- Two Small Lights for Photography for $16 (expired)
Two-pack of table-top Neewer lights for $16 until 12:45pm Eastern (11:45am Central, 9:45am Pacific).
Normally $25, and Neewer makes good quality products.
We bought this two-pack when it was on sale a few months ago, and they work well to brighten a small area.
They work handheld as well as desktop/tabletop.
If you do take photos of objects and need more lighting, or looking to add some light to a wall for accent, these are pretty nice for the $8 each price.
We would not recommend these for webcam lighting, since they are too bright (with non-adjustable brightness) to safely shine at someone's eyes for a period of time.
They also cast light at a small area.
We use have these shining upward against the bottom of a shelf, which converts shadows into a nice color effect and helps brighten some of the room while on camera.
Compared to desk lamps, photography lights are typically brighter for a smaller area.
Similar camera lighting deals:
- RavPower Portable 22,000mAh Battery Charger $20
RavPower Portable Battery Pack with 22,000mAh capacity for $37.
Click the $8 coupon under the $36.99 price.
Add one to the cart, and begin checkout.
On the final checkout page, apply code ED35RPPP to get $9 off.
Final price is $20 plus tax.
Charges up to 3 regular USB devices at once, with a combined 5.8A output.
For example, charging two tablets at 2.4A and one phone at 1A.
Sunday, July 5, 2020
- Prime Members: 2 Month Trial of Showtime/Starz for $2
Amazon Prime members can sign up for Showtime & Starz for $1/month for the first 2 months.
Showtime has shows like Homeland, Billions, Shameless, and The L Word.
Watch using the Prime Video app on a smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, or similar streaming device.
Cancel any time.
After the second month, it renews automatically at $11/month.
Friday, July 3, 2020
- 10,000mAh Portable Solar Charger for $17 (expired)
On sale for the next couple hours is a portable USB battery charger with 10,000mAh that recharges with its tiny solar panel.
Most other solar-powered battery chargers sell for at least $25.
Overall, we feel $17 is a great value for someone who may be hiking, camping, or outdoors for days at a time.
Clip it to a backpack, so its phone-sized 7.4oz solar panel can charge up when exposed to sunlight.
Its solar panel feature makes this designed for emergency use for hikers and backpackers, rather than for every day use.
It can take 2-7 days to fully charge itself from sunlight, making it a nice way to ensure some power will be available for your phone if you will be away from a power outlet for days at a time.
Keep in mind though, phones often have no service where hikers and campers go, but even still, it could be useful for some situations.
It can recharge from a USB power outlet, too.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
- 12 or 24-Pack S.Pellegrino Sparkling Water $13
Extreme Pro 64GB Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card for $16.
Normally about $21.
The "Extreme Pro" is our favorite SD card for SLR and Mirrorless cameras, because its blazing fast write speed frees up the camera to take more photos instead of waiting.
- eBook: Learn Python Programming for Free
Click the "Buy Now With 1-Click" at the Kindle price of $0.00.
Do not click "Read for Free" on Kindle Unlimited.
- RavPower 10,000mAh Portable Battery Charger $9
RavPower, our favorite brand of portable battery chargers, is selling the 10,000mAh battery for $9 when clicking the $5 coupon under the $13.99 price.
Black color only.
Provides 2 USB ports and 3.4A combined output.
When fully charged, the 10,000mAh capacity can fully charge a dead iPhone 11 battery 2.5 times.
Charge the battery from any USB power source with 2.4A output.
- Samsung 256GB MicroSD Memory Card $34
Samsung EVO Select 256GB MicroSD Memory Card for $34.
Samsung makes excellent quality storage products.
The "U3" spec means this card supports at least 30 megabytes per second write speed, 3 times faster performance than a U1 card.
Other 256GB MicroSD cards sell for about $40, and this Samsung normally sells for $45 to $50.
MicroSD cards expand the storage capacity of non-Apple smartphones and laptops that have a MicroSD slot.
- Aukey USB-C 18W Charger for $6
Aukey 18-Watt USB-C Charger for $15, and click the 60% off coupon under the price.
Normally, USB-C chargers sell for at least $12.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
- TCL 55" 4K TV with HDR and Roku for $280
This TCL 55S425 is a great value large-screen 4K TV.
At $280 with free shipping, it supports 1080p and 4K video, HDR10, and has Roku built-in.
See the full specifications on TCL's website.
Lots of streaming apps are available with Roku, and the TV can be fully controlled by the included Roku remote and the free Roku app.
Anker Wireless Qi-Certified Charger Pad with Apple Watch Stand for $36.
Normally sells for about $50, although many lesser-known brands normally sell similar products for about $40.
Includes a QC 3.0 charger, which normally sells for $11.
Wirelessly charges Qi-Certified phones on its pad.
Has an optional stand for charging an Apple Watch, which requires the charger that came with your Apple Watch (this does not include a watch charger).
We have Amazon and Google speakers in our home.
They all mostly work the same.
When choosing a speaker, size does matter.
The larger (and more expensive) the unit is, the better its speakers and ability to hear your voice commands.
For $35 and under, the quality of the Nest Mini and the Echo Dot are quite good, and can easily fill a bedroom, kitchen, or bathroom with music.
For web searches and playing music we like, the Google speakers seem to do a better job.
The Google devices seem to have better personalization for each person in the house, playing more of the songs each person likes.
Google does charge $10/mo for Music or $12/mo for YouTube Premium.
Without paying for the service, you can still get personalized music but specific songs and albums will not play upon request.
Anyone with Amazon Prime membership means the Amazon options are a better deal.
With Prime Music, all Amazon speakers will play whatever you request.
If you have Spotify or Pandora, any smartspeaker will link up to them.
One bit of advice is to not put your smartspeaker on the nightstand, beside the couch, or within a couple feet from where people sit & sleep.
Devices like smartspeakers and phones use constant wifi or bluetooth, which generate some RF radiation.
Some studies suggest constant close exposure to
RF signals can cause cancer.
It makes us feel better knowing RF signals are not close by where we sit and sleep.
We use a
to detect the RF radiation strength from wireless devices.
- Jadaol 25-Foot Flat Ethernet Cable for $10.15
When connecting networking devices like computers, printers, surveillance cameras, wireless access points, and gigabit switches/routers in the home, good quality ethernet cables are needed.
If you need a long cable, we like the Jadaol brand sold on Amazon because their flat design hides along the base board of a wall and bends fairly nicely around corners.
Their 25-foot Cat-7 cable is on sale for $10.15, higher quality and cheaper than their Cat-6 cable.
The 50-foot is $8.40 more.
- TeoTronics LED Desk Lamp for $34
TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp is on sale for $34 (normally about $40 to $50).
White color only.
It has a lot of positive reviews, with nearly everyone raving about its brightness and minimalist look.
Also has a USB port for charging a phone.
$34 is pricier than many other desk lamps, but is a great price for people looking for something powerful enough to brighten a room, or need a bright light when on camera.
Saturday, June 6, 2020
- 6-Pack of 10oz Hand Sanitizer Spray for $27
6-pack of Suave Hand Sanitizer Spray, 10oz bottles, for $27 ($4.50 per bottle).
This contains 65% Ethyl Alcohol which, according to the CDC, is enough to kill Covid-19 and other viruses.
Note that "Ethyl Alcohol" is the same thing as "Ethanol Alcohol", and this product's 65% Ethyl is higher than the CDC's 60% Ethanol recommendation.
A 10oz (295ml) bottle is very large for hand sanitizer, and will not fit in a pocket or regular-size purse.
We guess that each bottle could provide at 70-100 sprays, so say you use 5 sprays per day, each bottle should last over 2 weeks.
- TP-Link 8-Port Gigabit Switch for $14.40
TP-Link 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch for $14.40.
Normally $17 to $25, and includes a 5-year warranty.
Like a surge protector extends the ports from an electrical outlet, a switch adds extra ports to an Internet router.
We own a couple TP-Link switches, and they work very well.
Wired network devices like a laptop, printer, and game console will have faster more reliable networking than any wireless/wifi.
9.2-foot LED light strip for $16.
Power and color can be controlled by a smartphone.
4-Pack Smart Power Outlets for $22.43.
Use an app or a smart speaker to turn on/off devices plugged in to them.
4-Pack Smart Dimmer Switch for $57.
Use an app or a smart speaker to dim and turn on/off lights in the home.
A skilled electrician will need to install these.
Note, they do not work with "3-way" lights, so it will not to replace a switch at both the top and bottom of the stairs that control one light.
Click the extra $5 coupon under the price, and select the Black color model.
Add one to the cart, and proceed to checkout.
Enter code TG21RPPP to get $6.50 off.
Final price is $34.50 plus tax.
A USB-C power adapter (30W or higher) is required to charge this battery.
If your laptop has USB-C power, it is likely that adapter will charge this battery pack.
The 60W USB-C power delivery means this battery is one of the only sub-$50 battery packs capable of charging laptop computers that use 60W USB-C power.
Includes a 30 month warranty.
When the 20,000mAh is fully charged, it can give about a 50% battery boost to a laptop computer that supports USB-C power input, or charge a dead iPhone 11 battery about 6 times.
RavPower 20,100mAh Portable Battery Charger for $40 when clicking the $10 coupon under the $50 price.
If you want high power USB-C portable charging from a battery that takes in USB-Micro charging, this one may be a good choice.
It provided about 50% battery boost to our laptop, takes about 3 hours to recharge with USB-C or about 20 hours to recharge using the USB-Micro input.
- Wireless Qi Charging Stand for $13
For iPhone, Samsung, and other phones that support wireless Qi charging, this Aukey Wireless Charger is $13 after clicking the $12 coupon under the $25 price.
Similar ones sell for about $19.
Does not include a charger.
Compatible QC chargers sell for $10.50, $12, and $14, and a 3-pack for $19.
Click the $3 coupon under the $60 price, then add one to the cart.
On the final checkout page, enter code EFTKYOZJ
Final price is $27 plus tax.
Includes a 6-foot USB-C cable, and connects to a laptop or battery pack that accepts USB-C power input.
Normally, USB-C chargers capable of up to 96W power would normally sell for $50 to $80.
We are excited about USB-C power cables because many modern laptops and some tablets support a lot of functionality by plugging-in a single USB-C cable.
More than just power, adding a USB-C hub like this one can give power to the laptop or tablet, add an external monitor, gigabit ethernet, and USB devices over a single cable.
Not every laptop/tablet can do USB-C power input, but if yours does, you can get more than just power input from a single USB-C port.
- 2-Pack of 3oz Banana Boat SPF-30 Sunscreen for $4.20 (expired)
Click the coupon under the $6 price and choose "Subscribe & Save" on the right, to get it for $4.20 with free shipping.
These normally sell for about $4 each.
Wait until your order ships, then you can change or cancel Subscribe & Save subscription.
Beware that Amazon will automatically re-order this sunscreen for you at a future date, so knowing where you can manage or cancel your subscription is important.
Friday, May 29, 2020
- 1 Gallon Hand Sanitizer for $45
Not a "deal" because of the price, but a deal because it's in-stock from a US-based company and contains the ingredients that kill Covid-19 (and other viruses).
Contains 70% Ethanol Alcohol and ships from the manufacturer in Pittsburgh, PA.
The price is average during pre-Covid times, and is a hot deal today because of limited supply.
Note that this comes in a giant jug, and is meant to fill empty bottles that you have.
If you don't have empty bottles available, consider getting some.
Monday, May 25, 2020
- 2 TP-Link Smart Plugs for $18
Two-pack of TP-Link Kasa Smart Plugs for $18.
Each plug into a single power outlet, and control the on/off function with a smartphone app, or from a smart speaker (Google Home or Amazon Echo), if you have one.
- Whole Foods Deals for Prime Members
For this holiday weekend, Whole Foods Market posted automatic discounts for Amazon Prime members on many products.
Lots of deli meats, snacks, and fruit have "prime member deal" discounts posted next to the prices.
Some discounts are 15% to 33% off.
There are far more discounted items than those shown on their page.
The only way is to search for groceries, and look for the green "prime savings" next to the prices.
Whole Foods, like many grocery stores, offers curbside pickup.
Front door delivery is also available at many locations.
- 50-Pack of Face Masks for $29
50-pack of basic surgical-like face masks for $29, in-stock with 2-3 delivery for Prime members.
That's 58¢ per mask.
Other deals are available for half this price, with delivery times of 2-10 weeks.
This deal delivers within a couple days.
Do not buy this mask expecting you will be protected from getting Covid-19 by wearing it, but rather, are for being a good person by helping others from catching anything you may be carrying.
Masks like these can be effective when everyone in a room wears them and practices social distancing, because the mask redirects germs and viruses downward rather than spreading freely in the air.
Studies show most infections of Covid-19 happen from people who are asymptomatic, so in lieu of testing, if everyone in a room wears a mask like this and stays 6+ feet apart, the spread lowers.
Healthcare workers and anyone put in contact with Covid-19 patients use better protection with N95 masks, face shields, and clothes/shoe coverings which are in short supply because they are effective at protecting the wearer from becoming infected.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
- 18-Pack Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Toilet Paper for $20
In-stock, and Staples orders are usually delivered within 48-hours if you are near to a Staples store.
Toilet paper had been difficult to find in-stock up until recently, not because of a shortage of the material, but because of packaging and distribution.
When so many people stayed home, using toilet paper at home rather than the bulk-made kind at offices, schools, sporting events, and restaurants, manufacturers could not quickly switch production to consumer toilet paper.
It took weeks for manufacturers to catch up and demand to fall, which appears to be happening now as toilet paper is now a bit easier to find.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
- Lenovo 28" 4K Monitor for $250
Lenovo 28-inch (L28u-30) 4K IPS Monitor for $250.
Normally $300 to $350.
The specs are very good, with 3840x2160 (4K) resolution, 178 degree viewing angle, 4-6ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 contrast ratio, one HDMI and one DisplayPort input, and VESA (100x100mm) mount capable.
Most other 28" monitors with similar specs sell for over $300.
For example, if the router is in the basement and there is no Ethernet cabling but coax is available and unused by TV signals, using these adapters can send the Internet to another room in the home without worrying about unreliable wireless signal.
Plug an Ethernet Switch or a powerful wireless access point like this one near your devices to get strong Internet to your home office, living room, kitchen, or wherever you need it.
Monday, May 18, 2020
- TP-Link Smart Plug for $15
TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug for $15.
Normally about $18.
Allows you to control a single power outlet with a smart speaker or their Kasa app.
We use a couple of these to control floor lights in the office.
They are also selling a smart light switch for $18, but requires electrician skills to install without being electrocuted.
- 6-Pack of 10oz Hand Sanitizer Spray for $27
6-pack of Suave Hand Sanitizer Spray, 10oz bottles, for $27 ($4.50 per bottle).
According to the label, this contains 65% Ethyl Alcohol which, according to the CDC, is enough to kill Covid-19 and other viruses.
Note that "Ethyl Alcohol" is the same thing as "Ethanol Alcohol", and this product's 65% is higher than the CDC's 60% recommendation.
A 10oz (295ml) bottle is pretty large for a sanitizer.
We would guess that each bottle could provide at least 70 sprays.
- 60-Pack Individually Wrapped Alcohol Wipes $17.15
60-pack of individually-wrapped 4x3-inch 96% alcohol wipes for $17.15 (29¢ per wipe).
This looks good for:
Wiping down groceries and containers that come into the home,
Cleaning door handles after someone touches them, and
Sanitizing a steering wheel or phone, when someone else uses them.
Its 96% Isopropyl Alcohol content can kill viruses on hands, plastic containers, hard surfaces, and cardboard boxes.
However, as explained in this article, adding a little water to the pads could make them more effective.
It seems too much alcohol can be less effective than alcohol mixed with a little water.
So these pads CAN work, but may work better if you ADD water.
Otherwise, regular soap can be a good alternative for killing the virus.
If you have a sink nearby, soapy paper towels and a little water should be another way to clean surfaces.
And, of course, hand washing (with soap) after touching something that someone else has touched, is the best strategy to minimize your risk of catching Covid-19.
20-Pack AAA Alkaline Batteries for $4.60 when choosing Subscribe & Save and clicking the 30% coupon under the $6.96 price.
After your order ships, be sure to cancel Subscribe & Save if you don't want Amazon to auto-reorder this item for you at a higher price on a future date.
Grey Poupon Mustard, 8oz for $3.
Same price as sold at grocery stores, but ships to your door.
Note that Amazon has come under fire for the way it treats its workers.
According to employees, it has been very slow at installing protections from Covid-19 and is under investigation for firing employees who complained about safety.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
- RavPower 20,000mAh USB-C Portable Battery for $30.10 and $38
RavPower is our favorite brand of portable battery chargers.
Here are some deals.
Select the black color (this deal is not available on the white)
Click the $7 coupon under the $50 price.
During checkout, apply coupon code D3TWUNJH to get another $7 off.
Final price is $38 plus tax.
Includes a USB-C cable.
This is only for someone with USB-C devices, as it must be charged from a USB-C AC adapter with 45W or higher (not included) and will work with any USB-C charger that came with a laptop or iPad Pro as long as it is rated 45W or higher.
Provides 60W portable power for a laptop or iPad Pro, for charging away from a power outlet, like outside on a patio, at a pool, or when you can travel away from home again.
Ours charges a Lenovo Thinkpad battery from 10% to 70%.
Note that some power hungry MacBook models will not take power from this RavPower, because some need more than the 60W provided.
Check your MacBook model or laptop specs, to see if it can take 60W (or less) power through USB-C.
This RavPower also has one QC 3.0 18W USB charging port for charging a phone or tablet, but this RavPower really designed to be a USB-C charger with its high 60W power delivery capability.
Non-contact voltage tester for $11, and click the $3 coupon under the price.
If you feel like attempting electrical work yourself, this tool can be very helpful.
For example, if you bought "smart" light switches, replacing existing switches will involve handling electrical wires.
Figuring out which wire is "hot" is important, because touching a "hot" wire will result in electrocution.
Even with the power shut-off, it's best to be very sure by getting a second opinion with a tester like this.
Its 12A (12 amps) power capacity means 5 phones/tablets/batteries can be charged simultaneously at their maximum 2.4A (2.4 amps) rate, or 6 devices at a reduced rate.
Its 5-foot power cord brings the charging ports closer, so you can use shorter charging cables.
USB chargers are considered "essential" items because they charge phones which keep family members in-touch, so Amazon ships this product with the highest priority.
Prime members get this item within 2 days.
When it arrives, register the product with RavPower to get a 30-month warranty (18 months will be added to the included 12-month warranty).
- 4-Pack Tennis Balls $3.20
Obviously for playing tennis, but can also be used to for trigger point therapy.
With guidance by a fitness instructor or physical therapist (as these videos demonstrate), a tennis ball (or a lacrosse ball) can help loosen tight muscles without spending more on a myofascial ball.
Friday, May 1, 2020
- Glass Electric Kettle for $22
Heats water faster than an electric stove can.
Normally about $26.
- 560-Pack Huggies Baby Wipes for $14
Meant for cleaning babies.
Can also be used to clean hard surfaces that have collected dirt, such as car steering wheels & dash boards.
Things to note:
They are alcohol-free, so they will probably not kill a coronavirus.
They are not toilet-flushable, and meant to be thrown in the trash after use.
- 6-Pack Lavender Liquid Hand Soap for $13.13
Ships when back in stock.
Washing hands with soap for 20 seconds kills viruses collected by touching infected people and objects.
Be sure to wash in between fingers and clean around the thumbs, as this video demonstrates.
Includes 1 year of antivirus protection, network threat prevention, ransomware protection, anti-phishing, rescue mode, VPN (200MB/day), password manager, and file shredder.
BitDefender has worked well for us for 6 months, without some of the issues we found with other antivirus software.
And, BitDefender is often on other people's lists of their favorite antivirus software, such as TechRadar.
Antivirus software often have high renewal prices, but BitDefender's prices are quite low.
At this time, their posted renewal price is $20 for 1 year and $63 for 3 years (for Antivirus Plus, 1 device).
For comparison, Norton and McAfee charge anywhere from $30/yr to $70/yr.
Its 45W USB-C PD output is capable of charging a USB-C laptop from 0% to 60%, if the laptop can accept 45W USB-C power input.
Check the specs of your laptop, keeping in mind that some power-hungry laptops need at least 60W input to charge their battery, and won't be compatible.
This is one of the least expensive portable battery chargers capable of charging a laptop (if supported).
Just one regular USB port capable of charging a phone or laptop at its maximum 2.4A rate.
Can charge with either a USB-micro cable or a USB-C cable.
- 12-Pack Bounty Paper Towels for $30.44 (expired: sold out)
12-pack of Bounty Quick-Size Paper Towels for $30.44.
Paper towel stock had been low since the Covid-19 coronavirus has hit the US.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
- Grocery Deals For Prime Members
Amazon prioritized and expanded their non-perishable groceries and household goods with Prime delivery.
Many items are available for delivery with Prime, any order size without filling a cart with Pantry, Fresh, or Whole Foods items which require minimum purchases and an available delivery time.
Their prices are close to grocery store prices, maybe a little more, but good if you:
Many grocery stores will sell items for less, but this is a good alternative to waiting in lines and risking catching the virus in crowds.
Also, shop household supplies from Staples.com and OfficeDepot.com when grocery stores and Amazon are sold out of what you need.
For example, WD-40, Tylenol, and paper towels may be in-stock with 2-day delivery.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
- Grey Poupon Country Dijon Mustard for $3
Same price as at the grocery store, without going to the grocery store.
- 6-Pack of 32oz Silk Almond Milk for $12
Six-pack of 32oz Silk Almond Milk, Unsweetened for $12.
This brand is carrageenan-free, a good thing for non-dairy milk.
However, Silk does have gellan gum and locust bean gum, which according to this blogger, can react negatively to people with sensitive immune systems.
- Anker USB-C Charger and Qi-Certified Wireless Charging Pad $26
Add one to the cart for $50, apply promo code SDAKB252 during checkout to get $24 off.
The pad charges wireless charging-compatible phones from Android and Apple.
Anker and RavPower make some of our favorite chargers and battery packs.
- 128GB USB Flash Drive for iPhone $13.60 (expired: price raised)
A cheap Chinese manufacturer is selling a flash drive for iPhone for $13.59 this morning.
Its reviews are positive, and seems like an easy way to transfer photos and videos off the precious internal storage of an iPhone, without having to pay for cloud storage services.
This cute & tiny portable battery charger is smaller than most other 10,000mAh batteries at 2.6 x 2.6 x 0.9 inches.
It weighs about 0.39 pounds (6.2 oz), so it has some weight to it, but should be easier to carry than other portable battery chargers.
When fully charged, the 10,000mAh capacity can fully charge most modern phones at least 3 times, which is a lot of capacity for such a small charger.
$20 is a nice price if you are looking for something portable and cute, but if reliability is more important, consider a more robust charger from RavPower or Anker.
Our 4-year old RavPower 10,400mAh charger had been recharged about 500 times, and is still providing about 70-80% of its battery capacity.
These days, portable batteries can be useful for medical and critical infrastructure workers who need quick access to chargers without being tethered to a power outlet.
Also hospital patients, who likely are not allowed visitors, probably also need easy access to phone charging to stay in contact with loved ones.