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Today's Best Deals: Better Luggage, Lord of the Rings, Garmin Vivofit

The extended Lord of the Rings trilogy, highly rated luggage, and a $40 fitness tracker lead off Thursday’s best deals.

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As we’ve been saying all week, Prime Day deals are coming a little early this year. Amazon is having a sale on a crazy amount of luggage and luggage accessories for Prime members, including two of the Internet’s top five favorite brands: Travelpro and Briggs & Riley. So, if you’ve been using that duffel bag since college and you have a flight to catch soon, you should get on this one.

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Packing cubes can make organizing clothes and toiletries for your next trip a little less hellish, and this highly-rated set of four from eBags is only $20 today. That’s $15 less than Amazon’s current price, and the best deal we’ve ever seen.


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If you’ve been meaning to try Audible, here’s the only excuse you need. For a limited time, Prime members can get a three month free trial (up from the usual one month), plus a $10 Amazon credit just for signing up.

During the trial, you’ll get one book credit per month to use on any of Audible’s 180,000 titles. Even if you cancel your trial later on, those books are yours to keep. And if you do stay a member, you’ll be charged $15 per month for a single book credit. But hey, even if you have zero intention of becoming a paying member, or even using your three book credits, this is basically $10 for free.

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I feel like Oprah right now. You get luggage, and you get luggage, everybody gets luggaaaaaage! Timbuk2's giant, and I mean GIANT, sale is not something you want to miss. Grab one of your top five favorite rolling carry-ons or a new laptop messenger bag. Be sure to let us know what you pick up in the comments.


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They won’t count your steps or show you your texts, but these discounted watches look nicer than any smart wearable out there, and you can strap one to your wrist for as little as $41, today only. There are over 70 options to choose from, so be sure to head over to Amazon to see all of the options.


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There are quite a few permutations of the Lord of the Rings films out there on Blu-ray, but the extended editions are the ones you want, and the extended trilogy pack has never been cheaper. In fact, it almost never sells for under $50. Just note that this is a Gold Box deal, so be sure to lock in your order before this price is thrown into Mount Doom.

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$5 LED bulbs are nothing to get excited about these days, except that almost all of them are 60W equivalents. While that’s fine for most rooms, if you prefer your lights to be blindingly bright, Amazon will sell you a 4-pack of Philips 100W equivalents for just $20 today.

When you consider that these bulbs only need 14W to produce the same amount of light as 100W incandescents, it’s easy to see how they’ll pay for themselves in energy savings over time. Plus, many local utility companies offer post-purchase rebates when you send in receipts for LED bulbs, which would allow you to hit that break-even point even faster.

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Free money is free money, y’all. Any time you can get a discounted gift card, I think it should be worth mentioning. Get this $100 JCPenney gift card for only $80. That could go a really, really long way.


Waterpik Complete Care Bundle, $56 after Subscribe & Save and $10 coupon
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Waterpik is an easier (and they would argue more effective) way to “floss” between your teeth, and Amazon is currently taking $10 off the Waterpik Complete Care bundle, which includes an electric toothbrush. Just clip the $10 coupon, and use Subscribe & Save to maximize your savings. Just remember to cancel your subscription after it’s delivered.

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If you don’t own a salad spinner, there’s really no reason not to get one for $8. Worst case, it’ll motivate you to buy and eat more greens.

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Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom Creative Cloud photography suite normally costs $10 per month, but Amazon’s currently discounting a 12-month plan to just $7.49 per month. Creative Cloud plans don’t go on sale often, so if you’re a creative professional, or just want to make your own photos look better, this is a great opportunity to save on industry standard software.

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I know, I know. The Xbox One S is coming soon. But damn, it’s hard to resist this $299 deal. That gets you the 1TB Spring Bundle (which includes four games), an extra game, a $50 Microsoft store credit, an extra controller, and a $20 credit to spend at the new Xbox Design Lab.

Even if you you didn’t play the bonus game or use the $20 credit, the extra controller and store credit alone are worth about $100, and you’re saving $50 on the console, so I feel pretty comfortable calling this the best Xbox One deal I’ve ever seen.

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It’s not a Fitbit, but this $40 Garmin Vivofit has a few enticing tricks up its sleeve, if you’re in the market for a fitness tracker.

Of course, the Vivofit will track your steps, your sleep, and your calories burned, but two features set it apart from the field. First, if you’re inactive for an hour, it’ll shame you with a big red bar on the screen until you get up and move around. And second, it uses a pair of cheap watch batteries for power, which can last for up to a year with zero maintenance. That’s one less thing to recharge at night.

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Today’s $40 deal is about $10 less than usual, but it’s only available today, and only for Prime members.

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If you’ve ever spent more than 5 seconds sorting through your mismatched food containers to find the right lid, it’s time to throw them all out and upgrade to this Rubbermaid’s Easy Find Lid system.

These containers come in six different sizes, and yet you only have to deal with three different lids, making it much easier to find the right one. The 42 piece set has been on sale for $16 for months now, which is still within $1 of an all-time low. And today, you can also grab an $18 piece set for $8, or roughly $2-$4 less than usual.

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RAVPower Mini Qi Charging Pad, $10 with code V3NGLULB
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If your phone supports Qi wireless charging, $10 is a great price for a charging pad. I recommend stocking up, and scattering these all around your home and office. Just use promo code V3NGLULB at checkout to get the discount.

If you need a wall charger to plug it into, Samsung’s Qi charger includes one in the box, and is still on sale for $12.

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Giant plugs that cover up half the outlets on your power strip should be outlawed, but until that day arrives, these short extension cords will have to do.

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Sport-Brella, $32-$38 with code 16CAVE
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Amazon’s had several deals recently on the ultra-popular Sport-Brella, but Cabela’s just topped them all. The standard Sport-Brella will set you back just $32 today, or you can opt for the XL version for $38 with promo code 16CAVE.

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Unlike a regular umbrella, Sport-Brella leans backwards and attaches to the sand with stakes, creating a kind of semi-private cocoon with enough space for a couple of chairs and a cooler. Best of all, it sets up in about five minutes (once you know what you’re doing), and can provide a full day’s worth of privacy and sun protection.


Inateck PowerPoint Remote, $8 with code ZOY2MEYG
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Even if you don’t give presentations all that often, for $8, it can’t hurt to keep this well-designed PowerPoint remote tucked away in your bag. Powered by a single AAA battery, the remote speaks to any Mac, PC, or Android device via a tiny wireless USB dongle (which docks into the pointer when you aren’t using it) from up to 100 meters away. Most importantly though, it includes a built-in laser pointer, so you can use it to play with your cat even when you aren’t giving TED talks.

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It’s my deeply held belief that it’s worth owning a tablet simply to use as a kitchen TV, and this Belkin cabinet mount can hold a 7-10" screen at an ideal viewing angle while you chop your onions. And yes, it’s easily removable when you aren’t using it.

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If it won’t bother you too much to see James Bond as an overt racist, several of Ian Fleming’s original novels are on sale for just $7 each on paperback today.


Etekcity Body Weight Bathroom Scale, $14 with code 7RA66ARG
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This bathroom scale doesn’t have any bells & whistles; just a sleek look, a great price, and tons of five-star reviews. Save a couple bucks with promo code 7RA66ARG.

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Mpow Armor Plus, $64 with code 94CLLGOA | Mpow Armor, $24 with code GMKWXDF9
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Mpow’s Armor line of Bluetooth speakers aren’t just water and dust resistant; they also include a USB output to charge your phone, and you can save on both the standard and the “Plus” model today.

The standard Armor is your basic, 3W, water resistant Bluetooth speaker. It’d be great to keep your shower, and $24's a solid price. But if you need a lot more...everything, the Plus model features dual 8W drivers, and over 20 hours of battery, which makes it perfect for camping trips, beach outings, or backyard barbecues.

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You have no shortage of options when it comes to Bluetooth speakers, but the Jawbone Jambox line started the entire trend, and its highly-rated mini model is just $60 today on Amazon.


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Save money, look good, and give back. Everyone’s favorite noisemakers bangle bracelet maker, Alex and Ani, is helping out the ASPCA by giving 15% of every clearance purchase to the organization. All clearance is up to 30% off regular prices and there are some hidden gems in there like this awesome luna moth or this geometric cuff.


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For a limited time, Amazon’s selling the 20 ounce model of your favorite travel mug, the Contigo Autoseal West Loop, for $16, or the 16 ounce model for $13, both among the best prices we’ve seen. These mugs are cupholder-friendly, easy to clean, and will maintain a hot beverage hot for up to five hours, or a cold drink for up to 12.

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Note: The deal is available on multiple colors, so be sure to click around to find your favorite.

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If you tend to crash and burn when making baked goods, this smartphone-connected scale can walk you through the process step by step. Just connect your phone or tablet to the kitchen scale, pick your recipe from the free app, and start following instructions. The app will tell you what to add, when to add it, and how much you need; all you need to do is pop the results in the oven, and make sure you get it out at the right time.

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Nearly a decade after release, the venerable Xbox 360 controller is still one of the best PC gamepads you can buy, and the wireless model is down to just $21 today on eBay, the best price we’ve seen.

Note: This doesn’t include the Windows wireless adapter, but you could still plug it in with an inexpensive USB connector cable.

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20% off all local offers, promo code SUMMER20
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Today only, Groupon is taking an extra 20% off all local offers with promo code SUMMER20, up to a maximum $50 discount. That includes everything from restaurants to oil changes in the city of your choice.


Etekcity 5-Pack Outlet Switches, $21 with code YTSG5F2V
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You can’t control these semi-smart power outlet switches with your phone, or automate them with IFTTT recipes like you can with Belkin’s WeMo line, but you can control them from across your house with a remote control, and they’re incredibly affordable today.

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If the perfect chambray shirt existed...wait no, it definitely does. The Slim Fit Chambray from J.Crew Factory is everything you want and need in a chambray. Cotton, lightweight, washable, not too-blue. And when it’s on sale (with an extra 50% off using the code CLEARIT), you buy a few of them just in case.


5-Pack Aukey MicroUSB Cables, $10 with code 5CABLE01 | 5-Pack Aukey USB-C to USB 3.0 Cables, $16 with code 5CABLE02
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Whether your devices use USB-C or microUSB, today’s a great day to stock up on charging cables.

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Anker LED Flashlight, $10 with code 18650
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I’m not surprised Anker made a flashlight. I am surprised it uses three AAA batteries (or a single, rechargeable 18650 battery) instead of a built-in rechargeable battery pack. But if that doesn’t turn you off, it does include CREE LED bulbs, three lighting modes, and IP65 water and dust resistance. Not bad for $10.

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Two Bosch Insight Wiper Blades, $22. Add two to cart (must be shipped by Amazon) to see the discount.
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Summer isn’t kind to your wiper blades, so if you’ve been struggling to see the road through streaks on your windshield, Amazon’s offering up a pair of Bosch Insight Blades for just $22 right now. Just pick the two you need, add them to your cart, and the discount should appear automatically. The deal even allows you to mix and match sizes, so you can almost certainly find a combination that will work for your car.

Note: The discount will only work on blades shipped and sold by Amazon directly. No third party sellers.

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