- 1 Don’t fall for the holiday hype
- 2 Our staff’s favorite cooking companion
- 3 To boldly go …
- 4 The best pie plate
- 5 Form a solo book club
- 6 Plan a post-COVID adventure
- 7 Relief for stuffy noses
- 8 Stay dry!
- 9 Light up your life
- 10 Sleep clean
- 11 A delightful addition to game night
- 12 More deals we love under $19:
- 13 The Best Black Friday 2020 Deals Available Now
- 14 The Best Walmart Black Friday Deals 2020
- 15 The Best Deals From Best Buy for Black Friday
- 16 The Best Black Friday Costco Deals Available Now, and 7 We’re Expecting to See
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Here at Wirecutter, we’re no strangers to unintentionally blasting through our holiday shopping budgets on Black Friday. But let us also urge a bit of restraint. To help you save some dough and spend wisely, we’ve scoured thousands of deals and found 20 Wirecutter picks for $19 or less. Any item from this mix of entertainment and household essentials will improve anyone’s life immeasurably, all for less than a Jackson. Keep the change.
Our staff’s favorite cooking companion
Just three days ago, a Wirecutter staffer slid into our Slack food channel asking for a recipe managing app recommendation. Cue “several people typing at once” before 23 responses flooded in, all raving about Paprika. It lets you manage grocery lists, save and send recipes, and plan out meals a month ahead. It also syncs across all devices, and is packed with thoughtful little features, like making sure your phone doesn’t dim while the app is open, so you won’t have to paw at your screen with batter-covered hands. We’re frankly shocked at how much service they’ve packed in for less than the cost of a couple avocados.
To boldly go …
Star Trek: The Original Motion Picture Collection (DvD)
Deal price: $10; street price: $20
Kaaaaaaaaahhhnnn you believe the price on this DVD collection of all six original Star Trek movies?? These films have everything! Space haircuts but make them eighties, literal ear worms, chatty whales, Spock going through puberty, a now internet famous punk on a bus, Kirstie Alley magically turning into Robin Curtis between films, Klingons who dig Shakespeare, Romulan ale, and the search for actual God. Relive your fandom in high definition or finally discover what the fuss is all about, all for less than the cost of a single movie ticket.
The best pie plate
Holidays are stressful enough without pulling what looks like the perfect pie out of the oven only to discover the bottom is soggier than a cranberry bog. OXO’s clear borosilicate glass helps prevent this dessert disaster and it’s strong enough to go from the oven to the freezer without cracking. At two inches deep, it’s bigger than almost any other pie plate we’ve tested and has a wide rim that’s excellent for perfecting your crimping skills. A plastic lid makes it easy to transport to potlucks or parties, but just make sure to get it back from your host—swiping pie pans from potlucks is the new steal-a-pie-from-a-windowsill.
Form a solo book club
Reading is one of the great pleasures in life, but there’s nothing worse than getting stuck with a dud when it’s someone else’s turn to choose your book club’s title. Consider going solo! This subscription box is all about choices—you get five options in different genres to select from so you’re guaranteed to find a story you’ll lose yourself in (something we all desperately need right now). You can get your first book for $5 with the code READUP before the monthly subscription reverts back to $15, which is still less than most new hardback releases. The best thing about a solo book club? You can skip a month whenever you want if you fall behind, so you’ll never again have to skim a Wikipedia page at the last second and pretend you know what you’re talking about.
Plan a post-COVID adventure
While we don’t recommend travelling at the moment, consider this passport to America’s national parks something your kid can look forward to once we get the all-clear to crisscross the country again. Kids under 15 get into parks free, and this sweet addition to the experience not only gets them psyched about a trip but adds to what they’ll learn along the way, since it’s stuffed with regional maps and need-to-know info about almost every one of our 400+ national parks. It also lets kids collect stamps from each one, just like a real passport, which will hopefully spark a lifelong hobby or at the very least give your kid proof they’ve been to Yellowstone in case a bully accuses them of lying.
Relief for stuffy noses
Winter is coming! And the only thing worse than an outdated pop culture reference are the seasonal colds, sinus infections, and painful dryness that come with chillier months. A neti pot will keep your nasal passages properly irrigated to relieve any or all of these symptoms, while the feeling of water all up inside your face helps get you pumped for future seaside vacations in a post-COVID world. Best of all? Sinus flushers like these are FSA-eligible, so this one’s basically a freebie.
Unexpected rain fantasy: dashing through a meadow and laughing as warm droplets caress your face. Unexpected rain reality: your clothes suddenly weigh seven times as much and it feels like hundreds of freezing needles are jabbing at your face. This is why a compact umbrella is always good to have on hand. This one’s 37-inch-diameter canopy keeps your torso dry, has a lengthy textured handle for a solid grip, and comes in a variety of colors. It also holds up well in high winds, so you won’t end up like that one poor soul in the background of every live weather report struggling with an inside out umbrella. This price is pretty slick, and it comes with a lifetime refund or replacement guarantee.
Light up your life
Even if you don’t think you need a lantern, you need a lantern. They’re not just for campers. You’ll find yourself constantly surprised by how much you use it—equally handy in extreme scenarios like blackouts and roadside emergencies and mundane tasks like searching the back of a packed closet because you just know you put that thing you need in there somewhere. We love the ease and portability of our also-great pick for pocket size styles. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, it casts a strong, cool-white 100-lumens glow. The durable rubber base comes in several colors and fold-up handles mean you can hang it outdoors to create an instant evening hangout.
Protect-A-Bed AllerZip Smooth Pillow Protectors (2-pack, Queen)
Deal price: $17; street price: $28
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The amount of dust mites, dead skin cells, drool, and eye goo that ends up inside your pillows is an actual nightmare. Keep the place you rest your head clean with our pick for the best pillow encasements, selected after testing 17 brands. These soft, waterproof slipovers won’t make you feel like you’re resting on a raincoat, and their strong seams and secure zipper extend the life of your pillows by years, saving you megabucks. Sweet dreams are made of these, bedbugs inclined to disagree.
A delightful addition to game night
It’s like The Newlywed Game, but for pals! Pair up with a few teams of long-term friends and answer questions from 250 cards like “What’s my least favorite food?” and “Who’s my celebrity crush?” Then flash your answers on dry erase boards to compare responses. This lo-fi gameplay is ideal for socially distanced Zoom hangouts. And to avoid hurt feelings, we suggest going in with the attitude that the game is simply about getting to know all your friends better, not who the better friends are. Then after you win, use private chat to revel in victory with your now-proven BFF.
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If you plan to travel a lot in the future and want a hard-wearing tag with easy-to-spot vivid colors that also keeps contact information—except for your name—under wraps, this is an extremely rare deal on the Ovener Silicone Luggage Tag in yellow. Although this isn’t a huge discount, this tag almost never sees price drops. And it’s so sturdy that this rugged silicone tag with the metal cable (which comes two to a pack) may well outlive your luggage.
A pick from our upcoming white T-shirt guide, the J.Crew Broken-In Short-Sleeve T-Shirt is down to $17 with code EARLY, and free shipping with a free J.Crew Rewards account or curbside pick-up. This is the first deal we’ve seen on this upcoming pick, so if you’re looking for a classic white tee (and honestly, who isn’t?), this is a great opportunity to save.
If you’re looking for a more reusable solution to disposable masks, our top pick for the best cloth face mask for kids is available for $7 with in-store pickup. This soft, breathable three-layer mask fits kids in a range of ages. Made from woven cotton, it has a nose-bridge wire and longer ear loops, which helps the mask sit securely on older children.
ChicoBag Micro Compact Reusable Grocery Bag (Blue)
Deal price: $10; street price: $
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This self-contained micro bag is perfect for quick trips to the grocery store. It easily tucks away into its built-in pouch, taking up no more room than a large egg, so you can always be prepared for a last-minute stop. Normally around $15, right now you can pick up the ChicoBag Micro Compact Reusable Grocery Bag in blue or green for only $10.
The Anker PowerWave 10W Max is virtually identical to our former budget pick for the best Qi wireless charger (the PowerWave Pad), the minor difference being that it has faster 7.5W charging capabilities for iPhone models 8 and newer. Right now, it’s available for $9—making it less expensive than the slower-charging budget pick in our guide. You’ll need to provide your own QC 3.0 wall adapter in order to optimize the charge speed of the 10W Max, but this is a great deal if you already have one.
If you’re in the market for a stylish new water bottle, this is a solid chance to save on our tapered water bottle pick. Available for $11 in mint, ombre sweet taffy, carrara marble, freedom, moonlight, opal tide, aurora, and kunzite (how about those creative color names?) as a Deal of the Day, this is just a couple dollars more than the best price we’ve ever seen for the Simple Modern 17-ounce Wave water bottle. If you prefer the 25-ounce size, multiple colors are down to $12, and there are a few colors of the 34-ounce size on sale for $13.
Our top Bluetooth tracker pick is down to $18 right now. Although it’s not the best price we’ve seen on the Tile Mate (2020), it’s still worth considering if you’re tired of losing your keys. In the latest iteration, the Bluetooth range is expanded to 200 feet and, similar to the 2019 version, it contains a rechargeable battery with a longer lifespan.
If you’re interested in trying out a cheap Wi-Fi switch but don’t want to commit to a multi-pack, the HS200 is down again to the lowest price we’ve seen for a single switch. Our former budget pick for in-wall smart light switches, we now recommend it as an alternative to our top pick if you need to simulate occupancy via an Away Mode. The HS200 doesn’t have the bells and whistles of its competition (such as dimming), but it still has reliable performance, voice-control perks, and smart-home integration. And the price makes it a standout for anyone on a budget.
The lowest price we’ve seen with the clipped on-page coupon, this is a great discount on our top pick for the best earplugs for concerts. Concert-going may not be prevalent right now, but when large gatherings inevitably return, a good pair of comfortable earplugs are essential for protecting your hearing. The Loop Earplugs provide the best noise protection outside of a custom-fit pair, and at this price, they’re definitely worth adding to your concert gear.
Want a pair of cheap wired earbuds to stash in your gym bag? Go for the extremely-affordable Koss FitClips. The hook-over-the-ear design of these workout headphones is flexible and comfortable, the sound is much better than the low price implies, and this pair has a universal single-button remote and mic.
Source: The NY Times
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