- PNY 128GB USB3.0 Flash Drive for $50
Also being offered at Frys.com and BHPhotoVideo.com for the same price, which could be better for some people when it comes to shipping speed and sales tax.
- Kindle for $49
Amazon Kindle is on sale again today for $49.
The e-ink display does not emit light, so it is much easier on the eyes for reading text than any tablet or computer.
Staring at a light-emitting screen (like a tablet, phone, or computer monitor), especially in the dark, can produce eyestrain and cause eye damage over time.
If you want to read books, the Kindle and its non-light-emitting e-ink display is the best thing around.
When the Kindle is idle and not in use, the screen will show a static advertisement.
It does not take up any energy to show the ad, but if someone wants a Kindle that does not display any advertising, the "without special offers" versions are available.
The Paperwhite version has a white background instead of gray.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
- H&R Block Tax Software for $20 to $37 (expired)
Each year in March, Amazon puts some tax software on sale for a day.
Today's deal is on several versions of H&R Block tax software.
Personal versions that include a state return are going for $20, with premium versions that include business returns for $37.
- 240GB mSATA SSD for $122
MyDigitalSSD (MDMS-BP4-240) 50mm Bullet Proof 4 mSATA 240GB Solid State Drive for $122.
This is a mSATA (mini-SATA) drive (not a regular Serial-ATA SATA drive), and only works in laptop computers with a mSATA interface.
- Rugged Case and Keyboard for iPad Mini $30
$45, and code H2ORESIS applies $15 off.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
- Antec A/V Cooler for $42.38
The Antec A/V Cooler is available on Amazon for $52.38, and press "Clip Coupon" under the price to get $10 off during checkout.
If you keep your home theater A/V Receiver powered on in your living room, you probably know how hot it gets.
Add another device like a cable box or DVR, and the heat can cause your electronics to fail.
This cooler sits on top of your receiver or DVR, and provides a constant (and quiet) airflow keeping the A/V equipment cool.
You can also stack things on top of your receiver without the risk of the receiver overheating the devices on top of it.
We have had a couple of these Antec coolers for 5 years.
Other than annual air-dusting with a compressed air can, they have worked great for us, with no overheating problems to any of the electronics on the shelf.
Its size is designed to fit on top of an A/V receiver perfectly, but it can rest above a DVR, Xbox One, or any home electronic device with a flat top.
- Onkyo TX-SR313 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver for $170
This looks like a good value for an A/V Receiver.
An Onkyo TX-SR313 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver is on sale for $170.
It supports 5 speakers and 1 subwoofer, plus an additional pair of speakers for a separate room/zone.
Usually sells for at least $210, and the reviews are decent for the price (but not great).
- Google Chromecast Media Player for $30
Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player for HDTVs for $30.
It usually goes for $35.
Make sure your HDTV has a USB port.
Chromecast gives two things.
It turns any HDTV into a "smart" TV, letting you stream Youtube, Netflix, and do basic web browsing on your TV.
You can stream videos from your phone or tablet onto your TV.
For example, using an app on your phone, you can turn on Youtube videos on your TV.
Since the Chromecast plays the videos by itself, the phone only acts as a remote control so to not drain its battery.
People who already have a Smart TV or a Roku will probably find little use for the Chromecast.
- Free Kindle Book: The Parenting Book You Can Read to Your Kids
Friday, February 14, 2014
- 20% off clothing, shoes, jewelry, watches, and luggage
If you sign up for the Amazon Fashion News mailing list, you get 20% off your next purchase of clothing, shoes, watches, jewelry, handbags, and luggage.
For example, this Tumi Luggage Alpha 2 Carry-on Luggage Bag is $286 after 20% discount (usually sells for over $350)
Thursday, February 13, 2014
- Hoover Windtunnel Air Bagless Upright Vacuum for $80 (expired: sold out)
$80 with free shipping.
The reviews are very good, and this vacuum usually sells for around $120.
On the main Account Home page, just below your statement balance, in the middle of the page, find "Offers For You".
Click "Offers For You" to see all available offers
Offers currently available include:
Spend $15 at a Panera Bread restaurant, get $5 statement credit
Spend $40 at a Chevron gas station, get $5 statement credit
Spend $150 at Amtrak.com, get a $30 statement credit
You must click "Save Offer" next to each offer you want to activate.
You are under no obligation to do an offer.
Once activated, all you have to do is spend the money on your AmEx card in a single transaction at the eligible store, and you automatically get a statement credit.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Obihai Voice-over-IP Devices for Your Home:
Many people have disconnected the wire and use mobile phones and computers to make calls, but if you are someone who still enjoys having a home/cordless phone, there are some good options that use Voice-over-IP.
The above devices will require a voice-over-IP (VoIP) service.
Someone can just use a free Google Voice account to make and receive calls for free without paying for VoIP today, however direct Google Voice as a VoIP service will stop working as of May 15.
This means the OBi products will require a paid VoIP service to work with a Google Voice account.
One VoIP service you can use is CallCentric (reviews).
CallCentric has Pay-Per-Minute plans which will let you make calls and receive calls at about $2/mo plus around 1¢ to 2¢ per minute of phone usage (around $1/hour).
Other similar services compatible with the OBi devices are:
It is important to know that "pay as you go" plans do not include 911 service, meaning you would have to use your mobile phone in case of an emergency, or pay extra for a service which includes 911 emergency calling.
When properly configured, 911 service liked to your phone would immediately show your name and address to responders when you make an emergency call, which can save precious time trying to say your address during an emergency.
It is also important to note that VoIP services are not as reliable as your local telephone company (there are some negative reviews of CallCentric's poor customer service and some downtime)
Reliability is no longer a huge concern since most people have cell phones as backup, but it is something to keep in mind.
So if you buy an OBi device for $38-60, you can get home phone service for around $2 to $6 per month (with E911 service).
A good alternative is an Ooma device which costs $128 and gives you basic phone service for free (plus about $4 in monthly taxes).
The disadvantage of Ooma is you are locked in to Ooma service, not a problem if the Ooma service looks good to you, but the OBi would let you switch VoIP carriers whenever you dislike the service.
Friday, January 17, 2014
- Free Kindle Book: The 5 Day Guitar Solo Method
Sunday, January 12, 2014
- Seiki Digital 65-inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz LED-backlit LCD HDTV $1449 Amazon is selling a Seiki Digital (SE65UY04) 65-inch LED-backlit LCD 4K 120Hz HDTV for $1449.
This is one of the new 4K resolution TVs, which support 3850x2160 resolution (1080p is 1920x1080).
Very few video sources support 4K resolution as of now, so your cable TV, satellite TV, and media players will not do 4K yet.
Some computers and laptop computers can do that resolution, but as one review says, to use 4K the refresh rate must drop from 120Hz to 30Hz on this TV, so the video will no longer look smooth.
However, someone who really wants a TV with extremely high resolution may still want to look at this TV since most other 4K 65-inch TVs go for at least $3500.
It is also good to know that 4K TVs are coming down in price.
If you can wait a year, current 4K TVs may drop in price by about half.
This is because some 4K Ultra HD televisions are still using the same LED-backlit technology as most TVs today, meaning they have more pixels for better resolution but the screens are essentially the same.
Some newer screens will be released in the next year, including LG's OLED panels which are not backlit by an LCD bulb.
Each pixel in an OLED screen lights and dims individually without any backlight.
There are some quirks in those designs (Samsung recently had design problems with their screens) and the prices of large OLED screens are still very high, but in the next 2 years they should be more affordable and the picture quality will be much better than LED/LCD panels.
Our recommendation for potential TV buyers.
If you currently have a decent TV and can wait a couple years, I recommend doing so.
If you want to buy a large screen TV now, we suggest finding one for around $500 to $1000 today rather than paying $2000 for one of the best TVs on the market today.
Save your money and wait for the new technology to become affordable before splurging on a new TV.
Amazon Kindle for $49.
This is a rare sale on one of the best lightweight true-LED book readers on the market today.
Since the Kindle does not emit light, it is much easier on the eyes as a book reader than any tablet would be.
Monday, December 16, 2013
- Black & Decker Drill/Driver Kit for $50
Black & Decker 20-volt Drill/Driver Kit (model LD120VA) for $50 today.
Most stores sell it for around $80 to $100.
- $25 off $75 Amazon.com, $25 off $250 Best Buy, $15 off $115 Costco
American Express's "Link Like Love" promotion currently lets you sync your American Express Card to get money back when shopping at some stores this holiday season.
Does not work with business AmEx cards, but does work with any personal AmEx card including cards with an airline or store on the front.
When viewing the available offers, scroll to the bottom and click either "load more offers" or "more offers for you" to see the list.
There are a lot of great deals, including
$25 statement credit when you spend $75+ at Amazon.com
$25 statement credit when you spend $250+ at Best Buy
$5 statement credit when you spend $25+ at Toys R Us
$15 statement credit when you spend $115+ at Costco.com (online only, not in-store)
$5 statement credit when you spend $30+ at a Exxon/Mobil gas station.
$5 statement credit when you spend $20+ at AMC movie theaters
$5 statement credit when you spend $15+ at a FedEx Office
$10 statement credit when you spend $50+ at Sprouts Farmers Market
$30 statement credit when you spend $150+ at West Elm
$10 statement credit when you spend $50+ at Kohl's
$10 statement credit when you spend $40+ at a PF Chang's restaurant
$30 statement credit when you spend $150+ at Amtrak.
Could be useful during this holiday travel season.
You must first activate each promotion after syncing your American Express card.
An account with either Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, or TripAdvisor is required.
Follow the instructions on their site to activate each promotion onto your card.
If you have already synced offers on your card, they will not appear here.
Each offer has a certain expiration date, however, if you buy gift cards, you can spend the money anytime (even after the promotions expire).
After syncing the Costco.com offer, buy $125 worth of Costco Cash Cards (such as one $100 cash card and one $25 cash card) in a single transaction, then you will get a $15 credit on your next AmEx statement, and you can spend the Cash Cards anytime in-store, online, and at a Costco gas station.
After syncing the Amazon.com offer, buy a $75Amazon.com gift card, then you will get a $25 credit on your next AmEx statement, and you can spend the $75 anytime.
To see the offers currently synced on your card, go to AmericanExpress.com, log in to your account, click "Account Home" on the upper-left, scroll to the bottom, and click "Offers For You", then click "My Offers."