Start Off the Week With These Great Amazon Deals

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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, October 2.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote + Echo Dot for $59.99 (list price $89.98)

Wake Up Light,Sztook Alarm Clock,Sunrise Alarm Clock With Blutooth 4.0 speaker,FM Radio,Nature Sounds,7 Colors Night Light,Smart Snooze Function,3.5mm AUX,Touch Control With USB Charger for $35.99 (list price $139.99)

Soundbar, TaoTronics Sound Bar Wired and Wireless Bluetooth Audio ( 40 Watt Speaker,34-Inch, 2 Passive Radiators, Dual Connection Methods, Touch and Remote Control, Wall Mountable, Updated Version) for $89.99 (list price $139.99)

OURLINK 600Mbps mini 802.11ac Dual Band 2.4G/5G Wireless Network Adapter USB Wi-Fi Dongle Adapter with 5dBi Antenna Support Win Vista,Win 7,Win 8.1, Win 10,Mac OS X 10.9-10.12.4 for $19.99 (list price $19.99)

Lightning Cable,AOFU iPhone Charger 4Pack 3FT 6FT 6FT 10FT to USB Syncing and Charging Cable Data Nylon Braided Cord Charger for iPhone 7/7 Plus/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5/5s/5c/SE and more (Black&Blue) for $14.88 (list price $24.99)

Plantronics BackBeat FIT Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Waterproof Earbuds for Running and Workout, Blue, Frustration Free Packaging for $63.64 (list price $129.99)

DeLonghi TRD40615T Full Room Radiant Heater for $89.99 (list price $129.99)

Logitech M720 Triathalon Multi-Device Wireless Mouse (910-004790) for $33.95 (list price $49.99)

Paxcess Charging Station 60W 12A 6 Port USB Charger QC 3.0 Quick Charge Charging Dock, Phone Charger Multi Port Desktop Charging Station with Removable Baffles for Multiple Devices iPhone/iPad/Tablet for $37.99 (list price $59.99)

VicTsing Shower Speaker, Wireless Waterproof Speaker with 5W Driver, Suction Cup, Built-in Mic, Hands-Free Speakerphone - Grey for $21.99 (list price $24.99)

1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Mini Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers, Supports Vinyl to MP3 Recording, USB MP3 Playback, Stereo Headphone Jack, Pitch Control and RCA Output, Black for $42.49 (list price $60.99)

iClever Quiet 7 Color Backlit Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Keyboard for PCs, Tablets, Smartphones for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

KITCHEN

Rubbermaid Premier Food Storage Containers, 28-Piece Set, Grey for $25.19 (list price $35.99)

Rubbermaid LunchBox Sandwich Kit, Food Storage Container, Green for $6.79 (list price $39.00)

Popit Little Big Box Food Plastic Container Set, 8 Pack for $19.99 (list price $24.99)

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer for $69.99 (list price $99.95)

Fred PIZZA PEDDLER Monkey Unicycle Pizza Wheel for $12.67 (list price $15.70)

Silicone Oven Mitts with Quilted Cotton Lining - Professional Heat Resistant Potholder Kitchen Gloves - 1 Pair (Black) - Homwe for $10.97 (list price $19.97)

Danslesbls Heavy Duty Nonstick Silicone Kitchen Serving Tongs, 2 Pack 9 Inch and 12 Inch Heat Resistant Locking Food Tong with Silicone Tips (Red) for $11.99 (list price $19.99)

Utopia Kitchen Premium Class Stainless-Steel 12 Knife Set with Acrylic Stand for $41.99 (list price $299.91)

GDEALER Kitchen Scale 22lb/10kg Digital Kitchen Food Scale, Tempered Glass Surface Touch Screen, High Precision, Tare, White Backlit Display, Smart Weigh for $12.99 (list price $29.99)

Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer, Strongest-and-Heaviest Duty, Best Veggie Pasta & Spaghetti Maker for Low Carb/Paleo/Gluten-Free Meals, With 3 Exclusive Recipe eBooks for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

Riedel Veritas Cabernet/Merlot Glass, Set of 2 for $39.50 (list price $69.00)

HOME

Orthopedic Dog Bed - 5" Thick Supportive Gel Enhanced Memory Foam - Made in the USA | 100% Cotton Removable Cover w/ Waterproof Encasement | Fully Washable | Small, Medium & Large Pet Beds for $104.99 (list price $140.99)

GhostBed 11 Inch Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress with 20 Year Warranty, TWIN for $325.00 (list price $495.00)

Twin / Twin XL Size Down-Comforter 500-Thread-Count Down Comforter 100 percent Cotton 500 TC - 750FP - 40Oz for $134.99 (list price $249.99)

mDesign Over-Cabinet Hair Care Tools Holder for Hair Dryer, Flat Iron, Curling Wand, Straightener - Chrome for $15.30 (list price $19.99)

URPOWER Garment Steamer 130ml Portable Handheld Fabric Steamer Fast Heat-up Powerful Travel Garment Clothes Steamer with High Capacity for Home and Travel, Travel Pouch Included for $21.99 (list price $69.99)

TaoTronics Humidifier, 2L Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifiers for Babies Bedroom, Zero Disturb Sleep Mode, Filter Free and Whisper Quiet, BPA FREE- US Plug 110V for $31.99 (list price $49.99)

StorageManiac Foldable Pop-Up Mesh Laundry Hamper with Reinforced Carry Handles, 2-Pack for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

TasteLife 105 GSM Deep Pocket Bed Sheet Set Brushed Hypoallergenic Microfiber 1800 Bedding Sheets Wrinkle, Fade, Stain Resistant - 4 Piece(White,Queen) for $14.90 (list price $119.90)

Syntus Himalayan Salt Lamp Natural Crystal Salt Light Glow Hand Carved Night Lights Wall light with UL Listed Plug for Lighting, Decoration and Air Purifying for $12.99 (list price $21.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Brother HL-L2340DW Compact Laser Printer, Monochrome, Wireless, Duplex Printing, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled for $109.00 (list price $119.99)

SUDEE STILE Colored Pencils 120 Unique Colors (No Duplicates) Art Drawing Colored Pencils Set with Case with Sharpener for $23.99 (list price $95.96)

BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ball Pen, Medium Point (1.0 mm), Black, 36-Count for $4.99 (list price $10.25)

Chalkola Chalk Markers & Metallic Colors - Pack of 16 chalk pens - For Chalkboard, Whiteboard, Blackboard, Window, Glass, Bistro - 6mm Reversible bullet & chisel Tip with 8 gram erasable ink for $14.95 (list price $24.95)

X-ACTO XLR Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black for $15.73 (list price $19.72)

Axess Desk - Modern Design - Keyboard Tray and One Drawer - Black - by South Shore for $99.99 (list price $112.50) Bonsaii DocShred C156-D 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder with 5.5 Gallon Wastebasket Capacity and Window for $55.99 (list price $90.00)

Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar White Board Monthly Weekly Planner 2017 With Markers Magnets Set (15.7" x 11.8") for $13.99 (list price $29.99)

Deco Brothers Stackable Mesh Desk Convertible Organizer, Black for $22.87 (list price $35.99)

Get Orange DIY Paper Photo Frame Wall Deco with Mini Clothespins and Stickers - Fits 4"x 6" Pictures (multicolor) for $7.49 (list price $9.99)

Acrylic Pencil and Pen Holder, HBlife Gold Desktop Stationery Organizer Modern Design Office Desk Accessory for $9.99 (list price $16.99)

Uni-Ball Jetstream Retractable Ball Point Pens,0.7mm, Black Ink, 3-Count for $7.30 (list price $10.49)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

TAO Clean Aura Clean Sonic Toothbrush & Cleaning Station, Super Nova White for $89.00 (list price $129.00)

3M OCS1135 Ear Soft Yellow Neons, Earplugs (Case of 200) for $19.97 (list price $21.75)

Nasopure "Nicer Neti" Pot Sinus Wash System 8 Ounce for $12.95 (list price $20.00)

Essy Beauty Professional High Qualified Retinol Serum To Remove Fine Lines and Wrinkles for Face, Neck and Eye Area for $15.99 (list price $69.00)

"C Plus" Highest Concentrate Vitamin C Serum (30%) with Hyaluronic Acid & Breakthrough Anti Wrinkle Complex - 100% Natural, Total Anti Aging Serum For Face & Eyes (1 oz.) for $19.95 (list price $39.99)

Baebody Blue Eye Gel for Dark Circles & Wrinkles - w Mediterranean Blue Algae Extract - Intensive Eye Gel for Under and Around Eyes - 1 fl oz for $19.95 (list price $39.95)

Square Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Humidifier, 700ml Large Capacity Modern Ultrasonic Aroma Diffusers Running 20+ Hours 7 Color Changing for Home Office Bedroom Living Room Study Yoga Spa for $29.99 (list price $69.99)

Natural Earth Lava Pumice Stone for Foot Callus by Zenda Naturals - Premium Callus Remover for Feet and Hands - Pedicure Tools, Exfoliation to Remove Dead Skin - Natural Foot File for $8.45 (list price $14.97)

ElleSye Blackhead Remover Kit, 5-in-1 Pimple Extractor Acne Comedone Blackhead Removal Tool Set, Treatment for Blemish, Whitehead, Zit Removing with Metal Case for $6.49 (list price $15.99)

Tea Tree Oil Body & Foot Wash - 12 oz Antifungal Soap 100% Natural Fungal Defense Care Kills Bacteria Athletes Foot Ringworm Jock Itch - Antibacterial Soap Premium Nature for $11.99 (list price $19.99)

100% Natural Himalayan Salt Scrub 12 oz with Lychee Oil and Sweet Almond Oil- Best Body scrub, Deep Skin Exfoliator, Anti Cellulite, Body Wash, Moisturizer & Detox for $13.95 (list price $35.00)

Dental Floss Pick 240 Picks FDA Approved Professional Threader Flosser with 4 Travel Case, FAMILIFE for $12.99 (list price $59.86)

Premium Bath Poufs [6-Pack] - Large Exfoliating Mesh Puff Shower Loofahs w/ Sponges for A More Luxurious Lather - The Best Body Wash Scrub Sponge with Handle - By Savvy Bath for $11.70 (list price $26.95)

Anjou Aromatherapy Top 12 Essential Oils Set, Include 100% Pure Lavender, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Bergamot, Frankincense, Lemon, Rosemary, Cinnamon, and Ylang-Ylang for $15.99 (list price $59.99)

Aickar Eyelash Curler - Professional Eyelash Curler Set with Eyelash Curler Refill, Eyelash Curler for Asian Eyes and American Eyes - Matte Silver for $9.96 (list price $9.96)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

First Aid Only All-purpose First Aid Kit, Soft Case, 299-Piece Kit for $14.94 (list price $26.74)

YETI Rambler 20 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler with Lid (Stainless Steel) for $23.99 (list price $29.99)

GCI Outdoor Everywhere Chair, Midnight for $36.78 (list price $39.99)

ProForm Hybrid Trainer for $350.00 (list price $404.23)

Aqua Quest Kona Pouch Running Belt - Water Resistant - Black for $22.55 (list price $33.95)

Thermos Intak 24 Ounce Hydration Bottle with Meter, Purple for $11.96 (list price $14.99)

Garmin vívosmart HR+ Regular Fit Activity Tracker - Black for $169.99 (list price $199.99)

TheraBand Exercise and Stability Ball for Improved Posture, Balance, Core Fitness, Coordination, Yoga, Pilates, Core Stability, Rehab, Pro Series SCP Slow Deflate Burst Resistant for (list price )

TuneBand for iPhone 7, Premium Sports Armband with Two Straps and Two Screen Protectors, BLACK for $21.99 (list price $29.99)

WORX TURBINE 12 Amp Corded Leaf Blower with 110 MPH and 600 CFM Output and Variable Speed Control – WG520 for $54.24 (list price $59.99)

Large Bed Tray NNEWVANTE Laptop Desk Lap Desk Foldable Portable Standing Outdoor Camping Table, Breakfast Reading Tray Holder for Couch Floor Students Kids Young Color(Gentleman Black) for $24.99 (list price $32.99)

Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower With Grass Bag for $54.00 (list price $93.86)

Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket Dual Layers For Outdoor Water-Resistant Handy Mat Tote Spring Summer Blue and White Striped Great for the Beach,Camping on Grass Waterproof Sandproof (SC-CM-01) for $15.99 (list price $29.99)

STIGA Advantage Table Tennis Table for $399.99 (list price $449.99)

TOOLS

Milwaukee 2407-22 M12 3/8 Drill Driver Kit for $109.00 (list price $233.00)

Yougai 38-piece Precision Computer Repair Tool Kit for iPad,iPhone,PC,Watch,Samsung and Other Smartphone Tablet Computer Electronic Devices for $13.59 (list price $40.99)

DEWALT DW1354 14-Piece Titanium Drill Bit Set for $12.99 (list price $15.99)

Bosch GMS120 Digital Multi-Scanner for $62.97 (list price $69.99)

Bosch PS11-102 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Max 3/8-Inch Right Angle Drill/Driver Kit with (1) High Capacity Battery and Charger for $99.00 (list price $131.80)

Megapro 211R2C36RD 13-In-1 Ratcheting Driver, Red for $27.67 (list price $37.96)

SE RA9228 228-Piece Rotary Tool Accessories Kit for $17.92 (list price $24.99)

Hyde Tool 06986 2-1/2-Inch Stiff 6-In-1 Multi-Tool for $7.74 (list price $9.75)

Stanley FMHT51249 FATMAX Anti Vibe Nailing Hammer, 14-Ounce for $32.52 (list price $34.99)

ThruNite Archer 2A V3 Cool White 500 Lumens AA LED Flashlight for $29.99 (list price $45.95)

Stanley STHT55135 Pry Bar Set for $10.70 (list price $16.00)

TEKTON Long Arm Hex Key Wrench Set, Inch/Metric, 26-Piece | 25252 for $13.19 (list price $14.99)

Jeronic 11-Inch Folding Step Stool Holds up to 300 lb for $9.95 (list price $16.99)

Monkey Hook Picture Hanger Home and Office Pack, 30 pc set for $11.24 (list price $19.75)

Stanley 43-511 Magnetic Shock Resistant Torpedo Level for $6.24 (list price $9.53)

Klein Tools 5139L 12-1/2-Inch Top-Grain Leather Zipper Bag,Tan for $30.40 (list price $39.14)

RAK Magnetic Wristband (1 Pack) with Strong Magnets for Holding Screws, Nails, Drill Bits - Best Unique Tool Gift for DIY Handyman, Father/Dad, Husband, Boyfriend, Men, Women (Black) for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

25 Back-to-School Products That Earn High Marks

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New school style: Whether you're starting college, shopping for the kids, or just want an excuse to treat yourself to new office gear, Mental Floss has you covered. Equip yourself or a loved one with these stylish and functional school supplies.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

1. COFFEE AND DOUGHNUT POST-ITS; $13

coffee and doughnut Post-its
Courtesy of Post-it

Add some flavor to your notes with the two-pack set of coffee and doughnut Post-its. Each of the 60 sheets is 3.20-by-3 inches.

Find It: Amazon

2. PACKIT FREEZABLE HAMPTON LUNCH BAG; $16

PackIt Freezable Hampton Lunch Bag, Blanket Stripe
Amazon

This spacious lunch bag is designed with a freezable lining, so it can be folded and placed in the freezer. When you're ready to take it on the go, it'll be ready to chill your food for hours. Bonus: It's also lead- and BPA-free.

Find It: Amazon

3. MONSTER REUSABLE SANDWICH BAGS; $11

Orange Monster Reusable Sandwich Lunch Bags
Amazon

Save the Earth and amuse little students with these reusable, dishwasher-safe bags. Each set of four includes two sandwich bags and two snack bags—all with an easy-to-grip opening.

Find It: Amazon

4. BENTO BOX FOR KIDS; $40

OmieBox Bento Lunch Box With Insulated Thermos For Kids
Amazon

This three-compartment bento box is roomy enough to fit a hearty, healthy lunch. The BPA-free container—available in five bright colors—is leak-proof, easy to open, and comes with a built-in thermos.

Find It: Amazon

5. LARGE MONTHLY PLANNER; $15

Large Personal Monthly Planner
Amazon

JStory's minimalist planner is made of thicker-than-average paper and includes a column for notes. And the blank design offers flexibility: You fill in the dates yourself.

Find It: Amazon

6. ORANGE LINED NOTEBOOK; $9

Rhodia Staplebound Orange Lined Notebook
Amazon

French brand Rhodia earned a strong following among artists and designers for its high-quality paper that's unbelievably smooth. The cover is sturdy so you can take notes anywhere.

Find It: Amazon

7. HONEYSTICKS BEESWAX CRAYONS; $23

crayons
Amazon

These sustainable crayons are made of 100 percent beeswax from New Zealand. (They smell like honey, too!) The thick shape is perfect for toddlers to hold.

Find It: Amazon

8. MOPHIE POWERSTATION XL; $66

external battery
Amazon

An external battery is a must for days when shuttling around campus from classes to clubs to rehearsals is unavoidable. This slim rose gold option has two USB ports and is compatible with both smartphones and tablets.

Find It: Amazon

9. CABLEKEEP; $13

Nice GLD-02 Goldie CableKeep
Amazon

This helpful gadget for iPhones holds both your power adapter and USB cable while keeping them tangle-free. It also functions as a stand for your phone when the Cablekeep is plugged into the wall.

Find It: Amazon

10. PARKLAND BAYSIDE KIDS' BACKPACK; $28

Parkland Bayside Kids Backpack
Amazon

Tote books in style with this eco-friendly backpack, featuring a polyester exterior made from recycled water bottles.

Find It: Amazon

11. LEGO BRICK BACKPACK; $50

LEGO Brick Backpack
Amazon

This whimsical statement backpack from LEGO features a padded handle and shoulder straps, so it's as comfortable as it is cool.

Find It: Amazon

12. HERSHEL NOVEL DUFFEL; $81

Herschel Supply Co. duffel
Amazon

Class up your gear with this stylish duffel from Herschel. It features a padded shoulder strap and a special compartment for those dirty cleats.

Find It: Amazon

13. ANTIQUE BRASS PHARMACY FLOOR LAMP; $50

Dawson Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Amazon

Overpower dim dorm room lighting with this brass floor lamp. Its height can be adjusted from 33 inches to a maximum of 55 inches, while the arm can be adapted to shine light at a variety of angles.

Find It: Amazon

14. EGYPTIAN COTTON TOWEL SET; $24

bathroom with towels
Amazon

This set of soft Egyptian cotton towels from Amazon's Pinzon brand includes two hand towels, two washcloths, and two bath towels—all listed as 100 percent cotton and at an affordable price.

Find It: Amazon

15. WHITE MARBLE MACBOOK KEYBOARD SKIN; $12

White Marble MacBook Keyboard Skin
Nordstrom

Protect your keyboard while adding a little luxury to your Macbook with this white marble keyboard skin.

Find It: Nordstrom

16. MAGNETIC CHALK BOARD; $18

chalkboard
Amazon

Get organized with this wood-framed chalk board, which comes with chalk and two vintage-style magnets.

Find It: Amazon

17. COFFEEBOXX SINGLE SERVE COFFEE MAKER; $230

portable coffee maker
Amazon

This ultra-durable single-serve coffee maker is great for the dorm as well as the campground. It's water- and dust-resistant and works with K-cups.

Find It: Amazon

18. TRAVEL MUG; $25

 Zojirushi SM-SA48-BA Stainless Steel Mug
Amazon

If you need java to survive, pick up this sleek vacuum-insulated travel mug, which features a splatter-free push-button lid. It's also lockable, so you won't be that person who spills coffee in class.

Find It: Amazon

19. SIX-PACK OF STACKING DRAWERS; $32

stacking drawers
Amazon

Stack these versatile transparent drawers to create a dresser so you can fit your huge wardrobe in your dorm room.

Find It: Amazon

20. FACETED TAPE DISPENSER; $7

gem tape dispenser
Amazon

This elegant copper tape dispenser will give your desk some class. It's also weighted, so you can grab with ease. (Roll of Scotch tape included.)

Find It: Amazon

21. COUNTERTOP MICROWAVE; $84

microwave
Amazon

Master the art of dorm room microwave cooking with this 1000-Watt model, featuring that all-important popcorn setting.

Find It: Amazon

22. SATEEN SHEETS; $18 AND UP

sheet set
Bed Bath & Beyond

These 400-thread-count sateen sheets feel silky to the touch: They're a simple way to make your dorm room feel luxurious.

Find It: Bed Bath & Beyond

23. TOUCHSCREEN MIST CLEANER; $10

Two-In-One Spray and Microfiber Cloth
Amazon

Use this screen-safe spray to remove dirt and fingerprints from your phone. It comes in a bottle that's coated with microfiber cloth so you can spritz and wipe all in one.

Find It: Amazon

24. MESH SHOWER BAG; $13

 Saltwater Canvas, LLC Zip Top Mesh Shower Bag
Amazon

No more feeling around outside the shower curtain for your shampoo. Take this quick-drying mesh shower caddy right into the stall with you.

Find It: Amazon

25. MINI FRIDGE WITH DRY ERASE BOARD; $250

 Igloo FR326M-D-BLACK Erase Board Refrigerator with Neon Markers
Amazon

Make your dorm room unique with this fun fridge that has a dry erase exterior and comes with neon markers so you can write notes directly on it. No paper and magnets needed. It also includes a freezer unit and ice cube tray.

Find It: Amazon

The Brilliant $20 Gadget That Will Keep Your Beach Umbrella Firmly Anchored in the Sand

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Failing to properly secure your beach umbrella is more dangerous than you think. Tumbling, airborne umbrellas can be a safety hazard, with the potential to collide with beach-goers. Recently, a woman in Maryland was struck in the chest by one that was carried away by high winds.

Usually, it’s simply a matter of inconvenience—chasing a rogue umbrella is not how anyone wants to spend their day. Today recently broke down some preventative measures to help keep umbrellas secured, including using a rocking motion to bury it in the sand and making sure at least one-third of it is underground. You also want to tilt it into the wind so the gusts help keep it secured. 

The best way to avoid umbrella-related mishaps, though, is to opt for a sand anchor. These cheap-but-effective devices are like giant screws that bite into the sand for a much more secure fit. You then place the umbrella pole in the anchor. You can find the Beachr Beach Umbrella Sand Anchor, which fits all sizes of umbrella, for $19.97 on Amazon.

Experts like beach superintendents also advise you to consider taking down umbrellas if it's too windy and never, ever bringing a patio umbrella to the beach. With a larger surface area to catch wind, they can be extremely dangerous.

[h/t Today]

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