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This 34-inch Dell UltraSharp curved monitor is $420 off with code

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Marie Kondo your millions of tabs with a curved, extra wide monitor.
Marie Kondo your millions of tabs with a curved, extra wide monitor.

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TL;DR: This 34-inch UltraSharp monitor from Dell is a multitaskers paradise is only $679.99 with code SAVE15, saving you $420 in total. It also comes with a free $100 Dell gift card.


Too Many Tabs Syndrome is definitely a thing.

We hope that having tabs lined up will help us cross them off like a to-do list, but that never happens. Instead, the headache from staring at a computer screen just heightens from squinting to read minuscule tab titles, and being productive turns into being overwhelmed.

Get your shit in order with a curved monitor from Dell. This UltraSharp model is 34 inches wide and offers a way more immersive view than your average flat monitor. It usually goes for $1,099, but is on sale for $799 — and with code SAVE15, you can save a total of $420 and get it for $679.99 plus a $100 Dell gift card.

Think of an extra wide curved monitor as Marie Kondo-ing your computer tasks. When all tabs and apps are visible and organized, it’s easy to assess what needs to be done and complete it without the distractions of a crammed window. Extended peripheral vision on this monitor creates a depth that will have you immersed in your work, and the screen curvature reduces eye movement so that you can work longer comfortably.

This model even has a USB-C cable, which can transmit power, data, video, and audio from a single source.

This 34-inch Dell UltraSharp curved monitor is $420 off with code

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This is a QHD monitor equipped with In-Plane Switching, making the display visible from virtually any angle. You’re able to view content from two different PC sources with Picture-by-Picture, which splits the screen into two sides, similar to a dual monitor setup. We’re not sure how exciting a spreadsheet or analytics program can be, but they’ll look a lot more inviting on a 3440 x 1440 screen with 99% sRGB color calibration.

Regularly $1,099.99 and on sale for $799.99, use code SAVE15 to save $420 in total and get it for $679.99 with free shipping. Then, be on the lookout for an $100 Dell gift card in your email within the next 20 days.

The Dyson Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum is on sale for under $300 — save $110

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Is there a surface the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 *can't* clean? The jury's out on that one.
Is there a surface the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 *can’t* clean? The jury’s out on that one.

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TL;DR: This multitasking Dyson upright vacuum retails for $399.99, but you can get on sale on Amazon right now for just $289.99.


Crushing your to-do list feels great, sure, but all that multitasking can take a serious toll on your intellect: Studies have shown that people who multitask during cognitive exercises experience a drop in their IQ score on par with people who pull all-nighters. 

But it’s not just your brain that suffers when you multitask; your career can take a hit, too: Further research reveals our productivity drops when we force our brains to do two things at once, switch between activities, or do one thing right after the other. 

OK, so maybe we humans aren’t designed to multitask — but the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 sure is. Its secret is a built-in, self-adjusting cleaner head featuring a powerful motorized brush bar and an active base plate that automatically raises and lowers itself to seal in suction. As such, it’s capable of deep-cleaning lots of different surfaces — carpet, wood, vinyl, tile, whatever — in one fell swoop, and with Dyson’s signature suction power. 

This bright yellow upright vacuum is currently on sale for under $300 on Amazon, which is a steal for such a high-tech appliance: Its ball mechanism makes it capable of maneuvering around tight corners, and it comes with various attachments that make it easy to clean high and low spaces alike. Plus, it features Dyson’s Radial Root Cyclone technology to capture tons of microscopic dust, which can be emptied from its canister with the press of a single button. 

Amazon customer B Minin writes:

“I have NEVER EVER loved a vacuum cleaner like i like my Dyson machine. I seriously vacuum on a daily basis because i love using the machine and it blows me away to see how much it sucks up on a daily basis. Easy on the carpet, tiles and hardwood floors. A MUST BUY”

To be sure, the Multi Floor 2 isn’t the only Dyson vacuum that Amazon’s got on sale: There’s also the Big Ball Multi Floor ($88.90 off), the V7 Motorhead ($61.02 off), and the V8 Animal ($100 off), and even the the Cyclone V10 Absolute ($100 off), our favorite Dyson vacuum on the market. It does, however, boast the steepest discount: It retails for $399.99, but you can snag it on sale for just $289.99 — a $110 savings.

This 6-quart Crock-Pot is on sale for less than $50 at Walmart

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Are Instant Pots too much of a commitment? This programmable Crock-Pot makes home-cooked meals a breeze.
Are Instant Pots too much of a commitment? This programmable Crock-Pot makes home-cooked meals a breeze.

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TL;DR: This classic 6-quart programmable Crock-Pot is on sale for $48.61, saving you more than $20 off the original price.


Slow cookers are one of the best graduation gifts. You won’t change our mind.

Everyone hypes up MacBooks and iPads as the things to get, but practical gifts are just as important. The grad in your life will understand when they’re able to make their own home-cooked meals like lasagna or chicken tacos while friends blow their bank accounts on Uber Eats.

We’ll even help you pick the model: This 6-quart programmable cooker from Crock-Pot is on sale for $48.61, saving you $21.38 on the regular price of $69.99.

Many students or recent grads insist that they don’t cook because they don’t have time — which is true, and which is why they need a Crock-Pot to take care of it for them. Using the digital countdown, this Crock-Pot can be programmed to cook for up to 20 hours and will switch to the warming setting when it’s done. (Coming home to dinner being done is severely underrated.) If they’re feeling ambitious, the black insert is stove-safe and can sit on the burner to roast, sauté, or brown.

The 6-quart capacity can easily serve four people (great for roommate dinners and small Friendsgivings). If your grad is living with a significant other, they’ll be set with leftovers.

Regularly $69.99, you can save $21.38 and get it in stainless steel for $48.61.

TP-Link smart switch is on sale for $25 at Walmart

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Why have a dumb switch when you could have a smart one?
Why have a dumb switch when you could have a smart one?

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TL;DR: Add some smart lighting to your home with the TP-Link in-wall smart switch on sale for $25 at Walmart, saving you $10.


There are so many ways to make your home “smart.” You can add smart technology to your scale, speaker, lighting, and so much more. When it comes to smart lighting, you have a couple different routes you can take. One of them being the TP-Link HS200 in-wall smart switch, and right now you can grab it on sale for $25 at Walmart, $10 off its list price.

Some smart switches require a separate hub to generate their power, but the TP-Link doesn’t. It connects right to your wall’s wiring, which might sound intimidating if you’re not an electrician, but don’t worry because there is a step-by-step guide within the Kasa Smart app to help you with installation.

When it comes to controlling the light switch, just hop on over to the Kasa app or use voice commands with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Microsoft Cortana devices. Turn the switch on in real-time or set schedules and away modes to turn it on or off when you aren’t home.

This TP-Link smart switch kit comes with the WiFi light switch, a face plate, four wire nuts, and a guide to help with installation. Grab it on sale for $25 at Walmart.

Google’s Daydream View VR headset is at its lowest price ever on Amazon — save $40

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The Daydream View's lightweight design is totally glasses-friendly.
The Daydream View’s lightweight design is totally glasses-friendly.

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TL;DR: This lightweight VR headset typically retails for $99, but you can get it on sale from Amazon right now for only $59.


From curved desktop monitors to 4K TVs with cinema-quality audio, there’s a case to be made that the notion of ~immersion~ is fueling today’s consumer technology trends. We don’t merely want to consume our entertainment anymore; we want to participate in it. 

That probably explains the rise of virtual reality in the consumer sector — that, and the fact that VR headsets are now more accessible (read: affordable) than ever.

Take Google’s Daydream View VR headset, now in its second generation. It’s a veritable bargain at its MSRP ($99), but right now Amazon is selling it for the all-time-low price of just $59. 

Setting up the Daydream View is simple: You just slide one of the many Daydream-ready smartphones — i.e., most new Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy models — and just like that, you’re ready to begin your epic VR adventures.

The Daydream’s experiences come in the form of apps, of which Google Play has an ever-growing collection. You could spend an entire afternoon exploring jaw-dropping 360-degree environments, or catch up on your favorite Netflix titles, or dive into an exciting new game (while streaming it to Chromecast for your friends to see) — the choice is yours. 

Spec-wise, the Daydream View is made of comfy, breathable fabric and features an adjustable, glasses-friendly design with a removable top strap. It also comes with its own controller, which can be stored in a slot on its head strap when not in use. 

Visit Amazon today to grab a Charcoal Google Daydream View VR headset for just $59