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Grand Getaway: Vacation Like Belle and the Beast in a Castle

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Face it, your living situation is no magic kingdom. Treat yourself to a lavish stay somewhere with a few more turrets: an actual castle. In honor of the new Beauty and the Beast movie, vacation rental company HomeAway created the 2017 Castle Collection. The series includes luxurious lodgings from all over the world, including the United States.

Living like royalty normally comes with a hefty price tag, but if you travel with friends, booking a castle could be as low as $20 a night. Of course, filling a place like this one in Montespertoli, Italy might be hard unless you have 120 close friends all available at the same time. Just you and a loved one? You could book this modest (we use that term very subjectively) cultural monument in Germany for around $59 a night.

HomeAway is also holding a Beauty and the Beast-themed castle contest. You and 20 friends can win a free stay at the Duns Castle in Scotland, or if you're one of the five runners-up, a free HomeAway vacation.

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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, August 19.

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GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Emoi Bluetooth Speaker, LED Multicolor Silicone Lamp, iPhone Wireless Portable Speaker w/ Enhanced Bass, Speakerphone, Romantic Music Night Light for Bedroom Baby Room, BPA-Free, APP Control.(H0017W) for $39.99 (list price $46.99)

Appmax IPhone 6 6S Flowing Liquid Case Swimming Magic Maze Transparent Hard 3d Liquid Case Cover Shell for Iphone 6 & Iphone 6S [4.7 Inch] (Blue Maze) for $5.88 (list price $9.99)

Desktop Cable Organizer and Cable Holder for Cable Management of USB Cables, Power Cords & Charging Cables - Bundled with 2 Bonus Cable Clip (Blue) for $12.87 (list price $19.98)

Distil Union Wally Junior - Slim, Secret Leather Wallet and Card Holder for Smartphones, the Only Leather Stick-On Wallet with Pull-Tab for $20.99 (list price $24.99)

Crosley CR7007A-MA Patriarch Turntable with Radio, CD Player and Aux-In (Mahogany) for $103.00 (list price $169.95)

Withings Activité Sapphire - Activity and Sleep Tracking Watch - Swiss-Made for $329.98 (list price $450.00)

Satechi Bluetooth Button Series (Media Button) for iPhone 7 Plus/7/6 Plus/6/5S/5C, iPad Pro/Air 2/Air/Mini/3/2/1, Samsung Galaxy S8/S7/S6,Note 4/Edge/Pro/Tab Pro, Google Nexus 9 and more for $29.99 (list price $39.99)

TaoTronics Bluetooth Headphones, Sweatproof Wireless In Ear Earbuds, Sports Magnetic Earphones with Built in Mic (IPX5 Splash Proof Rating, aptX Stereo, Up to 7 Hours of Talk Time, Ceramic Antenna) for $25.99 (list price $69.99)

Anker SoundCore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Better Bass, 24-Hour Playtime, 66ft Bluetooth Range, IPX5 Water Resistance & Built-in Mic — Dual-Driver Wireless Speaker for iPhone, Samsung etc for $33.59 (list price $89.99)

New Matter MOD-t Desktop 3D Printer | Built-In WiFi, Easy to Use, Safe and Quiet for $269.10 (list price $399.00)

Philips FLEX BT2000A/37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Blue/Green) for $23.64 (list price $39.99)

KITCHEN

Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet, 11-3/4-Inch, Cerise (Cherry Red) for $199.95 (list price $260.00)

Le Creuset Enamel-on-Steel Whistling 1-4/5-Quart Teakettle, Marseille Blue for $99.95 (list price $130.00)

Biobu [by Ekobo] Bambino Kid Set in Gift Box, Lime/Lagoon/Smoke/White for $22.99 (list price $25.00)

The Keyboard Waffle Iron for $54.75 (list price $69.99)

Sagaform 5016554 Spice/Herb Storage Bottles with Oak Stoppers for $24.95 (list price $27.00)

MatchaDNA Handcrafted Matcha Tea Bowl - White for $16.89 (list price $29.99)

Luxtea Glass Teapot 25oz with Stainless Steel Infuser and Lid for Blooming and Loose Leaf Tea (25oz) for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

Fred PIZZA PEDDLER Monkey Unicycle Pizza Wheel for $12.67 (list price $15.66)

Brilliant - Mason Jar Drink Dispenser with Stainless Steel Spigot and Cork Cover, 1 Gallon (4L) for $35.00 (list price $39.95)

Umbra Buddy Paper Towel Holder, Black for $19.99 (list price $25.00)

Curva Artisan Series Double Wall Beverage Glasses and Tumblers - Unique 8 oz Thermo Insulated Drinking Glasses, Set of 4 for $28.95 (list price $38.95)

Dinosaur Cookie Cutter Set - 3 Piece - T-Rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus – Ann Clark – US Tin Plated Steel for $7.99 (list price $9.49)

InterDesign Axis Over the Cabinet Kitchen Storage Organizer Basket for Aluminum Foil, Sandwich Bags, Cleaning Supplies - 2-Tier, Chrome for $13.29 (list price $17.99)

HOME

Umbra Trigg Hanging Planter Vase & Geometric Wall Decor Container - Great For Succulent Plants, Air Plant, Mini Cactus, Faux Plants and More, Concrete Resin/Copper (Set of 2) for $22.56 (list price $25.00)

Safavieh American Homes Collection Carrie Side Storage Side Table, Red for $101.69 (list price $122.20)

Vornado VFAN Vintage Air Circulator Fan, Vintage White for $99.81 (list price $119.99)

Bronze Dimmable Accent Table Lamp with 1 Vintage Edison Style Bulb, Plugin, Brooklyn Bulb Co. Hoyt Collection, Inset Switch, ETL Listed for $69.99 (list price $129.00)

Byredo - Burning Rose Candle for $68.24 (list price $95.00)

Honey-Can-Do SHO-02222 4-Tier Bamboo Entryway Organizer for $55.87 (list price $90.99)

Levpet 13-Gallon Touch-Free Trash Can, Stainless-Steel for $48.35 (list price $85.99)

Saganizer Hamper with Wheels Rolling Cart Heavy Duty Triple Laundry Organizer/Sorter, Chrome/White for $37.99 (list price $49.99)

EWEI'S HomeWares 3 Floating U Shelves, Espresso Finish for $15.99 (list price $20.50)

Jill Rosenwald by Surya POUF-48 Hand Made 100% Wool Tan 18" x 18" x 18" Pouf for $225.00 (list price $303.00)

Tosca Laundry Basket Size: 15.2" H x 16.3" W x 12.2" D for $50.64 (list price $53.33)

Deco 79 68135 Metal Bookend Pair for $28.42 (list price $57.00)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

WCloud Desk Organizer Wood Office Supply Book Desktop Small Table Shelf Bamboo for $28.99 (list price $49.90)

mDesign Office and Desk Storage, File Folder and Notebook Organizer - Clear for $11.99 (list price $14.99)

Northbooks Notebook / Journal (5 Pack), 96 College Ruled Pages, Acid Free Sheets, 5x8 | Made In The USA for $26.37 (list price $39.99)

Exposed Bulb Accent Lamp, Mahogany Wood, Dimmable, E26, 60W, 120V, Plug-In, Includes Edison Filament Bulb, ETL Listed for $49.00 (list price $114.00)

Fred DESK DONUT Push Pin Holder for $12.99 (list price $14.99)

Tomons Wood Swing Arm Desk Lamp, Designer Table Lamp, Reading Lights, Study Lamp, Work Lamp, Office Lamp, Bedside Nightstand Lamp - Black for $29.99 (list price $39.99)

X-ACTO SchoolPro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Heavy Duty, Blue/Grey for $21.94 (list price $29.98)

Over the Door Magazine Storage Pockets, Wall Door Closet Hanging Storage bag organizer, (5 Pockets-Nature) for $7.99 (list price $8.99)

Officemate Binder Clips, Gold, Assorted Sizes, 30 Clips in Tub (31022) for $3.70 (list price $5.88)

Officemate Heavy Duty Magnets, Assorted Sizes and Colors, 30 per Tub (92501) for $9.78 (list price $15.79)

Swingline Paper Trimmer / Cutter, Guillotine, 12" Cut Length, 10 Sheets Capacity, ClassicCut Lite (9312) for $29.76 (list price $31.25)

Fountain Pen with Ink Refill Converter and Gift Box - Timeless Classics Collection - Executive Writing Signature Calligraphy Pens Set For Standard Cartridges (Chocolate Espresso Brown) for $39.97 (list price $59.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

daisi Facial Cleansing Portable Travel Brush Set | Face Exfoliator for Softer Skin | Rechargeable Waterproof Facial Brush Removes Make-Up, Oil & Dead Skin | 3 Soft Non-Sonic Brushes | For Men & Women for $17.95 (list price $35.00)

Majestic Pure Therapeutic Melaleuca Alternifolia Tea Tree Oil With Dropper, 4 fl. Oz for $13.95 (list price $29.50)

Dukes Daily Age-Defying Facial Moisturizer Cream 4oz - Anti-Aging Lotion - Day/Night Face Wash Fuel for Men – All Organic for $19.99 (list price $45.00)

Facial Moisturizer, Organic and Natural Face Moisturizing Cream for Sensitive, Oily or Severely Dry Skin - Anti-Aging and Anti-Wrinkle, for Women and Men. By Christina Moss Naturals. for $25.99 (list price $39.99)

Kyoku For Men Exfoliating Facial Scrub | Kyoku For Men Face Scrub, A Gentle Acne Treatment For Men (3.4oz) for $12.14 (list price $18.00)

Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste - Made in USA – REMOVES BAD BREATH and TOOTH STAINS - Best Natural Toothpaste for Herbal Decay Treatment - Mint flavor. for $10.00 (list price $19.99)

Keiby Citom Premium Nail Clipper Set of 10pcs with Leather Case - Professional Stainless Steel Grooming Kit Manicure & Pedicure Set for Travel for $14.98 (list price $29.99)

Antifungal Spirulina Body Scrub by Buena Skin | 100% Natural, Antibacterial with Green Algae, Dead Sea Salts and Vitamin E 12 oz. for $13.96 (list price $19.95)

Gentleman Jon Deluxe Wet Shave Kit | Includes 8 Items: Safety Razor, Badger Hair Brush, Shave Stand, Canvas & Leather Dopp Kit, Alum Block, Shave Soap, Stainless Steel Bowl and Astra Razor Blades for $75.00 (list price $95.00)

VAV 1875W Lightweight Negative Ions Hair Blow Dryer with Diffuser Concentrator Nozzle 2 Speed and 3 Heat Settings Cool shot button DC Motor Black for $35.99 (list price $98.99)

InterDesign Clarity Cosmetic Organizer for Vanity Cabinet to Hold Makeup, Beauty Products - 3 Drawer Slim, Clear for $21.99 (list price $23.99)

Bath Body Brush Boar Bristles Exfoliating Body Massager with Long Wooden Handle for Dry Brushing and Shower for $7.69 (list price $11.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

SE CC4580 MilitaryLensatic/Prismatic Sighting Compass with Pouch for $7.90 (list price $14.95)

S-ZONE Canvas DSLR SLR Camera Shoulder Bag Backpack Rucksack Bag With Waterproof Rain Cover For Sony Canon Nikon Olympus for $39.99 (list price $58.99)

Hydration Backpack Tactical Rucksack Run-pack with 3 Liter/100 oz Reservoirs Water Bladder Bag for Hiking, Running, Camping, Climbing, Cycling, Walking, Hunting (Black) for $28.99 (list price $69.99)

Dependable Wiregate Hammock Carabiner Clips Made From Aircraft Grade 7075 Aluminum Alloy - 2 or 4 Pack Set- Great For Camping, Hammocks, Hiking & Backpacking- Lightweight - 4 Pack Green & Silver) for $16.90 (list price $21.90)

OZERO Garden Gloves, Deerskin Snug-fit Leather Work Glove with Touch Screen Fingertips - Sweat-absorbent & Light-Weight for Caring Pets/Yard/Automotive Work/Sports - Fit for Women & Men (Yellow,M) for $10.99 (list price $18.00)

Legit Camping - Double Hammock - Lightweight Parachute Portable Hammocks for Hiking , Travel , Backpacking , Beach , Yard . Gear Includes Nylon Straps & Steel Carabiners (Grey/Sea Green) for $27.95 (list price $49.97)

Coreal 35L Large Lightweight Collapsible Packable Travel Hiking Backpack Trekking Bag Red for $19.89 (list price $25.99)

MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker for $57.95 (list price $64.99)

AUTOSPOUT Straw Striker Chill, 10oz, Cherry Blossom for $10.39 (list price $15.99)

TOOLS

VeloChampion MLT10 Multi Tool for $14.95 (list price $19.95)

DeWalt DWHT51054 20 Oz. Rip Claw Hammer for $27.92 (list price $30.76)

Magnelex 22-in-1 Multitool with Attachable Bits and Sheath, Stainless Steel, Black for $19.90 (list price $59.90)

DEW Emergency Survival Kit Travel Outdoor Multifunctional Bracelet, Survival Gear Kit Paracord Bracelet with Fire Starter Scraper, Cutting Tool, Whistle, Compass (Green) for $4.99 (list price $14.99)

Southwire Tools & Equipment POUCH4 Leather Tool Pouch for $15.28 (list price $17.98)

Southwire Tools & Equipment 58993940 S5N1 5-in-1 Long Nose Multi-Tool Pliers, Black/Yellow for $20.56 (list price $32.81)

Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool for $74.25 (list price $99.00)

Dremel 2200-01 Versa Flame Multi-Function Butane Torch for $39.00 (list price $42.99)

Plus Pen Style Compact Twiggy Scissors with Cover, White (34609) for $4.36 (list price $5.99)

Southwire Tools & Equipment SD12N1 12-In-1 Multi-Bit Screwdriver for $13.97 (list price $18.97)

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Trying to Save Money? Avoid Shopping on a Smartphone
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Today, Americans do most of their shopping online—but as anyone who’s indulged in late-night retail therapy likely knows, this convenience often can come with an added cost. Trying to curb expenses, but don't want to swear off the convenience of ordering groceries in your PJs? New research shows that shopping on a desktop computer instead of a mobile phone may help you avoid making foolish purchases, according to Co. Design.

Ying Zhu, a marketing professor at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, recently led a study to measure how touchscreen technology affects consumer behavior. Published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, her research found that people are more likely to make more frivolous, impulsive purchases if they’re shopping on their phones than if they’re facing a computer monitor.

Zhu, along with study co-author Jeffrey Meyer of Bowling Green State University, ran a series of lab experiments on student participants to observe how different electronic devices affected shoppers’ thinking styles and intentions. Their aim was to see if subjects' purchasing goals changed when it came to buying frivolous things, like chocolate or massages, or more practical things, like food or office supplies.

In one experiment, participants were randomly assigned to use a desktop or a touchscreen. Then, they were presented with an offer to purchase either a frivolous item (a $50 restaurant certificate for $30) or a useful one (a $50 grocery certificate for $30). These subjects used a three-point scale to gauge how likely they were to purchase the offer, and they also evaluated how practical or frivolous each item was. (Participants rated the restaurant certificate to be more indulgent than the grocery certificate.)

Sure enough, the researchers found that participants had "significantly higher" purchase intentions for hedonic (i.e. pleasurable) products when buying on touchscreens than on desktops, according to the study. On the flip side, participants had significantly higher purchase intentions for utilitarian (i.e. practical) products while using desktops instead of touchscreens.

"The playful and fun nature of the touchscreen enhances consumers' favor of hedonic products; while the logical and functional nature of a desktop endorses the consumers' preference for utilitarian products," Zhu explains in a press release.

The study also found that participants using touchscreen technology scored significantly higher on "experiential thinking" than subjects using desktop computers, whereas those with desktop computers demonstrated higher scores for rational thinking.

“When you’re in an experiential thinking mode, [you crave] excitement, a different experience,” Zhu explained to Co. Design. “When you’re on the desktop, with all the work emails, that interface puts you into a rational thinking style. While you’re in a rational thinking style, when you assess a product, you’ll look for something with functionality and specific uses.”

Zhu’s advice for consumers looking to conserve cash? Stow away the smartphone when you’re itching to splurge on a guilty pleasure.

[h/t Fast Company]

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