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  • Morning Coffee: The Great Toy Deals Have Started


    The middle two weeks in December seem to be when the hottest toy deals come out (online, at least). Today, for example, almost all of Amazon’s Lightning Deals*look like they’ll be for toys (they start right now). I’ll do my best to keep you updated, but it’s pretty much impossible for one person to post about every deal, so I also recommend checking out Amazon’s Toys & Games page(especially the Gold Box Deals to the right), and blogs like Moneywise Moms, Common Sense with Money, and Bargain Hunting Moms. Forums like Slick Deals will also have posts about hot toy deals.

    Amazon’s also got a DVD salegoing on, with DVDs as low as $3.99, and you can find over 100 DVDs for under $6.99.Sale ends 12/18.

    I didn’t see much in this week’s Friday Sale,but they do have a selection of tools in the Home Improvement section,for those of you who buy such things as holiday gifts. (Can you tell we don’t do much beyond the very basics around here? Not our skill set!)

    The other thing I wanted to point out from the Friday Sale is a $30 mail-in rebate on KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixers.The White, Empire Red, and Onyx Black are $239.99 in the Friday Sale, so only $209.99 after rebate. If you’re in the market for a stand mixer, I recommend not getting one smaller than 5 quarts. I have a 4 1/2 quart KitchenAid that I received as a wedding gift, and I always wish that I’d registered for the larger one. (One of these days, I will upgrade myself to a 6-quart!)

    Five Minutes for Mom is giving away five $50 American Express gift cards. Ends 12/18.

    SuperMom Central is giving away a $25 Amex Gift Card. Ends 12/14.

    I cannot sew. I’ve proven it time and time again. However, if you can, and you’re interested in reducing the amount of paper products you consume, then check out Stop The Ride‘s tutorial on how to make cloth napkins from an old shirt.

    Hormone Colored Days is giving away a Chanukah Gift Basket. Ends 12/14.

    Riding With No Hands is giving away a $250 Visa gift card and a one-night hotel stay. Ends 12/21.

    LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! is giving away a $50 Amex gift card. Ends 12/18.

    Five Monkies Review is giving away a $150 Campus Quilt Company gift certificate. Ends 12/21.

    Here’s a recipe for 2-ingredient hot chocolate. Can you guess what the ingredients are? ;)

    Get printable coupons for $1/1 Nestle Jingles and $1/1 Wonka Holiday Mix-Ups (coupons expire 2/4/10). (Via A Thrifty Mom.)

    There are also candy coupons at Coupons.com.*

    Send a free thank you card to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas via Xerox’s Let’s Say Thanks page.

    The Divine Miss Mommy is giving away an Oreck Halo Vacuum. Ends 12/18.

    3 Kids and Us is giving away an Evenflo Triumph Advance LX Convertible Car Seat. Ends 1/2/10.

    Cash Cowan is giving away a $25 Barnes & Noble Cheerios prize pack. Ends 12/17.

    If you’re a David Foster Wallace fan, then check out a new short story, “All That,” published at TheNewYorker.com. (Via LA Observed.)

    *Disclosure: I’m an Amazon affiliate, so any purchase you make after entering Amazon through a link on Chief Family Officer supports this site at no additional cost to you. I’m also a Coupons.com affiliate, and every coupon you print using the banner in the right sidebar or after clicking through a Coupons.com link supports CFO at no cost to you. Thank you!

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