BEST toy deals on Amazon – updated October 31, 2014

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Best Toy Deals on Amazon

For the past few holiday seasons I’ve compiled this Best Amazon Toy Deals list that has helped my readers save thousands of dollars!  It’s one of my most popular features on the site and I plan to once again update this list for the 2014 holiday season. I’m starting to drop deals into the list as I find them and I expect that toy deals will continue to pick up as we head toward November!

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Last year – thanks to people shopping through the links in this post (and supporting Queen Bee) and the amazing toy deals we were able to score – my family was able to donate all these toys to local non-profits last Christmas! We were able to buy more than $700 worth of toys (pictured above) for $250 because of the deals in this list. I hope to be able to do this again this year.

I aim for deals that are BEST prices and at least 50% with many deals closer to 70-90% off!! Amazon toy deals are AMAZING every holiday season so you’ll want to bookmark this page and check back often to get the latest list of best toy deals on Amazon!

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If you’re interested in lightning deals, check out the official Amazon Black Friday page.

**If you are a blogger, please do not copy and my paste my list. I mean this in the nicest possible way. I spend hours, if not days, compiling and updating this list for my readers.

*New* means it’s been added since the last update
*Best price* means it’s the best price I’ve seen on Amazon
*Price drop* means it’s dropped to even lower, while on the list
*HOT!* means I think it’s one of the VERY best deals, but I only post the great deals, so they are all pretty hot, if you ask me.

Updated October 30, 2014

Toys priced under $5

Nerf Rebelle Mini Mission Soaker (Purple) – $3.98 (reg. $6.98), add- on item

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My Little Pony Pop Pinkie Pie Starter Kit – $3.99 (reg. $7.99), add-on item, BEST price!

My Little Pony Pop Applejack Starter Kit – $3.99 (reg. $7.99), add-on item, BEST price!

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Frozen Anna’s Jewelry Set – $4.20 (reg. $9.99), add-on item

LEGO Creator 31015 Emerald Express – $4.97 (reg. $6.99), add-on item

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Mini Lalaloopsy Doll – Dotty Gale Winds – $4.99 (reg. $8.99), add-on item

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Rise and Shine October 31 – Amazon Black Friday, popcorn balls, Minecraft torch, plus more

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Rise and Shine is my way of sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you! We talk about the new deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help us save time, money or energy. Published Monday through Friday – as I’m able.

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Good morning! Happy Halloween, my friends! I’m glad it’s Friday. How about you? Do you have any plans today or this weekend?

So the Target toy book came in the mail yesterday. My sweet girl (who just turned 4 this summer) was showing me some toys she wanted for Christmas and I told her to copy down the words she sees under the photos to make a list. I thought it would be good penmanship practice. Well she did exactly what I told her to do – her list starts with “TEMPORARY PRICE CUT” and then something about Hello Kitty. :) Too funny. At least it’s something on sale!!

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Yesterday Amazon rolled out their official Amazon Black Friday page. If you’ve been following me, you know Amazon is my favorite online retailer, so you can expect heavy coverage of Amazon Black Friday deals again this year. I talk more about Amazon Black Friday, why I use the “Grandma Test” and I share a list of easy ways to keep up to date on the best deals here!

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Last night I went through and did a preliminary update on the epic Best Amazon Toy Deals list. Let the fun begin. :) This list should be updated at least daily through Christmas, depending on what deals we’re finding!

Last night I shared my mom’s recipe for Homemade Popcorn Balls. She makes them every Halloween. It’s her thing. She sends them to my grandma, who loves them!

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Time is running out to enter my giveaway for a $300 Great Wolf Lodge gift cardIt’s my way of saying THANK YOU for following my site, sharing the deal I post and for being part of this amazing community of frugal-minded super stars. Enter to win the $300 Great Wolf Lodge gift card HERE.

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*HOT* FREE candy, TODAY only, NO coupons required.

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This deal is smokin’ hot! This is by far the best deal you’ll get on candy all year. It’s completely FREE and you don’t even need to clip coupons, TODAY ONLY! I love deals like this. . .

Here’s how to get your FREE candy:

  • Put on a costume. Scary, friendly, pretty – it can be handmade or from the store, it doesn’t matter.
  • Get a sturdy bag.
  • Walk over to your neighbor’s house.
  • Ring the doorbell (or knock on the door).
  • When they open the door, say Trick-or-Treat and hold out your bag.
  • They will give you FREE candy! Can you believe it?
  • Say thank you and Happy Halloween!
  • Walk to the next house and keep going until you have all the FREE candy you want.

This deal is so easy I think I’ll have my kids do it. :) And if you go early enough in the evening you can get back in time to pass it out at your house. Ha! 

Happy Halloween!

If you still need to purchase your Halloween candy, here is the round-up of Best Halloween Candy deals. :)

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KitchenAid 6 Quart Professional Series (red) – $289 (reg. $449)

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Amazon dropped the price on this KitchenAid KP26M1XER 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series – Empire Red to $289 (reg. $449). This is the BEST price it’s been on Amazon since April 2011!  It’s also the lowest price I’m finding online right now. It’s the RED color only at this price. 

KitchenAid KP26M1XER 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series – Empire Red details:

  • All-metal 10-speed stand mixer with powerful 575-watt motor
  • 6-quart stainless-steel mixing bowl; direct-drive transmission
  • Electronic speed sensor; auto shut-off; Soft Start minimizes splatter
  • Wire whip, burnished flat beater, spiral dough hook, and pouring shield included
  • Measurements H: 16.5, W:11.3, D:14.6
  • 6-quart stainless steel bowl, comfortable handle
  • Bowl lift design, 10 speeds

But wait – I want to point out that this is a SUPER price but there is a possibility of this same mixer (with other color choices) being lower on Black Friday from Kohl’s.

For example, LAST YEAR on Black Friday 2013, Kohl’s had this deal for this mixer:

KitchenAid Pro 600 Stand Mixer- $449.99 (reg. $549.99)
Use code BLACKFRI for an extra 15% off
Drops price to $382.49
Earn $105 Kohl’s cash
$50 mail in rebate
Final price: $227.49

With the Kohl’s deal, you’re still paying $382 out of pocket and then you have $105 Kohl’s cash that you have to spend at Kohl’s and a $50 mail-in rebate to send in to get the final price of $227.49. This Amazon deal is one of the strongest offers I’ve seen online WITHOUT Kohl’s cash and rebates – but if you don’t mind those extra factors, you can wait until Black Friday and hope for the same deal to come around. Kohl’s often has the best Kitchen Aid deals on Black Friday when you factor in the Kohl’s cash and rebates. See Kohl’s Black Friday prices from last year

Keep in mind this is also one of the NICEST KitchenAid mixers out there – so of course you can also save a lot of money by purchasing a less expensive unit. We see the more basic models for closer to $150 – $200 after Kohl’s cash and Black Friday prices.

Hope this information and background is helpful for you if a KitchenAid mixer is on your list this holiday season. :) I would LOVE YOUR THOUGHTS – do you prefer deals that have lower out of pocket and/or do you like the deals that factor in Kohl’s cash into your final price?? 

Ships FREE. Amazon prices can change at anytime. 

Find it here: KitchenAid KP26M1XER 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series – Empire Red

Other ways to save on Amazon:

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Check out this post on how to Shred Chicken Using Your Kitchen Mixer.

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Easy homemade popcorn ball recipe (using JELL-O)

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Originally published in September 2012, I’m sharing again since it’s the season for popcorn balls again!

Ahhh popcorn balls. I guess, back in the old days, back when everybody actually knew everybody (and by that I mean not just Facebook friends) – people would give out homemade popcorn balls on Halloween. My mom has made them every Halloween for as long as I can remember – mostly to send to my Grandma (her mom) who LOVES them.

My mom got this recipe from her aunt Eileen M. It’s not necessarily gourmet and it will rot your teeth. BUT it is very, very yummy and it is very, very easy. Maybe make a batch and bring them to your neighbor, just for old times sake.

INGREDIENTS

20 cups of popped popcorn (air popped is best)

1 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup white sugar

1 small package of JELL-O, any flavor

DIRECTIONS

1.) Bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil. When sugar is dissolved, remove from heat. Be careful you don’t want to burn this stuff.

2.) Stir JELL-O into syrup and sugar mixture.

3.) Put popped corn into a very large mixing bowl and pour the mixture over the popcorn.

4.) Spray hands with a non-stick spray or you could use butter. Anything to grease your hands up so the popcorn doesn’t stick.

5.) Form popcorn into balls. Let harden. Store in Ziploc bags or wrapped in cellophane until ready to eat. Store at room temperature.

Have you made homemade popcorn balls before? What’s your favorite flavor?

(Thank you for the recipe and photo mom. Wish I was up in Alaska to make them with you!)

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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise – $9.09 (reg. $19.99), BEST price!

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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise

Amazon dropped the price on this Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise to $9.09 (reg. $19.99). This is the BEST price it’s been on Amazon. Great reviews!

  • Adorable cookie jar character that helps to develop sorting skills while also teaching colors, numbers, shapes, manners and more
  • Includes four cookie shapes that reward babies with fun SFX, rich learning content, and sing-along songs
  • Open belly of the cookie jar is perfect for fun, put-and-take play
  • Additional songs, tunes and phrases activate when baby reaches into the cookie jar?s belly or presses down on the lid
  • Sure to entertain baby for hours

Ships FREE with $35 qualifying purchase or with an Amazon Prime membershipAmazon prices can change at anytime. 

Find it here: Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise

Other ways to save on Amazon:

 

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Granite-Ware 4-Quart Stock Pot with Steamer Insert – $12.97

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Granite Ware 6209-4 4-Quart Stockpot with Steamer Insert

Here’s a great price on this Granite Ware 6209-4 4-Quart Stockpot with Steamer Insert, Amazon dropped it to $12.97, this is the BEST price it’s been on Amazon. It averages closer to $16 – $17.

  • Multi Purpose pot
  • Durable porcelain enamel-on-steel construction
  • Heats quickly and efficiently
  • Includes Steamer Insert
  • 4 quart capacity

Ships FREE with $35 qualifying purchase or with an Amazon Prime membershipAmazon prices can change at anytime. 

Find it here: Granite Ware 6209-4 4-Quart Stockpot with Steamer Insert

Other ways to save on Amazon:

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An American Tail (Blu-ray + Digital HD with UltraViolet) – $8.99, BEST price!

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An American Tail (Blu-ray + Digital HD with UltraViolet)

Amazon dropped the price on this An American Tail (Blu-ray + Digital HD with UltraViolet) to $8.99, the BEST price it’s been on Amazon.

Special features include:

  • Digital Copy of An American Tail (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Somewhere Out There Sing-Along
  • Theatrical Trailer

Ships FREE with $35 qualifying purchase or with an Amazon Prime membershipAmazon prices can change at anytime. 

Find it here: An American Tail (Blu-ray + Digital HD with UltraViolet)

Other ways to save on Amazon:

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*HOT!* FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System with Bonuses – $119 (reg. $229), BEST price!

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FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System with Bonuses

WOW! Amazon dropped the price on this FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System with Bonus Built-in Retractable Handheld Sealer, Starter Kit, Heat-Seal and Zipper Bags to $119 (reg. $229). This is a HUGE price drop for this and it’s the lowest price I’m seeing online – by a lot.

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This is one of the NICEST vacuum sealing systems made by FoodSaver and would be ideal for those of you who do a lot of food sealing. I use mine all the time for meats that I want to freeze and for leftovers. The crazy thing about this deal is it’s less expensive than many of the other models that are typically less! You can go to the FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System with Bonuses page and scroll down to see the different models and features.  I’m intrigued that this one has the handheld sealer!

FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System with Bonuses product details:

  • Starter Kit includes: (1) 11″x10′ Roll, (3) Qt Heat-Seal Bags, (2) Gal Heat-Seal Bags, (3) Qt Zipper Bags, (2) Gal Zipper Bags
  • Built-in retractable handheld sealer seals zipper bags, canisters, containers and marinates food in minutes
  • Moist/Dry food settings for optimal sealing
  • Convenient roll storage and bag cutter
  • Pull-out drip tray drawer with patented, removable, dishwasher-safe drip tray

Ships FREE. Amazon prices can change at anytime. 

Find it here: FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System with Bonuses

Other ways to save on Amazon:

 

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Amazon Black Friday 2014 – How to find the best deals, toy deals and the “Grandma” test

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Amazon Black Friday Deals

This morning Amazon rolled out their official Amazon Black Friday page. Although you’ll find Amazon Black Friday deals sitewide, this Amazon Black Friday page is the portal for all the lightning deals and special promotions. If you’ve been following my site for any length of time, you know Amazon is my favorite online retailer, so you can expect heavy coverage of Amazon Black Friday deals again this year.

Here are some SEVEN easy ways to find Amazon Black Friday deals and keep up to date:

  1. Keep an eye on the Amazon Black Friday Deals page. I’ll let you know when they start updating it. I added a banner in my my right side bar that takes you right to the page!
  2. Watch the Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day pageIt’s updated at midnight PST every night with a new deal. The deals come from every department on Amazon. The deal is only available for one day, while supplies last.
  3. Follow my Amazon Toy Deals post. I’ll update this list daily as the toy deals pick up.
  4. When you are on the Queen Bee site, click on Amazon in the blue menu (above) to always see the latest Amazon deals. Scroll down to see all the posts.
  5. Sign up for my daily email here – This email is a round-up of all my posts from the last 24 hours and it ends up in your inbox around 2 p.m. every day. I don’t spam you or sell your email.
  6. Follow me on Facebook. A lot of the hottest deals go FAST, so getting notified in “real time” on Facebook is a great way to snag the deal before it sells out.
  7. Join the Queen Bee Christmas Deals Group on Facebook – I created a group because you can opt to get notified anytime there is a new post (unlike on the Queen Bee Facebook page). I tend to post MORE on the Facebook page then the group, but if you follow me on both Facebook and in the group – you will likely see deals in both places – so there will be some repetition.

My commitment to you – the Grandma test.
I do the Grandma test on all my deals. I won’t post any deal (Amazon or otherwise) that I wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing with my Grandma or a best friend or my sister – or anyone else that I care a lot about. A lot of times I see bloggers posting deals that aren’t really deals (sorry it’s true) – but before I post a deal, I’ve taken the time to compare the price with other retailers online – to make sure it truly is a deal. I’m picky – so picky in fact, that I personally post or pre-approve every single Amazon deal that is shared on Queen Bee. I take it very seriously. I try to find deals that are at least 50% off or more. On some of the more popular products or brands, such as video games, video game consoles, computers, cameras, TVs, and the super-popular toys – this kind of discount isn’t available, so I make a judgment call about the deal – and post it if I think it’s a good bet. I take into consideration product reviews, durability, availability, brand – so I won’t always post the cheapest deals, because I’ll read reviews and find out they aren’t worth the money – even if they are cheap. I prefer to post deals for high-quality, brand-name products that I believe are stand-up deals.

Did you know?  When you click through an Amazon banner or link here on Queen Bee, and you shop on Amazon, you support my family and the families of the contractors who work for me.
This is true for any blogger who posts Amazon deals – they generally make commissions off Amazon sales. When you click through an Amazon banner (see side bar) or an Amazon link on your way to shop, it supports us. The Amazon price for you does not change – but your purchase then supports us and allows us to keep offering the site for FREE without crazy, obnoxious advertising (which I don’t think I’d ever do anyway). All of the awesome in-store deals, clearance round-ups, grocery match-ups that we provide – those are nearly all funded by online sales and commissions from online retailers like Amazon.  We also won’t post deals just for the sake of getting you to shop. That’s just NOT how we roll around here. :) We are so grateful for your support and we’ll never take it for granted. If you have any questions about this, I’m always available to answer them and you can read more in our disclosure policy here.

Do you have questions about shopping on Amazon?  What kind of deals are you looking for this holiday season? How can I help you enjoy the holiday season, and find decent deals, without the pressure to buy, buy, buy!? I’d love your thoughts on this – please leave a comment

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Rise and Shine October 30 – Candy deals, Halloween restaurant promos, Schlage locks and more

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Rise and Shine is my way of sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you! We talk about the new deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help us save time, money or energy. Published Monday through Friday – as I’m able.

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Good morning! How is your day going today? We carved pumpkins yesterday afternoon and I can’t believe tomorrow is Halloween already. We also baked some cookies with those Halloween chocolate chips I told you about in yesterday’s rise and shine.

 Best-Halloween-Candy-Deals

Yesterday we shared our final roundup of the Best Halloween candy prices. If you haven’t purchased your candy yet – there are still some great deals to be had!

Great-Wolf-Lodge-giveaway

Time is running out to enter my giveaway for a $300 Great Wolf Lodge gift cardIt’s my way of saying THANK YOU for following my site, sharing the deal I post and for being part of this amazing community of frugal-minded super stars. Enter to win the $300 Great Wolf Lodge gift card HERE.

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Amazon rolled out their Amazon Black Friday page this morning! Although there isn’t much to see here, they do have 140+ lightning deals on the docket today, which is about 100 more than you would have found any morning during this summer. So things are picking up.

Coupons

Head over here to print your coupons

$1.00 off any (4) Uncle Ben’s Brand rice products
$2.00 off South Beach Diet Snack Bars
$0.75 off any ONE (1) package of Truvia
$3.00 off any Primadophilus Fortify
$3.00 off Life of Crime DVDs or Blu-Ray
$1.00 off ONE (1) CLEAR Scalp & Hair product

Online and Retail Sale

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Christopher Banks is offering FREE shipping, no minimum, on all orders! This is a fairly rare offer from what I’ve seen. Shop Christopher Banks here.

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Board Dudes 18 x 22 Inches Black Framed Cork Board – $7.12, best price

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Board Dudes 18 x 22 Inches Black Framed Cork Board

Amazon dropped the price on this Board Dudes 18 x 22 Inches Black Framed Cork Board to $7.12, the BEST price it’s been. This averages closer to $14.

  • 18″ x 22″ black framed cork board
  • Fine grain cork hides pin holes after use
  • Use with the other Board Dudes molded frame boards and accessories for a complete environment
  • Mounting hardware included
  • Great for home, work or school

Ships FREE with $35 qualifying purchase or with an Amazon Prime membershipAmazon prices can change at anytime. 

Find it here: Board Dudes 18 x 22 Inches Black Framed Cork Board

Other ways to save on Amazon:

 

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