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Building kits for the big kids

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but: I sort of miss the days when every birthday and holiday gift was LEGO. Now that my kids are too grown up for all that, I kinda miss it, is all.

If you’ve got big(ger) kids or even adults who love to build, Amazon’s just done a bunch of price drops on Robotime kits. It’s not LEGO, but it looks really cool.

This treasure box is down to under $15 (49% off).
This robot music box is down to under $20 (41% off).
And this amazing train locomotive is down to around $25 (49% off).

Bonus: the parts probably won’t hurt nearly as much as LEGO when you step on ’em.

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Even though it’s Tuesday…

… two of my favorites still have their Cyber Monday sales going on! Both Modcloth and LOFT have 40% off nearly everything right now, with some items even more deeply discounted. And you still have all day today to get in on the deals. Better still, both stores are offering free shipping on every order!

(I’ll be honest; I was pretty much shopped out by yesterday, but I’ll make an exception for a couple of my favorite clothing destinations.)

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Steal the best jammies today

Whether or not you’ve been shopping at Old Navy in the last week, you’ll want to pop over there today—their Steal of the Day is $5 pajama pants and thermal tops for the whole family, and that’s aside from essentially the entire rest of the store being 40% off.

I swore I was going to stop getting matching pajamas for my kids every Christmas after the first one left for college, but here I am with a 21-year-old and a nearly 20-year-old and, well, let’s just say I appreciate sales like this from Old Navy a lot. #suckermom

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Need a ladder?

Maybe it’s not for under the tree—though I certainly won’t judge you if it is—but I got a couple of these Gorilla 3-Step Ladders on a previous deal and they are just about the handiest thing ever. At the current Home Depot price of just $9.88 (I’d suggest buying online and picking up at your local store) they’re a complete no-brainer. I use mine around the house whenever I paint (which was last… a couple of weeks ago), and my kid has one at her apartment to reach the top of the kitchen cabinets. It folds flat so it’s easy to tuck away.

So yeah, not the sexiest Black Friday deal ever, but still a darn good price on a highly useful item.

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It’s baaaaack

One of my favorite deals is back today, and this time it comes along with all sorts of other deals and free shipping! That’s right, Aerie is doing 10 pairs of undies for $30 again, as well as 40% off their collection and $20 pj pants. And everything ships for free, today only.

Just remember, ladies who are more my age, Aerie is juniors’ sizing. Size up! (I wear a 4 and I take a medium in their undies.)

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But what should you buy from Amazon today?

I don’t know about you, but I get a leetle bit overwhelmed by all the Lightning Deals and such at Amazon on days like today. It’s still worth it to wade through them, of course, but I thought I’d give you a few quick tips on deals you might want.

Do you have an Alexa? Today only, say “Alexa, order Amazon Smart Plug” and it’ll get put in your cart for $20 off—just $4.99.

Can’t afford an Apple Watch? (Me, neither.) The Amazfit Bip Lite is getting amazing reviews (especially on battery life) and today it’s just $50.

There are tons of board game deals happening right now, which means I have to mention the perennial family favorites like Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne (both half off today).

Still don’t have an Instant Pot? Over half off, today—just $65 for the 8-quart.

Finally, this is not a special deal but I’ve been meaning to share that I saw these Levi’s jeggings on one of those “things at Amazon that really are as good as everyone says” clickbait lists and because they were around $22 I figured what the heck. Y’all. Y’ALL. I am not a “leggings are pants” person. I do not want jeans that look like leggings. These are not only insanely flattering, they look like regular jeans but feel like leggings. And they’re cheap! I love them unapologetically. Price varies by size/color but you will not be sorry.

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Shop for the family

The usual suspects in department stores will allow you to find clothing deals for the whole family, of course. But if you’re shopping for the kids, everything is at least 50% off and up to as much as 80% off at Children’s Place, and if you’re shopping for nice clothes for guys, don’t miss Jos. A. Bank because today they’ve got deals on everything from ties to shoes and everything in-between.

(Children’s Place isn’t particularly pricey even at full retail, of course, but it’s nice to save. Jos. A. Bank, on the other hand… I love their clothes, but my husband only gets stuff from there during sales like this!)

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Target’s gonna do you a solid for later

If you’re shopping at Target for deals today, they’ve got you covered for a future shopping trip, too—spend $50+, and they’ll email you a 20% coupon to use on a future shopping trip. Pretty sweet.

They’ve got the usual suspects as doorbusters, of course, including a pretty sweet deal on Apple Watch 3 if you don’t mind going with an older version to save some cash. Tons of toy and game deals, too. And (of course, my favorite) don’t forget the matching family pajamas for maximum child embarrassment!

But that future coupon? Well, Imma take that to the store for groceries next month, because I’m no fool.

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Goooood Black Friday morning!

Good morning! Is everyone else still full or is that just me? No matter—there’s shopping to be had today.

My regular rounds to start the morning are the Amazon Gold Box, Kohls (where you’ll earn $15 for every $50 spent, plus coupon discounts and doorbusters), and Macy’s (doorbusters and some items are also coupon eligible, plus free shipping at just $25).

Once I have some coffee I’ll see where else you’ve gotta check in today, but for “I’m not sure what I need but I definitely want a deal” shopping, start with those three.

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Don’t forget the deals on essentials, this week!

Hello! I have been spending most of my time on Poshmark lately, but as we’re coming into the most shoppingest (totally a word) time of the year, don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten you.

Just as Halloween decorations seem to start showing up in the stores the minute the kids go back to school, this whole Black Friday/Cyber Monday thing is creeping earlier and earlier on the calendar. And that’s good news for those of us who don’t want to do a marathon day of shopping, but it’s also good news because absolutely everyone is trying to get in on the deal mania, which means this is also a great time of year to buy non-gift items. Here’s just a few sales I’ve spotted (and maybe used, who can say…?) this week already:

Michael’s is offering huge discounts sitewide, plus if you shop by tomorrow you can use coupon code TURKEY20W for an additional 20% off most items. (I needed some picture frames. Done.)

Zenni Optical is hard to beat even without a coupon—complete glasses from $6.95, all the time—but right now code BF2019 takes 20% off everything and 30% off blue blocking. (I have so many pairs of glasses, but there are so many cute pairs to be had!)

There’s tons of Black Friday specials already live at Ulta, with free shipping on your $35+ order, and coupon code 754349 takes an extra $3.50 off your qualifying $15+ purchase. (Is luxury beauty a “need” category? Probably not, but maybe your favorite items are on sale.)

Black Friday free shipping + 40% off tons of items is already live at Happy Socks, and while socks always make good stocking stuffers, you deserve fun socks, too.

And (of course) Overstock and Amazon are already marking things down like crazy. (I’m not saying the husband and I finally bought each other the totally romantic gift of matching bedroom furniture after having been married for over a dozen years, but… oh, never mind, yes I am.)

The point is, don’t wait until Friday if there’s stuff you need/want. There’s plenty of places to save right now, before everything goes out of stock.

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