Welcome to Kelly in the City’s newest column! This post could’ve been titled Giving Kelly the Day Off with Mitch but I figured Amazon Finds had a nicer ring to it.
Amazon reports that I’ve made 170 orders in the past 6 months which works out to nearly an Amazon order per day. So long story short, I’m an Amazon wizard.
But seriously, how the heck did families work before online shopping? Even a subtle misstep in the could send the family schedule into pure CHAOS. Don’t even bring up the time I ordered blue swim diapers instead of pink ones last July! Don’t bring it up I said!
But anyways, this hopes to be a weekly column of good deals on cool junk I find on Amazon throughout the week, summarized and humbly presented to you each and every weekend from now until I forget to do it a few weeks from now. Enjoy!
Tip of the Week
Nearly every Amazon listing has a “More Buying Choices” section where deals can be found. Honestly, the prices are usually insane. Oftentimes the discounted products ship directly from the Amazon Warehouse and, as a result, come replete with Amazon guarantees and warrantees. Recently, I bought a brand-new, open box TV for 40% off with one day shipping. I’d say I use “More Buying Choices” for like half of my big purchases. Give it a whirl!
$200 Cruiser – My bike has had a flat tire for six years. No matter what I do it ends up flat. At this point I’ve moved that bike to six different addresses, I got married and had two kids and I’ve never ridden it once. I fully quit biking as a result and that broken old bike still sits in my garage to this day.
But in preparation for this post, I looked up bikes on Amazon and I found this beauty for only $200 and I feel like a fool.
Samsung Frame TV – Our house has no family room, so we’re in the process of repurposing the traditional living room into a more versatile space with a TV. If that last sentence triggered you, the Samsung Frame is right up your alley.
This TV was designed for people like me who love watching TV but are married to people who don’t. It lays flat against the wall, ships with a customizable wooden frame and pulls up artwork for the wife when I’m not watching my stories.
Copper Fire Pit – Chicagoans are justifiably touchy about fires. Both of the houses we’ve owned in this city were newly constructed post fire and I’m not one to unnecessarily stoke, but it was 60 degrees today and that’s straight up bonfire weather homies.
As far as I can tell it’s not technically illegal to have a fire pit in the city and if the cops show up I think a s’more might smooth things over. Worth the risk!
This post is making me realize what a dad I’ve become. I spent a good amount of time this week researching grills in the hopes of plopping one of these bad boys in the backyard and serving up burgers or whatever to the family. For the record I already have a grill in my backyard and I’ve literally never used it. But this one has three burners!
Emma’s school is super serious about allergies and only allows a handful of snacks. Luckily, bagged Goldfish are on the list but in her first week our family consumed no less than 40 bags of these little orange buggers.
Have no fear, I dropped an Amazon Subscription on the case and now we get Emma’s snacks delivered promptly every Sunday just in time for the beginning of the week.
This is our first Halloween in the new house and we’re about to make our presence known with a serious array of giant Halloween decorations. I’m thinking this inflatable skeleton dinosaur on the balcony, a giant spider web out front and some kind of animatronic zombie scarecrow on the stoop. That’ll show ’em!