- Blue Yeti USB Microphone for $119
The Blue Yeti microphone has been a hot item since Covid began 1 year ago, and is still rarely ever discounted from its $130 price.
Target had listed it for $117 around Black Friday, and there have not been any deas since.
Even stores like Best Buy and Staples exclude their coupons from discounting this quality microphone.
Today, Amazon is selling the Blue Yeti for $118.27, black color only.
It plugs into the USB port of a computer, and provides some of the best quality audio for consumers, without buying musician-grade gear.
We use our Blue Yeti for audio recordings, Zoom meetings, Google Meet video calls with family, and making YouTube videos.
For best quality, use the knob on its back to adjust the usage pattern modes knob.
While in Cardoid Mode, it can pick-up audio coming from your direction without picking up echo from your speakers.
Can be controlled by an Alexa and Google Assistant smart speakers
The more expensive Ultra has a faster processor, which means launching apps, starting streaming videos, and navigating menus will be quicker.
It also has an Ethernet port for a faster and more reliable connection than Wifi.
Roku apps had been slow to update compared to Android TV, but that has changed.
With the recent release of the HBOMax app on Roku and others, Roku is now our pick for having the most streaming apps available.
Plus, if someone has an iPad or iPhone, the AirPlay feature gives more control over their Roku.
Cast is also available, to play videos from Android phones, Chromebooks, and laptops with the Chrome browser.
These Roku devices are the only non-Apple players that have the Apple TV+ app, so people who got a 1-year Apple TV+ subscription free with their purchase of an iPhone can watch Apple TV+ on their TV.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
- Recipe eBook: The Basic Vegan Slow Cooker for Free
The Basic Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook: Guide of 250 Recipes to rebuild your Diet is available for free.
Click "buy with 1-Click" under the price on the right (not the "Read for Free" button).
If the "buy with 1-Click" does not work, try registering your Kindle device or set up the Kindle app.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
- Linux for Beginners eBook for Free
A beginner's guide to the Linux command line is available today for free.
The kindle eBook is over 300 pages, and has positive reviews.
To buy, click a purchase, buy, or buy with 1-click button.
There is an option to read it for free with Kindle Unlimited, but that does not give you ownership of the book for free forever.
If you do not see the a "buy" button, add a "kindle" device to your Amazon account by registering a Kindle or signing-in to the Kindle app on your mobile device.
Curbside Pickup at Whole Foods Market for Amazon Prime Subscribers:
If you pay for an Amazon Prime subscription, Whole Foods curbside pickup service is one of the best grocery services available.
Better than Instacart.
First, let's mention grocery delivery and why we do not recommend it:
Whole Foods delivery drivers make as many as 10 stops before reaching your home, so your ice cream and other frozen food may begin to melt by the time it arrives.
Drivers can drop off groceries and leave, without knocking on your front door.
Groceries may sit at your doorstep or garage door without you knowing.
Delivery windows are 2+ hours, making it hard to schedule your day with no way to predict precisely the time it will arrive.
If you are busy when the delivery arrives, fresh food can spoil if left outside for a while.
Drivers have, at times, delivered to the wrong address.
Amazon does refund when this happens, but can be frustrating to not get groceries when you expect to.
Below are our tips for grocery shopping for Prime members.
Shop Whole Foods on Amazon and choose store pickup.
Use a computer or tablet to shop, as their Amazon app currently does a poor job at Whole Foods shopping on a phone.
If you have ever shopped in-store and scanned your Prime code at the register, you can see your past purchases making it easy to re-order things that you like.
Add at least $35 to get free store pickup (free with Prime).
All prices, including sale items, are the same as if you shopped in the store as a Prime member.
Compared to Instacart's surcharge of 20% at Costco and 10% at other stores, shopping at Whole Foods can be cheaper than other online grocery shopping.
Deli items are available, but many prepared/cooked foods may not be.
Whole Foods does not carry many popular sugary and snack brands.
Many of their snacks are organic, and cost more than Oreos and Dorrito's.
That being said, many snack products are available from Amazon with free Prime delivery.
Fresh produce are available, but many nut products are not.
Popular nut brands are available from Amazon with free Prime delivery.
During checkout, choose item substitution options (or no substitutions on all items), and pick an available pickup time window.
You can add items after placing your order, up until their in-store shopper begins working on your order.
They keep your items refrigerated and frozen, so they remain fresh until you pick it up.
You will receive a text message or email saying your order is ready for pickup.
From your mobile device, click the link within that message to open the Amazon app, choose "Curbside" and click the button to let them know you are on your way.
If you do not have the Amazon app on your mobile device, download it so the store can track your vehicle en route to the store.
Make sure the Amazon app has location privileges enabled on your phone's settings.
Their employees, tracking your vehicle on its way, will bring your groceries outside at the moment you arrive.
Park in a designated "pickup" space, and their employees will load the groceries in your car.
If you did not enable location services, select the "pickup" parking space number where you are parked, and the store will bring your groceries to you.
With Covid-19's spread at its peak in nearly every corner of the U.S., curbside pickup is a great way to get fresh groceries and avoid risks of getting Covid or spreading it to others.
Some local grocery stores have their own curbside pickup options, which probably will have better prices than Whole Foods.
Plus, shopping at locally-owned businesses helps support them at times when many are struggling.
However, be aware that local grocery stores that use Instacart for their online shopping may charge Instacart's hidden per-item surcharges of 10% or 20% (rate varies by store).
So, unfortunately, customers using Instacart's service will probably spend more than a Prime member shopping at Whole Foods.
Not all Whole Foods locations have curbside pickup available, but the locations that do have made shopping quick and easy, without having to wear a mask, get out of your car, or wait in a parking lot.
Monday, January 25, 2021
- Honeywell Wifi Smart Thermostat $74
Honeywell Home T5 Smart Thermostat for $74.
Normally sells for $90.
Replacing your home thermostat with this (or other wifi thermostat) lets you control the temperature from your smart phone, Google Assistant, or from Amazon Alexa.
- 3-Pack Kasa Smart Light Switches for $37
Kasa Smart HS200P3 3-Pack of Wifi Light Switches for $37 ($12.33 each).
Normally sells for about $50.
Wifi light switches like these can control your lights through an app and with a smart speaker (Alexa and Google Home) individually or as a group, like saying "turn off all lights."
These are regular on/off switches without dimming.
The switches are "single pole" only, so they cannot be used in a 3-way configuration where two switches would control one set of lights.
Requires a skilled electrician to install these, as it can be dangerous touching live electrical wires in the wall.
- 2-Pack Blue Light Blocking Glasses for $7.50
2-pack of blue light blocking glasses for $7.50.
People wear these when staring at a computer screen, phone, or tablet for long period of time to reduce eyestrain.
We also heard of people who slept better through the night, by putting on blue light blocking glasses for an hour before going to bed.
Friday, January 8, 2021
- $10 Off $40 Household Products
Add at least $40 worth of household items that are "sold by Amazon", and a $10 discount automatically applies on the final checkout page.
Be sure all items are "sold by Amazon" (not a third-party seller on Amazon), and the $10 discount appears on the final checkout page before submitting your order.
Thursday, January 7, 2021
- Game: Immortals Fenyx Rising for Xbox/PS/Switch $30
Both Best Buy and Amazon are selling Immortals Fenyx Rising for PS5, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch for $30.
The game has positive reviews.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
- eBook: How Not to Die for $3
Michael Greger's popular book, How Not to Die, is available for Kindle for $2.99 today.
Usually sells for at least $10.
The book has a lot of thoroughly researched tips on improving health through even small changes to diet.
We personally know several people who were diagnosed with serious health issues then changed their diet to something similar to Dr. Greger's recommendations, in combination with doctor-prescribed treatments, and they are now living healthier lives than before.
Your results may vary, as everyone's body and individual circumstances are unique.
- Flexible Mini Tripod for Phone and GoPro for $12
UBeesize Flexible Mini Tripod for $11.89, about $5 less than normal price.
We like that it's very flexible, lightweight, and compatible with most standard size phones and GoPro cameras.
Its 3 legs can either hold phone on a table like you would expect from a normal tripod, or wrap around something like a cabinet handle for a unique camera angle.
Rather than holding a phone with hands or resting it against something on a table, this will provide a lot of mounting options.
We found ours so convenient that we sent this as gifts to our family to have in their homes.
Includes a mount clip for mobile phones of up to 3.54-inches (89mm) in width, and a GoPro mount.
Also includes a tiny remote for taking selfies, but we have not yet tried the remote to see how it works.
We mainly use ours for selfie-style videos at home, and for holding a phone while on video calls.
Its quality is good for indoor and travel use, but don't expect it to hold on to a bicycle or motorcycle handle.
Friday, January 1, 2021
- 27" Curved Gaming Monitor for $260
AOC 27-inch curved monitor with 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate for $260.
Normally over $300.
UBeesize Mini Flexible Tripod for Phone and GoPro for $17.10 when clicking the 5% coupon in the middle of the page.
One of our favorite recent purchases, for holding a phone or GoPro while on video calls and for self-movie making.
The flexible legs move in any direction.
Tripp Lite 7-Outlet Surge Protector for $19.81.
A reputable brand for reliable surge protection, and it normally sells for about $24.
Its 150V clamping voltage rating is one of the lower (best) available in a surge protector around this price, so the surge protection activates quicker and provides better equipment protection than other surge protectors sold at a cheaper prices.
Two 40oz Bags of Quaker Oats for $5.60 when selecting Subscribe & Save and clicking the 20% coupon in the middle of the page.
If you are a Prime subscriber, Amazon also has free delivery on $35+ of groceries from Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh.
- 12-Month Microsoft 365 Subscription And $40 Gift for $100
Buy a 12-month subscription to Microsoft 365 Family Edition at its regular price of $100, and Amazon will include a $40 gift card.
It automatically renews at the end of the 12-month period, unless you cancel.
Set a reminder on your calendar for one year from purchase.
Microsoft 365 includes Office apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and 1 TB OneDrive cloud storage per person to back up files and photos.
This package works for up to 6 people.
This deal is meant for someone are using the Microsoft suite of software.
Google has some free online alternatives to Microsoft's software, including Google Documents, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Gmail.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
- One-Day Sale on Digital Magazine Subscriptions
For today only, Amazon is offering some digital magazine subscriptions at a discount.
Many renew at the same price, but others renew at full price.
Be sure to read the terms of each purchase.
Can be controlled by an Alexa and Google Assistant
The more expensive Ultra has a faster processor (faster menu navigation) and has an Ethernet port for quicker streaming load times.
With the recent release of the HBOMax app on Roku, Roku now our pick for having the most streaming apps available, especially for someone with an iPad or iPhone.
These Roku devices are the only non-Apple players that have the Apple TV+ app, so people who got a 1-year Apple TV+ subscription free with their purchase of an iPhone can watch it on their TV.
And, the AirPlay feature has better streaming integration with iPads and iPhones, and more reliable than Cast.
Thursday, December 24, 2020
- Apple Watch SE for $250
The new Apple Watch SE is on sale at Amazon for $250 in either white or black:
- RavPower 15,000mAh USB-C and USB Battery Charger for $15
RavPower 15,000mAh Portable Battery Charger with one 18W USB-C output and one QC3.0 USB output.
Click the 50% coupon under the $30 price to get it for $15.
Includes a USB-C cable.
Can charge a USB-C device (up to 18W power delivery) and a regular USB device (with or without QC3.0 fast charging mode).
The 15,000 capacity can recharge a battery from 0% to 100% of an iPhone 12 Pro about 4 times, or an iPad Pro once.
This requires a USB-C power adapter (18W or higher) to charge its battery, and one is not included.
If you are considering buying a USB-C battery pack like this, it is likely you already have a USB-C power adapter that came with the device you want to power, but if not, adapters start at about $8.
We have the 20,000mAh version of this portable battery charger, which has 60W USB-C output.
That one is powerful enough to charge a laptop that uses 60W USB-C charging, effectively expanding its battery life by 50% to 75% while traveling.
Note that most countries and airlines do not allow battery packs in checked luggage, and have a strict limit of 27,000mAh total per carry-on luggage.
If you plan to bring more than one battery pack on your next flight, or a single pack with 27,000mAh or higher capacity, you could be turned away.
Monday, December 21, 2020
- Razer Gaming Mouse in White for $20
Razer DeathAdder Optical Gaming Mouse for $20, white in color.
A white-colored mouse is rare, and this sold-out within a day during the last 2 times it was on sale for $20.
The white may show more dirt and dust than a dark colored mouse.
- Height Adjustable 55" Desk for $289
Many electric height-adjustable desks sell for over $400, such as Uplift, but this 55x28-inch desk is on sale for $289.
Available in Black, Cherry, and Oak at this price.
As an alternative, Amazon has a bunch of desk risers that sit atop of a table that you already have, like this one for $110, which raises and lowers using a gas spring lever.
- 20-Pack Duracell AAA Batteries $10
On the right side of the page, look for the "Subscribe & Save" button and click it.
You may have to scroll down a little to find it.
Then, go back to the top and look for a 15% coupon just under the product's price in the middle of the page.
Final price will be $10.
- 20% Off Roku Streaming Media Players
Turn any old TV into a smart TV with a Roku streaming media player.
Roku recently updated their devices with Apple AirPlay support, a huge benefit for people with an iPhone or iPad.
Apple AirPlay lets you stream just about anything from your Apple device to the player, in a similar way to Chromecast's "Cast", but more tightly integrated into the Apple device.
For the holiday shopping season, Roku devices are on sale at 20% off, including these that support AirPlay:
Roku may have the best app selection available, with Android a close second.
If you have Apple devices (iPhone, iPad), Roku is the only streaming player that has the Apple TV app, for Apple TV subscribers, without having to pay a premium for the Apple TV player.
A few apps are not available on Roku, such as the HBO Max app, but Apple devices can use AirPlay to cast movies and shows from the HBO Max app to their Roku player.
For a similar deal, the Nvidia Shield TV Pro also dropped in price from $200 to $180 for the holiday season (Newegg, Best Buy).
This Android system supports "Cast" from mobile devices.
The Shield's best feature is its powerful CPU and graphics processor, so navigating Netflix & YouTube TV channels will be zippier, apps will launch quicker, and videos will start faster.
The Shield TV can also be a game console system for playing Android and Geforce Now games (Bluetooth controllers cost extra).
Friday, December 11, 2020
- 3-Pack of Variety Oreo Cookies $9
Variety pack of OREO Cookies: Original, Double Stuf, and Golden for $12.66, and click the $4 coupon in the middle of the page.
- BitDefender Antivirus Software for $12
Our Windows laptops use BitDefender for virus protection.
BitDefender is cheap and effectively protects without slowing the computers like other antivirus software we used.
Click the coupon under each product's price to get the deals:
Unlike other Antivirus software that doubles or triples in price after the first year, BitDefender's renewal prices are very good.
The Antivirus Plus software renews at $20 for 1 device and $25 for 3 devices.
This is a lot cheaper compared to other antivirus software.
There is a risk they could increase their renewal prices by the time your software's renewal's renewal is due, but they have not risen their prices in the last year.
Plus, the software lets you know when you have the option to renew, without worrying about an automatic renewal happening.
Monday, December 7, 2020
- Honeywell Wifi Smart Thermostat $74
Honeywell Home T5 Smart Thermostat for $74.
Normally sells for $100 and up.
When replacing your home thermostat with this (or other wifi/smart thermostat), you can control the temperature of your home with your smart phone or voice-controlled Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit.