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24 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From to Lifestraw to L.L.Bean

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Yesterday, I posted our first round of Labor Day sales, and a few more have cropped up this morning. Most are on back-to-school styles — like polos and khakis at Target, and lunchboxes at L.L.Bean. I’ve got a close eye on SkinStore’s Labor Day sale, because of the sheer volume of Strategist-approved skin-care products. Scroll on to take a peek, and as always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage, including five extra deals I’ve handpicked for our subscribers.

These lunch containers from W&P, which are “beautifully designed, functional, and the right size to take your lunch to go,” according to shoe designer (and eco-enthusiast) Haley Boyd. It’s now 20 percent off at Amazon with the on-site coupon.

From $54

Our best travel-friendly water flosser is $20 off, and it fits perfectly inside a Dopp kit, if you want that dentist-fresh clean on the go.

If AirPods aren’t your thing, these noise-canceling Beats earbuds are $50 off at both Amazon and Target.

Ring Video Doorbell 3

Security and tech experts told us that Ring makes some of the best video doorbells, and the Ring 3 — with a built-in battery that lasts up to six months — is $50 off right now.

Amazon Echo

Amazon’s classic voice-activated smart speaker is 35 percent off and comes in black, white, and blue.

This is a bit niche, but this survivalist-approved water filter can remove lead, parasites, bacteria, and chemicals from your water, and this one can be used with a straw, a plastic bottle, or in-line hydration bladders.

If you’re more of a glamper, Aeropress’s coffee press — which landed a coveted spot in the Strategist Travel 100 — is 20 percent off at REI’s Labor Day sale.

A robust selection of kids’ uniforms are on supersale at Target, from polo shirts to chinos.

I also spotted this uniform for office-bound adults on sale, too.

You can eke at least another month of summer-evening hangouts with this loveseat with removable cushions.

A full table-and-chairs set from Studio McGee’s Target line for under $200.

If you’re already in Halloween mode, here’s an already-on-sale plush throw made for horror-movie marathons.

Pre-fall styles are 30 percent off at Madewell with the code COOLDOWN. These flattering jeans have a flare leg that’s not too wide.

The discount applies to already-on-sale styles from the men’s and women’s sections, like this not-too-structured blazer.

$77 at Madewell
with code: COOLDOWN

SkinStore’s Labor Day sale began earlier this week. Hundreds of excellent skin-care products are up to 25 percent off with the code LABOR, including the beloved French drugstore stable Embryolisse.

Actress Angelica Ross mixes a few drops of Sunday Riley’s vitamin C serum into this moisturizer for a double-brightening boost that “feels like an aromatherapy facial.”

This scrub uses a blend of glycolic and lactic acids to help loosen skin that congests hair follicles and pores. It’s formulated to tackle keratosis pilaris, but can be used for hyperpigmentation and strawberry skin, too.

The luxe toothpaste that’s beloved by several celebrities is now a bit more affordable for the rest of us today.

All of Biolite’s high-tech camping gear is on-sale through September 4. The grapefruit-sized AlpenGlow 500 is our best camping lantern, which our in-house outdoorsman Jeremy Rellosa says effectively illuminated his camp cooking area while still creating a “calming” effect.

L.L.Bean’s Labor Day sale began this morning. Most of the deals are on last season’s styles, including this convenient cross-body with Maine’s first flag on it.

L.L.Bean Lunch Box, Print
From $15
From $15

Here’s a compact, wipe-clean lunchbox that’s on sale in three whimsical pattern.

This isn’t a very deep discount, but it is awfully adorable.

On the other end of the hat spectrum: A wide-brimmed Baggu sun hat, which is just $15 with the code SAVORSUMMER at

Some colorful, usable beeswax food wraps are 35 percent off with the same code.

$13 at
with code: SAVORSUMMER

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

24 Things on Sale You’ll Want: From to Lifestraw to L.L.Bean