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The holiday season has arrived, and this year more than ever, people are looking for ways to save money but still invest in things of great value. Whether you're trying to get your gift shopping done early or you're browsing for yourself, there are tons of discounts on Amazon each day.
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From resistance bands to a travel mug that you can monitor via your smartphone, these Amazon deals can help you save on some truly life-changing products. Here are the ones you don't want to miss this Thursday.
1. $5 deal alert: These resistance bands with more than 42,000 rave reviews
"There are so many exercises that can be done with these handy little bands, and for such an inexpensive price! Perfect," wrote one Amazon reviewer of the 4.4-star rated Letsfit resistance loop bands (5-pack). Originally $8.56, you can get them for about $5 right now, so you'll save a little more than $3. These stretchy latex bands are stellar for all kinds of workout regimens, from strength training to Pilates and more. It's like having a little gym in your back pocket, and could be just what you've needed to give your at-home routine a much-needed boost.
2. 50% off: Our favorite travel pillow for side sleepers
Whether it's by flight or by train, long trips can get extremely uncomfortable, which is why having a handy travel pillow can be essential. Side sleepers in particular face additional challenges when it comes to shopping for one because many of the most popular options on the market are U-shaped and don't provide the right degree of support that you need when you're trying to rest.
The J-Pillow (originally $34.95) was the best travel pillow we tried and it's designed with side sleepers in mind. Reminiscent of a stuffed animal with its soft, velour fabric, its elephant trunk-like shape cradles the sleeper's chin, while the curved end delivers the perfect amount of cushioning. This 4.1-star rated product is terrific, and right now you can get it on sale for $14.95, so you'll save up to $20.
3. Save $34: This portable car jump starter from Anker
It's a nightmare scenario: You're rushing to get out of the house, hop in the car, turn the key ... and nothing. The battery's dead. Even if you've got jumper cables or AAA, making calls to say you'll be late is no one's favorite way to start the day. With the 4.5-star rated Anker Roav car jump starter, you won't have to. Designed to jump start most vehicles up to 20 times off a single charge, this powerful and portable device gets the job done, according to Amazon shoppers, and provides peace of the mind in the process. One shopper raved: "This device got me home from Florida... [six] jumps and saved me! ... Giving them to all my family for Christmas. No car should be without one!" Originally priced at $99.99, it's currently down to $65.99 for $34 in savings.
4. Less than $100: The best affordable smart thermostat we've ever tested
During our testing of smart thermostats, we found the Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi programmable thermostat easy to set up and control remotely, and enjoyed that it looks like a regular thermostat. It's virtually identical, specs-wise, to the more futuristic-looking Emerson Sensi Touch WiFi Thermostat ($127.62 on Amazon), except it doesn't have a touch screen. While we consider the latter to be the best smart thermostat we've ever tried, the Sensi Wi-Fi offers some incredible benefits-including compatibility with Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit-at a cheaper price. And right now you can get it for even less because it's on sale. Originally $129.99, it drops to $89.37 for a little more than $40 in savings.
5. Up to 21% off: This temperature-controlled travel mug
Know someone whose biggest pet peeve is sipping rapidly cooling tea or coffee, or schlepping to the microwave multiple times a morning to reheat? Get them (or yourself, if that someone is you) the Ember travel mug, stat. This smart vessel allows you to set and control the temperature of your drink via the Ember App, so no matter what, your drink is always up to snuff. In her review, Shopping Editor Courtney Campbell relished how seamless the app experience made using this mug and declared that this nifty gadget really does what it claims. "It literally warmed my heart to sip my morning brew for more than half an hour at this ideal temperature," wrote Courtney. The biggest downside, in her opinion, was the smart travel mug's steep price-it ordinarily retails for $149.95-but right now, you can get the white model on sale for $117 (or the black one for $133), so you'll save up to nearly $33.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
This article originally appeared on Reviewed.com: Best Amazon deals: Save on Ember travel mugs, Anker products and more