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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Packing lunch boxes again

I’m already seeing a few back-to-school first day pictures cropping up on social media. My kids go back next week. A blissful summer of never once asking “What do you want in your lunch today?” is rapidly drawing to a close.

Maybe it’s just me, but packing lunches annoys me like nothing else. Or maybe I should say maybe it’s just my kids (who—let’s be honest—are pretty much adults at this point), who have very specific ideas about what should be in those lunches, yet they don’t want to pack them themselves, or anything, don’t be silly.

Anyway. We do a lot of healthy food around here, but periodically I succumb to the one snack food that seems to make everyone happy. It’s cheesy, it’s salty, it’s unnaturally colored… that’s right, I’m talking about Cheez-its. Why does my family love them so? I try not to think about it too hard. I do, however, buy them for lunch bag inclusion when the price is right. And looky here—right now at Amazon, there’s a 25% off coupon on various snack options, including Cheez-its and Pringles and some other stuff, so I’ll be able to kick off packed-lunch season with something they won’t complain about, at a decent price. Win/win.

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The August Beauty Box is here, college-style

Do you have a daughter leaving for college soon, too? What better way to say, “I love you a lot, now please get out of my house” than with the Target August Beauty

Listen, when you can spend $7 and get $30 worth of products—plus free shipping—and it’s a little of everything she’s likely to forget or not even think of in the first place, it seems like a no-brainer, to me.

And if you wanted to buy it for yourself (or your son—no judgment!), hey, that’s cool. Personally I remember when they started making triple-blade razors and we all joked about how eventually they’d be making razors with five blades, hahaha, and now, here they are. Five blades. We’re living in the future!

As always, these beauty boxes tend to sell out pretty quickly, so go get one if you want it—they’ll probably be gone within a day or two.

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Go Bourne

I went to the movies not once but twice this weekend, as we try to squeeze in absolutely anything my oldest wants to do before she leaves for college. She did not select the newest Jason Bourne film, but it’s just as well, because I think I’ve only seen the first two and need to catch up. So when I popped open the Amazon Gold Box today to see a special on the Bourne Classified Edition Blu-ray Set, I may have actually clapped my hands in glee.

Today only, get the entire set (the first four films, plus bonus features) for just $19.99, plus you’ll get a $5 Amazon gift card if you pre-order the latest movie, too. $15 for 4 movies? That’s what we pay for a single ticket, here.

That’s a whole lotta Bourne, for very little dough. Then I’ll be all caught up and I can go see the new one. (Three movies in a single month?? I’m living the high life, man.)

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Not sexy, but necessary

Lord knows I’m never happier than when I can share a really smokin’ deal on cute shoes with you. Or even when there’s a sale that means you can stock up on funny t-shirts for the kids without breaking the bank. But sometimes, we need items that do not light a fire in the shopping center of the brain.

And so, it is with a small amount of embarrassment that I admit to you that I have become a total convert to the Clorox Toilet Wand. I mean, I know, a regular toilet brush and some cleaner is probably more environmentally-friendly than using a disposable head every time, but on the other hand: a disposable head every time means I don’t have something sitting in my bathroom that’s getting all mildewy with toilet juice. So.

I bought my first one about a year ago, and now we have one in almost every bathroom. They work, and I like being able to chuck the head after each scrub. I just checked—because of course I did!—and the first one I got on a “deal” for a little over $6. Well, today at Amazon, the Clorox Toilet Wand with 6 refills is down to just $4.99, plus there’s a clippable $1 coupon, plus you can buy it via Subscribe & Save for additional savings and free shipping. So I just got one more for $3.24 shipped.

(That’s the last bathroom, so I guess I can stop buying them, now.)

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I wish it was full-size

I’m a sucker for tot-size kitchens. Maybe it’s because our kitchen set (located just at the end of our actual kitchen, natch, in an attempt to keep the kids out of my real oven) was my own kids’ hands-down favorite when they were little. Maybe it’s because anything in miniature is adorable. Or maybe it’s just because the kitchen is still my favorite place to play.

Whatever the reason, I remain jealous that you can now get a gorgeous wooden play kitchen for your kids without taking out a second mortgage, when our play setup was all plastic and probably an eyesore. Oh well.

blue-kitchenI’m pretty sure I’ve posted this KidKraft Vintage Kitchen several times when the red went on sale (and it may have been as far back as well they only offered red), but right now the blue (so pretty!) is on sale for just $84 with free shipping. (Look in the right-hand column to find this option from stores123 at the seller.) This item weighs over 50 pounds, so it probably costs them about half that just to ship it to you. And yes, this is apparently the lowest it’s even been on Amazon.

Just look at it! So cute!! It’s nicer than my actual kitchen. (Then again, my cookies aren’t wood, so there’s that.)

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Cleaning all the things!

Hi! I’m not dead. We’ve had a little stomach thing going around here, so now I am cleaning every possible surface to make sure we are done and no one is reinfected. Lemme tell ya, the dogs are not fans of Lysol scrub-downs. (I kid! Probably!)

Anyhoo, while I’m in clean-clean-clean mode, of course I couldn’t help getting excited about a deal on a vacuum cleaner. (I’m aware that this may not be entirely normal, but let’s roll with it.) Right now Kohls has this Shark HV301 Rocket Ultra-Lite Vac listed at $159.99, which isn’t too bad—it matches the Amazon price, and on both sites you’ll see this small-but-mighty model averages a 4.5 star rating. The difference, of course, is that if you buy it at Kohls, you can stack the savings.

You’ll need a Kohls card for the best deal, but that’s nothing new. If you have one, apply coupon code HOME10 for $10 off and then code SUNTAN30 for 30% off, making it just $104 before tax (with free shipping). If you don’t have a Kohls card, you can still use the first code for $10 off, then use code BEACH15 for an additional 15% off.

Do note that this is one model year older than their latest-and-greatest, but at this price point, it certainly doesn’t bother me, any.

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There’s never a wrong time for shoes, honestly

I realize not everyone likes shoes as much as I do (I don’t have a problem, I have a hobby; there’s a difference), but everyone needs some shoes sometimes, right? Today (Monday, July 18th) is the perfect day to score—you can take 25% off almost anything at Shoebuy with coupon code EMLONEDAY2SAVE. Plus they’re having a huge Summer Sale, and shipping and exchanges are automatically free, too.

There are some brand exclusions, but I’ve discovered that Chaco isn’t one of them, and if you like Chaco, you know they pretty much never go on sale. My kid decided she needed a pair this year (finally; she has been behind the trend for her entire beleaguered life, but now that she’s getting ready to leave for college I am getting soft) and I made a very happy discovery in addition to this sale: Chaco goes all the way up to size 6 in kids, which is roughly equivalent to a woman’s size 8. If you’re a small-footed female, save yourself some extra money by buying the kid size. (Seriously. The kid versions are about half what the adult versions cost.)

Don’t dawdle, though. This code and the extra savings end tonight at 11:59 pm.

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Need a guitar?

I know, I know; I’ve barely been here lately. I’m sorry. Needy people live in my house, and one of them keeps insisting she’s moving out soon so I should spend time with her now before she goes. Sheesh.

This morning’s Amazon Gold Box deals on Yamaha instruments made me think of her, though, because this acoustic guitar (Yamaha FG700S) is the one she owns. At just under $100 shipped I challenge you to find a better brand-name guitar with an average 5-star rating (spoiler alert: you won’t). It’s great for beginners but it’ll last, too, because the sound quality out of it is much better than it has any right to be at this price point.

There’s other deals today, of course. But if you’ve been considering a guitar, this is the deal to beat.

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Yoda is my spirit animal

Is it because I’m sleep-deprived and busy that I cannot stop laughing at today’s Shirt.Woot offering? Possibly, but that didn’t stop me from buying it immediately. It combines two of my favorite things: Yoda and a grammar joke. For $7 I didn’t even have to think too hard about it.

Wear this shirt, I will.

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