Deals and Review of Roku, Fire TV, and Google Chromecast:
Today, there are deals on all three popular streaming media players: the Amazon Fire TV Stick, the Google Chromecast with Google TV, and the Roku.
If you already pay for a Netflix subscription and want a new streaming media player for nearly free, this Chromecast bundle costs $90 and includes 6-months of Netflix.
It applies as an $84 credit toward a new or existing Netflix account, and activates when the Chromecast is setup on your TV.
So, if you were already planning to pay for Netflix for the next 6 months, this effectively gives you a Chromecast player for $6 more than the cost of 6 months of your Netflix membership.
If you want an Android-based player because of their vast app library of more than just streaming services, or
If want to add peripherals and storage to your player.
The Chromecast with Google TV is compatible with any USB-C which provide USB ports.
You can add hard drives, flash drives, memory cards, a webcam, a microphone, and an Ethernet port.
USB-C hubs cost extra, and likely require buying a higher-powered USB-C power adapter than the one included with the Chromecast.
There is no wrong choice.
These are our recommendations based on experience with all three.
People like their Roku.
The Fire Stick is also well-liked, but we see more Roku's in living rooms and Fire Sticks in kitchens and bedrooms.
More entertainment-focused living rooms may opt for a more expensive player like a game console (Xbox, Playstation) or an Nvidia Shield TV.
The Roku's remote is the easiest to use on this list.
The rubber arrow and OK buttons feel firm and easier to touch than the plastic circles on the other brand remotes.
Our least favorite remote is Chromecast's.
It has no play/pause button which left us with a less convenient way of reaching for the navigation wheel inconveniently placed at the top of the remote, every time we wanted to pause shows during bathroom and snack breaks.
Chromecast was the most difficult to setup of the above three.
Our Chromecast failed to connect to our strong wifi until the fifth try, and would not power the TV on & off like the others.
However, the Chromecast's ability to use USB devices is a nice benefit, and we will soon try adding a webcam and microphone for video calls on the TV.
All players support nearly every streaming app available, with very few differences between them.
The Chromecast with Google TV had more hiccups than the others, including occasional audio sync issues that would not automatically correct until we paused the video.
All worked adequately for launching apps and playing shows, such as, "play Bridgerton on Netflix."
All were hit and miss with general commands, like "show me comedies."
For Internet searches, smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home worked better than using any voice remote.
- 10,000mAh Portable Battery Charger for $9
Miisso 10,000mAh Portable Battery Charger for $18.
Click the "Extra $2.00" coupon button in the middle of the page, and apply code
during checkout to get it for $8.79 plus applicable tax.
A portable battery with 10,000mAh capacity normally sells for $15 and up.
This one provides two USB power outlets.
- Sale on Gillette Razors and Blades (expired)
One-day sale on
Women: Gillette ComfortGlide for $12, or Venus Mini On The Go for $11
Men: Gillette Fusion5 or SKinGuard for $12
Refill blades are also on sale.
- H&R Block Tax Software With State $33, 3.5% Refund Bonus With Amazon Credit
This year's H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe with State for $33, for PC and for Mac.
Includes federal and state tax prep, and federal e-filing.
State e-filing adds $20, or print and mail your state return at no extra cost.
Exclusive to Amazon, they are offering a 3.5% bonus available to people who:
Will get a refund from the IRS, and
Want the refund as Amazon shopping credit.
If you choose to put your refund on an Amazon gift card, they will add 3.5% to your gift card for free.
For example, applying a $458 tax refund into an Amazon gift card would give you $16.03 additional credit.
There is a limit of $175 credit per person, which would be 3.5% on $5,000 worth of Amazon gift cards.
See the terms & conditions for more information.
Friday, April 16, 2021
- 18-Pack Charmin Toilet Paper for $19 or $20
18 Family Mega Rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper for $20.04.
If you select "Subscribe & Save", the price drops by a dollar.
Subscribe & Save tells Amazon to automatically re-order this item at the timeframe specified in the "deliver every" option.
If you want the $1 savings today but do not want to commit to buying another in a few months, wait until today's order ships, then cancel your Subscribe & Save subscription.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
- Dual Wireless Charging Pad for $30
Anker Dual-Pad Wireless Charger for $30, sold by Woot through Amazon.
RavPower 90-Watt Power Delivery Adapter With Two USB-C Ports for $35 when clicking the $12 coupon on their page.
Other 90W dual-port USB-C power adapters normally sell for about $50.
Charges one device up to 90W, or two devices simultaneously up to 45/45W or 60/30W.
Comes with a 4-foot USB-C cable rated up to 100W power delivery, a nice thing to include since it would normally sell for about $10 by itself.
No longer available at this price.
Tacklife X1 Rechargeable Cordless Tire Inflator for $35 when clicking the 10% coupon in the middle of their page ($5 off), and applying code P7MPYJGM ($10 off) during checkout.
A portable cordless tire inflator normally sells for about $50.
Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard, 8oz for $1.94 when choosing "Subscribe & Save" on the right, and clicking a 25% coupon in the middle of their page.
After your order ships, you can cancel the Subscribe & Save subscription.
Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard, 16oz for $3.27 when choosing "Subscribe & Save" on the right, and clicking a 25% coupon in the middle of their page.
After your order ships, you can cancel the Subscribe & Save subscription.
The "smart" bulbs are compatible with 2.4GHz Wifi networks, and can be controlled by the Sylvania Smart Home App, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa.
Monday, March 29, 2021
- 6-Pack Hand Sanitizer Spray for $9.14
6-Pack of Solimo Hand Sanitizer Spray for $12.19.
Each spray bottle is 8oz.
Choose "Subscribe & Save" (on the right) which lowers the price to $11.58, and click a 20% coupon checkbox under the price to get it for $9.14 plus tax.
They provide a very generous 1-year satisfaction guarantee with this product.
Any time after your order ships, you can cancel your Subscribe & Save subscription.
Until you cancel, Amazon will automatically re-order this item for you on the "deliver every" frequency chosen during today's order.
For MicroSD and SD cards, "U3" means it supports fast write speeds capable of recording 4K video and fast-saving of high quality photos.
In our opinion, get a "U3" card if you plan to use with a camera that can either record 4K or take rapid amount of photos.
If you plan to use in a computer or mobile device, a "U1" card should work just as well as a "U3" card.
- NutriBullet Blender for $61 (expired)
NutriBullet Pro 900W Blender is on sale for $61.
The first product photo is confusing when you see a bowling pin-arrangement of Nutribullets.
Only one item is included per order.
Lots of colors to choose from, including pink, blue, purple, silver, and white.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
- Roku 4K Streaming Stick+ $40 (expired)
Normally sells for $48.
Plugs into a TV's HDMI port and provides just about every streaming app available today (search).
Also works with Apple's AirPlay.
Advantage of this model over other Roku players:
The Roku, its power adapter, and remote control are very small. Easy to bring on a trip.
The included voice remote also controls the power and volume of the TV.
If the Amazon deal expires, Roku is offering the same deal for existing Roku users through their website.
RavPower 20,000mAh Portable Battery Charger for $49, and click the $15 coupon in the middle to get it for $34.
This and other similar USB-C portable chargers normally sells for at least $45.
Provides up to 60W power to a USB-C device, such as a compatible laptop computer.
Check whether your laptop's specifications supports USB-C power.
The RavPower maxes at 60W USB-C output when charging only one device, 45W when also charging a USB device such as a phone.
Provides a single QC3.0 USB port with 18W power output.
Fairly lightweight at 13oz (0.82 lbs.)
To charge its battery, a 30W (or better) USB-C power adapter is required and not included.
Takes about 3 hours to fully charge.
Similar deal has returned at $37 after coupon.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
- 3oz Box of Peanut M&M Candy for $1 (expired)
Normally, a 1.7oz pack of Peanut M&M's costs about $1.
- 24-Pack of Quest Nutrition Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups $34
Quest Nutrition High Protein Low Carb, Gluten Free, Keto Friendly, Peanut Butter Cups for $22.37.
Each package contains 2 chocolate peanut butter cups, with 11g of protein and less than 1g of sugar.
This pack has 12 packages.
Add 2 to the cart, begin to checkout for $44.74, and the price should appear as $33.55 after automatic discount, plus tax.
The order comes as 24 packages, so that comes out to $1.40 per package.
- Smart Sticky Note Printer for $90 Pre-Order
Later this year, Amazon will develop and ship a Smart Sticky Note printer.
Speak your reminders onto your compatible Alexa/Echo device, and it will print a sticky note for you.
It must be paired with an Amazon Echo device (sold separately) that is generation 2 or newer.
It will not be compatible with 1st generation Echo and Echo Dot.
Comes with 1 yellow sticky paper roll.
Refills will be available for purchase, and will be available in blue, pink, white, and yellow.
Also, the paper seems like it would be "thermal", meaning the printer would not require ink but the paper would feel cheap.
Will be 4.7" x 4.7" x 3.2" in size, about the same as a toilet paper roll.
So it will be small, but not tiny.
You won't get it until July to September of this year.
$90 price is valid for pre-orders placed by March 19.
Prices rises after then.
In our opinion, if you rely on Alexa for your scheduling assistant, this will add the benefit of note-taking.
However, if Alexa is not your go-to device, this purchase may not be worth the $90.
It may not compatible with PC and Mac, and would service limited functions.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
- Mini Computer Stick With Windows for $100
$140, and code RWQ7PUIW applies $40 off during checkout.
This space-saving Windows PC plugs into the HDMI port on a TV, monitor, or projector (up to 4K).
Has built-in wifi and Bluetooth, and provides two USB ports.
Paired with a large-screen TV, examples of use would be for a tech company showing health graphs for everyone in the office to see, or cycling through a slideshow in a doctor, lawyer, or gym's waiting room.
- Blue Yeti USB Microphone for $119
The Blue Yeti microphone has been a hot item since Covid began 1 year ago, and is still rarely ever discounted from its $130 price.
Target had listed it for $117 around Black Friday, and there have not been any deas since.
Even stores like Best Buy and Staples exclude their coupons from discounting this quality microphone.
Today, Amazon is selling the Blue Yeti for $118.27, black color only.
It plugs into the USB port of a computer, and provides some of the best quality audio for consumers, without buying musician-grade gear.
We use our Blue Yeti for audio recordings, Zoom meetings, Google Meet video calls with family, and making YouTube videos.
For best quality, use the knob on its back to adjust the usage pattern modes knob.
While in Cardoid Mode, it can pick-up audio coming from your direction without picking up echo from your speakers.