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Some of My Favorite Deals Now…

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Earlier today I wrote about how I felt weird about this deep post on payday loans on a Monday... especially because my core audience (those pursuing financial independence) probably doesn't care.

I'm always on the look-out for good deals... and I thought I'd share a few to balance that deeper article. Consider this my version of "If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding!" ... except that I'm going to give this pudding even if you don't eat your meat.

Let's dig in:

  • Amazon Fire 7" tablet for $40 - It's almost getting to the point where a tablet is cheaper than a Frisbee. You aren't going to get cutting edge for $40, but it does have a couple of nice features such as the ability to take an microSD card to expand the storage (and you'll probably want one with this).

    Less than a year ago, I thought that Amazon made tablets disposable when pricing these at $50. I thought it was a good deal then, but now you save another 20%. If only my investments did the same.

  • Omelets and Egg Salad - I have no fancy link to egg salad, but I've noticed that eggs are crazy cheap nowadays. Maybe it's just Rhode Island, but Aldi has had a dozen eggs at 95 cents for awhile. The other local grocery stores have started to fight back with 88 cent dozens. Last fall it was around $2.50 for the cheapest dozen eggs I could find. There's a big difference between less than 8 cents and egg and more than 20 cents an egg. I'm capitalizing on the cheap eggs with omelets and egg salad.

    I hope that eggs are just as cheap where you live. If they aren't, why not use this as motivation to look for a similar savings opportunity in your area?

  • Amazon Tap at 20% off - This is a portable Bluetooth speaker with Amazon's great Alexa service. I previously wrote why I wouldn't buy an Amazon Tap, but I've started to reconsider it. It's very rare that Amazon puts Alexa hardware on sale. I read recently that Amazon Echo was on sale exactly twice since it was created. The Echo Dot hasn't ever been on sale... and this is the first sale on the Amazon Tap.

    If you aren't familiar with the Amazon Echo and the Alexa service, analysts are calling it Amazon's next billion dollar business. Google (and reportedly Apple) are rushing to catch-up.

  • The Black Stallion for free (Prime Members) - About a month ago, my family was watching the Kentucky Derby and the toddlers were interested in the horses. It reminded me of when I read all The Black Stallion books as a kid. I think it was the first time that I actually wanted to read something. My kids are too young to read, so I went to see where I could watch the movie produced by Francis Ford Coppola. Amazon had it available to rent for $3.99. I procrastinated because it was hard for me to justify spending $4 to rent a 1979 movie when I can find Shawshank at almost any time for free.

    Imagine my surprise when I got an email newsletter from Amazon Prime about a few things they added... highlighting The Black Stallion for free. At first, I thought this was next-level targeted marketing, but the email greatly pushed the last season of Downton Abbey and another show they have that is similar. That would be a complete fail at marketing if they were customizing messages. Also, I don't think Amazon is making some movies available via Prime for free for some members... and it would be very weird if Amazon is using my browsing habits to determine its marketing decisions.

    What a coincidence! Good things come to those who wait, right?

Posted on June 13, 2016.

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2 Responses to “Some of My Favorite Deals Now…”

  1. Jenn says:

    Amazon often emails me about things I have recently searched for, so I would not be surprised at all if that’s why it was featured in your email.

    • Lazy Man says:

      I think it was the prose that was with the email… and also how badly off the mark the other suggestions were from my interests.

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