Welcome to Home Deals, where we pick out the best deals on things you need for your home, garden and beyond. Like our cousin, the Cheapskate, we'll give you a regular selection of hottest deals, but we will cover things like appliances, power tools, smart light bulbs and anything else your home or garden requires.
Half-price slow cookers
If you have a busy life, slow cooking is a great way to make meals without being tied to the cooktop, and there are some great deals out there at the moment. JCPenney is offering half-price deals on the Crock-Pot Cook & Carry for $29.99 and the Cooks 6-qt for $24.99. Sling a few veggies and some stock in there in the morning, and come home to a delicious stew.
These slow cookers are simple, but if you want something a bit more flexible, we loved the tongue-twistingly named Breville Fast Slow Pro, which is now $199.96 ($50 off) at Amazon and at Sur La Table. This impressive piece of engineering is a pressure cooker as well as a slow cooker, so it can cook a big chunk of meat in under an hour. Fast and slow: a killer combination for the busy cook.
More LED light bulb deals
After I covered some low-cost light bulb deals last week, Cree let me know that it has a range of mail-in and instant rebate deals in place across the country. If you are in Baltimore, Boston or Kansas City you can get a Cree 60W Soft White A19 4-pack for a sweet $3.97. If you are in Chicago, Philadelphia or Seattle, the same pack can be yours for $7.97. Both of those are serious discounts on the typical $19.97 cost of this pack. These prices can vary, though, and not all retailers participate, so check with your local utility before you buy.
Buy a refurb Dyson, save $79
Looking to save some cash? Buying refurbished is a great way to get more for less, like the Dyson V6 Slim Cordless vacuum cleaner that Amazon has on sale for $219.99. That's $79 less than buying a similar new model, and you get all of the original accessories and a six-month warranty.
It sucked (in a good way) when we tested it in 2014, and it offers even more suck for your dollar now. If you have beasts in your house, Amazon also has a refurbished V6 Animal for $319, which includes tools for picking up pet hair from the couch and corners.
If refurbished isn't your thing, Home Depot has the similar-size Shark Rocket for $148.
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