Get Ahead in Your Career by Mastering This Essential Software for Just $40

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It’s difficult to imagine learning a new skill while also continuing to pay off student loans every month, but it's a lot more appealing (and feasible) when learning that new skill costs less than $40. The Ultimate Microsoft Excel Bundle is offering six courses to help you get ahead in your current career, get you started in a new one, or simply improve managing your life at home.

Sitting down to evaluate your personal finances doesn’t need to be a head-scratcher. With simple formulas and some formatting knowledge, even your own amateur softball league batting average can be automated into a dynamic tool to filter, display, and analyze with the help of the Advanced Excel Formulas & Functions course.

For the visual learner, there’s the Data Visualization, Charts & Graphs course. Imagine, being able to build a graph that highlights your success at work with cold, hard numbers when you're ready to ask for a promotion. The data modeling and business tools will teach the fundamentals of database design and normalization through the hands-on example of a fictional supermarket chain in Power Query (sounds more fun than learning spreadsheets and data analysis should be).

Data doesn’t have to feel like reading a foreign language. The courses make learning easy by using real-world case studies about San Diego burrito ratings and shark attack records, which also sounds like a recipe for success come trivia night.

Over 60,000 have enrolled in The Ultimate Microsoft Excel Bundle’s 447 lessons across the six included courses. The bundle is currently discounted at $33.99, and with the skills you'll learn, you can use real data to see the true positive impact Excel knowledge can have on your income and performance in any area of your life.

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13 Father's Day Gifts for Geeky Dads

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When in doubt, you play the hits. Watches, flasks, and ties are all tried-and-true Father’s Day gifts—useful items bought en masse every June as the paternal holiday draws near. Here’s a list of goodies that put a geeky spin on those can’t-fail gifts. We’re talking Zelda flasks, wizard-shaped party mugs, and a timepiece inspired by BBC’s greatest sci-fi series, Doctor Who. Light the “dad” signal ‘cause it’s about to get nerdy!

1. Lord of the Rings Geeki Tikis (Set of Three); $76

'Lord of The Rings' themed tiki cups.
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If your dad’s equally crazy about outdoor shindigs and Tolkien’s Middle-earth, help him throw his own Lothlórien luau with these Tiki-style ceramic mugs shaped like icons from the Lord of the Rings saga. Gollum and Frodo’s drinkware doppelgängers each hold 14 ounces of liquid, while Gandalf the Grey’s holds 18—but a wizard never brags, right? Star Wars editions are also available.

Buy it: Toynk

2. Space Invaders Cufflinks; $9

'Space Invaders' cufflinks on Amazon
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Arcade games come and arcade games go, but Space Invaders has withstood the test of time. Now Pops can bring those pixelated aliens to the boardroom—and look darn stylish doing it.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Legend of Zelda Flask; $18

A 'Legend of Zelda' flask
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Saving princesses is thirsty work. Shaped like an NES cartridge, this Zelda-themed flask boasts an 8-ounce holding capacity and comes with a reusable straw. Plus, it makes a fun little display item for gamer dads with man caves.

Buy it: Toynk

4. AT-AT Family Vacation Bag Tag; $12

An At-At baggage tag
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Widely considered one of the greatest movie sequels ever made, The Empire Strikes Back throws a powerful new threat at Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion: the AT-AT a.k.a. Imperial Walkers. Now your dad can mark his luggage with a personalized tag bearing the war machine’s likeness.

Buy it: ShopDisney

5. Flash Skinny Tie; $17

A skinny Flash-themed tie
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We’ll let you know if the Justice League starts selling new memberships, but here’s the next best thing. Available in a rainbow of super-heroic colors, this skinny necktie bears the Flash’s lightning bolt logo. Race on over to Amazon and pick one up today.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Captain America Shield Apron; $20

A Captain America themed apron
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Why let DC fans have all the fun? Daddy-o can channel his inner Steve Rogers when he flips burgers at your family’s Fourth of July BBQ. Measuring 31.5 inches long by 27.5 inches wide, this apron’s guaranteed to keep the cookout Hydra-free.

Buy it: Toynk

7. Doctor Who Vortex Manipulator LCD Leather Wristwatch; $35

A Doctor Who-themed watch
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At once classy and geeky, this digital timepiece lovingly recreates one of Doctor Who’s signature props. Unlike some of the gadgets worn on the long-running sci-fi series, it won’t require any fancy chronoplasm fuel.

Buy it: Toynk

8. Wonder Woman 3-Piece Grill Set; $21

Wonder Woman three-piece gill set
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At one point in her decades-long comic book career, this Amazon Princess found herself working at a fast food restaurant called Taco Whiz. Now grill cooks can pay tribute to the heroine with these high-quality, stainless steel utensils. The set’s comprised of wide-tipped tongs, a BBQ fork, and a spatula, with the latter boasting Wonder Woman’s insignia.

Buy it: Toynk

9. Harry Potter Toon Tumbler; $10

Glassware that's Harry Potter themed
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You can never have too many pint glasses—and this Father’s Day, dad can knock one back for the boy who lived. This piece of Potter glassware from PopFun has whimsy to spare. Now who’s up for some butterbeer?

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10. House Stark Men’s Wallet; $16

A Game of Thrones themed watch
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Winter’s no longer coming, but the Stark family's propensity for bold fashion choices can never die. Manufactured with both inside and outside pockets, this direwolf-inspired wallet is the perfect place to store your cards, cash, and ID.

Buy it: Toynk

11. Mr. Incredible “Incredible Dad” Mug, $15

An Incredibles themed mug
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Cue the brass music. Grabbing some coffee with a Pixar superhero sounds like an awesome—or dare we say, incredible?—way for your dad to start his day. Mom can join in the fun, too: Disney also sells a Mrs. Incredible version of the mug.

Buy it: ShopDisney

12. Star Wars phone cases from Otterbox; $46-$56

Star Wars phone cases from OtterBox.
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If your dad’s looking for a phone case to show off his love of all things Star Wars, head to Otterbox. Whether he’s into the Dark Side with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, the droids, Chewbacca, or Boba Fett, you’ll be able to find a phone case to fit his preference. The designs are available for both Samsung and Apple products, and you can check them all out here.

Buy it: Otterbox

13. 3D Puzzles; $50

3D Harry Potter puzzle from Amazon.
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Help dad recreate some of his favorite fictional locations with these 3D puzzles from Wrebbit 3D. The real standouts are the 850-piece model of Hogwarts's Great Hall and the 910-piece version of Winterfell from Game of Thrones. If dad's tastes are more in line with public broadcasting, you could also pick him up an 890-piece Downton Abbey puzzle to bring a little upper-crust elegance to the homestead.

Buy it: Hogwarts (Amazon), Winterfell (Amazon), Downton Abbey (Amazon)

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This $30 Guide Will Help You Understand the Stock Market

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Demystify the stock market once and for all with this Wall Street Survival and Stock Trading Guide while it’s discounted to $30. With the help of these eight courses, you’ll learn to strategically grow the money you have in just 13 hours.

Long-term investing may take decades to see a steady return, but day trading can earn profits daily, even hourly. The guide's included Day Trading 101 course will teach you about technical analysis and chart indicators, helping you can analyze trading psychology and trends.

Some stocks are better to keep beyond a day as rumors ramp up about changes within a company. The Beginner’s Guide to Swing Trading will teach you the basics of swing trading (where you hold on to a stock for a few days or weeks) and how you can turn it into a part-time moneymaker. You’ll learn from a full-time trader and investor about the mistakes he made in his career, which can help you dodge them yourself.

To the uninitiated, stock charts might as well be in another language. Even if you understand the information it’s conveying, analyzing it into a story for investment is a challenge. This guide includes a course in technical analysis to teach you to see patterns in all time frames, so you can use them as a day trader, swing trader, and even long-term investor.

Once you understand strategies for investing, you may begin to wonder where to start your trading career. That’s why the bundle sets you up to start with a step-by-step guide to finding winning stocks, diversifying your portfolio, and minimizing risk across penny stocks and more. You can continue your education with guides in the Fibonacci method and tape reading.

Get a deeper understanding of the economy and learn how to cut your own sliver of the pie with the Wall Street Survival and Stock Trading Guide for just $30.

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