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These 3 Prime Day Deals Are on My Buy List and They Should Be on Yours Too

We don't know all of the Prime Day deals that we will see this year, but there are a few that already have me ready to buy.

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$23 at Amazon
A white Echo Dot and a multicolor bulb on an orange background
Echo Dot (5th gen) + Sengled Color Smart Bulb: $23
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$400 at Amazon
Fire TV on a blue background
43-inch 4K Fire TV Omni Series: $100 (invite only)
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A wall of bright lights that look like music equalizers
Govee curtain lights: $97 (not yet live)
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Amazon Prime Day has been happening once a year for nine years now, and a lot has changed about it during that time. It started out as a one-day event that has continued to grow and is now a full 48 hours of deals (with some that start weeks before), and while the deals overall may not be as tempting anymore that doesn't mean there's nothing worth looking at. 

The official sales kick off on July 11, but we've been seeing Amazon tease deals for weeks at this point. There are going to be thousands upon thousands of deals available at discounted prices, and while not every deal will be worth looking at, here are three that will have me opening up my wallet.

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Echo Dot 5th gen: $23

Normally, during Prime Day and Black Friday, Amazon offers the biggest discount on the third- and fourth-gen Echo Dot hardware, but this year we are seeing the fifth-gen hit a new all-time low. You don't even have to wait until Prime Day to take advantage of these offers, as they're on sale right now. To sweeten the deal even further, Amazon is offering a free smart bulb with the newest Echo Dot, all for just $23. 

As a comparison, during last Prime Day, we saw the previous-gen hardware on sale for $20, just three dollars cheaper than this deal for the vastly improved newer hardware. Right now, Amazon has the Echo Dot fourth-gen on sale for $50, making it $30 more expensive than the newer model. Odds are that this will go on back-order during Prime Day, so if you want one with fast shipping, now is the time to get your order in.

I love having the Echo Dots around to control my smart home gear, set timers, answer basic conversion questions and much more and picking up this deal will add to my growing collection. I'm not alone in thinking that every room of your home should have an Echo in it, and this deal makes it far more affordable to do that with the latest hardware.

Last Prime Day, Amazon had the fourth-gen Echo Dot bundled with a Sengled color smart bulb for $20 and we all loved it. This year, the price has risen to $23, but the Echo Dot is now the fifth-gen version with more functionality than ever before. It's a great deal and one that sells out quickly. Grab it while you can.

Amazon Fire TV 43-inch Omni Series 4K UHD: $100 (Invite only)

Amazon has added a new way to shop this Prime Day, and it's offering some huge savings. The company has added a new invite only system that allows you, a Prime Member, to sign up for certain deals. This lets Amazon control the amount of certain products they sell, helping to ensure everyone who signs up gets one.

One of the best deals on the invite-only list is the 43-inch 4K Fire TV. The Omni series is one of Amazon's flagship devices, and while 43 inches may be a little small for some living rooms it's perfect for a bedroom. 

It may not be the biggest and best TV out there, but at $100 I'm willing to bet you won't find a better 4K TV to spend your money on. It has all the standard features and runs Amazon's Fire TV OS, which gives you quick access to all your favorite streaming channels. 

If you are looking for a new TV, you need to click the link below, then click the "request invite" button to sign up for this outstanding deal. 

This 4K TV is perfect for a smaller living space or bedroom. The Fire TV OS is simple to use and offers plenty of ways to view the content you love, and, of course, because it's Amazon you have Alexa built-in too. All of this for just $100 is an absolute bargain.
Remember though, you must request an invite to this deal so get it while you can. 

Govee Smart lighting: Up to 38% off

I have been on a mission to convert all my lighting at home to smart lights, and Prime Day is one of the best times to buy in bulk. Once I got the standard smart bulbs done, it was time to look at something a little special. Govee has a line of smart lights that elevate every room you put them in, and this Prime Day, it's discounting a lot of them. 

For both July 11 and 12, you can get up to 38% off a host of Govee products, including its brand-new curtain light. The light can be connected to three others and contains over 500 LEDs to create a moving light show that can dance to the music or sync up with other Govee lights for an entire mood lighting situation.

I've been salivating over these and other Govee products, and I can't wait to grab some this Prime Day. 

These curtain lights are controlled by your smartphone and can move with music, or in set patterns like moving GIFs. Three can be linked into a giant 15 feet by 6 feet wall of moving light. The IP65 waterproofing means they can be used outside too. Perfect for the holidays.

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