If you were looking for a reason to treat yourself today, look no further. Though there’s never a bad time to buy yourself the stuff you want (just ask Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle), we think there’s something especially nice about stocking up on new purchases that are functional, enjoyable, and affordable. That’s why our Deals team has spent the last week digging up the best deals on the Internet for under $52—so you can get what you want (or maybe even need) without going totally overboard.
Some super-cool shades
It’s time to replace the sand-scratched drugstore shades you picked up over the summer, especially as we head into sun-glare-bouncing-off-the-snow terrority (yeah, we know it’s October 1, but cold weather will be here sooner than you think!). For less than $10 when you use the on-page coupon, the Sungait sunglasses offer UV protection and polarization, they’re comfortable and sturdy, and they come with a lifetime warranty and money-back guarantee. They’re also sleek, stylish, and unisex—what else could you possibly want from a pair of cheap sunnies? Just make sure you select the polarized pair at checkout for maximum peeper protection.
Read our review of the best cheap sunglasses.
Basic speakers to add to your smart home setup
For those who are looking to create an army of smart-home assistants strategically placed around your home, these deals on smart speaker two-packs will help fill out your ranks for less. Whether you’re partial to Google Assistant or an avid Alexa enthusiast, you can now get either the Echo Dot or the Google Home Mini for just $20 per speaker. Affordable and compact, the Echo Dot gives you a surprisingly good sound for something so small, along with all the control and features of Alexa. You can even use the Echo Dot to liven up family game night or play a few pranks on your kids—just don’t forget to add two Dots to your cart and use the code DOTPRIME2PK at checkout. For Google users, the Home Mini is a good choice for a basic, no-frills smart speaker. Though the Home Mini doesn’t have an auxiliary output, it can be connected to other speakers via Bluetooth and will still have full Google Assistant capabilities.
The best measuring cup
Baking is a precise science, and anyone who’s tried to make a batch of cookies by eyeballing it will tell you that following the recipe is very important. A reliably accurate measuring cup can help, and the Wirecutter kitchen team thinks the Pyrex 2-cup is the best money can buy. Well designed with easy-to-read markings, the Pyrex measuring cup is made from shatter-resistant glass which makes it one of the most durable options the guide writers tested. If you prefer to mix your small-batch batter right in the cup, its wide profile gives you space to mix ingredients and its spout pours nicely while minimizing drips. To fully take advantage of this deal, we suggest opting for store pick-up if you live near a Macy’s; otherwise, you’ll need to fill your cart with a few more items to meet the free shipping threshold.
Read our review of the best measuring cups.
An affordable umbrella that can withstand high winds
When it’s raining cats and dogs, you have to choose between the lesser of two evils: forgo the umbrella and get drenched, or take it and be stuck toting it around all day. Unless you’re toting a cane umbrella as a fashion statement, opting for a lightweight, compact umbrella is a solid compromise. The Repel Easy Touch, our top pick, is an affordable umbrella that holds its own in windy weather, but is small enough that it fits easily into a bag or large coat pocket. It also comes with a lifetime refund or replacement guarantee, should you need to use it. We haven’t seen many deals on the Repel Easy Touch lately, which makes this deal a particularly good one even if it’s not the lowest price drop we’ve seen.
Read our review of the best umbrellas.
A compact, heavy-duty diaper pail
Everybody poops—but there’s just something about baby poop that just smells different. If the fumes are enough to make your eyes water, it’s time to start depositing those stink-bombs in a odor-proof diaper pail. The Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail, now down to $50, is the most effective diaper pail of all the ones our testers tried out. Though the easy-to-use Ubbi is compact, it can hold up to a week’s worth of diapers and, unlike other pails, it also works well for cloth diapers. And for convenience, this affordable pail can be used with standard trash bags—a huge perk since proprietary trash bags can be quite pricey. If you’ve been looking for a way to contain the stench, now’s your chance to do it for less.
Read our review of the best diaper pails.
If the sounds of the house settling at night keep you up past your bedtime, you might want to invest in a white noise machine to block out the noises of the outside world. Compact and efficient, the LectroFan is the best white noise machine we’ve tested. It does a great job at masking shrill noises that might be keeping you up at night and features ten fan sounds and ten ambient noise variations to choose from. Right now, the LectroFan is discounted to $32 at checkout in black—and though we’ve seen better deals on this fan in the past, we still think this is a nice drop on your ticket to a good night’s sleep.
Read our review of the best white noise machines.
A visually beautiful board game
It’s now month seven of quarantine and we don’t blame you if you’re bored of the board games you bought back in March. Throw Wingspan into the mix to liven up game night (which, incidentally, is every night). This beautifully designed strategy board game, which accommodates up to five, asks players to attract birds to their growing habitat. Our testers were especially impressed by the look of the game, including the gorgeous illustrations on the cards and the little egg pieces. Deals on Wingspan are quite rare and don’t hang around too long, which makes now as good a time as any to save on this board game.
Read our review of the best tools to prepare for a winter storm.
Access to great journalism for less
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With the presidential election just a month away, it’s important to stay updated and informed. A subscription to The New York Times, a reliable and trustworthy news source (and, for full disclosure, our parent company), can help you stay abreast of the current goings-on in the country—and the world beyond. The basic digital subscription, now down to $52 for the year (or $4 every 4 weeks), comes with digital logins to the New York Times’ website and app, along with access to NYT Cooking and Games. After this year-long promo is over, the monthly cost will revert back to $17; just keep an eye out for that if you’d rather cancel than continue your subscription.
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