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Walmart just put this Shark vacuum on sale for $44 off

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A clean home is a happy home.
A clean home is a happy home.

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Sometimes you don’t realize how important owning a good vacuum can be until you’ve used a bad one. The frustration of rolling over the same spot 317 times and ending up not cleaning much of anything is infuriating and will usually lead you to rage-quit cleaning your home. 

Stop perpetuating the cycle and check out the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, which you can get on sale today.

This powerful Shark vacuum is now only $98 on Walmart, while it’s usually $142. The opportunity to pick up one of these things for under $100 is almost unheard of, so jump on it while you can. According to Walmart, this deal should stay live through Feb. 19.

This little sucker (see what we did there?) is lightweight and versatile — plus, just check out that sweet purple finish. Perhaps its most useful feature is the vacuum’s lift-away canister, which pops right off of the main body to help you clean hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. The Shark’s swivel steering helps you effortlessly glide across the floor with grace and avoid banging into your precious furniture. The vacuum also comes with a few helpful attachments, including a wide pet upholstery tool and a dusting brush. 

Grab yourself one right here for only $98 at Walmart and put that $44 toward your next Seamless order or something.

Need a VPN to watch Netflix? TorGuard is ace and 50% off with this promo code.

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TorGuard allows five simultaneous connections, so long-distance movie nights with friends is a go.
TorGuard allows five simultaneous connections, so long-distance movie nights with friends is a go.

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Net Neutrality has been a corpse for nearly a year now, but we’ve gotten lucky: The shit storm we expected with internet providers slowing our speed or screwing with torrenting hasn’t really hit us.

Though there’s a slight glimmer of hope, we aren’t in the clear yet. And with the volatility of the current political climate, having a VPN to back you up is still a really good idea.

Protect yourself on the cheap: TorGuard VPN is offering 50% off all of their subscriptions with code techbargains, dropping prices to as low as $4.99 per month or $29.99 for the year. Considering TorGuard gets some hate for being too expensive, so a half-off deal is super sweet. [Editor’s note: Techbargains and Mashable are both owned by Ziff Davis.]

As our pick for one of the best VPNs for iOS, Android, and Mac, Torguard’s elusive stealth mode can get around even the most advanced firewalls that could usually snipe VPNs from a distance. Torguard claims that it doesn’t log user activity (innocent until proven guilty, I guess) and offers convenient customizable privacy options services like anonymous email, proxies, and routers. It doesn’t look the nicest, but you can probably ignore that.

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Torrenting is the real attraction here — P2P and BitTorrent are both allowed, and PCMag’s review mentions it’s the fastest VPN they’ve tested.  With over 1,000 servers spanning dozens of countries, there’s flexibility in choosing a location that some competitors can’t offer you. (Hello, international Netflix.)

No free trial is a bummer, but if you’re not satisfied in your first week, TorGuard will give you a full refund without asking questions.

Sale prices are as follows:

  • One month — $4.99 (regular price $9.99)

  • Four months — $9.99 (regular price $19.99)

  • Six months — $14.99 (regular price $29.99)

  • One year — $29.99 (regular price $59.99)

TorGuard allows up to five simultaneous connections, so the price can even be split up between friends. Use code techbargains and get 50% off your plan here.

This Acer Nitro 5 entry-level gaming laptop is $100 off at Best Buy

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The Acer Nitro 5 is a must-have for PC gaming beginners.
The Acer Nitro 5 is a must-have for PC gaming beginners.

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Getting into PC gaming isn’t always accessible when you’re on a budget. Some PC towers can cost anywhere in the $1000s (plus more if you’re looking to customize certain parts). Lucky for you, there’s a much more affordable option if you’re just starting out: The Acer Nitro 5.

This nifty little machine is a great entry-level gaming computer, and if you’re ready to close the deal on one, The Acer Nitro 5 is currently $100 off at Best Buy. Along with this nice chunk of savings, Best Buy is throwing in a free 6-month subscription to Trend Micro Internet Security – which can cover up to 3 devices and is a $29.99 value – to sweeten the deal.  

The Acer Nitro 5 is perfect for beginners in the PC gaming space. Included in this well-rounded package is an 8GB system memory and AMD Ryzen 5 processor to make sure all of your programs run smoothly. A comfortable 1TB of storage space (that’s 1000GB for reference) is included as well and its 15.6” HD display boasts beautiful images in tandem with an AMD Radeon RX 560X graphics card. Other perks include a striking red backlit keyboard, an HDMI output, a webcam/microphone combo, and a headphone jack (sorry, no disk drive). Also, it’s a laptop – meaning you can take it anywhere (unlike a big ol’ PC tower). 

If you’re just starting your move into PC gaming and don’t want anything that’s too complicated, the Acer Nitro 5 should probably already be at the top of your list. For a full $100 off over at Best Buy, it’s hard to say no. 

Attention juice lovers: The Breville Juice Fountain Elite is more than $66 off at Amazon

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The Juice Fountain Elite's powerful motor produces 30 percent more juice than traditional juicers.
The Juice Fountain Elite’s powerful motor produces 30 percent more juice than traditional juicers.

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Packaged juice can contain unwanted ingredients like excess sugars, but paying for fresh juice every day can add up and become unaffordable. But you have another option: The Breville Juice Fountain Elite is a professional-grade juicer, which means you’ll get the high-quality juice you love and you don’t even have to leave your kitchen.

Right now, the Breville Juice Fountain Elite is more than $66 off at Amazon, making the price $233.39.

This juicer has a 1,000-watt motor that spins up to 13,000 RPMs to produce 30 percent more juice than traditional juicers. Its more than 40,000 filtering pores ensure that your beverage is smooth and refreshing every time. The three-inch shoot means you don’t have to pre-cut most fruits and vegetables that you feed into the machine.

A two-speed control lets you change up the intensity depending on your produce. For softer fruits and leafy vegetables, use the low speed. And use the high speed for denser fruits and harder veggies. The 1.1-quart juice jug with froth container and 3.2-quart pulp container give you room to juice larger quantities.

Start drinking healthy by saving $66.60 on the Breville Juice Fountain Elite.

Uncover your roots with AncestryDNA kits on sale for $40 off at Amazon

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Find new family members with a sale on AncestryDNA.
Find new family members with a sale on AncestryDNA.

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Have you spent another Valentine’s Day with no luck in your search for the love of your life? Well who needs romance when you’ve got family. Blood is thicker than water, so spend your Valentine’s Day by starting a search for long-lost relatives with a sale on AncestryDNA kits at Amazon

Right now you can save $40 on an AncestryDNA test kit for a total price of $59.99. That’s just about the best deal you can get for AncestryDNA, which usually offers discounts up to $30 for their kits. You can also purchase a DNA kit for $59.99 directly from Ancestry.com, but shipping is extra. You’re better off ordering the kit from Amazon, where it qualifies for either free standard shipping or free 2-day shipping with Prime.

We recently broke down the best DNA test kits on the market, and AncestryDNA is still the best because it’s easy to use and tests from a large genealogical pool. Just provide a swab of saliva, resend the prepaid package, and wait for results in about six to eight weeks. AncestryDNA will then trace your roots to over 500 global regions, providing insights on the history and culture of the people from those areas. But what sets AncestryDNA apart from other DNA home testing kits is how easy it is to find a list of people who share parts of your DNA, due to their massive consumer database. Then you’re all set to start planning your family reunion cookout. 

AncestryDNA is the best DNA kit when you’re ready to unlock your family’s story, with simple instructions and a huge network of customers. You normally can’t put a price on family, but you can get a great deal with an AncestryDNA kit for only $59.99 at Amazon