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General February 12

Amazon offers the Philips 60 Watt Equivalent SlimStyle Dimmable A19 LED Light Bulb in Daylight for just $2.97 as an add-on item. That’s about half the price we normally see it and tied with the best price we’ve ever seen on a top tier LED bulb. These always go quick but if you jump in early, you’ll easily save the $3 in electricity cost within the first of its rated 22+ years of life. I like this because it is dimmable and “provides a natural light similar to daylight”. Features:

  • This Philips 60 Watt equivalent consumes 10.5 watts of energy, saving you up to $136.13 in energy costs
  • Sleek, flat design is ideal for use in wall sconces, table and floor lamps, open pendant or ceiling fixtures
  • Extra long lifetime of 22.8 years – reduces the hassle of frequent replacement
  • Safe for the environment and your home – durable design and mercury-free
  • Dimmable and provides a natural light similar to daylight

Note: Add on items require spending up to $25 on a purchase. You can get some of the way there buy snagging the limit of 3. Throw in a swing arm desklamp to get yourself the rest of the way. expand full story

General February 11

One of the lesser known benefits of Amazon Prime is Pantry, a flat-rate shipping service for everyday essentials. The idea is that you can fill up a single box with tons of “groceries and household products in everyday package sizes” from a single stick of deodorant to a package of Oreo cookies and it all ships for just $5.99. It may seem blasphemous for Prime members to pay for shipping, but it’s totally worth it if you take advantage of exclusive deals and promotions. Here are the ins and outs of Amazon Prime Pantry:

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General February 3

On Monday we featured what I call a “no-brainer” deal on the “GRDE Explorer 10,000mAh Solar Dual-USB Charger bundled with 2 Mini Lamps“. Coupon code RMAM2NIL still (hurry!) drops it $5.55 to just $12.94 Prime shipped. My rationale for picking this up even though I already have a ton of USB batteries…

It is a mouthful but let me go “ShamWow” on you real quick. At $13, a 10,000mAh dual USB 2A battery is a great deal. But this one is waterproof-ish and rugged too. Plus it has a built in LED light and LED battery indicator. And it has a solar panel on it so you can keep it charged with the sun. That would be a great deal for $13. But “if you act now”, they will throw in 2 USB lamps which you can use on your laptop too (nice if you don’t have backlit keys). At $13, this is a no brainer. I’m buying it just for the USB LED lights they are throwing in – which usually cost more than $13 by themselves.

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to seriously consider what kind of gift you’re going to get your girlfriend or wife this year. Sure, chocolates and jewelry are always a viable option but this year it’s time to step outside the box a bit. But still stay inside the lines.

Adult coloring books were a huge hit in 2015. If you didn’t snatch one up as a Christmas gift, now is the time to give one to the important person in your life. Aside from the artistic value, this type of activity is a great stress-reliever and way to mentally relax after a long day.

These aren’t your typical Garfield or Disney activity books. Each one is filled with unique designs that are more Van Gogh than Melissa & Doug. At $5-$15 per book, it’s an ideal and fun gift for that special person in your life. Head below for our top picks.

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Update (2/4 9:30am): Amazon Echo now supports Spotify Premium:

Amazon today announced that Spotify Premium subscribers in the U.S. can now listen to their music on Amazon Echo—just ask Alexa to play any playlist, artist, genre and more from Spotify’s catalog. And because Echo also supports Spotify Connect, customers can effortlessly transfer and control their listening experience from the Spotify app to Echo—just select Echo from the list of available devices within the Spotify app.

Amazon is updating its FireTV/Stick and Echo Smart Home Speaker ahead of the biggest US game of the year. The Fire TV Stick, which is currently on sale for $34.99 shipped (Reg. $40), will now stream audio to Bluetooth headphones “for private listening while watching your favorite movies, TV shows or gaming.” Alexa voice support will be delivered to first generation Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices.

Amazon will also push improvements to Amazon Video add-on subscription service, including an easier way to sign-up, discover and access your Amazon Video add-on subscriptions.

Since the launch of the new Fire TV in September, we’ve added dozens of Alexa skills to Fire TV devices including local search (i.e. the ability to find restaurants in your neighborhood), Amazon Choice and Re-Ordering from Amazon.com (i.e. quickly purchasing items off Amazon.com), home automation (i.e. turning on the living room lights via Alexa), traffic (i.e. find out how your commute to work is looking), Audible, games like Jeopardy!, Bingo, and more

Probably the coolest new feature coming to Amazon’s Echo Speaker is the ability to order pizza – you know, for the Super Bowl – with your voice…from the couch…without pulling out your phone! Even better, Newegg offers $5 off a $25 Domino’s gift card via email delivery, so you aren’t going to be paying full price either.

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Sprint and Virgin Mobile now offer a $40/month plan with unlimited data, talk and text and 4GB of high-speed data. What makes this plan great is that it doesn’t count music streaming against your data allotment. Currently, it works with the following services: Pandora, iHeartRadio, Slacker, 8tracks and Milk Music. Need more Data? For $10 more you get 6GB. Need less Data? For $10 less a month you get 500MB.

If you’re a current Virgin Mobile subscriber, just download one of the streaming music apps. If your plan doesn’t include Data-Free music, all you need to do is enroll in one of the new $30, $40 or $50 Unlimited plans.t-mobile-logoT-Mobile also announced today a new family match plan that gets you four lines of unlimited talk, text and LTE data for $150 per month. Each line gets Unlimited 4G LTE data per line, per month. If you need a 5th line, it’s an extra $30 per line, per month. The new family match plans are available now online or at T-Mobile retail stores.

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Update: The price is now $122.99 shipped.

Amazon offers the Seagate Slim 4TB portable hard drive bundled with 200GB of cloud storage for $119.99 with free shipping.  That’s $60 off retail and the lowest price we’ve seen for this very portable hard drive with massive 4TB of space. It is USB 3 fast and is bus powered meaning you don’t need to carry around power cables and it fits in a jacket/purse/bag pocket for convenient transport. Over 5,000 Amazon reviewers love this even at higher prices giving it an impressive 4.5/5 star rating.

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General February 1

We have already brought you our favorite home entertainment deals to prep you for Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, and now it is time to take care of the food/snacks department. Down below you’ll find some of our top picks on ice cream/popcorn makers and more, along with sales we’ve spotted on a variety snacks on other food for the big day: expand full story

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General January 31

Amazon offers the GRDE 10,000mah Solar Phone Charger bundled with with 2 Mini Lamps Portable Outdoor Solar Power Bank Dual USB Battery Charger External Backup Power Pack in Orange for $18.49. Coupon code RMAM2NIL drops it $5.55 to just $12.94 Prime shipped

It is a mouthful but let me go “ShamWow” on you real quick. At $13, a 10,000mAh dual USB 2A battery is a great deal. But this one is waterproof-ish and rugged too. Plus it has a built in LED light and LED battery indicator. And it has a solar panel on it so you can keep it charged with the sun. That would be a great deal for $13. But “if you act now”, they will throw in 2 USB lamps which you can use on your laptop too (nice if you don’t have backlit keys). At $13, this is a no brainer. I’m buying it just for the USB LED lights they are throwing in – which usually cost more than $13 by themselves.

Amazon Reviewers give it 4/5 stars. Features:

  • Dual USB Port: 2A USB port for iPad/Tablets, 1A USB ports for cell phones or other electronic devices
  • 10000mah power bank equipped with a compact solar panel
  • LED flashlight and 4 LED charge indicator shows the charging and discharging process
  • Rain/Splash-proof design ensures the device functions smoothly when it’s raining, also shock-proof

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In our continued coverage of amazing new LEGO sets, today we have a custom build courtesy of Dayton that combines 18,000 pieces and over one year of planning. Made popular from the most recent line-up of Batman console games, this build features Arkham Asylum in all its glory.

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General January 15

Google has yet to make an official announcement about this, but the Mountain View company has today launched an Android Pay Rewards promotion called “Tap 10,” offering Google Play music downloads and a free Chromecast to Android Pay users when they use their phone to pay…

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