Amazon Starts Prime Day Early With These Deals

Prime Day doesn't officially kick off until tomorrow, but Amazon is getting a head start on its annual midsummer deal bonanza. Whatever you've had your eye on, chances are good that it's already on sale or will be soon, with particularly stellar deals on Amazon's signature devices like the Kindle, Echo, Fire, and Tap. 

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SAVE $80 ON THE AMAZON ECHO

Amazon's do-everything speaker can play music, answer questions with Alexa, control your smart-home devices, give you weather and traffic reports, and lots more. The device usually retails for $179.99, but Amazon's offering a deep discount for Prime Day. You can pick up an Echo of your own for just $99.99. 

Amazon Echo - Black for $99.99 (list price $179.99)

SAVE $30 OR MORE ON A NEW KINDLE

Various models of Amazon's beloved e-readers are getting big discounts today, too. You can save $30 on the popular Kindle Paperwhite or flagship Kindle, or $50 off the premium Kindle Oasis or Kindle Voyage. It's very rare that the Kindle line gets discounted this steeply, so if you've been waiting to jump into the e-book world, today's the day. 

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers for $89.99 (list price $119.99)

Kindle E-reader - Black, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers for $49.99 (list price $79.99)

Kindle Voyage E-reader, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers for $149.99 (list price $199.99)

SAVE $30 ON THE ALL-NEW FIRE HD8

The Fire HD 8 is already a relative bargain at its usual retail price of $79.99. For a tablet with Alexa, an eight-inch HD display, and 16 GB of memory, it's a steal. For Prime Day, Amazon's knocking another $30 off the price, which means you can pick up a tablet for $50. Not bad!

All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8" HD Display, 16 GB, Black - with Special Offers for $49.99 (list price $79.99)

SAVE $60 ON FITBIT BLAZE SMART FITNESS WATCHES

Want to keep track of your steps, workout, heart rate, and more? Fitbit's multi-sport smart watch is down under $140 with this Prime Day bargain.

Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch, Black, Silver, Large (US Version) for $138.95 (list price $199.95)

SAVE $50 ON THE AMAZON TAP

If you don't need everything the Echo offers but still want Dolby-powered sound for playing your Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more, the Alexa-enabled Tap portable speaker might be right for you. Amazon's knocking $50 off the retail price today, so you can nab one for the bargain price of $79.99. 

Amazon Tap - Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $79.99 (list price $129.99)

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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10 Great Gifts From Wayfair for Under $50

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As the winter starts to creep in and the temperature starts to drop, thoughts immediately start turning to Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holiday events that require gifts. Luckily, whether you're buying for friends, family members, or work acquaintances, we've made the search even easier with this list of 10 of the best gifts you can find at Wayfair for under $50.

1. Bey-Berk Warren Suede Roll-Up Backgammon Travel Set; $39

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Sometimes, there's no better place to be during a cold winter's night than in a warm living room parked over a board game. And this year, you can pick up this suede travel Backgammon set for anyone on your list who loves a good ol' game night.

Buy it: Wayfair

2. Trinx Balloon Dog; $23

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This one is perfect for any offbeat art lover in your life. Not all of us can own a piece from artist Jeff Koons, known for his larger-than-life balloon dog sculpture, but this comes pretty close.

Buy it: Wayfair

3. Aronica Midnight Scented Jar Candle (Set of 3); $28

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This set includes jasmine, bamboo, and blueberry & vanilla candles inside a sleek gift box, making it ideal for anyone who values aromatherapy.

Buy it: Wayfair

4. Aroma2Go 5 Piece USB Travel Essential Oil Fan Diffuser Set; $25

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Not only will essential oils make a home smell incredible, but they will also lift a person's mood and help them relax. This Aroma2Go diffuser is the perfect gift since it's compact and comes equipped with four scents.

Buy it: Wayfair

5. Wrought Studio Harwell Honey Bee Coffee Mug (Set of 6); $26

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If you know someone who's getting settled in their first home, get them on the path to adulthood with this set of coffee mugs that actually match. This set of six from Wrought Studio will bring elegance and style to any kitchen.

Buy it: Wayfair

6. Rosalind Wheeler Tea Box; $24

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Usually, tea bags are just kept in their same paper boxes or loose-leaf jars, but this box from Rosalind Wheeler will change that by organizing a person's tea bags like you'd find in a café.

Buy it: Wayfair

7. AdHoc Floating Tea Egg with Magnetic Hourglass Santea; $26

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The next gift you need to get the tea lover on your list is this infuser from AdHoc, which makes loose-leaf tea a breeze to prepare and clean up after. And in addition to being more sustainable, this smart infuser features a magnetic hourglass to help you know exactly when the tea is ready.

Buy it: Wayfair

8. Libbey Modern seven-Piece Bar Mixologist Set; $32

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Getting out to bars is tough right now, which means we have to become our own mixologists at home. For the cocktail fans in your life, this set from Libbey will help them learn the craft. Besides the tools provided, it also includes a glass with recipes for gimlets, margaritas, and more printed on it.

Buy it: Wayfair

9. Union Rustic Riddell Hammered Moscow Mule Coffee Mug (Set of four); $21

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If you thought wine and beer were the only drinks that got interesting glasses, take a look at this set of four Moscow mule copper mugs. Not only will they keep drinks cool, they'll do so while looking as stylish as any barware at a high-end cocktail joint.

Buy it: Wayfair

10. Ozeri Nouveaux Electric Wine Opener; $34

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Any wine enthusiast will know that getting the cork out of the bottle can sometimes be a battle. For the wine lover that's fed up with this problem, give them this Ozeri electric wine opener. Just place the gadget on top of the bottle, press a button, and presto—now you’re ready to drink.

Buy it: Wayfair

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