Kicking it off with a deal from LEGO.com: Spend $85 or more and get the LEGO 142 piece Blue Fury hot rod kit (40409) for free. This is a repop of the original LEGO Model Team Blue Fury (5441) from the mid-'90s.
Who’s gonna spend $85 at LEGO, then make me a deal on that hot rod?
@JnKL I only like the breakfast (bacon of course) pizza if it’s on thin crust. Oddly enough, I only like the thin crust for a few pizzas.
BTW, did you know you can have a breakfast pizza made with the gravy (from the biscuits and gravy) instead of the cheese sauce? Personally I don’t care for the b&g (too much black pepper), but it is an option.
@msklzannie this made my head explode. I had NO idea you could have gravy instead of cheese sauce. When I read the email notification of this comment, I stood up to get everyone’s attention and told the office this wonderful news. No one knew.
If you’re into Smarthome devices, our experience with TP-Link smartplugs and switches has been bulletproof. Compatible with both Alexa and Google Home.
Never seen TP-Link smart switches this cheap, $12.75 each in a 3-pack, after coupon and Amazon Prime promo reward bonus.
$55, clip the $10 coupon to get to $45. Then the normal 5% reward on the Amazon Prime credit card + a special extra 10% reward on some TP-Link devices. (15% Fine print under the coupon shows the other eligible devices.)
Note, being smart switches, they need power - that means the switch box where you use them must have a neutral (white) wire, not just a hot (black) wire. Most newer homes will have it if they were built to national code, but older homes might not.
To give you an idea what “older homes” means… my house was built in 1984 and does not have a neutral wire to the switches. I can’t say for certain when this became standard practice but I’m guessing it was included in the 2010 NEC update.
@ruouttaurmind this house is 2006 and there are neutrals in the boxes. Just another data point.
We don’t have any decora switches and I don’t really like the look so I think I’m stuck with the GE toggles for smart switches. Got one going bad that needs replacing (dimmer that buzzes and gets a little warm on anything but full brightness).
@ruouttaurmind I ordered a roll of thick black plastic from HD online for store pick-up. It was a long, crazy line outside but they had parking places for pickup and I was greeted politely & promptly and the man fetched my purchase quickly. I was in and out in 5 minutes.
The real trick/question here is whether you have to be home to sign for the delivery for this thing.
Last time I ordered something from Home Depot, they didn’t tell me until after the fact that I had to be home to meet the delivery truck and there was no way to sign off and allow them to just leave it.
It was a snow blower, so it was a big item.
Being home for a three-hour window during your working hours is pretty annoying when you have a long commute. Especially when the guy doesn’t actually show up and then they want to call and reschedule the delivery. It took several calls to customer service to get the order cancelled because I wasn’t going to miss another half-day of work again.
@therealjrn I tried the curbside pickup option a couple weeks ago. I had been into the store a few times prior and figured curbside was the way to go. I called the number on the sign and was placed on hold for about 15 minutes waiting for someone to pick up the CS area. Once I gave them all the information they needed it was another 20 minutes waiting for my order to come to me. Obviously different locations will offer different experiences, but since that is the only store within 10 miles of my house I’m kind of stuck there.
Last weekend I had to go into the store for some plumbing bits. The parking lot was nearly full to capacity and I had to wander around to find a spot, then I waited in line at the door for maybe 8 or 10 minutes for entry (they’re only permitting 150 customers at a time into the store). Of course once I was inside everything was relatively smooth.
Nah, I’ll take my chances with shipping. On occasion I’ve opted to go to Ace Hardware and pay twice as much just so I could avoid the big box DIY stores.
@ruouttaurmind@therealjrn I had a similarly frustrating experience at a store called At Home. I decided to do curbside pick up. The instruction was to txt a specific number about a half hour prior to arrival, and then again upon arrival noting your order number and car info.
I followed directions and was the only car waiting. After sitting for ~20 minutes I called and was told, oh that system does not work. Do you want to just come inside? I asked if now they knew I was here if they could just bring my order out as I have been waiting for some time. Begrudgingly they brought out MOST of it.
I’ve had a K&N HVAC filter in my saved for later Amazon cart for a while now. Today I saw that they are dramatically cheaper than they used to be.
https://www.amazon.com/Home-Reusable-Furnace-Filter-24x24x1/dp/B07PLLJ6RS is $35 and change, while it has mostly hung out in the high $50s. Previous low price was $46.xx, which was back last holiday season and when this thing went in the think about it cart for me. Don’t know if this is a special deal or a price fluctuation, they may be matching some other retailer’s deal of the day. A quick look through other sizes shows that all the ones I checked are at their lowest ever price.
Like the K&N car air filters, this is a lifetime filter that you wash and reuse. They have a cleaning solution at about $12 a bottle on the 'zon as well.
Also, saving things for later in your Amazon cart is just a generally good deal finding strategy as long as you regularly buy things on Amazon. When you add something to your cart you will get a notice that the price has changed on other items in your cart. If you don’t visit the site often, though, it’s probably better to use something that will send you an alert like camel^3.
@ruouttaurmind I mean, you probably could. The hose is the prescribed method of cleaning. You might need to use some kind of cleaner though, maybe simple green or something? I guess it depends on how dirty your dust is.
I have this set from Meh circa 2015 or 2016. They are ok knives and have held up well. They are the second class set my wife uses because she’s afraid of the good knives, but I also don’t care if these go in the dishwasher.
So far no paint flaking off or anything. For that price I can recommend to anyone getting started with a kitchen or who doesn’t want/need more expensive knives. A good sharp knife makes a huge difference in food prep effort, almost as much as knowing how to use it.
Buy a cheap sharpener too while you’re at it. The Rada R119 is about as simple as it gets to keep an edge on a no frills knife.
If this $10/12 set is too low brow - Costco is selling a much nicer Cuisinart set for $22.
Ground “German steel” blades versus these stamped blades.
However, while the soft grips of the Costco set are nicer than this $10 set’s hard plastic, unbalanced handles when new, they aren’t so wonderful after the “rubber” has aged and become gummy. Like the otherwise wonderful $20 two knife set we bought from Costco several years ago, but that are now sitting on my work bench begging for a handle-solution.
@djslack@RedOak Yesterday, I checked it out, looked available, added to cart, but going to checkout screen got a message that it wasn’t available for delivery. Going back to the product page, it then showed sold out.
I have a question for @ruouttaurmind. Or anyone who knows about tracfones. I bought a nifty little burner tracfone with a year’s service for $50- I planned on using it as a backup for the year and then as a media player. My son still can’t find his phone and would like to switch his service over to this one.
BUT the box says I’m not allowed to flash it to any other provider.
My question is, how serious are they? Will they send me to phone jail? Will Verizon know it’s a tracfone and refuse to help me?
@msklzannie Amazon is still selling the phone (and it’s a good deal) and they said something about 12 months. That must be what they mean- that it’s unlockable but you’re not allowed to by their contract until a year is up. Thanks! I guess he’ll have to save up his pennies for a new phone if he wants data.
Just received a friends and family coupon code for $100 off a SoClean2 machine. Basically a machine that cleans your cpap equipment with ozone. I got one for myself at Christmas and love it!! Decided to use the code to grab one for my dad as well
Anyway thought I would share. And before anyone asks there is no kick back, not tied to my account, nothing. Enjoy
Code is: FANDF100
Also got a code for 15% off filter replacements, but you would have to order separately- cannot combine codes
Roku owners now have even more options for free live TV programming.
Launch the Roku Channel. You should seen an icon labeled “Live TV Program Guide”.
One thing I like about it is the traditional TV listing chart format, and the very easy nav. It reminds me more of my old Dish Network program guide, and is maybe a bit more intuitive and easier to nav than, say, the Pluto channel.
The guide offers 12 hours of listings. It’s peppy and fluid, without the herky-jerky scrolling of the Pluto channel, YouTubeTV, et al. Switching channels is lightning fast as well (at least on my Roku Ultras and Sharp Roku TV).
@tinamarie1974 Nothing I tried to access required an additional subscription. Of course there are like 115 channels, so I didn’t try them all, but of the dozen or so I tried switching to, all worked as expected without requiring any fees.
You won’t find the more premium cable channels represented (AMC, FX and such) but there is a fair bit available including news, sports, kids, nature and documentary, and entertainment.
@ruouttaurmind thx, will check it out. We use both FireTV and Roku but have been in the FireTV habit lately. (I tell myself it is handy to be able to verbally ask the remote control to display our Alexa-compatible security cameras.)
@RedOak@ruouttaurmind So how well do the wyze cams work with a smart display? Been thinking on a low cost way to set up a camera for my parents, need something with a display of some kind, so they don’t have to pull out a phone and load up an app, but would have to be a pretty easy to use. Searching for it mostly gets a bunch of forum replies with people having issues.
Any recommendation on which smart display?
@kevinrs I can only comment on the Lenovo Smart Display as I have no experience with the Google Home Hub or Fire TV configuration.
When Wyze initially rolled out this feature it was glitchy. It would work for a day or two, then stop working, I would have to re-link my Google Assistant account to my Wyze account, lather, rinse, repeat.
But for the last six months I have not had any issues. I have multiple cameras. To see a specific camera I just say “Hey Google, show me the east back yard” or “show me the driveway”. Up pops the image. There is about a three second lag between what the camera is seeing and what I’m actually seeing on the display, but I attribute that to my very slow 8/1 net connection. I could be wrong, and everyone might have that same phenomenon. I haven’t bothered to check because it’s suitable for my purposes.
I can view all my Wyze cameras, but I cannot control the Wyze Pan cameras. Can’t rotate or tilt or zoom, only view whatever it’s pointing at. If I have tracking enabled on the pan cam, it will continue tracking as normal, but I can’t manually control them.
Woot has new Silhouette machines on sale through midnight tonight CDT. I went ahead and bought the C4 since I also had a $10 “we miss you” coupon to use. All the machines have a 1-year warranty from Silhouette America.
Black Cameo 4 for $199.99 (regularly $299.99)
Black Cameo 4 bundle for $219.99 (regularly $329)
Silhouette Portrait 2 Starter Bundle for $124.99 (regularly $179.99)
Alta Plus 3D printer for $249.99 (regularly $349.99)
In store, Hobby Lobby has clearanced frames and shadow boxes (up to 75% off). I bought some (shadow boxes) of various sizes. One was a really ornate (think wedding-like) 12×16 normally $70 that I got for $20. I’m going to use it in making a gift for my cousin whose wedding was postponed due to the pandemic.
Four hunnert bucks? Really? Ya, there are lesser expensive portable evaporative coolers out there from uncommon brands. For a better sense of value, compare this to the $600 Portacool 120. Key differences: The Honeywell uses many off-the-shelf parts so maintenance and repairs won’t require expensive OEM parts. Also, the Honeywell has a much larger evaporative area which results in cooler air. CFM rating of a cooler means nothing if the device is only moving that air through a small evaporation pad.
I got this for my mom this weekend and set it up on her rear patio. She can wheel it around easily. It does a pretty decent job keeping her cool. Saturday when I set it up for her, the ambient temp in the covered portion of the patio was 104*. The cooler was blowing 83* air after about three minutes of operation. Not bad. And it can move a BUNCH of air, easily providing cool air to her gardening bench about 30 feet away.
-All that airflow comes at a cost. On the highest fan setting, it’s pretty loud.
-It will empty the 14 gallon water tank it about 90 minutes; best used with the constant-on/auto-shutoff water supply (garden hose connection).
-Likely won’t provide the same level of cooling performance in more humid climes. Works great in the southwest, might not be an ideal solution in, say, Louisana.
-For whatever reason, all larger portable coolers I looked at are designed for optimal performance, and given zero regard for aesthetics. Per my mom: “That thing is ugly! If it didn’t work so well I wouldn’t allow it in my house!”
-It’s BIG. Like, really big. Standing about 42" tall, 27" wide and 18" deep. BIG.
Chase Ultimate Rewards cards, Q3 signup available now: 5% cash back at Amazon and Whole Foods Market. Q4 categories are still TBA. The current quarter (Q2) rewards categories are grocery stores,
fitness club and gym memberships, and
select streaming services.
For those who have Discover Card Cash Back Bonus accounts and may have missed it, Discover added Home Depot to the 5% bonus through June 30th. Discover Q3 signup is available now, and includes restaurants and PayPal. Q4 is the usual Amazon, Target and Walmart.
For those who have American Express Membership Rewards cards… why bother? That program has been about useless for years now. Other than the occasional Amazon bonus discount for using points to pay, AMEX rewards is the lowest yielding program in the sector. Although the AMEX Account Credit offers can sometimes yield decent results.
I don’t own this light. Yet. But Friday by 1PM I will know if it’s awesome or notsome. SMH. I really gotta get some sleep.
3 Bright Leds To Illuminate Jobsites
1 Bright Red Led To Preserve Night Vision
2 Brightness Settings - 1000lm and 90lm
Matches lowest ever per C3, currently $100 at HD and $89 at Lowe’s. 4.8 stars from over 3,100 reviews on Amz.
@mike808 Excellent piece of equipment. Very, very bright. There are tons of very good flashlights out there in the sub-$50 price range, but I find great value in the ability to use a single battery platform across all my power tools. On this light I can use a compact, lightweight 2AH battery pack, or for serious run time, slide on my big 8AH XR battery pack, or anything between. Survey says: would buy again.
@sammydog01 Zavvi has been offering some pretty sweet prices on various higher-end kits over the last 6 months or so. I passed on them because Zavvi is unknown to me and I’m reluctant to dole out $200 or $300 and wind up receiving a Chinasian counterfeit.
@ruouttaurmind I sure wouldn’t buy one from them. I just started working on my giant pile of thrift store Legos. I have part of a jet, part of an x-wing fighter, and most of a Harley Quinn set. And a lot of mystery sets.
@sammydog01 So after poking around a bit, then an hour-long international phone call to one of my old mates in Newry, I discovered Zavvi is the online presence of the old entertainment goods retail chain which occupied many of the abandoned Virgin Megastores throughout the Republic and UK. Similar model to the fleeting online presence of Circuit City in the US after they closed their retail locations and eventually shut down entirely.
I guess I never had occasion to encounter Zavvi retail when I lived there.
Anyway he says they are totally legit, and has personally ordered from them many times. Zavvi is his primary source for video disks and vinyl music.
Good to know. I also learned Zavvi charges about $13 shipping for most of their LEGO kits based on today’s exchange rate.
I’m dying to do this, but I’ve been scorched by randos and mystery events way too many times. $200 is just too big a nut to take the chance of yet another screwing.
Here’s the information from the app:
It’s. A. MYSTERY! MwahahahahahahahahaHUZZAH!
Yeah, sorry. Not really sure how to do a write-up of something that not even I, the all-knowing Woot! Writer, knows. Um… Well it’ll sure the hell run on electricity! That I can (not at all) guarantee!
Today’s sale is a bit of a Mystery. Instead of focusing on a product, we focused on a price and filled in the blanks later. Due to this, we can’t really tell you what you’re buying because we can’t be sure what you’ll get. All we know: in exchange for your well earned money, we’ll send you some kind accessory or gizmo for your Personal Computer device. After that, things get a bit hazy.
At minimum, you should expect to receive the following:
Some kind of Personal Computer related accessory, peripheral, device, etc…more on that below
The thing you get will most likely be REFURBISHED; some of this stuff is probably new or at least new in open-box condition. Just to set expectations, don’t plan on anything you can re-gift
INTENSE disappointment. The list below is REALLY cool. Just plan not to get what you hope you’re going to get
MORE! If you played along last month, you’ll remember this being cheaper. It was, and the list of what we could bring you was also…cheaper. This time it’s a little more expensive, but the value we can bring you is much higher
Now let’s deep dive the possibilities:
We’ve got HP Business Class Notebooks
We’ve got Dell Business Class Notebooks
We’ve got Apple MacBooks
We’ve got Apple iMacs
We’ve got Apple iPad Pro Tablets
We’ve got Dell XPS & Alienware Gaming Laptops
We’ve got LG Gaming Monitors
PLUS, some other things…
We’ve got STUFF. And we’re charging a relatively low price for it (based on what we could find).
TL;DR: Give us money, we’ll send you a THING worth a bit more than what you paid us. If you play the odds, you might get something MUCH better than what you paid for.
@RiotDemon Ya, the whole ‘worth a bit more than you paid’ nonsense. If I’m gonna throw down a couple hundred bucks on something worth a couple hundred bucks, I might just as well go pick something I like/want/can use.
Plus, Woot’s placement of value is typically way over stated in these events.
@RiotDemon I wouldn’t be at all surprised. In my case, with the mystery lots,I’ve always wound up receiving less value than I paid since Woot evaluates total value based on new-MSRP. I totally got stung by the School Crate mystery “plethora” of stuff. $25 for a lunchbox, a shirt and a pencil. Oh, and an expired Shirt. coupon. Woot justified by placing the “actual value” At like $45 $50 or something silly.
I stayed away from Woot for a very long time after that.
@cinoclav@RiotDemon@therealjrn Other than BOCs, has anyone ever done especially well with a Woot rando? I sure never have. What I’ve received was always way over valued in the description. Sometimes equal in value to the price of admission, or in many cases worth less. In some cases worth significantly less. I had to get stung many times, but I finally learned my lesson with Woot randos and mystery items.
@OldCatLady Suggest a VPN and a torrent search if you don’t want to “register” with google that you’ve made your own copy of this book. Or just buy the book.
But definitely stock up on popcorn. November will be a real shitshow, and a real test of American Democracy against racism and the corruption to the core of the Republican party goose-stepping to Hair Furor’s every craven whim and delusion.
@ruouttaurmind My husband had the same problem with aluminum in deodorants, antiperspirants, whatever you want to call them. It took us a while to figure out that it was the aluminum in them that caused the problem. We finally found something that worked wonders for him and kept him dry. I was nice and let him keep it in the divorce settlement.
@Barney@ruouttaurmind I started using Native deodorants about a year ago. I’ll use a regular antiperspirant when I know I’m going to be doing something strenuous like skiing all day but otherwise the Native works great. It’s definitely overpriced but they run sales where you can get 3 for $20.
Great price. Description says it’s 100% memory foam inside. Overall dimensions are about 41" x 27" x 3".
Be sure to pad your cart with $12.34 of puppy treats or toys for free shipping. Yup, unlike most online retailers, Chewy seems to calculate free shipping based on the pre-discount purchase total. So bully for them.
Once your cart is padded with treats and toys, the total comes to about $33. Decent deal.
@Kidsandliz Most better quality pet beds are moisture proof to protect the inner padding, with a removable cover which can be washed. Theoretically you shouldn’t ever need to wash it. I don’t know if this particular bed is like that. If it’s not, Amazon sells Furhaven pet bed covers on the cheap which are washable and provide a moisture proof barrier.
@Kidsandliz@ruouttaurmind yeah, I’ve never washed the inside of dog beds. Covers only. I have three furhaven beds and haven’t needed to wash the inside besides one time because of something getting spilled on it. I washed it with a hose.
@RiotDemon@ruouttaurmind For me this becomes an issue when the cats shred the covers kneading them because they are so happy with their bed. Then someone pukes in there and I need to wash the cushion since there are now rips and the cushion gets coated. Covers are a good idea. I had no idea covers were sold. Had never seen any.
Ace Hardware: Craftsman 13 inch Canvas Tool Bag for $5 and free in-store pickup or free shipping / free local delivery with $50 order* May require a free-to-join Ace Rewards account to get this price?
*Local delivery where available
I love these for storing my smaller power tools which didn’t include a case or bag. Perfect for my yellow and black 20v tools which were purchased as “bare tools”. Lots of room to accommodate one tool, a handful of accessories and a couple batteries. Each of the 6 exterior storage pockets comfortably fit a Dewalt compact battery pack up to 3AH. The 5 bags I’m using now are all 10 to 15 years old and still going strong. YMMV as the Craftsman brand evolves as a non-Sears entity.
I picked up my order for three of these bags on the way to the office this morning. They seem just as well made as the old bags I’m using now, but there was a change to the pocket design. Where my older bags have 3 mesh pockets on each side of the bag, this newer version has 3 mesh pockets, with 3 canvas pockets directly behind them, in sort of a tiered manner.
I’m not sure if my batteries will fit into the canvas pockets, but they should still fit in the mesh pockets. Though I lose the ability to put a battery on each side of the bag to maintain weight distribution and balance, I wouldn’t say this is a show stopper, particularly in light of the price, and the seemingly durable construction of the bag.
@Barney@tinamarie1974 I usually play these games in the middle of the night. That way if it’s awesome I buy it and if not I stick it in my cart and think about it in the morning. This sold out at maybe 7:30 am.
Redeem the digital code at Vudu, Google Play, AppleTV/iTunes or FandangoNOW. Does not appear to be MA compatible?
Yes, Fanflix is legit. I’ve purchased several titles there. Some are MA, some are not. In this case, I do not know. Also, when redeeming Fanflix codes at AppleTV/iTunes some codes redeem in 4K. Again, I do not know about this one.