Irma footnote

Hello! I’m alive! As is the rest of my family. Hooray!

We just got power back after three days, and we still have a lot of clean-up to do, but I wanted to pop in and let y’all know I’m not dead and I’ll be back soonish. I hope everyone else is safe and dry and otherwise well.

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Blast off to bigger savings?

Have you tried yet? The more you spend, the more you save, and while you’ll have to commit to spending a little bit of time on price comparisons—like anything else, sometimes the deals are really good, and sometimes they’re kind of meh—and I tend to use them for things like pop-tarts and mac-and-cheese cups for the dorms. If you’ve never used them, you’ll get an extra 15% off your first three purchases with code SAVE15, but that’s not actually what I wanted to tell you about.

Right now you can take an extra 30% off their Warehouse items with coupon code WAREHOUSE30, for a maximum discount of $100. What’s in their warehouse? Well, furniture and outdoor stuff, sure, but also smaller household items, and—take note, those of you who are doing dorm shopping—mini fridges and microwaves, too. Some of those are a great deal.

Pro tip: I generally shop them with an Amazon window open right next to it to do my price comparisons. I’ve found no rhyme or reason to why some items are deeply discounted and others aren’t, but I have been rewarded for my patience on multiple occasions. Definitely worth checking out.

(P.S. Shipping is free on $35+.)

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Labor Day savings have arrived at Rack

When you love high-end labels but hate high-end prices, you shop at Nordstrom Rack. And when you want to save even more, you shop at Nordstrom Rack when they’ve got all their clearance marked down with an additional 25% off.

Shipping is free if you spend $100+, otherwise it’s a flat $7.95 ($5.95 if ordering only jewelry/beauty items).

Pro tip: This is a great place to find deals on unusual bra sizes (actually how I started shopping there), but there’s tons of other bargains, too.

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Pared down, but still Wootacular

Today seems like an excellent day for a Woot-Off—and apparently the Woot folks agree—but it’s a much smaller one than usual. Instead of rotating deals in all categories, today you can enjoy the thrill of deals that may last seconds or 30 minutes just at Woot, Shirt.Woot, and Wine.Woot (motto: wines with funny names, but also other stuff because drunk shopping is a thing). That means fewer sites to track, but it does mean I made a pitiful little sad face when I realize Home.Woot wasn’t doing it, because that’s how I justify most of my kitchen gadgets.

Buy something, pay the $5 to ship it, and the rest of your purchases ship for free for the whole day. Are they being generous or enabling you? Best not to think about it too hard.

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It’s nearly a new month, and that means it’s Beauty Box time!

The only good thing about summer being just about over is the new Beauty Boxes at Target, right? Right! (Well, that and not melting into a puddle every time you step outside. Details.)

There’s two options this month: Snag the 8-piece “New Basics” Box or the 7-piece “Total Hydration” Box—each is just $7 shipped. Heck, grab ’em both.

(Pro tip: The 8-piece box has a tiny bottle of the Simple Micellar Water, which is now the only makeup remover I will use. It’d be a good way to try it out, or the perfect travel bottle.)

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Busy puppies are happy puppies

Do I get a little too excited when there’s a sale on dog toys? It’s possible, yes. My dogs are small but strong chewers, and while we’ve been lucky enough not to have to deal with destructive chewing around the house for the most part (ahem; let us not discuss the time Duncan discovered we had a box of leftover flooring under our bed…), they do a lot better in general when we have plenty of chew toys around.

One of today’s spotlighted deals at Amazon is up to 40% off select Nylabone toys and treats, and you’d better believe I’m stocking up. I mean, do the bones get all slobbery and disgusting as the dogs wear them down? Yeah. They’re not my favorite thing to step on in the night (or find on my pillow, Licorice), but they keep them happy.

(And at the end of the day, I’m really just here to keep the dogs spoiled. So say my kids, anyway.)

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Boost your savings, bust those stains

I hate laundry. I do. (I mean, doesn’t everyone?) But it’s possible I get a little too excited when there’s a great deal on laundry products, because I have to buy them anyway.

One of my children (not naming any names…) took 42 pairs of socks to school this year. Why? Because laundry is for the weak, man. This child only does laundry when the dresser is empty and the hamper is overflowing. Which is fine, I suppose, especially because I always send the kids off with a variety of pre-treatment stain products so that items not washed right away aren’t ruined.

So was I excited to see that Amazon currently has this 2-pack of OxiClean Max Force Gel Sticks for just $3.44? Probably too excited, honestly. But better yet, this is one of those perfect items for getting to your 5+ Subscribe & Save items for the month without breaking the bank, and then you get your free shipping and an extra 15% off, too. (Pro tip: Want more than one pack? Don’t select 2 as the quantity, just order it twice—then it counts as 2 of your 5 items!) That’s just shy of $3 for 2 sticks delivered (about half the regular price), and this way you can buy them for the kids, for the laundry closet, for the bathrooms… anywhere someone is likely to be taking off dirty clothes.

It won’t get anyone to do their laundry, but it may rescue it, anyway.

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Vera now, bask in adoration later

If you love Vera Bradley, yourself, then you probably don’t need much of an excuse to shop a sale. But even if you don’t, let me tell you a little secret: Anything from Vera Bradley makes a great gift for most of the young women in your life, especially for holidays and graduations and such. Sure, that’s all pretty far off, so how smart are you to shop ahead? So smart.

Today (Wednesday, August 23rd) is the last day to save an additional 30% on clearance items, plus get free shipping on any order. So you can grab the bag you’ve been eying or just stock up on travel tumblers for the young ladies you know who will be graduating in the spring. Whatever you like. Just don’t wait, because tomorrow this deal is over.

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Ooh la la Lancome

If you know me, you know I’m not a big makeup person. I’m more of a lazy natural person (ahem). But I do wear makeup occasionally, and every now and then I realize that despite never really using anything up, certain products do get old and gross and need to be chucked and replaced.

Enter my attentive stalking of makeup deals at places like Macy’s—I wait until they run something on sale with a bonus and then I score big. Like today, they have this Lancome Auda[city] in Paris Eye Shadow Palette marked down to $29 (they claim it’s a $346 value but c’mon; the regular price, though, is $69) with free shipping. Better still, spend $35+ on any Lancome products and you can nab this 7-piece bonus set for free (up to a $124 value).

You have no idea how thrilled I am just to find an eye shadow palette in normal colors (hello, makeup manufacturers! some of us of a “certain age” do not want glitter or electric blue, please and thanks), and I just love these bonus deals, too. It makes throwing out my old makeup so much easier to bear.

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I do love a deal on juice

I… do not understand people who drink juice. I am not a juice person. But my husband drinks orange juice every morning and both my teens love juice (possibly because I almost never buy it).

All of that said, I do feel somewhat vindicated when I’m able to find 1) juice with hidden veggies that they’ll drink and 2) a good price. That latter one goes double when we’re talking having a product shipped, because juice is heavy.

So: If you have Amazon Prime, and you like these V8 +Energy drinks, go snag a great deal—they’re currently at their lowest price ever ($15.52 for the 24-pack of either Orange Pineapple or Peach Mango), plus you’ll get up to an additional 15% off when you purchase via Subscribe & Save, plus there’s a Prime-only clippable 30% off coupon. I ended up with 24 cans for $8.53 shipped, which will surely make my kids happy until the next annoying thing I do….

(Bonus: these little 8-ounce cans are perfect for dorm fridges, and I feel slightly better thinking about my kids having a full serving of fruits/veggies while studying late at night than I would about them having Mountain Dew or something like that.)

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