Deal Alert: Barnes and Noble Is Offering 20% Off Books This Weekend

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The deal: Use the code JULYREADS to get 20 percent off your entire order at Barnes and Noble.

Book lovers, get ready. Amazon isn't the only retailer slashing prices this month—to celebrate "Black Friday in July," Barnes and Noble is running a 20 percent off sale this weekend. You know what that means: Time to stock up on summer reads on the cheap.

The discount applies to items across the store, so books aren't the only thing you can get for a steal. Barnes and Noble has already been running sales on Criterion Collection Blu-rays, which you can get for 50 percent off until August. That means discounts on acclaimed films like Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, David Lynch's Blue Velvet, and Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.

There are also a ton of Harry Potter LEGO sets, Funko POP! figurines, puzzles, and games on sale. Some are on sale for an even bigger 50 percent discount.

And while Nook e-readers typically aren't eligible for coupons, the Nook GlowLight 3—Barnes and Noble's answer to Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite—is also 20 percent off this weekend.

Need some ideas for what books to buy? Check out our list of our favorite summer reads for 2019.

The sale runs from Friday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 16. Shop it at the Barnes and Noble website, and use the code JULYREADS at checkout to get your 20 percent discount.

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Amazon Is Having a Big Sale on TurboTax Software Right Now

TurboTax makes filing your taxes easier and you can find savings on the software by heading to Amazon.
TurboTax makes filing your taxes easier and you can find savings on the software by heading to Amazon.
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There's no escaping that April 15 tax deadline, but you can soften the blow somewhat by taking 17 percent off TurboTax's Deluxe software for PC and Mac on Amazon, resulting in a final price of just $50.

This program allows you to file five federal tax returns for free and automatically scans more than 350 tax deductions and credits to help you maximize your refund efforts. This version also checks your work for any errors as you’re filing, which could potentially save you some major headaches down the road. And if you happened to have used TurboTax before, the software automatically imports all of your information, including W-2s, mortgage information, and more, to help you save time.

Amazon is also offering 20 percent off TurboTax Home & Business ($80), which is ideal for those who are self-employed. Like the Deluxe, this version searches through more than 350 credits and possible deductions to help you potentially land a bigger refund.

Not seeing exactly what you need? Check out Intuit's other tax software options by heading here.

This kind of software may make filing your taxes more convenient, but knowing some tax terminology, like adjusted gross income, can make the process go even smoother. Check out the tax terminology you should know.

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Wine Isn't for Everyone—but Wine Soap Might Be

These wine soaps are made to smell like chardonnay, cabernet, pinot noir, and pinot grigio.
These wine soaps are made to smell like chardonnay, cabernet, pinot noir, and pinot grigio.
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A bottle of wine is often a nice offering for a friend or party host, but the etiquette of gifting wine can be tricky, especially among non-drinkers. If you’re looking for a memorable gift that doesn’t come with a set of murky rules, consider this set of four wine soaps instead, which is available for $30 from UncommonGoods.

All four soaps are handmade in Monroe, Georgia, from natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut, cocoa butter, and mica. While they don’t contain any actual wine, each bar of soap is inspired by a popular variety of red or white wine—“chardonnay” smells like citrus, while “pinot noir” contains hints of berries, plums, and apples.

Creator Heather Swanepoel told UncommonGoods she was inspired to create the wine-scented soaps when she was invited to the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World. “I wanted to make sure to wow the guests and give them no reason to doubt why we were there,” she said.

If wine isn’t your thing, Swanepoel also sells scented soap inspired by flowers, chocolate, and beer.

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