Heads up for organization (at home or in the dorm)

Ready to vanquish the clutter at home, or starting to think about what your college kid will need in the dorm? Look no further than today’s Special Buys of the Day at Home Depot, where today only (it’s Tuesday, March 14: Pi Day!) you’ll find up to 40% off a couple dozen different storage/organization solutions from brands like Closet Maid and Honey-Can-Do. There’s shelves, carts, rolling racks… you name it, they’ve got it, discounted for the day. You’re officially out of excuses for not getting organized.

(Deal number 2 across the bottom of that page—the 4-foot ClosetMAX system with the storage shelves and double-bar—is particularly good for tiny dorm closets. I speak from experience.)

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If you prefer your apples flat

Remember back before you had kids, when you thought that if you raised them a certain way they’d be a certain way? And then how, after you had actual children, you realized your foolishness? Good times. I’m here to tell you that I have two children and one of them will happily eat any piece of fruit handed to him and the other one has all sorts of rules about what makes fruit acceptable and life is simply too short for that foolishness.

Except: Dried fruit always works, with her. I don’t know why. Maybe because that seems more like candy to my darling sugar-hound? Perhaps.

So I basically snap up Stretch Island Fruit Leathers for her whenever I see them on sale—because they’re just fruit, and fruit juice, and nothing else—and send them off to her dorm, and hope she doesn’t end up with scurvy or whatever. She’s about to get this 30-pack of apple strips because Amazon has marked it down to $5.78 (lowest price ever), plus when I order via Subscribe & Save and have 5+ subscriptions that price drops to just $4.91, or about $.16/strip.

Listen, I’d rather she take the bag of apples I offer every single time she’s home, for sure, but this is better than nothing. Or gummi bears. So.

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I like my Dystopia in book form

Can’t get enough of a world gone horribly awry? (Insert your favorite political joke here….) Right now Amazon has The Brilliance Trilogy on Kindle for just $1.20.

Now, for reference, yes, you can usually get this trilogy for $3 in the Kindle version, so it’s not like you’re saving enough to buy a new car, but whatever, savings are savings. On the other hand, each book normally goes for around $7 apiece in paperback, and click through to the reviews if you’re on the fence—these books are critically acclaimed and average 4.5 stars with thousands of reviews. It’s all Sci-Fi magic. And really, I’d spend more than $1.20 just driving to the library and back to borrow them, so I’m all over this deal.

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The March Beauty Box is here

Time to hop on over to Target for your monthly beauty bargains, my pretties: The March Beauty Box is currently available for $7 with free shipping.Items in the box would cost $25 if purchased separately, so this is (as always) a no-brainer. And that’s aside from the fun of trying new products for next to nothing.

Beauty Boxes tend to sell out quickly, so don’t delay if you want one.

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It’s a desk, it’s a bike: It’s a bike desk!

As I sit here at my desk—typing and decidedly not exercising—I can’t help but be intrigued by today’s featured deal at Sports.Woot, which is the FitDesk v3.0 Desk Exercise Bike for $200 + $5 shipping.

This thing has all the bells and whistles: It’s a fully functioning adjustable-resistance exercise bike with resistance bands for when you want to exercise your arms, too, but it’s also a complete desk with a stand and a cupholder and even a forearm massager bar to reduce hand fatigue. The whole shebang folds up when not in use.

For reference: this model is currently priced at $270 at Amazon, where it has an average 4.5 star rating with over 1,300 reviews.

Now my only question is whether I get this and sell my elliptical, or do I simply continue filling my house with exercise equipment in the hopes that I’ll actually use it all sometimes…?

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Today’s the day to shop Amazon

If you’re like me, you keep a running roster of items in your “Save For Later” Amazon cart. I do this for Add-Ons, for items whose prices I want to track, or just bigger purchases where I’m not quite ready to pull the trigger. If you have a cart of items waiting—or if you’ve just got some shopping to do—today (Wednesday, February 22nd) is the day to save a little more. According to their site:

Customers just voted Amazon #1 in corporate reputation. To say thank you, we’re taking $8.62 off your purchase of $50 or more, today only. Enter code BIGTHANKS at checkout.

(Of particular note to me, a former New Yorker, is that Amazon’s 86.27 ranking in the Harris Poll is higher than Wegmans’ rating. Wegmans is where everything wonderful happens, so good on Amazon.)

The fine print: It has to be a total of $50+ on items sold directly from Amazon, and you can’t use it on digital content, video games, or gift cards. Honestly, I can spend $50 at Amazon on just a few basics—dog food, toothpaste, and a few snacks—but that may just be me. Regardless, the code is good today only, so get on it.

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It’s President’s Day at Macy’s

I guess Macy’s is closing a bunch of stores around the country, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that from looking at their online site. Deals abound, and today they’ve got coupons, too.

Here’s the breakdown:
* Everyone gets free shipping on $49+, or you can add any Beauty item to your basket for free shipping on any size order, or you can look at free pickup at your local store (if you still have one).
* Apply coupon code PRES25 for $10 off your $25+ order (some exclusions apply).
* Apply coupon code PRES for 10% or 15% off your entire order (department dependent; some exclusions apply).

Coupon codes cannot be stacked, so use the first one for smaller orders or the second one for larger orders. And don’t miss the offers on the splash page, too—tons of clearance (which is an extra 25% off) and other markdowns worth checking out. (I’m sure it comes as a huge surprise that I’m scrolling through the shoe clearance right now….)

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Get ready to color

With coloring books for grownups all the rage, now, I never skip an opportunity to grab a few on sale when I see them. It’s become one of my favorite gifts to give to young adults for nearly any occasion, but especially as part of a college care package.

Coloring books are relatively easy to find on sale. Good coloring implements, less so. So grab a few of these, today: Amazon has this 48-count Siensync colored pencil set available for $6.99 right now—already its lowest price—plus you can apply coupon code 9ZLIN29N for another 20% off, bringing it down to just $5.59. Perfect to go with a book or two for your next gift-giving opportunity.

Reviews are excellent; also poke around in there to make yourself feel smug when you see how many people paid in the $20-$30 range for this set, when you’re about to get ’em for $5.

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Time to clean up at Kohls

How much do I love a big sale and coupons at Kohls? So much. It might be my favorite thing.

Today they’ve got discounts galore, plus Kohls card holders can use coupon code LOVE30 for an additional 30% off and code FEB4FREE for free shipping on any size order. Anyone can use coupon code BABYSALE20 for an additional 20% off baby items (it stacks with a general percentage off coupon, too), or code SAVE15 for 15% off everything, and you’ll get free shipping on $75+. Everyone earns $10 Kohls Cash for every $50 spent right now, too, so you’ll be ready to shop the next sale.

One of their Doorbusters today is the Shark Navigator Swivel for $129 before coupons, which is already a nutty good deal. (For reference: Amazon has it for $220, with a 4.5 star average rating.) That vacuum for under $90 is a steal.

Go forth and save!

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Planning ahead, even for baking

Every now and then, Amazon lists something as being available in a month or two, but it still lets you order it. I don’t know why they do this. I find it very odd. But hey, who am I to question a good deal?

This is preface to sharing that I just ordered this 12-pack of cherry-flavored Craisins for $9.69 even though it’s not going to ship until March or April. That’s 4.5 pounds of my favorite Craisins for baking for under $10! Here’s the thing: these are perfect for Christmas baking. And those pouches can go straight into my freezer whenever they get here, and I can pull ’em out in December.

I put them in scones, I put them in cookies, I put them directly in my mouth while I’m baking because hey, it’s fruit and fruit is good for you. (Ignore the sugar. It’s fruit!) The only thing I like better than the fact that these are so cheap is that they’re also listed as “gift-wrap available.” Just in case you love someone enough to send them six pounds of dried cranberries, gift-wrapped, so as not to spoil the surprise.

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