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It's a snowy day here in New England, and when the weather turns blustery, my instincts tell me to find the nearest blanket, snuggle up on the couch, and aimlessly online window shop while I watch Netflix and wish I'd made a pot of coffee before I got comfy. Something about treating myself to a little online shopping, whether it's something I need or a fun just-because purchase, makes being stuck inside a little more bearable. If you're in the same boat today, or if you just wish you had a snow day too, check out some of the awesome deals I came across on Amazon so far. A few of the products we've tested and loved are in the mix, and there's something for nearly everyone.
1. The best cast iron frying pan for a few bucks off
If you're getting really into home cooking, but you don't already have a cast iron, this is a great time to take the plunge. Lodge makes the best cast iron cookware we've ever tested, and right now you can save a few bucks on the 10.25-inch version, which is usually about $16. This is the most common size for cast irons, making it perfect to tackle virtually any recipe you can think of. It's pre-seasoned at the Lodge factory, so you can start using it right away. And cleanup is actually easy. Just a little warm water and a paper towel to wipe it down and you're done. No soap!
2. A 2-pack of our favorite smart plugs for under $50
Want to see what all the fuss is about over “smart home” technology without making a big investment? Right now, our favorite affordable smart plug is on sale. You can get a two-pack for $39.99, 18% off the regular price. With these plugs, you can use your phone or Amazon Alexa to turn ordinary devices on and off. There’s even an option to create schedules, which is especially great for lighting your home when you’re away.
3. Long, tangle-free charging cables for $10
It always seems like the charging cables that come included with your devices are never quite long enough to charge and use your device at the same time. If you’re sick of contorting yourself just to check a text or send a quick email, why not treat yourself to a longer cord? These Anker Powerline cables are a personal favorite, especially with 6 feet of maneuverability and a discount putting them around $10. The braided design prevents tangles, and they charge phones, tablets, and anything else you need charger quickly.
- Get the Anker Powerline+ 6-foot Lightning Cable for $10.19 with the code “822ANKER” and save 40%
- Get a 2-pack of Anker Powerline+ 6-foot USB C to A 2.0 Cables for $9.49 and save $21%
4. A WiFi-enabled sous vide machine for 25% off
Sous vide was one of the most popular cooking trends of 2017, and for good reason. It's practically impossible to cook meat, veggies, or desserts to anything but perfection with sous vide, and right now, the WiFi version of our favorite immersion circulator is 25% off. Not only do you get precision cooking, bout you can do it remotely. Want to make 48-hour bacon (I highly recommend this)? Keep an eye on the water temperature while you're out and about.
5. The best diaper bag for its lowest price in 5 years
Know someone with a baby on the way? Rock their baby shower with the best diaper bag we've ever tested for the lowest price we've seen in 2013. The Skip Hop Duo is versatile enough for any outing, has enough storage space for everything you could possibly need, and perhaps most importantly, is super easy to clean. It's also got a very modern aesthetic that is better suited to parents' tastes than baby's.
6. Amazon Echo speakers for 20% off
Having a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo lineup in your home might sound like a novelty, but it’s actually more useful than you think. Put one in your kitchen for hands-free timers and help with measurements, use one in your bedroom for alarms and morning updates on news, weather and your to-do list, or enjoy your favorite music without having to search your phone or hook up a million different devices. Right now the Echo, the smaller Echo Dot, and the more visual Echo Show are all on sale for 20% off. The only catch is you need to be a Prime member, but if you’re not you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to take advantage of the discount.
- Get the Amazon Echo Dot for $39.99 and save $10
- Get the Amazon Echo (2nd. gen) for $79.99 and save $20
- Get the Amazon Echo Show for $179.99 and save $50
7. The best affordable instant camera for 20% off
Instant cameras have always been a bit of a novelty, but that doesn't make them any less fun. If you want to hold a photo in your hand and not just on your phone, the newest model of the best affordable instant camera we've tested is on sale right now. Fujifilm sweeps this competition with its lineup of cameras, and the Mini 9 is no exception. With a flash and automatc exposure sensors, you'll always get a clear shot.
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