philosophy favorites). This is the perfect way to stock up on gifts for others and get a little something for yourself, too. (Shipping is always free on $50+, so do this deal and it’ll ship for free.)

Pro tip: search on holiday to stock up on favorites for gifts while all sorts of seasonal items and sets are marked down. Then keep the bonus bag for yourself, because you deserve it.

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Crocs for all and all for Crocs

Listen, no one loves to poke fun at Crocs more than me, but the truth is that my kids loved them when they were little, and I have a pair I use to putter around the garden, and really, these days they make way more than the original “rubber clog.” (Note: Their shoes are not actually rubber.) They’ve got a million different styles, now, and everything from sandals to winter boots.

That said, if you head on over to the Crocs site right now, all sale items are an extra 30% off when you add them to your cart, and you get free shipping on $25+. That includes a bunch of Star Wars styles (those almost never go on sale). You can pick up shoes for the little ones and some cute flats for yourself. Or whatever. I don’t judge. I mean, I tease, but I don’t judge.

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Hip, toasty toes

Greetings from Georgia, where it snowed a couple of inches overnight and everyone is freaking out. Basically the entire state is shut down. My husband and I are both from up north so this is hilarious to us.

I of course started my day with an extra-fuzzy pair of socks and my beloved LL Bean “wicked good” slippers, because snow and cold and I cannot work in my drafty office without warm feet. And then I saw there’s a big sale happening at Happy Socks right now. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Check out their assortment of 40% off Winter Sale items, plus every order gets free shipping, plus if you sign up for their email list I think they may send you a percent off coupon, too. (Don’t hold me to that; I signed up the last time I ordered.)

What’s happier-making than fun socks? I can’t think of anything. I’m off to stock up!

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Candy for Valentine’s Day, or just because you like candy

It’s true, I spent 18 years being the Mean Mom, the You Don’t Need More Candy Mom, and now that my kids are in college I regularly pick up obscene amounts of candy on sale to stock their dorms. Why? I tell myself it’s to make sure they have enough to share with their friends (and maybe enough to make new friends…), but there’s definitely some element of “You’re grown now and I get to be fun” in there, too.

Whether you have kids in the dorm or kids who need to make 32 valentines to pass out to classmates next month or you’re ready to stock up for next Halloween, or, heck, no kids at all and you just like candy, right now Amazon has this 31.9 ounce bag of Skittles and Starburst available for $8, which isn’t too bad. Buy it on Subscribe & Save to get free shipping and up to an additional 15% off (if you have 5+ monthly items), and clip the 20% off coupon, too. You could end up with nearly two pounds of candy (honestly, 31.9 ounces? why not add one or two more pieces and go for the full two pounds?) for just over $5 shipped.

(Let us not comment on me posting this the day after I found you a toothbrush deal. I swear it’s a coincidence.)

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Because my whole life is now about toothbrushing

Did I mention that I got Invisalign about a month ago? I did. And I’m looking forward to having straight teeth in the near future. But in the immediate present, I spend an inordinate amount of time brushing my teeth. I feel like it’s my new hobby.

(I’ll spare you the details for now, but at some point I will be writing quite a bit about my Invisalign experience, so do let me know if you’d like to know when that happens—it will be over on Alpha Mom, not here.)

Anyway, when you are obsessed with brushing your teeth, you also become obsessed with toothbrushes. If you’ve been looking for a deal on an electric toothbrush, I’ve got one for you right here: Today Amazon has the Philips Sonicare 2 Series plaque control rechargeable electric toothbrush marked down to just $29—its lowest price ever—and there’s also a clippable $5 coupon, bringing it down to just $24 shipped.

This particular model averages 4.3/5 stars with over 5,500 reviews, and it doesn’t get much better than that. You don’t even have to be brushing your teeth ten times a day like me to justify this deal!

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