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Need giant duffel bags?

If you do a quick search here on the site, you’ll find that I’ve gotten overly excited about Samsonite’s Tote-a-Ton duffel bags on more than one occasion. They’re huge, and when they’re on deep discount, I’m usually right there reminding you that these are the perfect bags for college students—haul everything you need into the dorm, then fold it up to the size of a pair of socks and stash it.

Well, well, well. It looks like we have an imposter on our hands, but at $8 apiece, pose away, I say. Today Macy’s has this Marc NY Carry-A-Ton Duffel Bag (hmmm… that name sounds… sort of familiar!) available in three different colors for just $8 apiece. These bags are 32″ x 17″ x 11.5″, whereas the Samsonite ones are an inch longer on the first dimension (identical, otherwise), but I don’t know how much an inch really matters.

Whether you’re sending a kid off to college, need to get things organized in storage, or have gifts to buy… you’d be hard-pressed to find a bag this size for any cheaper. Shipping is free if you pick up at your local store, or on your $48+ order to your home.

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Need a little vacuum?

I shared a deal here a while back where Amazon Warehouse stuff had additional discounts, including some very highly-rated vacuums, and that’s when I got myself a new vacuum, which I am now shamelessly, deeply madly in love with. (So much so, that I am willing to end that sentence in a preposition.) I ended up with the SharkNinja TruePet on a ridiculous deal, and now I am a newly-converted Shark devotee.

All of this is to say that my nerdy little heart may have skipped a beat when I saw that Home.Woot is featuring deals on a variety of Shark vacuums today, even though if I buy another vacuum right now my husband may have me committed. Of particular note is the refurbished Shark HV301 Ultra-Light stick vac, which is a perfect option if you live in a small space or if you want a supplemental vacuum in a larger space. (Yes, I have a stick vac in the kitchen so that I don’t have to get out the big vacuum every time I’m baking and end up spilling flour on the dogs.) (Er, I mean, I am the picture of tidiness, but you never know.)

Home.Woot’s price today on these is just $69.99. (For reference, this costs $125 new from Amazon, and has an overall 4.4/5 star rating with nearly 4,000 reviews.)

So, uh, I can’t snag one of these, but maybe you need one. Or maybe I should go do some cleaning with my current stick vac and see if maybe it breaks…? (I kid! I would never. Probably.)

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Heads up, contact-wearers!

Hello, my name is Mir, and I am a very delicate flower. If you know me in real life, you know that I wear glasses 95% of the time. I do wear contacts for certain things (stage, dressing up, outdoor activities where my face will get sweaty and/or my glasses might get smacked), but I never became a full-time contact lens wearer because I have really sensitive eyes. The last time there was a coupon on this contact solution I bought some purely because it was a good deal, and was delighted to discover it really was better than anything I’d ever used before. The last show I was in, instead of coming home and ripping out my contacts immediately, I often forgot I was wearing my contacts altogether. Magic.

So here you go: Today Amazon has this Bausch + Lomb Triple Disinfectant Multipurpose Solution Twin Pack available for $13.49, which is typical. If you wanted to save a little more, you could order it on Subscribe & Save, which would save you either 5% or 20% (yep, not 15%, because this counts as a Family item), depending on how many S&S items you have. What is not typical is that right now there’s also a clippable $4 coupon! So that’s a maximum of $9.49 delivered, or as little as $6.79 if you get the full discount. That’s less than you’d normally pay for one bottle of solution, much less two dropped off at your doorstep.

I could tell you I’ll be wearing contacts more often, but that would be a lie. No matter how great this stuff is—pretty darn great—I am still lazy. (However, I am lazy with well-moisturized eyeballs.)

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All about Invisalign, and some housekeeping

Hello! I took some time off for the holidays and when I came back, my whole site was borked (technical term). Originally we thought it would be a quick fix, and now… well, it’s still broken. (I know, you can see everything just fine! But none of the shopping links work at the moment, which is problematic.) I’m still trying to figure that out, but in the meantime, two things:

1) I am not dead. Hi! Still alive! I hope you and yours have had a peaceful and joyous holiday season.

2) A looooong time ago I asked y’all if you would be interested in hearing about my experiences with the Invisalign system, and you said yes, and then I promptly never mentioned it again because I am the worst. Whoops! Please forgive me. My son and I both went through treatment and now have awesome smiles, and I wrote a four-part series about it for Alpha Mom and you should check it out. Start here, then read part 2, then go to part 3, and then you’re ready for the final installment, after we’re all done. Bonus: these posts contain dorky selfies of me, which my daughter informs me means I am “so extra,” and if I had any idea what that meant I guess I might feel insulted.

Site work will continue and I’ll be back shortly (I hope).

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Allow me to spread the KitchenAid love

Have I gone on and on (and on and on and on) here about my love for my Professional KitchenAid mixer? I feel like I have. I make triple batches of cookies with ease, not to mention that bread dough (even when I don’t feel the “need to knead” to work out some aggression) is no match for its power. It may well be my favorite kitchen gadget. (Well, it ties my BlendTec blender, for sure.) And if I haven’t mentioned it before, my husband got mine for me, on a refurb deal, because he’s a romantic. (You don’t think that’s romantic? We have an interesting love language. And you are probably younger than I am. Get off my lawn, whippersnapper.)

Anyway! How exciting was it to pop up the Amazon Gold Box this morning and discover that they’ve got three different colors of KitchenAid Professional 6-quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixers for just $219 shipped, today only? So exciting!! Seriously. I mean, we all know the “original prices” on Amazon are fairy tales, but still, $219 is the lowest price they’ve ever had on this model, plus the average regular price is around $380. So it’s not quite the half-off they’re saying it is, but a darn good deal, regardless.

If you don’t own one of these beauties and have been waiting on a sale, today’s the day to bite. This mixer is a do-it-all a workhorse and you will not regret it.

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Possibly the most dad gift ever

Still looking around for Father’s Day? This is the absolute cutest and if you disagree I just don’t know who you are anymore.

Did you know that LEGO makes a ship in a bottle set? They do! And it’s adorable. I have never understood the whole ship-in-a-bottle thing, not really, but I’m here for it in LEGO. And if you have a LEGO-crazy kid, what better gift for Dad than something so dad-ish that they can build together, minus tweezers, stress, and probably some colorful language? Exactly. (Do bear in mind that this is a 12+ set, so if said kid wants to help and is very small, proceed with caution.)

Right now this set is priced at $59.88 on Amazon with free one-day Prime shipping, its lowest price ever. (No, not dirt cheap. Remember that LEGO sets very rarely go on sale at all, and when they do, $10 or $20 off is about as good as it often gets.) It’s still at $70 plus shipping on the LEGO site.

It’s possible I am a little too excited about this.

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Love straws? Time to go reusable!

I feel like it’s impossible to go anywhere online these days without coming across a story about how drinking straws are killing the planet. Animals end up either eating them or getting tangled in them and… it’s not good. I don’t want to kill animals! I just want to enjoy my beverage without it hitting my sensitive teeth!

Right now Amazon has this set of 4 silicone and 2 stainless steel straws with cleaning brush listed at $15.34, which seems a little nuts. But if you apply coupon code 80OFFDEAL2, your price drops to just $3.07, which is more like it. If you have Prime they ship for free (plus I’m being offered a $1 digital credit for slower shipping, which I’ll take because more Kindle books), and that’s either plenty of straws for home or maybe a combination of home straws and ones you can take out with you.

We have stainless straws at home, already, but I think I’m going to grab this deal and carry the silicone ones. I’ve always wanted to be that crazy lady with a purse full of straws. (Not really, but it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch for me, right? Don’t answer that.)

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Get ready to lounge around

Mother’s Day is coming, and then Father’s Day is coming, and heck, spring is here (well, for some of us) and summer is theoretically on the way. Why does any of this matter? Because it’s hammock time! (Feel free to have a U Can’t Touch This earworm for the rest of the day, as I now do; and if that makes no sense to you, get off my lawn, whippersnapper.)

Anyway! Need a great deal on a hammock? I am here for you. And you’ll be set for whatever hammock-needing reason you’ve got.

So right now, Rakuten has four different versions of this space-saving double hammock with steel stand and carry bag available for $57.49, which is already pretty good. But if you’re signed in (coupons cannot be used with Guest Checkout) you can also apply coupon code HOME20 for an additional $11.50 off, making it just $46 shipped. Is this the greatest hammock in the history of hammocks, and will it last forever? No, and no. But at $46 it’s a great deal on one that should last quite a while, and ’tis the season. Plus, then you get to say “Stop! It’s hammock time!” all summer long.

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Never be without charge

One of my very favorite gifts to give a teenager is a really good portable charger. Why? Because I plug my phone in at the end of the day, and if it’s been a really busy day, and/or I’ve been out for a long time, I might be down in the 50%-60% battery range. This is because I am old. My kids, on the other hand, regularly need to charge their phones by lunchtime because they’re almost dead. Do they need to be on their phones all day? Surely not. And yet, here we are. Having a portable charger stashed in their backpacks makes them feel a little less panicky.

This Mi Power Bank Pro 10000mAh High Speed Charging Battery Pack gets rave reviews, and when full, can recharge an iPhone four times. So the $25.40 price there isn’t too bad, anyway, but you can go ahead and apply coupon code 10XMSDPB at checkout to get another $10 off. I can’t think of another charger of this caliber you could snag for around $15 shipped.

Get it for your favorite teenager, or just get it for yourself. I don’t judge.

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Need a laptop backpack for under $20?

Personally, my approach these days is to buy my college kids one last backpack—and for that reason, I spring for a lifetime-guarantee one—and call it a day. But if you can’t afford to shell out for a top-of-the-line, we’ll-fix-it-forever bag, don’t fret. There are plenty of great options available for cheap.

For example: Amazon has this Luxur 37 Laptop Backpack available for just $30, which is already a pretty good deal for a roomy waterproof pack with padded sleeves for your devices and a nifty little charging portal which allows you to plug in to the built-in charging cord without removing your computer from the bag. I mean, it only has a one-year warranty and it’s not a big-name brand, but the reviews are excellent. At $30 I might consider it.

But you know we can do better, right? Apply coupon code PPB7ACDC for an additional 40% off; the bag I’d consider at $30 is a complete no-brainer at just $18. Buy it for your favorite college student. Buy it to use as your carry-on on your next flight. Buy it for whatever, because I don’t think you’re going to find a better bag at this price point.

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