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This week's BEST Amazon and Jet deals in tissues, toilet paper and paper towels (The Golden Trifecta of Household Needs, week of 12/4/16)

I know, I know.  I'm supposed to post this on Sunday. It's Tuesday. I know. 

The three most requested items on my "Can you find a deal on....?" list are the ones we use and need all the time, tissues, toilet paper, and paper towels, AKA The Golden Trifecta of Household Needs, and the two go-to places for deals on these items seem to be Amazon and Jet.com.

Please note that in the deals below, the quantities might be on the larger side, only because in each case, I wanted to bring the total order up to $35.00 for free shipping.  If you are buying other items on Jet or are taking advantage of more than one deal here, you don't need to buy as much if you don't want to, as long as your total is $35.00 or more before any discounts are applied. 

Here are this top-of-the-week's deals:

Great idea for a Chanukah project: Melissa & Doug Mess-Free Glitter Menorah & Dreidel Activity Set for $6.99 on Amazon

Amazon has got the Melissa & Doug Mess-Free Glitter Menorah & Dreidel Activity Set for $6.99 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping.

The way this clever Melissa and Doug craft set works is that your kids make the glitter designs with press-on sheets instead of gluing on glitter (and getting it all over your house), so it truly is mess-free. In addition to the menorah and dreidel, the set comes with 9 foam candles, so after your kids make their free-standing menorah, they can actually "light" it along with Abba (and/or Ima).  What a GREAT Chanukah project!

Description:  Make dazzling Chanukah decorations with press-on glitter! Our patented technology lets kids get the look and feel of real glitter without the mess. One simple process creates amazing results: Just peel away a section of white paper from the menorah, dreidel, and foam candles, then select which of the five different-colored glitter sheets to press on for instant sparkling art. There are many ways to make these sturdy free-standing holiday designs sparkle!
  • Free-standing menorah with stand and dreidel to decorate
  • Includes 5 glitter sheets and 9 foam candles
  • The look and feel of real glitter without the mess
  • Easy process creates instant sparkling art
  • Patented technology

Bed Head Rock 'N Roller Ceramic Curling Iron plus glove for $13.43 on Amazon (after online coupon)

Description: The rock ‘n’ roller teal ceramic styling Iron is great for creating both defined spirals or tousled waves. The tourmaline ceramic technology helps create shinier curls without frizz. The clamp-free wrap and go design of the iron prevents kinks while giving you even heat distribution for creating the perfect style. The styler has on/off buttons and an on indicator light. With multiple heat settings and rapid heat recovery, the styler gives you perfect curls, curl after curl. Has a heat protective glove, tangle free swivel cord, a cool tip, and a safety stand so you can prevent burns.

  • Get the Look! The Bubble Wand Iron will give you defined spiral or tousles waves.
  • Frizz Free, Shiny Styles without the Kinks
  • Clamp-free wrap and go design for even heat distribution, for styles without kinks


12-count pack of Near East Whole Grain Blend Wheat Couscous with Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil for $13.69 shipped or $1.14 per box,

Amazon has got this 12-count pack of Near East Whole Grain Blend Wheat with Couscous and Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil for as low $13.69 shipped or $1.14 per box, when you stack a 15% coupon with Subscribe and Save discounts.
  • A flavorful side dish made with a blend of whole durum wheat semolina and durum semolina combined with the savory flavors of roasted garlic and olive oil
  • Made with 100% natural, certified kosher ingredients
  • Cooks to fluffy perfection in just five minutes
  • 3 grams of fiber per serving
  • Make tonight special by creating an exciting dish with your favorite Near East product. Visit our website's recipe section to find a simply delicious dish
First "clip" the high-value 15% coupon.  That's 15% off the pre-discount price of $19.56 or $2.93.  Then the pricing works out as follows:
You can stock up and order multiples of any Subscribe & Save item (and your Subscribe & Save discount will apply to any quantity that you order, though any coupons will be applied just once).  Here's how:  first, select the One-Time Purchase option, and then the quantity drop-down should appear.  Select the quantity that you would like, and then re-select the Subscribe & Save option.  When you continue to check out, Amazon will have applied the quantity that you chose to your Subscribe & Save order.

If you're unfamiliar with Subscribe & Save deals, or would just like a few tips on how best to use the Subscribe & Save program, read my shpiel on Subscribe & Save strategies here.

Remember that you don't need to be a member of Amazon Prime to get free shipping on ANY Amazon Subscribe & Save deal...shipping is free for anyone.

Creative Dining Group Maison 52" x 70" White Fabric Tablecloth for $6.56 on Amazon (limit 4 per account)

This is an Amazon Add-On item, which means that it ships for free with a $25 minimum order if you are an Amazon Prime member (and its price of $6.56 counts towards that $25), or it ships for free with a $35 minimum order if you're not a Prime member.  You can order multiples of this item in order to help get you towards your $25 or $35 goal, but because of the extremely low price, this is limited in quantity to only 4 per Amazon account.
  • 100% polyester
  • Imported
  • Perfect for casual dining
  • Easy care; machine wash, cold, gentle cycle
  • Excellent for indoor or outdoor use
  • Available in additional sizes and colors
  • Excellent value


Get a FREE Playmags Stabilizer Board (value $19.99) with purchase of 100-piece Playmags Magnetic Tiles Set for $69.99 on Amazon, and now including 18-piece CLICKINS set as well!

UPDATE:  Now including 18-piece CLICKINS set as well!

Amazon has got the Playmags 100-piece Clear Colors Magnetic Tiles Deluxe Building Set with car and storage bag for $69.99 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping. It got 4.6 out of 5 stars over 628 customer reviews and is the winner of the Dr. Toy 2013 Award and National Parenting Seal of Approval.  From reading the reviews, these appear to be compatible with Magna Tiles.

Additionally, you'll receive a free Playmags Stabilizer Board (value $19.99) when you add it to your cart along with set and enter promo code 35IX8JGS at checkout.  You should see a discount of $19.99 in your shopping cart after you enter the promo code.
  • Blocks easily connect
  • Inspires creativity and brain development
  • Teaches patterning, shape recognition, building and motor skills
  • Includes Bonus Magnetic Car
  • Winners of Dr Toy 2013 award and National Parenting Seal of Approval

25% off Melissa & Doug toys and 20% off Nerf toys at Jet.com

Two terrific toy deals today at Jet.com:
Free shipping with a $35 minimum order, so you'll definitely want to hit that.  You can stack both of these promo codes in the same order if you're buying both Melissa & Doug toys and Nerf toys at Jet. 

Amazon 12 Days of Deals: today, 12/4/16 DEALS ON TOYS! Tons of them....

From now, 12/4/16 through 12/15/16, Amazon is going to feature 12 DAYS OF DEALS, with substantial deals every single day in a particular category.

Today, 12/4/16, we're going to kick it off with about a ZILLION deals on toys!  Check it out over here.

Kroger Affiliate Shoppers: FREE bag of Craisins

Kroger Affiliate shoppers, click here to load this coupon for a FREE 5-6 oz. bag of Craisins on to your shopper loyalty card.  You must load the coupon today (12/4/16) but you have until 12/18/16 to redeem it.

Bring the Craisins up to the checkout and make sure the cashier scans your shopper's loyalty card. The price of the Craisins should drop off at the register.

NORDSTROM: UGG Australia 'Classic' Genuine Shearling Headphone Earmuffs for $56.25 with free shipping

Nordstrom has got these UGG Australia 'Classic' Genuine Shearling Headphone Earmuffs for $56.25 with free shipping and free returns (regular price, $75.00).

They come in chestnut (pictured) and black.  I have these headphone earmuffs and they are awesome; I use them with my iPhone. They are wonderfully warm (and I'm one of those people who is always cold).

Description:  Indulge in the natural, breathable warmth of genuine shearling earmuffs. This pair features an audio port, so you can keep the tunes and phone calls going even in the coldest weather.
Genuine shearling.

  • Shearling may be sourced from Australia, China, Italy, New Zealand, Spain or USA. See packaging for confirmed country of origin.
  • Professional leather clean.
  • By UGG Australia; imported.

$5 off any printed book(s) purchase of $15 or more on Amazon

Details and restrictions are here.
  • Excludes eBooks and Audiobooks, book rentals and gift cards.
  • The promotion is valid for a limited time, on orders placed between 12/2/16 at 12:01am EST and 12/5/16 at 02:59am EST
  • Offer only applies to books sold and shipped by Amazon.com.
  • Limit one promotional code per customer and account.
  • Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address.
Lots of ways to go on this one.  Unlike previous years, where the offer was a percentage off on one book only, this year, you may buy multiple books, as long as they add up to $15 or more and you use the promo code, you'll get a $5 total discount on your purchase.

As in previous years, here are a few suggestions.  Since you can purchase more than one book, I'll include books under $15.00.

Children's Books, Toys and Boxed Sets:
Popular and Coffee Table Books:
Kosher Cookbooks:
Jewish books:
Reference Books:
Make sure it's the books(s) you select is one sold by Amazon (you can filter for it by checking off Prime shipping in the options on the left side).

FANTASTIC DEAL: Buy Tarte Foundation for $13.99 shipped, get Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System FREE! NO STRINGS!

Buy this Tarte Amazonian Clay Smoothing Balm Makeup Buildable Foundation for $13.99 with free shipping from Shnoop and enter promo code FREEOLAY at checkout, and you will end up scoring this Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System for FREE!  You don't even need to add it to your cart; once you enter the promo code, it will add it for you. WOW!

This is a limited offer; first 1,800 users only, and when it's gone, it's gone.

Spend $32.99 on Amazon Anytime Gift Cards, get $36.00 in value

This deal is a little hard core. but if you are going to spend or gift at least $30.00 on Amazon in the next few months or so (and really, who isn't?), there's really no reason not to to do this.  Basically, you're spending $32.99 and getting $36.00 back in value. 

Amazon is now giving you a $2.00 account credit for loading at least $10.00 on an Amazon Anytime Gift Card.  The $2.00 credit expires on 3/31/17.  You must load the $10.00 on the Anytime Gift Card before 12/31/16.

An Amazon Anytime Gift Card is basically a gift card that you order with zero value.  You load the value on at a later time. 

Here's how you can score a $6.00 account credit on a 3-pack of Anytime Gift Cards.
  1. Buy a three pack of Amazon Anytime Gift Cards for $2.99.  You're spending the $2.99 on the gift cards themselves; there is no value currently assigned to any of them.

  2. When they arrive, load them up for $10.00 each via this link.

  3. Get a (3 x $2.00 =) $6.00 credit on your account

So you've spent $32.99, and received $30.00 in gift cards plus a $6.00 credit.  

Anytime Gift Cards are not reloadable. You can receive the $2.00 credit one time only per Anytime Gift Card, but as far as I can see, there is no limit to how many Anytime Gift Cards you can buy and load, so if you need to buy a bunch of $10.00 Amazon Gift Cards as holiday gifts, this is a good way to do it!

Women's leather gloves with genuine rabbit fur trim for only $9.99 on Amazon (fully lined, 4 sizes, 3 colors, no quantity limits)

I'm not quite sure how they are able to do this at this price, but Amazon has got these Alpine Swiss women's leather gloves with genuine rabbit fur cuffs for $9.99 with free Prime/SuperSaver shipping and free returns.  They are fully lined with thermal insulated lining and they come in sizes S-XL and in three colors, black, brown and red.  No quantity limits.  

These make a fantastic Chanukah gift, and believe me, with that genuine rabbit fur, they will be convinced that you spent way more!  

Today 12/4/16 only: 10% off Target gift cards (up to $300 per account)

Just as they did last year, today,12/4/16, get up to $300 in Target gift cards for 10% off.   These Target gift cards can be used starting tomorrow (12/5/15).   Quantities limited, no rainchecks, $300 in gift cards max per household.

Why is this so awesome?  It's just math. First of all, this beats the RedCard discount of 5%.  Secondly, you are going to save 10% off anything and everything that you purchase at Target right out of the gate.  That means that anything that you save after that (coupons, Cartwheel, gift card offers, etc.) is just icing on top of the frosting on top of the cake.   This is one of those no-brainer ways to save money with very little thought and virtually no-cost (but you do have to lay out $270). 

(Target ran this promotion last year, and we maxed out on and went for the full $300, which I then turned into about 2 months worth of groceries.)

Please note, if you use your RedCard to purchase Target gift cards, you won't get an additional 5% off.  Also, you can't use Target gift cards to purchase Target gift cards.

The best deals on magnetic tile building sets like Magna Tiles, including MagWorld, Magrific, PlayMags, Stick 'N Stack, 4D, Picasso Tiles, and the original Magna Tiles (updated 12/4/16)

This is one of my most popular pieces on Daily Cheapskate (900,000+ hits), that I first posted over two years ago, and have been updating ever since.  Since Chanukah is a mere 3 weeks away and the deals on these magnetic tile sets are becoming scarcer, it was high time I updated this again and bumped it up to the top of the website. This is basically THE most comprehensive roundup of magnetic tile deals that you'll find online. 


Here's a roundup of the best deals on all the magnetic building sets out there.  I know some of you want only the original Magna-Tiles and some of you want a set that's a little more value-oriented.  So here are THE deals on these building sets: their prices, their ratings, their awards, and their compatibility with other sets.

Please note that there are some new model sets out there, like the brand new Magna Tiles Glow set, the Playmags Dome set or the 4D Blocks set, so even if you've already gotten your child a set, there are lots of ways to renew their interest in playing with it with an "expansion" set.

The original Magna-Tiles are included near the end of this post, and I've also included a small selection of magnetic tile building idea books at the very end.

No matter which set you end up buying, make sure you download this FREE 15-page Magna Tiles Shape Guide from Valtech (the makers of the original Magna Tiles) to help stimulate your child's creative imagination as he/she plays with these wonderful magnetic tile sets.


Got a little LEGO fans at home? Get $5 off your $15 purchase of of LEGO Activity Books with FREE LEGO Mini-Figures on Amazon

Here's another way to use that awesome Amazon book promo code on toys-book sets for your kids. 

Got a LEGO fan at home? Get $5.00 off your $15.00 purchase of these LEGO Activity Book with FREE LEGO Mini-Figures on Amazon when you enter promo code GIFTBOOK at checkout.

Make sure that the LEGO activity books that you are buying include a LEGO mini-figure (not all do) and make sure that they are sold and shipped by Amazon in order to qualify for the promotion.

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