About the Author

Alison Barretta


Alison is an Editor at 9to5Toys. Her hobbies include figuring out that perfect 10-step Korean skincare routine, traveling to new locales (and eating all of their food),  resisting the urge to hug every cat she sees, and learning the way of two martial arts (Tang Soo Do and Hapkido). She brings 10 years of online retail experience and a lifetime of lukewarm puns to the 9to5Toys team. Alison is based out of Philadelphia, home of the Super Bowl LII Champion Eagles. Send her tips / wholesome memes at alison@9to5mac.com.

October 12

There’s something about fall that motivates us to gather ’round the warmth of a stove. Perhaps it’s the crisp autumn air that urges us to find a respite, or the myriad end-of year holidays that call for hearty meals and baked treats. Whatever the case, if you want to change up your culinary repertoire, Amazon has been serving up amazing discounts on best-selling cookbooks for Kindle. Many of these well-reviewed titles are at or near all-time lows. Below, we have nine of the best cookbooks you can download this fall for under $3.

If you lack a Kindle device, don’t fret — Google Play matches most of these prices (or, you can find yourself a deal on a Kindle).

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October 10

The kitchen is one of the most vital rooms in any home. It’s where we seek nourishment (like coffee!). However, if you find your kitchen is lacking a certain je ne sais quoi, you don’t need to call upon the Kitchen Crashers team to completely demolish and rebuild your cooking space. Start small! Add slight touches that will breathe some life into your meal prep. Below, we’ve rounded up 10 quirky kitchen gadgets you can find at Amazon for under $20.

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October 9

Forget it, Jake, it’s Koreatown: Pick up the top-selling Kindle cookbook for $3

Amazon offers Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard’s Koreatown: A Cookbook Kindle eBook for $2.99. Also this price at Google Play. That’s a $13 drop and the best price this eBook has been since late March, when it was a dollar less. Meanwhile, expect to shell out at least $19 for a hardback copy. Both a New York Times and Amazon Best Seller, Koreatown features over 100 recipes in addition to stories and interviews about Korean cooking in America. Rated 4.6/5 stars from over 100 readers.

October 8

Paint nights have become a popular pastime over the last several years. It’s easy to see why: just grab your favorite bottle of booze and a few good friends with whom you can spend the next two to three hours creating a masterpiece (via the assistance of a trained artist). It doesn’t matter if you’ve never graduated past fingerpainting in kindergarten — at paint night, everyone is a skilled artist. Great, right?

If you’re more of a homebody, however, that may not sound like much fun for you. Fortunately, it’s easy to recreate a paint night in the confines of your own home. You can invite whoever you want (even if that’s nobody), work at your own pace without fear of shutting the studio down, and have refreshments on hand in your kitchen already.

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October 6

expiredMattel’s app-controlled RC Batmobile has a POV camera at a best-ever price of $50

GameStop offers the Mattel Ultimate Justice League Batmobile RC Vehicle for $49.99. Pad your order over $50 for free shipping; it otherwise adds $5.99. That’s $30 below our mention from April and the best price we have tracked. It’s now hard to find in stock elsewhere, but Amazon third-party sellers still have several for sale from $150. If you really want to know what it’s like to drive as Batman (or a 6-inch scale version of him), the Batmobile’s cockpit has a driver’s POV camera that’ll stream video right to your smartphone. Rated 4.2/5 stars by over 100 Amazon shoppers.

expiredIgloo’s 9-Qt. Cooler keeps your favorite drinks ice cold for only $10 (Orig. $20+)

Walmart offers the Igloo Island Breeze 9-Quart Cooler in Red for $9.97. Shipping is free on orders over $35, or choose in-store pickup where available. Originally listed at $22, this cooler is closer to $20 at stores like Amazon. Today’s deal is the best we could find for this tailgate staple. It holds up to 13 cans of your favorite beverage. Reverse the lid to reveal a tray with built-in cup holder. Rated 4.5/5 stars from over 70 Walmart shoppers.

expiredThese LED strip lights can be controlled by app or song for $22 shipped (36% off)

MingerDirect (99% positive lifetime seller rating based on 3,647 reviews) via Amazon offers its DreamColor 16.4-Ft. App-Enabled Music-Controlled LED Strip Lights for $21.75 shipped when you use coupon code PCGMTZ5G. That’s good for a 36% discount, several cents under our previous mention, and the lowest price we could find. You can control the settings of these lights manually with your smartphone, or use one of the seven pre-set modes to help create the perfect mood. They can also sync to music so you can treat the entire neighborhood to one heck of a light show. Rated 4.1/5 stars from over 200 customers.

October 5

Fall has arrived, which means it’s time to break out the layers. I don’t just mean cardigans and scarves. You’ll also need to make sure your skin is adequately layered with products that will protect you from the elements. Transitioning to a fall skincare routine can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a skincare newbie. Below are five recommendations for easing your skin into a new season.

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October 4

expiredCook like an Iron Chef w/ Morimoto’s Japanese Home Cooking eBook for $3 (Reg. $25), more

Amazon offers Masaharu Morimoto’s Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking Kindle eBook for $2.99. Also this price at Google Play. Regularly $25, this is an all-time low for this cookbook in any format. The hardback version goes for at least $20 elsewhere and $38 at Amazon. If you’re unfamiliar, Morimoto is also known as the Iron Chef, with restaurants all around the globe. This cookbook features a collection of carefully-curated recipes from the chef extraordinaire himself, complete with over 150 color photos. This Amazon #1 Best-Seller has been rated 4.7/5 stars from nearly 60 at-home chefs.

September 29

expiredAspiring podcasters can get this AmazonBasics Condenser Mic at a best-ever $36 (Reg. $90)

Amazon offers its AmazonBasics USB Condenser Desktop Microphone for $35.98 shipped. This beats our mention from under a week ago by $8, and it’s the lowest price this item has ever been. It was regularly around $90 before these recent price drops. Whether you’re an aspiring vocalist, a future podcaster, or simply want your Slack voice calls with your boss to sound crystal clear, you can’t go wrong with this mic. Its plug-and-play USB connectivity means you don’t have to fuss with installing any drivers, so you can begin recording as soon as possible. It’s an excellent budget-friendly alternative to the popular but much more expensive Blue Yeti microphone. Right now reviews are light, but they’re overall positive, and AmazonBasics products are generally well-rated.

expiredRise & grind with a Cuisinart 10-Cup Coffee Maker for $65 shipped (Reg. $89+, today only)

Today only, as one of its Deals of the Day, Best Buy offers the Cuisinart Grind & Brew 10-Cup Automatic Coffee Maker (DGB-650BC) for $64.99 shipped. Other major retailers like Amazon and Walmart charge at least $89, making it the best deal we could find. This model features an automatic brewer, so you can wake up to the sweet smells of coffee being made. Its 10-cup capacity means you can serve plenty of java to your friends and family. Oh, but if you want all 10 cups of coffee for yourself, the double-wall insulated carafe means your hot beverage will stay as such for a long time, so you don’t have to chug it all immediately. Rated 4.2/5 stars from nearly 300 Best Buy customers.

expiredGet an Amazon Fire TV Stick w/ remote cover for $30 today only (25% off, All-time low)

Today only, as one of its Deals of the Day, Best Buy offers the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote plus an Insignia remote cover for $29.99. Spend over $35 for free shipping, or opt for in-store pickup to avoid delivery fees. That’s $5 under our mention of this bundle from February and the best price we’ve seen for this pair. The Fire TV Stick retails for $30 at Amazon, so you’re essentially getting the remote cover, which is a $10 value, for free.  With the Fire TV Stick, you can enjoy over 7,000 apps and stream your favorite media from Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and much more. The cover will keep your Alexa remote safe from scratches and scuffs while providing access to all buttons. Both the Fire TV Stick and the remote cover have 4.7/5 stars from thousands of Best Buy shoppers.

September 28

expiredProtect your 10.5-inch iPad Pro with this case in various colors for $4 Prime shipped

Illusdesign_ESR Authorized (100% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon offers its iPad Pro 10.5-inch Smart Trifold Case for $3.99 Prime shipped when coupon code PIQM8R9N is applied at checkout. Regularly going for $11 as of late, this is up to an $11 drop now and the best price it’s ever been on Amazon. It comes in a wide range of colors so you can truly make your iPad Pro your own. Other features include a translucent frosted back cover (can’t hide that Apple logo!), viewing/typing modes, and magnetic closure for a precise sleep/wake mode. Rated 4.3/5 stars from nearly 800 Amazon shoppers.

September 22

expiredBelkin’s Apple Watch Bands are 50% off at Best Buy from $15, today only

Today only, as one of its Deals of the Day, Best Buy takes 50% off a selection of Belkin Watch Bands for Apple Watch. You can pick up the Sport Silicone Band for $14.99 or the Classic Leather Watch Band for $19.99. Each comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Free shipping applies for orders over $35; however, if you live near a Best Buy store you can opt for free pickup to sidestep the delivery fees. Amazon and other retailers currently charge at least $23 for these styles. Ratings for these watch bands are sparse at Best Buy, but Belkin is a highly-regarded brand.

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