A quick site note

Hello! Some stuff has been happening behind the scenes in the last week or so, and a few things on the site are now running differently. This shouldn’t affect you much, but if you find anything that is obviously broken, feel free to let me know.

Also: Hi! We’re getting closer to holiday shopping and I am excited to be here more in the coming weeks.

It’s practically the holidays, right?

Time has lost all meaning. 2020 has dragged on for forty years. I know less every day. Still, I have recently begun to look forward to the holidays, because I need something to look forward to, and they’re actually not that far off. So what am I doing? I’m shopping for stocking stuffers. Why not?

Amazon currently has this 4-pack of Gorilla Glue minis available for just $5.27 shipped if you have Prime, which is its lowest price ever, plus it’s 4 stocking stuffers, boom, you’re on your way. We like Gorilla Glue better than Super Glue for those annoying little projects that pop up, so these are handy to have around and I know they’ll get used. Plus, I always put some Gorilla Glue in my husband’s stocking, because I’m a romantic.

Alternatively, you can use them to glue all your doors shut to keep the world and the pandemic out. Whatever.

Life Is Good(er) with these savings

If you love all things Life Is Good—and why wouldn’t you, when they make all manner of happy clothing in impossibly soft cotton—you won’t want to miss their current sale, where items are marked as much as 40% off. On top of that, coupon code SMILE takes another 20% off of sale prices. And shipping is automatically free on every order!

If you’re ready to start shopping for the holidays, the best deals are on “Class of 2020” gear (they have some really funny options), plus shirts and jammies that are Christmas-themed—which means you could scoop up some really good deals early enough that you’ll almost certainly forget where you put them by December. Um. I mean, I would never have that problem, and I’m sure you wouldn’t either. Ahem.

I don’t judge

Listen, it’s been a long year. We all have our coping mechanisms. If yours is chocolate, I say good for you. And so if you need a giant jar of Nutella, especially when it’s marked down to an all-time-low price of just $6.63, I say enjoy.

I also say I would never just eat it straight from the jar, but who can say if that’s true? You’ll never catch me.

The clothing dilemma

On the one hand: I am (and most of you are) mostly at home during *gestures broadly* all of this, and so clothing isn’t so much of a priority in 2020, the Year of Our Sweatpants. On the other hand: perhaps you, like me, have been eating your way through the pandemic. Ahem. In which case maybe you do need some new clothes.

I did, so I just scooped up some amazing deals at LOFT because right now nearly everything is an additional 60% off with coupon code HOORAY, including already-deeply-discounted Final Sale items. I got some comfy things to wear around the house, and a couple of nicer items (that were too cheap to resist) to remind me that maybe, someday, we’ll go back out into the world.

I’m not telling you what to do, I’m just letting you know it’s a pretty good sale. And also that I need to stop baking so much.

The whole fruit, and nothing but the fruit

Hello! For better or for worse, I am ordering a lot of things from Amazon lately. It means I don’t have to go out, and because I have Prime, stuff arrives fast. Also I have been spending my coronavirus vacation (hahahaha*sob*) baking and sewing and sitting and eating, so I am now looking for some healthier snack options on account of many of my pants appear to have shrunk lately. It’s a mystery!

I just bought this 48-pack of Stretch Island fruit leather for $8.58, because 1) that’s the cheapest it’s ever been and 2) it’s nothing but fruit, with no added sugar. Also 3) I’m hungry.

Anyway, thought that one was worth sharing if you’re looking for some not-so-terrible-for-you, shelf-stable snacking.

Where I’ve been

Hello! Long time no post, I know. And in the meantime, there’s been… *gestures broadly* all of this stuff going on.

I wanted to check in briefly to kind of let y’all know what’s up. Basically, when coronavirus started running rampant, I had a very difficult time caring in the slightest about a good online sale on small kitchen electrics or whatever, you know? I was pitched several collaborations in the last few months—paid opportunities—all of which highlighted deals I personally believed to be really irrelevant and tone-deaf for the current reality, and so I turned them down. I have never, and will never, shill stuff here simply for my own gain. It’s just not my bag. Now that life is sort of leveling out, retail has taken a huge hit (obviously) and many of the merchants previously paying a small commission to those of us who linked to them are either vastly reducing those amounts or discontinuing those relationships entirely. That means the business model Want Not was built upon… no longer exists. At some point I’ll have to decide what that means for the future of this site, but I’m not making any decisions on that just yet.

While I haven’t been here, I’ve been making face masks, because it turns out that I need to Do Something and that was a Something I could do. My kid taught me how to use her sewing machine and 600-something masks later, I’ve gotten pretty good at it—I’ve upgraded machines and donated most of my masks here in my community and mailed others all over the U.S. (and even some overseas). If you/your family need masks and either cannot afford them or would like to acquire them in a way that will also give back (any donations I receive go back into supplies for the masks I donate), hit me up. I will make sure anyone who needs a mask can get one.

My family is safe and well (for which we are very grateful), but it sure does feel a lot of the time lately like many are not and we’re on the precipice of some much-needed change. We’re still figuring out our roles in that change, and having a lot of hard conversations around here, and it’s uncomfortable and depressing and utterly necessary. I hope you and yours are well, and I hope you are planning to vote this November.

While you’re stocking up…

… and possibly preparing for a quarantine or “isolation” or whatever you’d like to call it, don’t forget to make sure you have some family fun available so you don’t end up eating your offspring. Might I suggest the tabletop game Mysterium, which you probably don’t already have but is a super fun 2-7 player game? It’s highly rated and Amazon is currently selling it for $25.88 (half price!), its lowest price there to date. It’s for ages 10+ and I especially like that it’s a cooperative game, where everyone loses or wins, together. Check it out.

(Notice I am not suggesting you hoard toilet paper. Ahem.)

Calling all gluten-free pancake lovers

Listen; if you know me, you know I make most food from scratch, but that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally like a shortcut. King Arthur Flour gluten-free pancake mix is my favorite GF box mix and right now Amazon has a 6-pack available for just $11.60 shipped (or less when you buy via Subscribe & Save). That’s way cheaper than my supermarket, and aren’t we all supposed to be stocking up for this pandemic or something, anyway?

Plus my lazy (supposedly adult) kid loves this stuff and would never make pancakes from scratch. It’s a win all around.

When you need a little treat

I bought these the last time they were on sale like this, and may have audibly gasped when I saw they were on special again.

Amazon has their Dove 18-pack of 100-calorie milk chocolate bars currently on sale for $4.50 (free shipping with Prime). Even better, you can opt to order via Subscribe & Save and save another 5% (but, more importantly, it can help get your monthly total up for better savings on other items). They won’t ship until they’re back in stock, but at that price, who cares? I love having a small candy bar option around when only chocolate will do.

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