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Get Lucky With Amazon's Best St. Patrick's Day 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, March 17.

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

SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headphones Wireless 4.1 Magnetic Earbuds Stereo Earphones with Mic, Secure Fit for Sports - Black for $22.99 (list price $49.99)

AcuRite 01079 Pro Weather Station with PC Connect, PRO+ 5-in-1 Weather Sensor and My AcuRite Remote Monitoring App for $155.35 (list price $179.99)

Polar A360 Fitness Tracker with Wrist Heart Rate Monitor (Black, Large) for $118.00 (list price $199.95)

Anker PowerCore Slim 5000 Portable Charger, Ultra Slim 5000mAh External Battery with Fast-Charging PowerIQ, Pocket Friendly Power Bank, Perfectly designed for Smartphones for $18.99 (list price $49.99)

HDMI Cable (6ft, Zinc-Alloy Shell, Heavy Duty) Atevon Nylon Braided HDMI Cord - High Speed 18Gbps for 4k/HD TVs, PS4, PS3, Xbox one, Xbox 360, computers, displays and More - Gunblack for $11.99 (list price $33.99)

Goal Zero 14101 Luna USB LED Stick Light for $9.99 (list price $11.95)

VTIN Mini Bluetooth Headset, Bluetooth 4.1 In-ear Earpiece with Mic Hands-free Headphone for iPhone 7/7S Plus and all Bluetooth-enable Devices - Black for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

Anker 60W 10-Port USB Wall Charger, PowerPort 10 for iPhone 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini, Galaxy S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4, LG, Nexus, HTC and More for $33.59 (list price $99.99)

Samsung 32GB BAR (METAL) USB 3.0 Flash Drive (MUF-32BA/AM) for $12.99 (list price $24.99)

Tiergrade 60W 12A 6-Port USB Charger Desktop Charging Station with Auto Detect Technology for Apple iOS, Android & Virtually all Other USB Compatible Devices - Black for $19.99 (list price $39.99)

Mengo Aluma CD Phone Car Mount - Aluminum Magnetic CD Car Holder/Cradle with Secure & Solid Grip - Universally Compatible, Fits All Vents for iPhones, Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola for $16.99 (list price $34.99)

Solar Charger, Solar Power Bank 15000mAh Dual USB External Battery Charger Backup Battery Pack with 6LED Flashlight Solar Panel Charger for Bluetooth iPhone HTC Nexus Camera Tablet-Blue for $17.59 (list price $39.99)

CardNinja Ultra-slim Self Adhesive Credit Card Wallet for Smartphones, Black for $6.95 (list price $12.99)

iXCC Bluetooth Headphones Wireless V4.1 Sports Earphones with Built-in Mic, Noise Cancelling Earbuds for iPhone 7 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 and More for $22.09 (list price $49.99)

iHome IBT69BX Bluetooth Rechargeable Mini Speaker - Black for $18.48 (list price $24.99)

Bluetooth Speakers,TaoTronics 14W Stereo Wireless Portable Speaker Pulse X from Dual 7W Drivers, Strong Bass, High Definition Audio, Built-in Microphone for $19.99 (list price $55.99)

TOTU BT-2 V4.1 Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Music Stereo Sports Headset - Red for $23.99 (list price $69.99)

Omaker M4 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with 12 Hour Playtime for Outdoors or Shower(Black) for $89.99 (list price $22.99)

Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Foldable Headsets, GRDE Retractable Headphones Neckband Style Sports Earphones Earbuds with Microphone, Compatible for Most Bluetooth Devices for $29.99 (list price $45.99)

SoundBlock Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speaker for Computers & Smartphones - Bluetooth 3.0 Technology with Built-in Speakerphone and 10 Hour Rechargeable Battery - Black for $39.99 (list price $49.95)

LEGO Super Heroes Super Hero Airport Battle 76051 for $59.00 (list price $79.99)

LEGO Star Wars StarScavenger 75147 for $36.95 (list price $49.99)

Stuhrling Original Men's 699.02 Aviator Quartz Day and Date Grey Dial Brown Leather Band Watch for $82.99 (list price $525.00)

KITCHEN

Wilton Excelle Elite 6-Cup Mini Fluted Pan for $15.42 (list price $18.65)

ThermoPro TP03A Digital Food Cooking Thermometer Instant Read Meat Thermometer for Kitchen BBQ Grill Smoker for $29.99 (list price $29.99)

Bellemain 4 oz. Porcelain Ramekins, Set of 6 for $13.95 (list price $29.95)

Cook N Home Stainless Steel Cookware 1 Quart Sauce Pan with Lid for $10.99 (list price $14.99)

Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S 6-Quart Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Digital Timer, Stainless Steel for $34.30 (list price $59.99)

Egg Sushi Rice Mold Mould (6 set Mold with SQdeal Gifts) for $5.99 (list price $9.99)

French Press Coffee Maker, Large, 34 Ounces, 8 Cup, Strongest and Thickest Glass for $15.95 (list price $49.99)

Zoodle Slicer ZS001 Vegetable Spiral Slicer and Pasta Maker Bundle with Cleaning Brush, Peeler and eBook - Spaghetti & Fettuccine Cuts for $11.99 (list price $19.99)

Pyrex 2-Pack Easy Grab Glass Pie Plate, 9.5-Inch for $9.34 (list price $14.99)

Hamilton Beach 33461 Stay or Go 6-Quart Portable Slow Cooker for $24.99 (list price $62.99)

Tovolo Collapsible Microwave Cover for $7.99 (list price $9.99)

PROMiXX: The Original Vortex Mixer. Beautifully Engineered High-torque Battery-powered Protein Shaker / Blender Bottle with X-blade Technology, 600ml /20oz. BPA-free for $24.99 (list price $28.99)

Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale with Removable Bowl 2.15L Liquid Volume Room Temperature and Timer, 11lb 5kg, Backlight LCD Display for $21.99 (list price $39.99)

Wilton Decorate Smart Small Cake Leveler for $6.22 (list price $9.95)

KRUPS GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Burr Grinder with Grind Size and Cup Selection, 7-Ounce, Black for $47.49 (list price $69.99)

Hamilton Beach 76380Z Classic Chrome Heavyweight Can Opener, Black for $21.81 (list price $23.12)

Artcome 12 Pieces Seafood Tools Set including 2 Lobster Crab Crackers and 10 Forks for $10.99 (list price $30.99)

Simple Basic GOODS - Silicone Garlic Peeler, Set of 2, Orange for $7.99 (list price $15.99)

Sistema Microwave Cookware Steamer, Large, 108.2 Ounce/ 13.5 Cup, Red for $10.01 (list price $16.00)

Presto 04820 PopLite Hot Air Popper for $16.94 (list price $29.99)

De'Longhi EcoDeCalk Natural Descaler for Coffee Machines, 16.90 oz for $11.99 (list price $14.99)

ICO Professional Whipped Cream Dispenser (1 Pint) for $24.99 (list price $41.99)

Pyrex Prepware 2-Quart Glass Measuring Cup for $11.93 (list price $16.32)

T-fal FR8000 Oil Filtration Ultimate EZ Clean Easy to clean 3.5-Liter Fry Basket Stainless Steel Immersion Deep Fryer, 2.6-Pound, Silver for $86.06 (list price $90.99)

Aicok 6-Inch Ceramic Kitchen Knife with Non-Slip Handle and Protective Sheaths - Black Blade for $10.98 (list price $29.88)

Cuisinart MCP117-16BR MultiClad Pro Stainless 16-Inch Rectangular Roaster with Rack for $65.31 (list price $79.99)

PriorityChef Knife Sharpener for Straight and Serrated Knives, 2 Stage Diamond Coated Sharpening Wheel System, Black for $19.95 (list price $34.99)

SAINT GERMAIN Premium Hand Crafted Bread Lame with 5 Blades Included - Best Dough Scoring Tool with Authentic Leather Protective Cover for $24.95 (list price $39.99)

Herb Scissors, X-Chef Kitchen Scissors 5 Blades Stainless Steel with Clean Comb Cover Fast and Easy Clean for $8.99 (list price $24.99)

Royal 1000 Count Wood Coffee Beverage Stirrers, 5.5" for $5.30 (list price $6.70)

TOSSWARE 9oz Shatterproof Champagne and Cocktail Glass - SET OF 12 - BPA-Free Upscale Recyclable/Disposable Plastic Flutes for $10.99 (list price $12.99)

Lifefactory 22-Ounce BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle with Flip Cap & Silicone Sleeve, Carbon for $19.99 (list price $24.99)

Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer - Premium Aerating Pourer and Decanter Spout (Black) for $15.95 (list price $40.95)

Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Adjustable Mandoline Vegetable Slicer w/ Handguard-Black for $21.76 (list price $24.95)

EHME Extra Long Stainless Steel Drinking Straws Set of 6 for 20 oz & 30 oz Yeti and RTIC or Other More Brand Tumblers Ramblers Cups+2 Free Cleaning Brushes for $6.95 (list price $12.99)

InterDesign Forma Suction Clock for Bathroom - Brushed Stainless Steel for $14.99 (list price $18.35)

Francois et Mimi Milk and Creamer Frother Coffee Foam Pitcher with Handle and Lid, Stainless Steel, 14-Ounce Capacity, for Cappuccino and More for $13.95 (list price $17.95)

Lodge P12SGR3 Pro-Logic Cast Iron Square Grill Pan, Pre-Seasoned, 12-inch for $26.99 (list price $42.00)

BEST Coffee Grinder Brush and Scoop by Coffee Gator. Premium Quality for $14.97 (list price $25.97)

Latest Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears - Award Winning Best Multi-Purpose Utility Scissors for Chicken, Poultry, Fish, Meat, Vegetables, Herbs, and BBQ's for $12.95 (list price $34.95)

BlenderBottle 3-Pack Water Bottle of 28oz, Blue/Black/Red, 28 ounce for $23.99 (list price $29.99)

Chef Series FLEX Standard Silicone Spatula 600F Heat-Resistant Flexible Silicone Turner Spatula for $11.97 (list price $16.95)

Cusimax 7-Cup Glass Water Kettle,Auto Shut Off Illuminating Electric Kettle,CMWK-150, 1.7L, Sliver for $34.99 (list price $99.99)

BentoHeaven Leakproof Bento Box with Fun Lunch Notes, Cutlery, Chopsticks - Bamboo Black for $26.95 (list price $40.00)

Contigo SnapSeal Superior Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug, 20oz, Gunmetal for $9.70 (list price $13.99)

Nourish German Steel Professional Chef Knife: Ergonomic Handle, Durable 8 Inch Kitchen Knives w/ Balanced Design for $14.99 (list price $39.99)

Estilo 3 Tier Oven Baking And Cooling Rack for $4.15 (list price $10.99)

Uniware Antimicrobial Microban Cutting Board,17.5 by 12 inches, Orange for $13.64 (list price $19.99)

Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 5-Piece Baking Pan Set, Gray for $22.11 (list price $29.99)

Mr. Ice Bucket 708-1 Regency Black Ice Bucket, 3-Quart for $25.05 (list price $29.00)

Tervis Harry Potter Hogwarts House Crest Wrap Tumbler with Black Lid, 24 oz, Clear for $16.92 (list price $23.99)

Holstein Housewares HF-09015E Fun Waffle Stick Maker - Teal for $31.33 (list price $34.99)

HOME

Pinzon 400-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Sateen Hemstitch Pillowcases - Standard, Sage (Set of 2) for $10.65 (list price $12.49)

Whitmor 6 Shelf Closet System, Silver for $46.99 (list price $52.99)

simplehuman Adjustable Shower Caddy, Stainless Steel and Anodized Aluminum for $29.99 (list price $39.99)

Premium Mildew Resistant Shower Curtain Anti-bacterial Heavy-Duty10-Gauge Waterproof Liner - 72x72 Inch - Clear for $12.99 (list price $34.99)

Sweet Home Collection 1500 Series Egyptian Quality 3-Piece Duvet Cover Set, Full/Queen, White for $23.00 (list price $35.00)

Seville Classics Foldable Storage Cube/Ottoman, Charcoal Grey for $19.99 (list price $24.99)

Honey-Can-Do HNG-01534 Wood Shirt Hanger, Cedar, 5-Pack for $8.99 (list price $19.99)

Ettore 48450 Bulb Changer Kit with Pole for $23.01 (list price $25.72)

Safavieh Classic Shag Collection SG240G Handmade Grey Round Area Rug (4' Diameter) for $52.39 (list price $65.49)

Wool Dryer Balls by Smart Sheep 6-Pack, XL Premium Reusable Natural Fabric Softener for $11.95 (list price $16.95)

Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner, FH40160PC - Corded for $119.31 (list price $159.99)

Serta Plush Velour Electric Heated Mattress Pad with Programmable Digital Controller, King Size, White for $121.22 (list price $140.60)

DHP Rosewood Tall End Table for $24.00 (list price $38.81)

Hoover Max Extract 60 Pressure Pro Carpet Deep Cleaner, FH50220 for $159.99 (list price $229.99)

Oceanstar SR1231 3-Tier Bamboo Shoe Rack for $32.32 (list price $35.08)

GermGuardian AC4100 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with HEPA Filter, UV-C Sanitizer, Allergen and Odor Reduction, 11-Inch Air Purifier for $49.99 (list price $54.99)

Lucas Films Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens, "BB-8" 11" Hugger Character Shaped Pillow and 40" by 50" Fleece Throw Set by The Northwest Company for $17.22 (list price $24.95)

Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow Combination With Kool-Flow Micro-Vented Covering - Queen for $59.99 (list price $149.00)

Black & Decker Table Top Ultrasonic Humidifier, BXHU090 for $20.86 (list price $39.99)

Glass Metal Black Computer Desk for $76.99 (list price $82.96)

Casual Home 324-54 Montego 5-Tier Bookcase, Walnut for $61.05 (list price $103.99)

Village Candle Spiced Pumpkin 16 oz Glass Jar Scented Candle, Medium for $14.45 (list price $26.99)

Pinzon Hypoallergenic Overfilled Microplush Mattress Pad - Queen for $42.49 (list price $49.99)

AmazonBasics 400 Thread Count Sheet Set - Queen, Navy for $19.15 (list price $49.99)

Case Logic EVW-24 EVA Molded 24 Capacity CD/DVD Case (Blue) for $7.95 (list price $9.90)

Soft Non Slip Absorbent Bath Rugs,Memory Foam Bath Mats by DocBear (Gray,Size:W17"xL24") for $11.99 (list price $25.99)

Kids Best Friend Boys Blue Step Stool, Take It Along in Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom and Living Room for $9.99 (list price $10.99)

Set of 4 - 18 x 18 Premium Hypoallergenic Stuffer Pillow Insert Sham Square Form Polyester, Standard / White - MADE IN USA for $22.99 (list price $55.99)

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

Zinus Responsive Memory Foam 10 Inch / Firm / Universal Comfort Support Mattress, Queen for $161.49 (list price $239.00)

Burnes of Boston 163257 City Lights Double Hinged Picture Frame, Black, 5 by 7 Inches for $14.78 (list price $22.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

7 in 1 Electric Waterproof Facial & Body Cleansing Brush Kit with Handle and 6 Brush Heads - Best Advanced Microdermabrasion Scrub System for $27.99 (list price $39.99)

Pure Body Naturals Beauty Dead Sea Mud Mask for Facial Treatment, 250g / 8.8 fl.oz for $25.95 (list price $39.98)

Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File with Diamond Crystals for $27.49 (list price $44.99)

CCS Blackhead Remover Pimple Extractor with Instructions for Acne Comedone Whitehead Blemish Zit Removal Tool Kit for $7.97 (list price $59.97)

LAVO Giro Face Cleansing Brush, New Colors! Exfoliator for Facial Microdermabrasion - Pore Minimizer, Blackhead Remover, Acne Scar Treatment, Dark Spot Corrector - for Men and Women for $28.97 (list price $39.99)

Beaute Galleria - Premium Stainless Steel Bend Curved Blemish Extractor Tool for Remove Comedones Whitehead Blackhead Acne Pimple for $7.99 (list price $12.99)

Emjoi Tweeze eRase e6 - Facial Hair Remover - Epilator for $11.72 (list price $19.95)

The Body Shop For Men Maca Root Eye Rescue Serum, 0.5-Fluid Ounce (Packaging May Vary) for $12.00 (list price $20.00)

Dove Men+Care Body Wash, Aqua Impact 18 oz for $3.74 (list price $6.49)

Kyoku For Men Exfoliating Facial Scrub | Kyoku For Men Face Scrub, A Gentle Acne Treatment For Men (3.4oz) for $11.95 (list price $18.00)

NIVEA Men Original Deep Cleaning Face Scrub 4.4 Ounce (Pack of 3) for $17.93 (list price $19.47)

Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, White for $19.95 (list price $49.99)

TheraBreath Dentist Recommended Fresh Breath Oral Rinse - Mild Mint Flavor, 16 Ounce (Pack of 2) for $19.98 (list price $25.19)

Crest 3D White Radiant Mint Whitening Toothpaste, 3.5 oz Twinpack for $5.71 (list price $7.49)

Natural Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder -Mint Flavor- Made with Organic Coconut Activated Charcoal and Bentonite Clay Formula for Stronger Healthy White Teeth.No need for Strips, Kits or Gel. for $21.97 (list price $29.99)

Crest 3D White Brilliance Daily Cleansing Toothpaste and Whitening Gel System, Total Weight 6.3 Oz for $12.99 (list price $14.99)

DenTek Slim Brush, Professional Interdental Cleaners, Tight Teeth, Mouthwash Mint, 32 Count for $3.85 (list price $4.99)

Colgate Wisp Portable Mini-Brush Optic White, Coolmint, 24 Count (Pack of 4) for $19.99 (list price $31.96)

Tom's of Maine Anticavity Fluoride Children's Toothpaste, Outrageous Orange-Mango, 4.2 Ounce, 3 Count for $10.17 (list price $15.19)

Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Nutrient Tablets, 60-Tablets (Packaging May Vary) for $30.78 (list price $36.73)

AFY AIVOYE Suction Black Mask Deep Cleansing Face Mask Tearing Resist Oily Skin Strawberry Nose Black Mud Face mask (pack of 1 boxes) for $8.49 (list price $14.99)

Suavecito Pomade Firme Hold 4 oz for $12.79 (list price $14.95)

Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner for Dry and Damaged Hair, 8.45 oz for $12.95 (list price $40.00)

Vitamins Hair Loss Shampoo - 121% Regrowth and 47% Less Thinning - With DHT Blockers and Biotin for Hair Growth - 2 Month Supply for $29.99 (list price $49.97)

Argan Oil Shampoo, Sulfate Free, 8 oz. - With Argan, Jojoba, Avocado, Almond, Peach Kernel, Camellia Seed, and Keratin - 100% Safe for Color Treated Hair - For Men, Women, and Teens - All Hair Types - Most Beneficial Haircare Product Available for $12.96 (list price $25.00)

Conair Velvet Touch Paddle Hair Brush for $4.49 (list price $6.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Case-it Mighty Zip Tab 3-Inch Zipper Binder, Black, D-146-BLK for $12.59 (list price $14.89)

Samsill Fashion Color 3 Ring Storage Binder, 2 Inch Round Ring, 4 Pack Assorted - Electric Pink, Deep Purple, Fern Green, Ocean Blue for $15.48 (list price $28.42)

Alera Elusion Series Mesh Mid-Back Swivel/Tilt Chair, Black for $98.09 (list price $138.98)

MidBack Black Mesh Swivel Task Chair for $52.19 (list price $65.14)

Tulip Fabric Markers Fine Writers 20 Pack - Premium Quality, Nontoxic & Fast Drying for $12.90 (list price $19.99)

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point, Limited Edition Tropical & Assorted Colors, 24 Pack for $17.01 (list price $20.02)

Sharpie Color Burst Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count for $12.34 (list price $16.25)

Paper Mate Profile Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Bold (1.4mm), Blue, 12 Count for $7.08 (list price $8.34)

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Set, Ultra Fine Tip, Assorted Colors, 7-Piece for $11.99 (list price $14.11)

Dland Computer Desk 47" Home Office PC Laptop Desk Studyinging Writing Reading Triangular Solid Table Modern Workstation, Walnut for $70.99 (list price $159.00)

Avery Copper Reinforced Preprinted Dividers with JAN-DEC Tabs, 12-Tab Set, 1 Set (24286) for $4.45 (list price $6.55)

Find It Hanging CD/DVD File Pages, Letter-Size, 15 File Page Pack, Each Page Holds up to 8 CDs/DVDs (FT07069) for $12.24 (list price $15.99)

uni-ball Vision Needle Rollerball Pens, Fine Point (0.7mm), Assorted Colors, 5 Count for $14.60 (list price $18.11)

ETA hand2mind Precision School Balance without Weights for $21.74 (list price $31.99)

Mead Composition Notebook, Wide Ruled, 100 Sheets, 5 Pack (72368) for $8.95 (list price $16.64)

Susenstone® Weekly Planner Agenda Notepad Notebook (Blue) for $6.48

Candy Lollipop Gel Pen Macarons Black Ink Pens Stationery Zakka Canetas Material Escolar for $20.00 (list price $30.00)

New Cute Jap. Girl Style Paper Sticker / Decoration Label Sticker for $9.00 (list price $14.00)

12 Pcs/lot New Cute Kawaii Watercolor Chalk Paint Pen Gel Pen for $12.50 (list price $18.00)

SEWING KIT, Over 120 Premium Sewing Supplies, 38 Spools of Thread - 20 Most Useful Colors of Threads & 18 Multi Colors, Extra 40 quality sewing pins - Mini Travel sewing kit, for Beginners, Emergency for $13.97 (list price $19.99)

Tulip One Step 18-Color Tie-Dye Kit for $16.02 (list price $29.99)

Tulip 34723 One-Step Tie Dye Party Kit for $20.51 (list price $29.99)

Blue Squid Face Paint Kit for Kids | 12 Color Jumbo Palette | Sturdy Case 3 Brushes Stencil & Glitter Gel | Best Quality Water Based Body Painting Set | FBA Approved Facepaint + Online Video Tutorial for $23.89 (list price $44.99)

Face Paint Kit with 30 Stencils, 9 Paints + 2 Glitters By Bo Buggles Kids: Large 4 gram Professional Paints, 2 Brushes, 2 Sponges. Pro-Quality Face Painting Party Set. Non-Toxic Palette + Bonus Ebook for $12.95 (list price $29.99)

Perler Beads 80-54182 Bead Fun Activity Kit for $16.57 (list price $24.99)

Mudder 36 Pack Zipper Replacement Zipper Repair Kit, Silver for $7.99 (list price $12.99)

OPount Needle Felting Starter Kit Wool Felt Tools MatNeedle Felting Basic Kit with 16 Colors Wool Roving for $15.99 (list price $24.99)

Snazaroo Face Paint Ultimate Party Pack for $16.50 (list price $29.99)

Craftster's Sewing Kits Little Monsters Beginners Sewing Kit for $22.97 (list price $59.99)

The Hillman Group 121130 Extra Heavy Mirror Kit for $3.98 (list price $8.68)

SadoCrafts Sew Your Own Stuffed Animal - Sock Doll Sewing Craft Kit, Model DOG for $9.97 (list price $18.99)

Michley LSS-505 Lil' Sew & Sew Multi-Purpose Sewing Machine with Built-In Stitches for $49.99 (list price $52.84)

SINGER 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with DVD, 10 Presser Feet and Metal Frame for $171.85 (list price $299.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Stanley Adventure Stacking Vacuum Pint, Stainless Steel, 16 oz for $10.08 (list price $15.00)

Lightning Nuggets N100SEB Firestarters Super Economy Box of Fire-Starting Nuggets, 100 Count for $20.76 (list price $31.99)

Bike Water Bottle Holder, Black or White Gloss, Secure Retention System, No Lost Bottles, Lightweight and Strong Bicycle Bottle Cage for $15.79 (list price $24.99)

Zookki Cycling Gloves Mountain Bike Gloves Road Racing Bicycle Gloves Light Silicone Gel Pad Riding Gloves Half Finger Biking Gloves Men/Women Work Gloves for $7.99 (list price $29.99)

Plant Theatre Bonsai Trio Kit, 3 Distinctive Bonsai Trees to Grow for $18.99 (list price $22.99)

Mountaintop 32 Degree F Ultralight Lightweight Mummy Down Sleeping Bag for Backpacking Adults Camping Hiking with Compression Sack for $71.98 (list price $89.99)

Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food, 16 lb for $11.88 (list price $18.76)

KONG Jumbler Ball Toy, Large/X-Large (colors may vary) for $11.98 (list price $17.99)

High Capacity Wave Enviro Eastar Resin Sports Water Bottle BPA Free Reusable Portable Large Outdoor Fitness Training Jug Container(74oz) for $10.99 (list price $19.98)

Outmate 6 pcs Aluminum D-ring Locking Carabiner Light but Strong for $7.99 (list price $11.99)

Smith Optics Scope Adult Airflow Series Snow Snowmobile Goggles Eyewear - Black/Blue Sensor Mirror / Medium for $52.50 (list price $70.00)

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Mess Kit (8-Piece) for $11.11 (list price $14.00)

Military Tactical Backpack Large Army 3 Day Assault Pack Waterproof Molle Bug Out Bag Backpacks Rucksacks for Outdoor Hiking Camping Trekking Hunting Black for $39.99 (list price $59.99)

Ghost Vapor GVX-8700 The Original High Powered LED Flashlight - Ultra Bright Tactical Flashlight - Outdoor Water Resistant Torch with Adjustable Focus and 5 Light Modes for $11.95 (list price $17.90)

Bell Clinch Universal Mount and Cage, Black for $7.96 (list price $9.99)

Holzhaus Outdoor Beach Picnic Blanket with Water-Resistant and Sandproof Backing, 79 x 63 Inches for $13.59 (list price $30.00)

Mountaintop 70L+10L Water-resistant Outdoor Backpack Backpacking Trekking Bag with Rain Cover, Sapphire Blue for $62.99 (list price $79.99)

Olive Drab Green Warm Wool Fire Retardent Blanket, 66" x 90" (80% Wool)-US Military for $24.99 (list price $39.95)

CAP Barbell Regular 110-Pound Weight Set with 5-Feet Threaded Standard Bar (Grey) for $112.64 (list price $119.99)

Epitomie PowerSkip Jump Rope with Memory Foam Handles and Weighted Speed Cable - Kryptonite Green for $14.99 (list price $18.99)

Z Hunter ZB-027 Axe, 9.5-Inch for $11.96 (list price $14.94)

Milk-Bone MaroSnacks Dog Treats for All Sizes Dogs, 40-Ounce for $6.49 (list price $11.11)

Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews, Small Dog, 30 Count for $7.49 (list price $12.99)

Zippo All-In-One Kit for $15.40 (list price $18.50)

ELECTRONICS

Nest Cam Indoor security camera for $169.54 (list price $199.00)

NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, Essentials Edition (EX2700) for $24.99 (list price $39.99)

HAVIT LED Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard, Mechanical-Similar Typing Experience (HV-KB380L) for $41.99 (list price $56.99)

AD 2017 Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E560 15.6" Business Laptop: Intel 6th Gen Core i5-6200U | 8GB RAM | 500GB 7200RPM | FingerPrint Reader | DVD RW | 802.11AC | Windows 7 Professional for $539.00 (list price $799.00)

Linksys AC1750 Dual-Band Smart Wireless Router with MU-MIMO, Works with Amazon Alexa (Max Stream EA7300) for $109.99 (list price $129.99)

LG 27UD58-B 27-Inch 4K UHD IPS Monitor with FreeSync for $396.00 (list price $449.99)

HAVIT HV-F2056 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad - Ultra Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans) for $21.49 (list price $29.49)

Sony XBR55X700D 55-Inch HDR 4K Ultra HD TV (2016 Model) for $798.00 (list price $898.00)

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14 Secrets of Costco Employees
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Costco has become something of a unicorn in the brick-and-mortar industry. While employees at other chains express concerns over low wages and questionable management choices, the 200,000-plus ground troops at Costco’s massive shopping centers rave about generous pay ($13 to $22.50 hourly, depending on seniority), comprehensive benefits, and pension plans. After one year of employment, the turnover rate is only 6 percent, compared to an average of 16 percent across the retail industry. Not having to incur costs of training replacements is just one reason the company keeps prices low.

It’s no secret that Costco employees are a relatively happy bunch. But we wanted a little more information, so we’ve asked several current Costco workers about everything from pet peeves to nail polish bans to revoking memberships. (All requested we use only their first names to preserve anonymity.) Here’s what they had to tell us about life in the pallets.

1. WORKING THERE IS BETTER THAN GOING TO THE GYM.

Turns out that navigating a warehouse full of goods stacked to the ceiling is kind of like getting an all-day gym pass. “I walk about five to eight miles a day on average, and that's all within the confines of the store,” says Rachael, a Costco employee in Colorado. “When you see pallets stacked with 50-pound bags of flour or sugar or dog food or cat litter, a lot of that stuff had to be stacked by hand by employees before the store opens. Ditto for those giant stacks of shoes and bottles of salsa or five-gallon jugs of cooking oil. It's a lot of hard work.”

2. THEY CAN DO THEIR SHOPPING AFTER HOURS.

Costco shopping carts are arranged together
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While employees typically don’t get shopping discounts, they have something that’s arguably better: the opportunity to shop in a near-empty store. “You can shop after hours, and a lot of employees do that,” says Kathleen, a Costco employee in Washington state. “You just bring your cart to the front register.” The store will keep the member service counter open so workers can check out after other registers have closed.

3. THE GENEROUS RETURN POLICY CAN GET MESSY.

Costco infamously places very few restrictions on returns. Most anything purchased there can be brought back for a refund as part of the company’s overall emphasis on exceptional customer service. Naturally, some members are willing to abuse the privilege. “Members return couches that are over five years old, and interestingly enough, they still have the receipt,” Rachael says. “My guess is that they buy that couch with the intention of returning it someday, so they tape the receipt to the bottom of the couch so they don't lose it. Then, when they've worn it out and want something new, they bring it back and get a full refund.”

Rachael has also seen a member return a freezer that was allegedly no longer working. The store refunded both the cost of the appliance and the spoiled meat inside. “The meat smelled like death,” she says.

4. THEY CAN ALSO TELL WHEN YOU’RE A SERIAL RETURNER.

A shopper at Costco looks at the computer display
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Costco purchase records typically date back 10 years or so, but employees working the return counter don’t always need to reference your account to know that you're making a habit of getting refunds. “When someone comes in to return something without a receipt and they go, ‘Oh, you can look it up on my account,’ that’s a tell,” says Thomas, an employee in California. “It tells me you return so much stuff that you know what we can find on the computer.”

5. THERE’S A CONVENIENCE STORE-WITHIN-A-STORE.

While employees are generally allowed to eat their lunch or dinner meals in the food court, not all of them are crazy about pizza and hot dogs as part of their daily diet. Many opt for the employee break room, which—in some warehouse locations—looks more like a highway rest stop. Rows of vending machines offer fresh meals, snacks, and sodas, along with a complete kitchen for preparing food brought from home. “[It’s a] relatively new addition that is being implemented at more warehouses,” says Steve, an employee in California. “It's basically like a gas station's convenience store, with both frozen and fresh meals and snacks. The only difference is the prices are more reasonable.”

6. THERE’S A GOOD REASON THERE ISN’T AN EXPRESS CHECKOUT LANE.

A Costco shopper goes through the checkout lane
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Walk into a Costco and you’ll probably notice an employee with a click counter taking inventory of incoming members. According to Rachael, that head count gets relayed to the supervisor in charge of opening registers. “They know that for a certain amount of people entering the store, within a certain amount of time, there should be a certain amount of registers open to accommodate those shoppers who are ready to check out,” she says. If there aren’t enough cashiers on hand, the supervisor can pull from other departments: Most employees are “cross-trained” to help out when areas are understaffed.

7. THERE’S A METHOD TO THE RECEIPT CHECK.

Customers sometimes feel offended when they’re met at the exit by an employee scanning their receipt, but it’s all in an effort to mitigate loss prevention and keep prices low. “We’re looking for items on the bottom of the cart, big items like TVs, or alcohol,” Thomas says. Typically, the value of these items might make it worth the risk for a customer who's trying to shoplift—and they're worth the double-check.

8. THEY TAKE SAFE FOOD HANDLING TO A NEW LEVEL ...

A Costco employee works in food preparation
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At Costco, employees are expected to exercise extreme caution when preparing and serving hot dogs, pizza, chicken and other food to members. “If an employee forgets to remove their apron before exiting the department, they must remove that apron, toss it into the hamper, and put on a fresh apron because now it's contaminated,” Rachael says. “Or, let's say a member asks for a slice of cheese pizza. We place that piece onto a plate, with tongs, of course, then place the plate onto the counter. If the member says, ‘Oh darn, I've changed my mind, I'd rather have pepperoni pizza,’ then we have to toss the pizza that they didn't want into the trash. Once it hits the counter, it can't come back.” Some store protocols even prohibit employees from wearing nail polish in food prep areas—it could chip and get into the food.

9. ... BUT WORKING AT THE FOOD COURT CAN PREPARE THEM FOR ANYTHING.

Costco employees who find themselves behind the counter at the chain’s food court say it's one of the few less-than-pleasant experiences of working there. For some members, the dynamic of waiting on food and peering over a service counter can make them forget their manners. “Usually members are rude when they are waiting on their pizza during a busy time,” Steve says. “If an employee can excel in the food court, any other position in the warehouse is pretty easy by comparison.”

10. THEY GET FREE TURKEYS.

Costco’s generous wages and benefits keep employment applications stacked high. What people don’t realize, Kathleen says, is that the company’s attention to employee satisfaction can result in getting gifted a giant bird. “We get free turkeys for Thanksgiving,” she says. “I didn’t even know that before I started working there. It’s a nice perk.”

11. THEY CAN REVOKE YOUR MEMBERSHIP.

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But it’s got to be a pretty extreme situation. According to Thomas, memberships can be terminated if a member is caught stealing or having a physical altercation inside the store. For less severe infractions, employees can make notes under a “comments” section of your membership. They’ll do that for frequent returns, if you’re verbally aggressive, or if you like to rummage through pre-packaged produce looking for the best apples. (Don’t do that.)

12. MANAGERS GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY.

During peak business times on weekends and around holidays, the influx of customer traffic can get so formidable that managers jump in with employees to make sure everything gets taken care of. “Most people would be surprised if they realized that the person who just put all of their groceries into their cart at the registers or who helped load that huge mattress into their car was actually the store's general manager,” Rachael says.

13. EVERY DAILY STORE OPENING IS CONTROLLED CHAOS …

Shoppers appear in front of a Costco store
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Like most any retail store, Costco prides itself on presenting a clean, efficient, and organized layout that holds little trace of the labor that went into overnight stocking or display preparation. But if a customer ever happened to see the store in the last hour before opening each day, they’d witness a flurry of activity. “It's controlled chaos with loud music along with the blaring of the forklift sirens,” Steve says. “Employees are rushing to finish and clean up, drivers are rushing to put merchandising in the steel [shelving], and the floor scrubber slowly but surely makes its way around the warehouse. It truly is a remarkable choreography that happens seven days a week.”

14. … AND EVERY CLOSING IS A SLOW MARCH.

To avoid stragglers, Costco employees form a line and walk down aisles to encourage customers to move toward the front of the store so they can check out before closing. Once the doors are locked, overnight stocking begins in anticipation of another day at the world’s coziest warehouse. “Our store has over 250 employees altogether,” Rachael says. “If all of us do our little bit, then it's a well-oiled machine that runs without a hitch.”

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Up Your Sunbathing Game This Summer With a Round Beach Towel

Here's the simple truth: Round beach towels are amazing.

If you haven't heard of round beach towels (a.k.a. roundies), they are large, circular beach towels usually featuring cute designs, including round foods like watermelons and doughnuts. According to The Cut, this Instagram-worthy trend originated in 2013 when Australian brand The Beach People invented roundies and saw them immediately sell out. The craze spread to the U.S. a few years later, when roundies went viral on the internet.

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So, why are roundies superior to your average rectangular towel? From a practical point of view, the large size and circular shape mean you have lots of room to move around and flip over. With a rectangular towel, you're always struggling to stay on a narrow strip of terrycloth to avoid the sand surrounding you on every side, threatening to stick to your wet skin. If you want to turn over, you pretty much have to do it in place. Who decided that a tiny rectangle was the best size and shape for a towel anyway? Why have we put up with this nonsense for so long? Round towels are logically the better choice.

You may be asking yourself: Why not just have a large square towel? Why does it have to be a circle? And the answer is: Stop being a Debbie Downer. They're round because it's fun and whimsical and it means you can have a pizza-shaped towel. (In all seriousness, though, big square beach towels do exist, and they're great. They just haven't blown up on Instagram the way roundies have.)

Having a round towel makes it easy to spot your group at the beach: Your roundie will stand out among all those regular ones. It's also big enough to share. What's more, it can easily double as a picnic blanket, a tablecloth, or even a shawl for walking on the beach (just fold it in half first).

In conclusion, save yourself from the clutches of your tiny, rectangular towel and buy a roundie. Here are a few of our favorites:

WATERMELON; $68

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DOUGHNUT; $20.99

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MANDALA; $19.99

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PIZZA; $21.99

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