Who needs a Chromebook?

Bear in mind that a Chromebook is not the same thing as a fully-functioned laptop. It is primarily for working online—surfing the web, using email, etc. But given that you can work on just about anything online these days (as a frequent editor, I have to say I love being able to collaborate over Google Drive rather than mailing documents back and forth), maybe a Chromebook is really all you (or your kids) need.

If so, check this out: Right now Best Buy has this 11.6″ HP Chromebook marked down to just $149 ($50 off). It has 4GB of memory of a 16GB flash drive, and it averages 4.3/5 stars with 70+ reviews. Is it fancy? No. Will it get the job done for working online without driving you insane with its slowness? Yes. (For reference: here it is at Amazon for $39 more.)

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Brighten your day with some Wootitude

Feeling blue? Tired? Suffering from ennui? Take one Woot-Off and call me in the morning.

They’re Wooting Off all day today at Woot, Home.Woot, Electronics.Woot, Computers.Woot, Tools.Woot, Fashion.Woot, Sport.Woot, and Kids.Woot. (Sorry, no Shirt or Wine deal rotation today, though I do find today’s Shirt.Woot particularly relevant.)

Deals appear for 30 minutes or until they sell out (which can happen in seconds on particularly good deals), and then it’s on to the next offering. Pay $5 for shipping just once and it covers as many orders as you place for the entire day.

I do not have time to sit here monitoring this Woot-Off all day, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try….

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Love this Luna Bar deal

I am a study in opposites, because while I like to be all hippie/crunchy about food and cook most of what we eat from scratch, I also buy my children Cheez-Its. And while I’ve made my own protein bars at home, the kids simply don’t like them as much as the pre-packaged kind, not to mention that sometimes it’s just more convenient to grab a shelf-stable, hermetically sealed snack.

So. I admit to being weird this way.

That said, I first bought some of these Luna chocolate peppermint stick bars last year after the holidays when my local supermarket had them on clearance—and both my teens loved them. (Plus they’re gluten-free, so I can eat them, too.) Awesome, right? Because they basically taste like candy bars but have 8g protein apiece. Imagine my dismay when we ran out of the clearance ones and I discovered that they retail for between $1-$2/bar, typically. Yeah, no. Sorry, kids! Eat something else!

But today you can go snag a 15-pack at Amazon for as little as $4.67 shipped, if you buy via Subscribe & Save and are up to 5+ items for the month. (Pro tip: Want more than one box? Instead of upping the number in your order, order each box separately, so they’ll each count towards your S&S total.) I stocked up.

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A very merry Lowesmas

Yes, it’s late for Christmas clearance, I suppose, but a bunch of holiday decor and lights just went to 85% off at Lowe’s, and I don’t know about you, but at 85% off, I’m taking a look.

Most items are available for free in-store pickup, or orders of $49+ ship for free.

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Flash Sale on laptops

If you’ve been looking for a laptop deal, head on over to Best Buy—they’ve got a Flash Sale going right now with a handful of really good, time-limited deals.

Prices are good through 4:00 pm Eastern, so you’ll have to act fast, but it’s definitely worth a look. Free shipping on $35+, too, which means everything in the sale except that one Apple Watch band (“One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn’t belong…”) ships for free.

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I don’t know why, but I love it

This Madpax Spike Backpack is currently on Lightning Deal at Amazon for just $20.68 (instead of $60) and I know it’s weird and impractical, but I love it anyway.

There’s some kid out there who really wants to be a dinosaur or a mutant turtle who would love this, I just know it.

(If I needed a backpack, I would totally buy such a thing. I mean, it makes a statement, no? That statement might be “I am a real live cactus, beware,” but whatever.)

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Heads up, EpiPen families

If you or a loved one uses EpiPens, you’ve likely been following the controversy about skyrocketing costs.

Good news! CVS pharmacies are now carrying a generic at $110 for a 2-pack. Still hardly chump change, of course, but you can fill out this form to potentially get another $100 off, too. Either way, it’s tons cheaper than the name brand.

Standard disclaimer: Discuss with your doctor, etc. But I’m jumping on this deal, because we need EpiPens and I’m sure as heck not paying $500 apiece for ’em.

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Another chance to please the teens

One more round of deep markdowns to cap off the holiday season, I guess—right now at Tilly’s, they’re taking an additional 50%-70% off clearance prices, automatically. You can also use coupon code SLICKFS for free shipping on any size order, which means that even if you’re not buying a lot, it’s worth taking a look.

Yes, they have all the cool skater gear and hip sneakers your young adults might want, but they also have things like phone cases and GoPro accessories. (Don’t ask me why. I have no idea.)

Note that it’s not all winter clearance, either—they have a fair number of shorts/tank tops/etc. in there, too. And this is a nice distraction from… everything else in the world right now.

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Two days to grab these Groupon deals

I’m having a little love affair with Groupon. Although I have always used it for online discounts, in the last few years we’ve nabbed local deals for all sorts of family adventures we might never have tried out, otherwise. We’ve been kayaking, we escaped from Sherlock Holmes’ study (and figured out where he was hiding), we spent an evening learning how to throw clay pots. (Emphasis on the “throw.” Those wheels turn fast. Oops.) It has saved us literally hundreds of dollars and meant we ventured out of our comfort zone and did some super fun things we might not’ve tried, otherwise.

Groupons are discounted by definition, but today and tomorrow, you can save another 20% on any Groupon listed under “local” (and yes, some of those are actually online discounts; I don’t make the rules) by applying coupon code SALE3. Even better, you can use it on up to 3 deals, for a savings of up to $50 on each.

I’m not saying you have to pick adventures—one of the first deals it offered me was money off at a local bakery—but with discounts like these, surely there’s something that will tickle your fancy.

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Bundle up on those chilly nights

It is currently 26 degrees outside as I write this, and for Georgia that is simply inhumane. All I want to do is grab my dogs and go back to bed. (Note that my teenager left the house this morning in a t-shirt and a sweatshirt and said, “It’s not that cold.” I, however, am old. And cold.)

Anyway! It was a perfect time for today’s Woot deal, is my point—they’ve got all different sizes and colors of down-alternative comforters today for just $19.99. Now, they’re advertising them as perfect to use on their own, but I prefer a duvet cover so that I don’t need to wash the actual comforter all that often. You do you, though. There’s certainly no shortage of color options if you want to skip the cover.

Want more information/reviews/price comparison? Here they are on Amazon, averaging 4.5 stars with nearly 900 reviews. The consensus seems to be “lightweight but very warm.”

Bear in mind that yes, you’ll pay $5 shipping with Woot, but you’ll only pay it once no matter how many you order. And while the flat $19.99 price no matter the size makes the math simple, it’s obviously a much better deal on the King than on the Twin.

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