Dan DeSilva

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May 6

May 5

Update (5/23 10:15am): Disney recently announced a host of new attractions coming to its Orlando theme parks this summer. Are you planning a trip? Let us know in the comments!

The happiest place on earth is home to iconic theme parks, world class hotels, top-shelf food and, of course, Mickey Mouse. It’s become almost a rite of passage for kids to make a pilgrimage to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, but all of those pixie dust encrusted accommodations and entertainment options can get awfully pricey.

The good news is that there are many ways you can save significant amounts of money throughout your Disney trip. As a former Florida resident and annual passholder, I’ve been to Disney World more times than I can count and have spent way too much time on Disney fan boards, as such I’ve learned all the ways to trim your ticket, hotel and food costs. Continue on for a roundup of my top tips to save on your next trip to Walt Disney World.

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May 4

Update (5/5 4:00pm): Apple has now named Camera Plus its latest App Store Free App of the Week.

Global Delight’s Camera Plus with AirSnap iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch app is now available for free. It includes several features to help you better capture and edit photos on your mobile device. Over the past couple of years Camera Plus has typically sold for $0.99-$1.99. Today’s deal is the first time we’ve seen this app available at no cost since last November.

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May 2

Update: (5/6/2016):Verizon now matches, has the UE Roll in all colors for $49.99 shipped. 

Update (5/2 6:25pm): Most colors are now backordered at Amazon, but still available at the discounted price (you must select Amazon as the seller). Best Buy shows the deal as in-stock.

Amazon offers the UE Roll Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker in multiple colors for $49.99 with free shipping. As a price comparison, it originally sold for $100 but has readily been available for $70 since early this year. Today’s deal is the lowest price we have ever seen. Also available via Best Buy. In addition to being waterproof, it also features a Bluetooth range of up to 65-ft, an attachable bungee cord and smart functionality via a mobile app. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from nearly 400 Amazon reviewers.

After spending some time with this speaker for a review, we had no problems including it on last year’s best of list. Here’s what stood out to us:

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Best Buy is now discounting several of Apple’s latest products. The best deal from the bunch is iPad mini 4 starting at $299 with free shipping, which is a savings of $100. That same discount has been extended to all Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models. If you can afford the $100 upcharge, we’d recommend going with 64GB of storage since most people will find 16GB limiting due to the size of Retina-optimized apps and HD content. Use your savings to buy this highly-rated Smart-Shell Case with auto sleep/wake for just $10.95 Prime shipped.

You can also save $50-$100 on Apple Watch. We’ve definitely seen stronger deals in the past, but this is currently your best option if you need one in time for Mother’s Day. That discount will easily cover a couple extra third-party bands.

The all-new 4th generation Apple TV has received a $25 discount. That drops the 32GB model down to $124.99 and the 64GB model down to $174.99. For a look at the best accessories for your new streaming player, click here.

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May 1

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Anker recently released a new high-powered, versatile charger that will likely make its way to the top of everyone’s must-have MacBook and iPad Pro accessories list. The 60W PowerPort+ 5 features one USB-C port with Power Delivery that is capable of pushing 29W (full speed) to Apple’s 12-inch MacBook and four standard USB ports for charging an iPhone, iPad and other devices at up to 2.4A per port. Here’s a look at how you can take advantage of all that power…

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April 27

BREED (Top Rated Plus seller w/ 98.6% feedback rating from 117,905 buyers) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular in Gold, Silver or Space Gray for $819.99 with free shipping. That’s $259.01 below retail and the best price we’ve tracked by $40. What’s more, today’s deal is only $21 more than Apple charges for the 32GB Wi-Fi only model. It features a 2732-by-2048 (264 ppi) display, 64-bit A9X chip, M9 coprocessor and four speaker audio.

Use your savings to pick up a Smart Keyboard or Apple Pencil while they’re still on sale.

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April 26

Amazon is currently taking up to 55% off a range of Command hooks, hangers, refill strips and more. From hanging a painting to organizing that nest of cables behind your entertainment center, these handy products can help you finally get organized.

A top pick from this sale is the Command Round Cord Clips (10-clip, 4-pack) for $25.85 Prime shipped. That’s more than $13 below list, about $5 better than the going rate and the lowest we’ve seen in over a year. These clips will keep your cables organized and out of the way without leaving any residue behind.

More discounted Command products:

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April 24

Update (5/3 9:10am): The Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator with Bluetooth is down to $129 shipped. That’s the lowest it’s ever been on Amazon.

Amazon is currently offering significant discounts on Anova’s Sous Vide Immersion Circulators. The Bluetooth model is now priced at $159 shipped (down from $179) and the Bluetooth + Wi-Fi model is just $169 shipped – or less with Subscribe & Save – (down from $199). Both models were slightly less expensive last week at Target, but that sale only lasted a few hours before selling out. Both deals represent the best current prices we can find. What’s more, the higher-end model has never been priced lower on Amazon.

Cooking with an immersion circulator (also referred to as sous vide) results in some of the juiciest and flavorful meats you will ever taste. Anova’s Precision Cookers work with your iPhone or Android device and receive glowing reviews.

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Presto EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener: $18 Prime shipped (Reg. $26+) | Amazon

Brother P-touch Easy Hand-Held Label Maker (PT-H100): $4.99 (Reg. $20+)Amazon add-on item

More home deals:

  • Black & Decker 12-Inch Battery-Powered 3-in-1 Mower: $96 (Reg. $150) | Amazon
  • Earthwise 20-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower: $225 (Reg. $250+) | eBay
  • Black & Decker 13 Amp 20 in. Electric Lawn Mower (Refurb): $115 (Orig. $200) | eBay
  • Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker: $79 (Reg. $85+) | Amazon
  • 80-Count Glad Tall Kitchen Quick-Tie Trash Bags: $5.99 (Reg. $10)  | Staples

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Amazon offers the Beats Pill+ Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Black with Lightning charging for $166.03 with free shipping. As a price comparison, it carries a list price of $230 and typically sells for $200. We saw it drop a bit lower last year during the holidays, but prices have remained steady since then.

This Apple-designed speaker features a USB port to power iPhones and iPads, plus a Lightning port to re-charge its internal battery (super convenient!). With the iOS and Android mobile app you can take advantage of DJ mode and other smart features. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from 124 Amazon reviewers.

There’s no shortage of Beats deals right now. Best Buy has Solo2 Headphones for $90, Pill 2.0 for $120 and Studio Headphones from $150.

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April 21

SanDisk has announced an updated version of its iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad with integrated Lightning connector. Along with a more compact design, it also received a significant speed boost thanks to the addition of USB 3.0 connectivity.

The new iXpand Flash Drive can instantly add up to 128GB of removable storage to your iPhone, iPad or iPod. That added space can be an absolute lifesaver if you need to free up room to install an over-the-air update or record 4K video…

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April 20

Amazon offers the Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus in Black for $21.99. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on orders of at least $49. As a price comparison, it carries a list price of $29.99 and typically sells for around $28. Today’s deal is the lowest we’ve ever seen by a few dollars. This stylus features a Precision Disc tip so you can write and sketch with “ballpoint accuracy,” as well as a carrying clip. What’s more, it works with most capacitive touchscreen devices including iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, plus a range of Android smartphones and tablets. Rated 4 out of 5 stars from 662 Amazon reviewers.

If you’re looking to go all-out on a stylus, Apple Pencil is still on sale.

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April 14

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