Can you believe it’s almost time for the kids to head back to school? It’s true. I’ve been busy buying school clothes and supplies for the past few weeks. Our school requires a graphing calculator, so I bought one of those. Speaking of gadgets, I’ve also been testing out the Fire Kids Edition Tablet. It’s not really for school, but the device will come in handy during the school year. BTW, don’t let the words “Kids Edition” fool you. This Fire Kids Edition is a real Amazon tablet.
Good morning everyone. I’m just writing a quick note about Amazon’s Summer Reading Contest. The grand prize includes something for each family member to enjoy — the newly relaunched Kindle Paperwhite, two Kindle Voyages (Amazon’s most advanced e-reader), three kindle covers, Amazon’s Fire HD Kids Edition tablet (designed specifically for kids with a 2-year worry-free guarantee), a pair of kid’s headphones, a Fire TV, a Fire phone, and a $500 Amazon Gift Card. Awesome, right? I have not entered yet, but my understanding is that all you need to do to enter is submit a photo of your children reading. You better hurry, the contest ends Monday, August 3rd.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday. If you’re still looking for an idea (or completely forgot because you’ve a dork), consider a Kindle or Fire HD for the geek mom in your life. For instance, you can purchase a Kindle e-reader for only $59 on Amazon.com. And the special price includes free shipping!
Hi everyone. I know you guys are busy with Thanksgiving activities and pre-Black Friday deals. That’s actually what I’m writing about today. Amazon is running Black Friday promotions on their Kindles, tablets, Fire TV sticks, and phones. Some of the specials have already started, but most of them will begin on Thanksgiving day. Continue reading to see Amazon’s Black Friday deal. The promotions are good while supplies last.
Mother’s Day is next Sunday so I thought I would share some gift ideas today. If the mom in your life is into gadgets, think about getting her an Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire HDX or Kindle Paperwhite. Fire TV is a small box that plugs into a TV and gives moms access to content from Netflix, Showtime, Hulu Plus and other media providers (including video on demand and video games). It’s a great gift for moms who are into entertainment. For moms who are into reading, there’s the Kindle Paperwhite. The e-reader is small, but it can hold up to 1,100 books (not including free cloud storage). For moms who love books, surfing the web, playing games, and watching movies, there’s the Kindle Fire HDX. The device is a tablet that lets moms do it all. Not only will the Kindle Fire HDX entertain moms, the tablet can also act as a babysitter via the Kindle FreeTime feature that lets moms create customized profiles for children. With FreeTime, mothers can set daily screen limits and give access to appropriate content for their kids. Continue reading for other Mother’s Day gift ideas.
Brainy Connections sent me a pdf version of their new book for review on my dad blog. The title of the new book is: Good Enough Parenting – The Sensible Discipline Guide for New Parents (written by Lisl Fair). The book is intended for parents of children ages one to six. I skimmed the book over the weekend and I learned some useful tips. Good Enough Parenting – The Sensible Discipline Guide for New Parents is currently available on Amazon Kindle for $2.99 (note: you can borrow it for free if you’re a Prime member).
Good morning, readers. I have a bunch of giveaway winner announcements today. BTW, feel free to check out the list of current and upcoming giveaways on my dad blog:
- CEIVA Pro 80 Giveaway – photo frame (ends 12/7)
- Stella & Dot Giveaway – jewelry (ends 12/10)
- Perplexus Giveaway – 3D maze game (ends 12/13)
- RepeaterStore Giveaway – cell signal booster (ends 12/14)
- Facebook Giveaway – five gift cards (ends 12/15)
- EyeBuyDirect.com Giveaway – eyeglasses (ends 12/17)
- Garmin Nüvi 1300 GPS Navigator ($170)
- Tassimo by Bosch T20 Single Serve Coffee Brewer ($130)
- TRON: Evolution Wii Video Game ($50)
- $50 Midas Gift Certificate
- Oxfam (goat, sheep, chicks)
- Microsoft Communications Services
Good morning, readers. Today’s blog post is about a contest on itsThoughtful.com and a giveaway on my dad blog. It’s actually a two-for-one special. To enter my giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift certificate, you first have to enter their contest for a $500 Amazon gift card. It’s easy. All you have to do is submit a favorite gift idea for their Best Christmas Gift Idea of 2010 contest and then leave a comment on my dad blog about the idea you submitted. In case you are wondering, itsThoughtful is a social shopping network focused on gift shopping.
Last year on my dad blog, I did a price comparison of diapers and baby wipes sold at Target (Up & Up) and Costco (Kirkland). Target was the winner in every single category.
Target vs Costco (Summer 2009)
- Target baby wipes were 35% less expensive
- Target size one diapers were 6% less expensive
- Target size two diapers were 24% less expensive
- Target size three diapers were 32% less expensive
- Target size four diapers were 26% less expensive
- Target size five diapers were 19% less expensive
- Target size six diapers were 27% less expensive
Because I’m a frugal dad and I have a 16-month old toddler, I recently did a price comparison between Target stores, Amazon, and Diapers.com. Once again, Target is the price leader in each category. Target wins on price, but Amazon offers free shipping for orders of $25+ and Diapers.com offers free 1-2 day shipping for orders over $49. Diapers.com also offers a one-year return policy (no, you can’t return used diapers). Note: Target.com also sells diapers and baby wipes online, but it doesn’t look like they offer free shipping on those items.