Well, friends, we made it to the end of another week. I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy and home — and finding things to do during these crazy, but often downright boring, times.
With that in mind, I’ve rounded up a whole mess of cheap or free reading material, along with a few essentials and, for those making exercise part of the home routine, a great deal on a floor mat.
Weekend free stuff
First up, the freebies! (And be sure to check out my regularly updated list of.)
Bestselling books up to 80% off
Also at Amazon today, around, including the first book in the Outlander series, Ron Chernow’s excellent Hamilton biography and the latest from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Colson Whitehead. One particularly great pick: .
Humble Book Bundle: Spring Clean Your Life, starting at $1
I love Humble Bundles, which give you oodles of books, games or the like and help charity at the same time. The, for example, lets you name your own price for up to 20 books on self-improvement, goal-setting and happiness. A portion of your payment will benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.
You can pay as little as $1 to get five of the books or pony up at least $15 to get the whole collection. Lots of good stuff here, with a combined value of over $300.
Amazon Echo third-generation smart speaker: $60, plus $10 in Kohl’s Cash
Looking to upgrade an Echo Dot to something that sounds bigger and better? For a limited time, and while supplies last, Kohl’s has the larger Echo sale), but the Kohl’s deal nets you $10 in Kohl’s Cash — basically free money to use at the store between April 12 and 19.. Amazon proper currently has it on sale for the same price (as part of a
I do have to wonder, though, if it makes sense to buy just a speaker when, which includes a screen. I’m guessing the Echo speaker sounds better overall, but certainly the Show is much more versatile. Your thoughts?
Build out your home gym with this six-piece exercise mat for $13.60
Working out at home? Trust me when I say you’ll like having a dedicated (and protected) area for weights, HIIT, yoga and all that. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Walmart has the. Regular price: $20.
These are great. You get six 1/2-inch-thick interlocking foam tiles with edge pieces, which connect to give you a 24-square-foot workout area. If you do a lot of cardio and think you might want thicker mats, those are on sale as well, and for only a few dollars more.
Magazine subscriptions starting at 99 cents (Update: Expired)
Do yourself a favor and pick up a magazine — even if it’s a digital one you read on your phone or tablet. Right now,, with many starting at just 99 cents (although most of those are for just three months).
For example, you can get three months of Men’s Health or Runner’s World for 99 cents, or a year of Family Handyman or Reader’s Digest for $3.75. Great way to see if you like reading magazines in digital form. I do!
Duracell rechargeable batteries: $4.87 (Update: Exipred)
Tired of spending money on disposable batteries for your remotes, flashlights and the like? Switch to rechargeables. It’s rarely been this cheap to do so: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has a. Regular price: $13.95. The catch, of course, is that you’ll also need a charger. Assuming you don’t have one, here’s a .
This article was previously published. It has been updated with current deals and pricing.
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