The event costs $50 and is streaming exclusively through Fite.TV starting at 7 p.m. ET.
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Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will fight former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort in an eight-round boxing match on September 11. The match will be held at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Holyfield is a late replacement for boxer Oscar De La Hoya, who was hospitalized with a breakthrough case of COVID-19 in early September. The 58-year-old Holyfield’s last professional fight was in 2011, and according to ESPN, the California State Athletic Commission wouldn’t sanction his fight against Belfort, leading promoters to move the event to Florida. Belfort is 44-years-old and last fought in UFC in 2018; his only professional boxing match came in 2006.
Along with the fight card, the Fite.TV PPV includes a post-event concert performed by rapper 6ix9ine. There will also be performances in between fights by Brazilian popstar Anitta, Cuban group Gente de Zona, and Latino star Lunay.
How to watch Holyfield vs. Belfort
Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort will be available to watch as a $50 PPV event streamed by Fite.TV. Buyers can purchase the fight with or without guest commentary from former President Donald Trump.
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Holyfield vs. Belfort is a one-time purchase, so you don’t need a subscription to watch the event with the Fite.TV app or via the official Fite.TV website. The Fite.TV app is available on Android and Apple mobile devices, and streaming players like Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox. You can also stream through a web browser on a computer or laptop.
When you take its online quiz, you get matched against 400+ roasters across the country to find your perfect brew.
There are frequent discounts; currently, you can take 15% off your first bag and get free shipping too.
If you want to learn how to profile your ideal cuppa (and maybe self, while you’re at it), there may be no better way than with the help of Trade Coffee.
Trade is a coffee subscription service (our top-rated one, in fact) that matches your coffee preferences with more than 400 coffee brands and roasters to create a curated subscription of beans you’ll love. You answer a seven question quiz about how you like your coffee, and Trade matches you with roasters around the country that fit your ideal profile.
Depending on your profile, Trade may match you with The Classics, which is their best value plan at $25 for two 12-ounce bags. Then there’s The Hookup for those seeking something “surprising and unconventional” at $15 to $22 per 12-ounce bag. While the prices are more expensive than what you might be used to, Trade runs a good amount of discounts – right now, it’s offering 15% off your first bag, and shipping is always free.
How it works
The process, intimidating at the outset, perhaps, is so thoroughly yet tidily detailed that it’s a breeze.
What we like most about the selection and customization process is how unassuming it is. You don’t feel like you’re diving in headfirst with a sommelier who’s just out to make you feel uninformed. Instead, you get a clean page layout with four options to identify your level of java snob-hood from newbie to nerd.
Some of us on the team tested Trade’s coffee, others tried equipment. Below is a short roundup of what each of us tested along with our findings and tasting notes.
Petunias Espresso by Revelator Coffee Co.
I went for the “surprising and unconventional” choice because you only live once, as they say. I’m rarely able to place undertones within things like coffee, wine, or beer. “Enjoyable” and “not enjoyable” are my usual descriptors, and to each our own, I always believe, but this was something I could savor, and did I ever.
A bitter, velvety dark chocolate tone was punctuated by hints of red stonefruit (cherry, I suppose) as vividly as any beverage ever delivered flavor to my palate. Okay, maybe it wasn’t all that distinct (at least not for me), but it was different, and each and every morning, while the bag lasted, the thought of that thick crema greeting my tongue was enough for me to peel off the sheets and (almost) make it to work on time. Now that’s something.
I’d be happy to wake with this sensation every morning for the rest of my life, and therein am seriously considering one of these subscriptions for myself. My benevolent overlords might appreciate this motion, too, should it continue to deliver me to work on time. — Owen Burke, senior reporter
Leftist Espresso by Gimme!
I rarely go a day without coffee but typically settle for the brew in our office. The Gimme! Leftist Espresso was a nice change to my routine and provided a strong and sweet batch of coffee. I received the whole bean bag and decided to grind it into medium grounds to use with my French press.
Since it’s a light-medium roast, it was smooth and had a higher level of caffeine — meaning that I only had to have one cup to get through my morning to-do list. The actual coffee was a treat, plus I felt like it was made especially for me after using the “Get Matched” quiz on the Trade website. — Megan Foster, former editorial fellow
Cold Brew Coffee Bags by Trade Coffee Co.
Typically, I use this cheap, utility-first plastic cold brew bottle to make a quart of cold brew at home, so I decided to try this on-the-go option. One reusable Trade Cold Brew Bag can make up to five batches per 12-ounce bag of coffee (and $9.50 gets you 20 bags).
Pretty much all you need is the Trade cold brew bag, some coffee, and a glass on hand (the company notes that mason jars work well, and I’d agree). You’ll still have to wait 12 to 18 hours for your cold brew, but it’s easy, mobile, and the bags are made from corn-based fiber and blessedly compostable. — Mara Leighton, senior reporter
The bottom line
If you’re already spending $10 to $15 on a 12-ounce bag of coffee and you want to learn how to pull a better shot of espresso, make cold brew, or just learn a bit (or a lot) more about making coffee in general, then Trade Coffee might be for you.
It also makes an excellent gift for the coffee lover in your life (or soon-to-be coffee lover, once they get matched by Trade to their ideal roast).
Booking airfare can be tricky – if you book too early or too late, you’ll likely pay more. This is especially true for long weekends and holidays, which are popular times to travel. But you don’t always have to pay peak holiday travel prices if you know the best times to book.
With Labor Day weekend just weeks away, we compared prices on some of the most popular domestic routes taken from five major US airlines. Below, you’ll find charts on one-way flight prices for the days leading up to Labor Day weekend, including flights from Chicago to Minneapolis for $44.
To score the lowest fares, as of publishing, the cheapest day to fly before the long weekend will be Saturday, September 4. We found that fares average $115 for a one-way flight on this day. The most expensive route to fly is $285 from Los Angeles to New York City.
On average, the cheapest airline to fly is American Airlines and the most expensive are Alaska Airlines and United Airlines.
*The prices seen here are accurate as of August 19.
Frequently asked questions
What is the best day to fly during Labor Day Weekend?
It depends on your route and schedule, but on average the cheapest day to fly on the routes we compared is Saturday, September 4. The next cheapest day is Thursday, September 2.
Where are the best places to travel for Labor Day Weekend?
Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, prompting millions of people to spend the long weekend traveling near beaches and cities.
We rounded up flight prices for popular US destinations during Labor Day, including San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles. However, the most popular destination we gathered was New York City with common routes from Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Miami to the Big Apple.
How can I find travel deals for Labor Day Weekend?
In addition, OTAs such as Priceline, Hotels.com, and Expedia has deals sections highlighting ways to save on hotels and flights through discounts and packages.
How do I find cheaper flights in general?
Comparing airfares, checking airlines for special offers, and signing up for newsletters are great options for saving money on airfare. Signing up for subscription services such as Scott’s Cheap Flights can also find you cheaper flights. Take a look at our guide to finding cheaper flights.
What airlines have a free cancellation policy?
During the pandemic, airlines have shifted the way you can modify or cancel an existing flight. As a general rule of thumb, getting a refund back in your original payment form is difficult for any airline.
Depending on the type of ticket you initially purchase, changing a flight or getting flight credit towards future travel is doable. American, Delta, Southwest, Alaska, and United do not have change fees for most tickets, and flight credit can be provided for most main fares or higher.
For example, the saver fare on Alaska Airlines is not eligible for refunds or changes 24-hours after booking. Similarly, United’s basic economy fares are ineligible for refunds after 24-hours of booking.
Samsung is doubling down on health with its new Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatches, which come with a range of new wellness capabilities such as body composition analysis and more robust sleep tracking. The watch comes in two versions starting at $250 and launches on August 27.
The Galaxy Watch 4 is also the first smartwatch to run on Google and Samsung’s new Wear OS smartwatch software. The companies unveiled their new joint smartwatch platform in May in an effort to improve the Android smartwatch experience with faster performance and better app integrations.
The new health features and other general improvements could help Samsung catch up to Apple, the global market leader in smartwatch shipments. The launch is also another sign that health and fitness continue to be the biggest areas of focus in wearables for companies like Samsung, Apple, and Google. Apple, for example, also plans to roll out new features like sleeping respiratory rate to the Apple Watch in the fall.
What are the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic prices?
The Galaxy Watch 4 starts at $250, while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic starts at $350. The standard model is the successor to Samsung’s minimalist and less expensive Galaxy Watch Active 2. Meanwhile, the Classic model is more premium and comes with a stainless steel design and rotating bezel.
Both watches will be available in an LTE-compatible model for an extra $50 and come in two sizes. The Galaxy Watch 4 will be available in 40 millimeter (mm) and 44mm sizes, while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic can be purchased in 42mm or 46mm sizes.
When is the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic release date?
Both watches are available for preorder starting on August 11 and launch on August 27. Samsung is giving away $50 in credit to those who preorder between August 11 and August 26.
What’s new about the Galaxy Watch 4?
The Galaxy Watch 4 lineup represents an upgrade from the Galaxy Watch 3 in several ways, but improved health tracking is the biggest change. The watches come with Samsung’s new bioactive sensor that’s more compact, which the company says enables more comprehensive health tracking without increasing the size of the watches.
Body composition analysis is the most significant new health feature coming to the Galaxy Watch 4. Samsung says the watches use bioelectrical impedance analysis, a widely used technique for measuring body composition that sends a painless electrical current throughout the body. Samsung claims the watch can capture 2,400 data points in 15 seconds and measure metrics such as body fat percentage, skeletal muscle mass, and basal metabolic rate.
That’s in addition to other health-centric features that were previously available on the Galaxy Watch 3 and Active 2 like the ability to detect signs of an irregular heartbeats and measure blood pressure. However, those features are only available in certain markets.
Samsung isn’t the only tech giant exploring how wearables can be used to measure body composition. Amazon’s Halo app uses machine learning algorithms to detect body fat percentage based on photos taken through your smartphone’s camera.
Other health features include blood oxygen saturation readings during sleep, and the ability to issue a Sleep Score that evaluates sleep quality, and detect snoring through your smartphone. Samsung also says the watch’s calorie count should be more accurate and the new watches should be quicker at automatically recognizing exercise. You’ll also be able to view metrics like calories counts and heart rate on Samsung smart TVs while participating in workout videos, similar to how Apple Fitness Plus displays the Apple Watch’s metrics on screen.
Health appears to be the biggest focus, but Samsung is also making its watches work better as smartphone companions, too. The Galaxy Watch 4 lineup has a new user interface that more closely resembles the software on Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and can also sync settings between your Galaxy phone and watch. Since Samsung and Google developed the software together, there’s also better integration with Google apps like Google Maps, and support for other popular third-party apps like Strava and Spotify.
It’s not just the software that’s gotten an upgrade. Samsung also says this is its first watch to come with a five-nanometer processor for faster performance, and it also includes a higher resolution display and longer lasting, 40-hour battery over its predecessor.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic specifications
Galaxy Watch 4
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
Colors, design, and sizes
44mm: Black, Green, Silver
40mm: Black, Pink Gold, Silver
46mm: Black, Silver
42mm: Black, Silver
Stainless steel case
44mm: 1.4” 450 x 450 Super AMOLED always-on display
40mm: 1.2” 396 x 396 Super AMOLED always-on display
46mm: 1.4” 450 x 450 Super AMOLED always-on display
42mm: 1.2” 396 x 396 Super AMOLED always-on display
LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo
LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo
5ATM, IP68, MIL-STD-810G
5ATM, IP68, MIL-STD-810G
Should you buy the Galaxy Watch 4?
It’s impossible to recommend the Galaxy Watch 4 lineup without testing them first. But if they live up to Samsung’s claims, the new watches could be promising choices for Android fans seeking a health-oriented smartwatch that doesn’t compromise on smart features and connectivity.
The new software that Google and Samsung created in collaboration should also hopefully make the overall experience of using apps and managing accessories from your wrist feel faster and more convenient. That’s significant because Google’s previous Wear OS software has been criticized for buggy performance and inconsistency. It also sounds like Samsung has addressed some of the complaints we had about the accuracy of Galaxy Watch 3’s sleep and workout detection, which we look forward to trying.
Outside of deal events like Presidents’ Day and Black Friday, you can find solid discounts on some of the Le Creuset lineup on its site, year round. The Specials section holds tons of excellent discounts pretty much all year – so you should never settle for paying retail price for Le Creuset cookware.
Right now, shoppers can also save up to 50% on select Le Creuset cookware and accessories as well, including ramekins, griddles, dinner plates, and more.
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In the immortal words of the 1927 song, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” Considering that the average American eats more than 23 pounds of ice cream per year, according to the International Dairy Foods Association, it’s a sentiment that just about all of us agree with.
Although it’s easy to get a scoop at your local ice cream shop, pick up a pint at the supermarket, or even order your favorite flavors online, there’s something undeniably special about ice cream you make yourself. That’s why we tested and did the research to find the best ice cream makers you can buy, from hand-crank ice and rock salt options to programmable self-refrigerating machines (you can read more about the different types of ice cream makers here).
While most frozen-bowl ice cream makers only make a quart or so per batch, the Cuisinart ICE-30 Pure Indulgence produces up to two quarts of sweet, sweet goodness.
Pros: Large batch, easy to use and clean
Cons: Loud, some complaints about icy or not-quite-frozen results
If you make ice cream for the family — or let’s be honest, if you just want a really, really big bowl of ice cream for yourself — you can’t go wrong with the Cuisinart ICE-30 Pure Indulgence. This baby cranks out up to two quarts of ice cream per batch, so you’ll have enough to share, although you might not want to.
This is a frozen-bowl machine, so you’ll have to remember to freeze the metal bowl for at least 12 hours before using it, but it’s really better to freeze the bowl for a full day. Go ahead and store the bowl in your freezer when not in use if you plan on using the ice cream maker frequently.
Once your bowl is frozen and your ingredients added, the machine takes over for you. Churning is automatic, and ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet is ready in around half an hour. That’s not so long to wait for delicious, creamy goodness.
Some Amazon shoppers have complained about the results being too icy or not-entirely-frozen, and the loudness of the machine (to be fair, that’s a fairly common complaint about nearly all automatic ice cream makers). If you find the ice cream to be a bit liquidy, pop it in the freezer for a bit to firm it up.
If you want ice cream and lots of it, but you aren’t interested in spending a lot of money or taking up a lot of storage space, and you don’t mind needing to keep rock salt on hand, you’ll love the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker.
There’s no need to pre-chill the bowl with this machine. It uses rock salt and ice, which you add to the outer container, to freeze the ingredients. Those go in an inner bowl, where a paddle automatically churns the batter until it’s frozen. You can produce delicious and creamy ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and gelato with this machine in roughly 45 minutes.
Pros: No need for electricity, quick results, easy to use, fun for kids
Cons: Bowl must be frozen before use, small batches of ice cream, expensive for what it is
No electricity, no rock salt, and no lengthy churning. Just pour your ice cream batter onto the pre-frozen surface of the Chef’n Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker, mix with the included spoon, and in just a few minutes, you’ll be enjoying your frozen dessert.
Basically, this is a quick-freeze shallow metal bowl, so the Chef’n Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker is super-easy to use. You do have to plan in advance because the bowl must be frozen at least overnight, but once it’s frozen, you should be able to mix up a couple of batches of fresh ice cream before you need to refreeze the bowl.
You can make up to three cups of ice cream in a 30-minute session or use the device for adding mix-ins to softened commercial ice cream.
Pros: No need to freeze the bowl, large batches, countdown timer
Cons: Expensive, takes up storage space, some complaints of machine not working
Compressor ice cream makers are the top of the line when it comes to homemade ice cream. These machines house their own freezer mechanism, so there’s no need for you to pre-freeze a bowl, use rock salt, mix the batter by hand, or do any other hard work, other than deciding which delicious ice cream, gelato, or sorbet recipe you want to make.
The Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream Maker is a state-of-the-art unit. The LED screen shows you exactly how many minutes are left until ice cream time, and it even has a 10-minute “keep cool” function if you won’t be able to get to your dessert right away (like that’s ever going to happen).
You can make up to 1.5 quarts of frozen dessert per session, and if you need more, go ahead and make it. There’s no need to wait for a bowl to chill in the freezer before making your next batch.
Pros: produces high-quality ice cream, wide range of automatic settings, pre-cooling feature, keeps your ice cream frozen up to three hours
Cons: Expensive, bulky, parts need to be hand-washed
In my testing, Breville’s Smart Scoop produced the creamiest ice cream with the texture closest to what you’d find in a high-end scoop shop: rich, easy to serve, and free of ice crystals.
What really sets this compressor machine apart is its vast range of automatic options, which, for a certain type of person — one who approaches new hobbies with equally high levels of enthusiasm and unearned confidence — can inspire hours-long deep-dives into gianduja gelato recipes and midnight orders of ube powder and frozen passionfruit pulp.
To start, it has 12 hardness settings, from super-soft sorbet to dense ice cream, and a unique “cool down” function that brings the Smart Scoop to the perfect temperature before you even add your ice cream base. I found the buttons to be intuitive, and getting started took a matter of seconds. I’d feel confident letting a kid use it.
The machine beeps and flashes the words “add mix-ins” across its easy-to-read LCD screen when it’s time to do just that, and your chocolate chips or chopped strawberries can be tossed in easily through the flip-back lid.
Once the Smart Scoop senses that your dessert has reached its perfect consistency, it’ll stop churning and play a little ice cream truck song to let you know it’s ready. And, if you happen to miss the machine’s serenade it will automatically enter “keep cool” mode, meaning your frozen treat will stay at a constant temperature for the next three hours. Aside from these sound effects, which can be turned off, the machine operates at a quiet hum.
I should note that while it turned out smooth, perfectly-churned ice cream, I had to run my Smart Scoop on the hardest setting more than once to get there. The whole process took about an hour (45 minutes to complete the initial cycle, plus an additional 15) using David Lebovitz’s recipe for chocolate ice cream, although the results were worth the wait. With most other machines, you have to freeze your ice cream before you can enjoy it, but the batches I made in the Smart Scoop were ready to eat immediately.
Cleanup is relatively easy, although I did find that you need to use a little force to detach the (somewhat sharp-edged) metal bucket from the base. The parts aren’t dishwasher safe, except for the paddle, which should only be placed on the top rack. This is a bulky machine — about 15 by 11 inches and 30 pounds — which is something to keep in mind if you have a small kitchen.
Time to talk about the price. At $500, the Breville Smart Scoop is certainly a splurge. But let’s do some ice cream math. A pint of Haagen Dazs costs about $5. Assuming a family of four buys one pint per week (a pretty conservative estimate), the machine will just about pay for itself in two years. (I say “just about” because I’m not factoring in the price of the milk, cream, and egg yolks you need to make ice cream from scratch.) And if that family prefers a premium brand like Jeni’s or Ample Hills, the Smart Scoop will pay for itself in half that time. So, if you’re serious about making ice cream and want a high-quality, easy-to-use machine that lends itself to all kinds of frozen dessert experimentation, it’s a solid investment. — Caitlin Petreycik, Home and Kitchen Editor
The best frozen dessert maker
If you’re trying to eat healthier or avoid dairy, you’ll love the way the Yonanas Frozen Dessert Maker turns bananas and other fruit into soft-serve “ice cream” without the fat and added sugar.
Pros: Great for those with lactose intolerance, healthy “ice cream” substitute, very easy to use
Cons: Noisy, fruit sticks inside the chute
Yes, it has a silly name, and yes, technically it’s not ice cream. But why nitpick when the results taste so good? With the Yonanas Frozen Dessert Maker, your overripe bananas, mangoes, berries, or just about any other fruit are quickly converted into creamy, smooth soft-serve desserts.
The process is simple, but your fruit does need to be frozen and slightly thawed before using the machine. You then push the fruit into the chute, turn on the spinning blade, and push down on the plunger. Voilà, you’ve got a bowlful of nature’s goodness.
There are some shopper complaints. The device is noisy, and smushed fruit tends to stick inside the chute, meaning you’ll need to disassemble the device and scoop it out with a spoon. But those seem small annoyances compared to the joy of a delicious, healthy dessert.
What we’re testing next
For our next update, we’re looking forward to trying out the models below.
Whynter ICM 15LS Automatic Ice Cream Maker($219.43): One of the more affordable compressor machines on the market, Whynter’s ICM 15LS may not have as many bells and whistles as the Breville Smart Scoop, but fans praise its smooth ice cream and fast cycle.
Lello 4080 Lusso Mussino ($735.13): This machine churns ice cream incredibly fast, which means there’s less time for ice crystals to form, but we’re curious to see if it’s a worthy investment for those who plan to make ice cream often.
Cuisinart ICE-70 ($149.95): A newer version of our current top pick, Cuisinart’s ICE-30, the ICE-70 promises a faster run time and more options for customization.
What type of ice cream maker should I get?
Before you start shopping, here’s a rundown of the three main types on the market. Consider your budget, how frequently you plan on making ice cream, the amount of real estate in your freezer, and the size of the crowd you’re planning to feed before making a decision.
Ice and rock salt
The most traditional — and, occasionally, the most physically taxing — ice cream makers, these machines feature an inner metal container surrounded by ice and rock salt in an outer bucket. (The rock salt lowers the temperature so that the ice cream mixture in the container will freeze; ice alone isn’t cold enough.) Some models operate by hand-crank — a feature that either provides old-timey fun or a workout that goes against the very nature of ice cream, depending on how you look at it — but most are powered by electric motors these days. It’s important to note that many motorized models can’t be opened to add mix-ins while churning.
If you plan on making ice cream once or twice a week, a machine with a canister that you freeze is an affordable option. These types of ice cream makers do require a degree of advanced planning, though; the canister, which is filled with liquid coolant, typically needs to be placed in the freezer up to 24 hours in advance.
A pro tip: turn the machine on and get the paddle moving before you pour in the ice cream base. The motion will prevent the mixture from immediately freezing against the sides of the canister.
Also called compressors, these self-refrigerating machines are the easiest to use. They often require nothing more than pouring in your ice cream mixture, flipping a switch, and waiting 30 to 40 minutes. Unfortunately, that kind of convenience comes with a high price tag, and compressor models are often noisier and bulkier than their pre-frozen and bucket-style counterparts. Still, they’re a solid investment if you’re serious about frozen desserts.
Does homemade ice cream really taste the same as store-bought?
Yes and no. You may find that the stuff you make at home freezes harder than store-bought ice cream. That’s because commercial-grade ice cream makers are powerful enough to run at super-high speeds, meaning they can whip extra air (called overrun) into ice cream in a way that home machines just can’t.
Plus, your typical supermarket pint often comes with a long list of unpronounceable ingredients that make it easier to scoop. That being said, many people prefer the denser, richer texture of homemade ice cream — to retain a little softness, just scoop it straight from the machine or let it rest on the counter for 10 minutes prior to serving.
Tips for making the best ice cream at home
If you want delicious ice cream, you need to start with good ingredients. Go for real vanilla bean, quality mix-ins, and fresh cream. All ingredients should be as fresh as possible. If you’re shopping for groceries online, here are the best places we’ve tested and recommend.
Your ingredients should all be cold before pouring them into the ice cream maker. Once you’ve added your ingredients to the ice cream maker’s bowl, start the churning cycle right away. This helps prevent ice crystals or graininess.
While you can cut back calories by using low-fat milk, you won’t achieve the same creamy results, or the wonderful “mouth feel” that makes ice cream so good.
If you’re adding chocolate chips, nuts, or other solid mix-ins, fold them in near the end of the churning cycle. Chop any mix-ins into small pieces.
Finally, don’t refreeze partially melted ice cream because doing so creates ice crystals.
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Fitbit is one of the most reputable names in fitness wearables and rightly so – the brand offers a huge variety of fitness and health trackers and smartwatches at different price points for different people’s needs.
Whether you’re a serious runner who wants to track their mileage or someone who just wants to improve their health and set a few fitness goals, you won’t have to look far to find a Fitbit catered to your active lifestyle.
Taking advantage of sales during Amazon Prime Day has historically been one of the best ways to join in on the Fitbit craze at a discount – and this year is no different. Amazon just announced that Prime Day 2021 will run on June 21-22 start at midnight PDT on June 21 and run through the end of June 22. All new or existing Amazon Prime members (new members get a free 30-day trial when they sign up) are able to take advantage of the deal.
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We don’t yet know all the deals, but during last year’s sale, Fitbit discounted its popular Versa 2 (and Versa 2 Special Edition) and Versa Lite smartwatches, as well as its smart scale, the Aria Air.
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Early Prime Day 2021 Fitbit deals happening now
If you’re on the fence about buying either activity tracker, or even if you just want to give a Fitbit as a gift, Prime Day 2021 is the perfect time to take the leap – and it lets you save some money in the process. Check out our Fitbit buying guide for more information on the brand’s trackers and which might be the best fit for your lifestyle.
What Fitbit deals do we expect during Prime Day this year?
Prime Day 2021 deals have yet to be announced but last year, we saw serious discounts on some of the top Fitbit models. The Versa 2 was discounted by $50 and ran at $129 – and is our top budget Fitbit, perfect for those in the market for a health and fitness tracker or smartwatch without breaking the bank.
The Versa Lite was down from $180 to $125, and its smart scale, the Aria Air, was running at $35, roughly $15 below MSRP.
What Fitbit should I buy?
The Fitbit you buy is a matter of both personal preference and how you intend to use it. Fitbits are great for tracking health metrics like stress, sleep, and resting heart rate, but they’re also amazing for tracking workouts or training for a race or event. Since each model automatically tracks your sleep and activities, which to choose comes down to individual features.
We’ve tried nearly every Fitbit on the market and go into great detail about which is right for whom in our guide to the best Fitbits. But for the quick-hit highlights, here are our top picks:
If you’re looking to become healthier, we love the Fitbit Sense. This tracker has just about every bell and whistle you need from a Fitbit including 20 exercise modes, built-in GPS, water resistance, and in-depth exercise stats. It also has health-specific metrics like oxygen saturation and ECG readings to monitor your heart, electrodermal activity (EDA) readings to analyze your stress levels, and mindfulness programs to help you lower them.
If you just need a tracker to keep you active each day or to help you train for a race, the Charge 4 is budget-friendly, doesn’t take up too much room on your wrist, and has fitness features like built-in GPS, 50m of water resistance, 20 exercise modes, and a long battery life.
Then there’s the Versa 3, a full-featured smartwatch that’s able to fit seamlessly into your daily life and improve everything from your health and fitness to your productivity at work. It’s our favorite overall Fitbit, and features a bright colorface display, long battery life, built-in GPS, and music storage, as well as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant connectivity.
Prime Day 2021 FAQs
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day is like Black Friday but exclusively for the online mega-retailer. Amazon runs special promotions and discounts on some of the most coveted items including Kindles, smartphones, smart home gadgets, and more. This year, Prime Day 2021 will start at midnight PDT on June 21 and run through the end of June 22.
When is Amazo Prime Day?
Prime Day 2021 is set to run from midnight on June 21 through the end of June 22. Keep in mind that some deals may not be active or available for the full 48 hours of the sale, so check back to the Prime Day landing page often to see new discounts throughout the event.
Do I need to be a Prime Member?
Yes, you have to be an Amazon Prime member in order to access all Prime Day 2021 deals. If you’ve yet to sign up for the service, Amazon offers a free 30-day trial of Prime via its website. We recommend signing up for the free trial for the sale.
What are the benefits of being a Prime member?
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Toaster ovens are the unsung heroes of kitchen appliances. If your living situation doesn’t allow for a standard oven, a toaster oven allows you to bake, roast, and make anything else you might cook in a regular oven, only on a smaller scale.
During the holidays when a big turkey is hogging the oven, you can prepare your sides in the toaster oven. And, in the summer, you can cook meals efficiently without heating up your home.
Many convection toaster ovens are now marketed as air fryers. You should know that “convection cooking” and “air frying” are the same thing. Both methods brown your food by using heat and a fan. So, if you see that a toaster oven is an “air fryer,” know that it also does convection cooking and vice versa. We use both terms in our guide.
So, what’s the difference between the two? Convection toaster ovens give you the option of baking or broiling, while air fryers tend to only have one function: convection baking. Also, the typical toaster oven looks like a miniature standard oven with a window, while most air fryers have a small drawer that you put your food in.
For this guide, I roasted, toasted, air fried, and baked 32 pounds of chicken, eight dozen chocolate chip cookies, eight pizzas, and four loaves of bread in eight toaster ovens.
I have reviewed kitchen appliances for four years and have developed many objective tests to determine which models are best for different needs and budgets. You can find details about how I test toaster ovens here.
I tested all of the toaster ovens in this guide. I put each through many objective tests, and during the testing period, my traditional oven sat idle as I relied exclusively on the toaster ovens. When testing toaster ovens, the most important factors to consider are ease of use, temperature accuracy and consistency, and how quickly it preheats.
Here are the main attributes we look for and how we test them:
Ease of use: I evaluate ease of use several ways. First, I look at how intuitive the functions are. I was able to get all but the Anova up and running without the use of instructions. I see how easy it is to clean each, if there’s a removable crumb tray, if there are a few rack positions for different types of cooking, and if the timer allows you to run the unit for extended periods. I also looked for helpful functions, such as smart connectivity, convection/air fry cooking, and steam.
Temperature variance: When you set a toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, you want it to reach that temperature and stay there. To assess this, I set each unit to 350 degrees and took digital readings of the temperature every 15 minutes for two hours. Then, I looked at the average and range of the temperatures. All of the models I tested averaged less than 350 degrees. The median was about 336 degrees, and the median range was 9.7 degrees.
Preheating: One of the main benefits of a toaster oven is that it preheats faster than a standard oven, and thus, you can enjoy your meal faster. I timed how quickly each oven reached 350 and 425 degrees, repeating each test several times, to see which models preheated fastest. Most models reached 350 in under six minutes, and half of the units had trouble even achieving a reading of 425 degrees.
Cooking performance: I put each toaster oven through four cooking tests:
Toasting bread: I evaluated how many slices of Hillbilly Old Fashion Bread each model held. Then, I set the controls to toast the bread to a medium shade. I looked at how long and how evenly each toasted.
Frozen Pizza: In addition to evaluating how large of a pizza each unit can fit, I timed how long it took to bake the pizza and how even it turned out. I used Kirkland Signature Pepperoni Pizza in all but two of the toaster ovens. The Hamilton Beach and Panasonic models couldn’t fit the 10.5-inch pizza so I used Totino’s Party Pizzas in those models instead.
Whole chicken: I cooked a whole chicken (between 3.5 and 4.5 pounds) according to the recipe in Toaster Oven Takeover. I used the Meater Block to monitor the internal temperature and removed the chicken once it hit 165 degrees. I timed how long it took to cook the chicken, how evenly it was cooked, and how different parts of the chicken tasted.
Cookies: I baked gluten-free chocolate chip cookies using a homemade dough and evaluated how quickly and evenly they cooked.
Pros: Has convection cooking/air frying, large enough to fit a 12-inch pizza, provides consistent heat, cooked pizza, chicken, and cookies quickly and evenly
Cons: Temperature settings appear to be inaccurate, did not toast evenly
The Cuisinart Digital AirFryer Toaster Oven (Model TOA-65) had the best overall performance in our objective tests. It took less than five minutes to set up and features an easy-to-read backlit digital display. You navigate through the many different functions by turning a knob and pressing it to select the function and adjust the time and temp.
The Cuisinart toaster oven was one of the best models for making pizza, chicken, and cookies. It heated a frozen pizza in under six minutes, and the cheese, crust, and pepperoni were evenly cooked. Using the convection cooking function, the chicken reached a safe internal temperature in 52 minutes, and the skin was a beautiful golden brown and tasted outstanding. The meat was moist and flavorful. And, the cookies were evenly cooked in about 12 minutes, which was significantly faster than the average, 13 minutes and 45 seconds.
When we ran the Cuisinart Digital AirFryer Toaster Oven for two hours at 350 degrees, we noticed the temperature only varied by four degrees. However, the display said it was preheated when our thermometer read 270. It continued to heat up and reached 350 after eight minutes. The average temperature during the test was 314, well below 350.
The Cuisinart toaster oven fell short of perfection in two other categories. We used the presets to toast six slices of bread, but after a blazing fast toasting speed of less than three minutes, the top was lighter than the medium shading we set it to. And, the bottom was uneven with the center almost burnt and the edges barely toasted. If I were to use this toaster oven for regular toasting, I’d likely up the time a little bit and flip the bread halfway through.
Lastly, by our measurements, the Cuisinart was slower than average to preheat to 350. However, it was quick to get to 425, which made it ideal for frozen pizza.
Pros: Fast preheating, accurate temperature settings, even cooking, features air frying/convection cooking, timer has stay-on function
Cons: Uneven toasting, was among slowest to roast a chicken
Despite costing less than a third of the price of the other models in our guide, the Black+Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Air Fry Toaster Oven (Model TO3217SS) held its own in our tests. We like that it has intuitive, no-nonsense analog knob controls, a roomy interior, and convection cooking/air frying. Another nice touch is the “stay on” option on the timer, which makes it so you don’t have to keep adding more time during longer cooks.
The Black+Decker toaster oven appeared to have the most accurate thermostat. At 347 degrees, it came closest to reaching a 350-degree average during our two-hour test. However, the temperature varied by 13 degrees, which put it in the middle of the pack.
It was consistently one of the fastest to preheat. The oven reached 350 degrees in under four minutes, and getting to 425 only took about a minute more.
The Black+Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Air Fry Toaster Oven excelled at making cookies and frozen pizza. Each batch took about 14 minutes to bake, which was just fair, but the results were even and delicious. The story was the same with frozen pizza: the cooking time was about average, but the pizza was excellent. The chicken was also great: flavorful, juicy, and evenly cooked. However, it took nearly an hour and a half to finish, which made it one of the slowest models.
The Black+Decker oven’s toasting was subpar. It toasted six slices of bread in three-and-a-half minutes, which was about average, but the results weren’t very even. The top of the toast was close to consistent, but it was noticeably less done near the front, and the bottom was much less toasted than the top.
The best large-capacity toaster oven
The Breville Smart Oven is large enough to fit nine slices of toast, a dozen cookies, or a 12-inch pizza making it ideal for larger families or if you just want to use it in place of your standard oven.
Pros: Can fit nine slices of toast and a 12-inch pizza, provides consistent and even heat, features convection cooking/air frying, attractive backlit digital display with several functions and sub-functions
Cons: Temperature settings were consistently higher than what we measured, slow to preheat
Along with our best combination pick below, the Breville Smart Oven (Model BOV800XL) was one of two models that could toast nine slices of bread at once, and it did a good job of it. Plus, it can hold a 12.5-inch pizza. This is impressive considering the exterior dimensions aren’t inordinately large.
Like our top pick, the Breville Smart Oven has a backlit digital display with separate knobs for quickly adjusting the function, temperature, and time. It also has sub-functions that adjust the cooking time and heat based on the size of the pizza you are baking or the slices of toast you’re toasting. Plus, the Smart Oven features convection cooking/air frying.
The oven excelled at chicken and cookies. It took a little more than an hour to roast a whole chicken, and it was the best tasting and most evenly cooked of all the birds in our tests. We baked a dozen cookies at once in the roomy Breville Smart Oven using the Cookie function, which utilized 350-degree convection cooking. The cookies came out evenly baked in 14 minutes, which was average.
The oven also cooked pizza evenly, but it took 17 minutes, which was longer than all but one of the models. It was also one of the slowest ovens to preheat. And, we weren’t able to get it to preheat to 425 degrees. It maxed out at 387. This was a consistent problem. In our temperature variance test, we measured an average temp of 292 despite setting the controls to 350. Because of this, we’d recommend utilizing an oven thermometer to find your target temperature setting.
On the plus side, the Breville toaster oven held its temperature consistently, only wavering by four degrees over the course of two hours.
The best combination toaster oven
In addition to baking, toasting, and air frying, the Anova Precision Oven offers sous vide cooking, and you can control it and monitor the internal temperature of your food using your phone.
Pros: Features sous vide and air fryer/convection cooking, smart WiFi connectivity via app, comes with probe thermometer that connects to oven, does a good job of roasting
Cons: Slow to preheat, bake, and toast, temperature didn’t stay consistent during our test
The Anova Precision Oven is the first toaster oven that offers sous vide, in addition to air frying/convection cooking. And, while most sous vide devices require vacuum sealing, the Precision Oven cooks your food without the need for additional packaging.
I cooked several steaks and pork ribs using the sous vide function and found it worked just as well, if not better, than an immersion circulator. I especially liked that the oven comes with a probe thermometer that plugs into the unit so I could monitor the internal temperature of the meat while it cooked, which you can’t do with vacuum-sealed meat in an immersion circulator
The touch buttons on the handle of the oven aren’t as responsive as I would like, and adjusting the temp one degree at a time using the up and down buttons is a hassle. So, I mainly used the Anova Oven app (available for iOS and Android), which allows you to key in your preferred temp and time. Or, you can automate the cooking process. The app features hundreds of recipes. One time, I used the app to preheat the oven as I waited in line at the store to pay for a frozen pizza so I could just pop it in when I got home.
This feature is particularly important since the Anova Culinary Precision Oven was one of the slowest to preheat. It takes about 10 minutes to heat to 350 degrees and 17 minutes to reach 425.
Also, while it has a relatively accurate setpoint, the temperature varied by 16 degrees during our two-hour test, which was more than most models.
The Anova Precision Oven also took a long time to toast. We used the toast preset, which involved a little steam to keep the bread from drying out. However, the process took longer than any of the other models, and the toast was still underdone.
It did much better on the other cooking tasks. The Anova oven fits a dozen cookies, and they baked quickly and evenly. We had the same experience with pizza: fast and even cooking. But, the oven really excelled at roasting a whole chicken. It completed the task in under an hour. The skin was crispy and flavorful, and the meat was moist and delicious. I particularly liked that the thermometer let me monitor the internal temperature of the chicken in the app.
What else we tested
We tested eight toaster ovens for this guide. These are the ones that missed the cut.
What else we recommend and why:
Hamilton Beach Countertop (Model 31401): There are two main reasons why you should consider the Hamilton Beach toaster oven. First, at $50, it’s the cheapest model we recommend. Second, it was one of the best at quickly preheating. Plus, it was in the middle of the pack in our toasting, cookie, and temperature variance tests. However, there are a few negatives. The oven is small, only fitting four slices of bread. It also took the longest to cook pizza and chicken.
Dash Chef Series 7-in-1 (Model DAFT2350GBGT01): There’s a lot to like about the Dash toaster oven, but it just wasn’t the best in any category. It has convection cooking/air frying and did an outstanding job baking cookies and pizza. The Dash oven was also one of the fastest to roast a chicken and one of the most even toasters. Yet, it took a long time to toast, parts of the chicken skin were burnt, the unit took longer than most to preheat, and it had the largest variance in temperature during our tests.
Emeril Lagasse Power AirFryer 360 (Model S∙AFO-001): Though we prefer to roast our chicken on a roasting pan, we like that this toaster oven from superstar chef Emeril Lagasse comes with a rotisserie spit. It also has an easy-to-use knob control system with backlit digital display. The Power AirFryer 360 preheated quickly and did a good job with chicken, pizza, and cookies, but it took a long time to toast and was uneven. It also did the worst in our temp variance test.
What we don’t recommend and why:
Panasonic FlashXpress Compact (Model NB-G110P): We really wanted to like this attractive toaster oven because it looks like something you might find in a child’s kitchen playset. It did the best job toasting and maintaining a consistent temperature. However, it was a pain to use. There are only eight temperature settings, and the timer only goes to 25 minutes. If you want to cook anything longer, you have to keep resetting the timer. Despite its small size, it took a long time to preheat. And, it didn’t do well making cookies, pizza, or chicken.
What we’re testing next
We’re always testing new toaster ovens and retesting our top picks to determine the best ones. Here’s what we’re looking forward to testing for potential inclusion in this guide:
Chefman Toast-Air (Model RJ50-SS-T – $135.97): We’ve tested several Chefman kitchen appliances and have found the manufacturer makes quality products at an affordable price. We like that this features several preset functions and comes with two dehydrator racks, an air fry basket, baking/drip pan, and more.
Calphalon Quartz Heat Countertop ($199.99): I tested this years ago but wasn’t able to put it through our current testing methodology. I’m hoping to give it another try since it performed well, has an attractive appearance, and the digital display has an impressive array of functions and precise presets.
Oster (Model TSSTTVMNDG-SHP-2 – $91.11): We think the Oster Toaster Oven has a chance to contend for the best budget model. It has convection cooking/air frying, an attractive display, easy to read and adjust buttons, and a large capacity.
What are the benefits of using a toaster oven over a standard oven?
Roxanne Wyss, co-author of the toaster oven cookbook Toaster Oven Takeover, gives several reasons, including that it’s a green alternative. “When compared to a standard oven, the toaster oven preheats quickly,” said Wyss. “This means it is convenient to use for quick, everyday meals. It also means that it is a ‘green choice’ as there is no big oven to heat up and the toaster oven will not put a strain on the AC on a hot summer day.”
“Newer toaster ovens on the market, with electronic controls and even heat, brown food beautifully and cook quickly,” added Wyss. “You can place a toaster oven where it is convenient to use, which means at countertop height so no bending or lifting. It also means you can place the toaster oven in the family room or on the bar so it is easy to use for appetizers and snacks when friends gather.”
Additionally, since I started testing toaster ovens more than a month ago, I have not touched my standard oven. Every meal I’ve wanted to make for my family of four, I’ve been able to make in a toaster oven.
Should you get a toaster or a toaster oven?
Wyss believes toaster ovens are superior to toasters in several ways. “The versatility of the toaster oven outshines the regular toaster,” said Wyss. “You can toast a wide variety of bread sizes and often toast the number of slices you need for a larger family. Once toasted, you can top the toast with sandwich fixings or appetizer spreads so hot sandwiches or crostini are ready to serve in minutes. The toaster oven easily toasts English muffins, bagels, rolls, and a wide range of specialty rolls, pastries and buns.”
As with the standard oven, I found my toaster gathered dust while I was testing toaster ovens. The single-purpose toaster just didn’t seem worth the counter space. And, when making BLTs, it was nice to be able to toast six or more slices of bread at once.
However, there are a few key ways in which a toaster is often superior. First, most of the toaster ovens I tested didn’t toast as evenly or as quickly as most toasters. Second, toasters tend to cost much less than toaster ovens. Lastly, they take up less countertop space.
What should you look for when shopping for a toaster oven?
Kathy Moore pointed to several tips covered in the Toaster Oven Takeover cookbook she co-authored. “Think about what you want to prepare,” said Moore. “Do you want to cook a pizza or do you know you want to broil steaks? Do you foresee casseroles or toasted sandwiches? What pans fit into the oven? If you want to cook pizza, does your 12-inch pizza pan fit? What about a 9 by 12-inch rectangle pan? Some toaster ovens accommodate larger pans while others do not. Select one that accommodates the pans you own and for the food you would like to prepare.”
She also suggests thinking about where you will put the toaster oven. “Does it fit under your upper cabinets with room to spare or is it too wide to sit securely on a cart?” added Moore. “Does the door open conveniently for you?” To help you with this, we list the interior and exterior dimensions of each unit in our guide.
Also, think about the settings that are most appealing to your cooking preferences. “If your toaster oven advertises that it has a dehydrating setting, but that is not something you will do, it is not a necessary function,” said Moore. “Many now slow cook, but if you typically use a slow cooker and enjoy taking a hot meal in a slow cooker to a gathering, you may never use your toaster oven’s slow cook setting. Many people enjoy the toasting settings for bagels while others will enjoy the air fry settings. Evaluate the array of settings offered and be willing to experiment, but do not feel obligated to purchase an oven with settings you may never use.”
What’s the difference between a toaster oven and an air fryer?
Air fryers use a fan to blow hot air over your food to produce the Maillard reaction, which gives food its distinctive browning. Prior to the rise of air fryers, blowing hot air on food was known as “convection cooking,” and it’s something that all convection toaster ovens do. “Air frying” is essentially a wildly successful marketing campaign for technology that has been around for decades.
That said, not all toaster ovens can air fry, or convection cook, but a lot of them can these days. If this is a feature that’s important to you, look for a model that advertises that it air fries or convection cooks. In my experience, this is a useful feature. It can cut down on cooking times, give your food a nice browned exterior, and I’ve found it does an excellent job of revitalizing leftovers, especially pizza and french fries.
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There are no two ways about it: Planning a family vacation to the Walt Disney World or Disneyland resorts can be an expensive proposition.
The cost for tickets, food, and souvenirs alone can rapidly add up; it skyrockets when you factor in airfare, hotel, car rental, parking, and other incidentals. For a family of four, for a five-night stay, the average price of the trip is approximately $4,500 and can quickly increase by the hundreds, if not thousands.
While there are few discounts on admission, there are proven ways to save significant money elsewhere that won’t hinder the enjoyment or limit the experiences. After all, not having to stress about money makes for a far more enjoyable time – the key is to plan ahead and know what to expect.
As a travel writer who has covered Disney vacations extensively for over a decade, I have figured out the best ways to maximize the fun while keeping costs down. These top tips, based on what I’ve learned over the years, can help ease the damage a Disney vacation could have on your bank account.
In addition to money-saving tips for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, I’ve also included a few that are unique to each property. Here are the best tips for saving money on a Disney parks vacation.
Top tips to save money on Disney vacations
Pick the right time to go
As with any popular destination, prices for resort stays tend to rise during peak season, especially during school breaks in the summer, Thanksgiving week, and the days around Christmas and New Year. Weekends are always more expensive as well. Traveling during non-peak dates may be a challenge, but you can save an average of $400 a night.
Forgo the Park Hopper
Disneyland and Disney World are comprised of multiple parks, each with its own entrance fees. As the name suggests, Park Hopper is an option that lets you visit multiple parks per day, but you will pay significantly more for this privilege. The difference between a single park ticket and one with Park Hopper can be up to about $85 per day; for a family of four, that’s a savings of $300 to $350.
Another reason to skip the Park Hopper concerns logistics. There’s plenty to do at each of Disney’s parks, so I recommend dedicating an entire day to one park, instead of stressing to rush to another. You can take it slow and enjoy all the amenities of a single park. This is especially true for Walt Disney World, where the parks are located far apart and you would waste time shuttling from one to another.
Explore your ticket discount options
While Disney doesn’t generally offer discounts on park tickets, there are a few money-saving options to explore before paying full price. First, nail down how many days you plan to be in the parks; there is a price break depending on how many days you visit. For example, if you go to Disney World for just one day, it would be about $109 per day. If you opt to go for five, the price drops to $88 a day. Keep in mind that the standard tickets don’t include water parks, golf courses, and other non-theme park areas.
Know a friend or relative in Florida? State residents can save 40% off a four-day ticket in addition to other discounts. The catch is that the resident must be present and show verification at the time of entry, so they will need to be included in your group. If it’s a close family friend or grandparent, that may not be an issue. From time to time, Southern California residents may also receive a similar offer.
Make wise restaurant choices
There is a large selection of dining options at either resort and prices range from budget to premium. For example, a New York Strip at the upscale Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel costs $58 (that is just for the steak, sides not included). But at the casual Bengal Barbeque eatery inside Disneyland, you can enjoy a delicious Bengal Beef Skewer for $5.49.
The key is to research the various food outlets available at the park you will be visiting, basing it on your budget and family’s eating habits. If you don’t care about sit-down meals and can run on hot dogs and churros from a street cart, you can cut down on food expenses.
Note that some restaurants, such as the aforementioned Steakhouse 55, are still temporarily closed.
Get food delivered
Another option for cutting down on food costs is to have groceries delivered to a hotel, as many rooms have mini-fridges and microwaves – great for stocking up on water, sodas, snacks, and even quick-heat and pre-made meals and alcohol. If your room has a full-sized kitchen, consider cooking some meals “at home” or for bringing inside the park (see our tip above). Amazon Prime delivers to hotels, while Garden Grocer specializes in Disney World deliveries.
Bring a refillable water bottle
With all the walking you will do, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially during the hotter months in Florida and California. Skip the bottled water the park sells (a bottle of Dasani costs around $4) and opt for a money-saving and environmentally friendly refillable water bottle instead.
You can fill water bottles at restaurants or one of the refill stations. But keep in mind, refill stations are few and far between, and due to COVID-19 cleanliness protocols, it is harder to fill your own water bottle.
Collapsible Water Bottle (small)Collapsible Water Bottle (small)
Stick to a souvenir budget
Disney is skilled at dividing guests from their money, especially when it comes to keepsakes. In most areas of the parks, you won’t be able to go more than 20 feet without being lured by the siren song of souvenirs. It can be very tempting to walk away with a droid from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ($99) or a replica of the Enchanted Tiki Room Sign ($150), but try to keep those temptations at bay.
Instead, spend your money on less expensive, classic park items that will hold their value (in sentimental ways), such as a pair of Mickey Mouse ears with a name embroidered on them (about $23) or, my favorite, a hand-cut silhouette from one of the artists on Main Street ($10).
If you want to go deluxe, consider renting DVC points
Disney Vacation Club (DVC) is Disney’s popular timeshare program that lets you rent studios, villas, and suites at one of the deluxe resorts. Membership is a big investment, but my friends who joined have been pleased with the program. Here’s a secret: You can take advantage of the program without being a member, by renting DVC points.
When you rent DVC points, you are essentially booking through a DVC member, not Disney. For a negotiated fee, you get access to their points and preferred rates (a member has a set number of deductible points that must be applied in order to get those rates), which can make those deluxe resorts drop down drastically in price.
For example, the price for a deluxe studio at Disney’s Riviera – depending on the date – is $559 a night, but you can rent points and pay about $275 for the same night. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, a studio is $616 a night, but with DVC points you pay $380. You are basically getting the same room for almost half the price. And, it’s not just for Florida: DVC also includes California properties.
Companies such as David’s Vacation Club Rental and the DVC Rental Store can facilitate the points rental from DVC members, and the booking process is similar to a regular hotel reservation. There are plenty of caveats with this system, so make sure to go over all the restrictions and conditions from the broker or DVC member.
Schedule a non-park day
Save on park tickets by scheduling a non-park day. There are many ways to get a Disney resort experience, including spending hours by the pool, checking out the lobbies and restaurants at hotels, and heading to the Disney Springs shopping and entertainment center. Keep reading for our suggestions on free stuff to do at Disney World.
While the MaxPass program is currently on hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, the MaxPass is well worth the extra $20 per ticket and will enhance the experience by saving you time. The MaxPass allows you to make FastPass selections from your phone and eliminates the need to trek over to the attraction to manually pick up a FastPass from a kiosk. A FastPass, for those unfamiliar, allows you to join a much shorter line for a ride (the feature is also paused).
Get the Disney experience for free
Admission to Disney’s parks is expensive, but there are several fun attractions you can check out that don’t cost a penny. They add to the overall Disney vacation experience while keeping the cost down. (Some of these places and activities may be temporarily closed or unavailable.)
While Disneyland and Walt Disney World are open for business, to get the most bang for your buck, it might be best to wait. There’s a case for going now: reservations are required and capacity is controlled to promote distancing, so it’s less crowded than normal. But parades, fireworks, most live entertainment, the ease of the FastPass system, and close-up character encounters have yet to return. Dining options are also limited, and some hotels haven’t reopened.
Instead, take this time to plan and save up for the trip. When all of the parks’ amenities return, you and your family will have a more memorable experience.
It’s not quite Memorial Day yet, but plenty of stores are getting a head-start on the long weekend by slashing prices early and offering steep discounts on all kinds of products. Large appliances, like refrigerators and washing machines in particular, rarely see discounts, but this week is an exception – it’s when we see some of the best appliance deals of the year.
In celebration of the warmer weather, retailer sales typically focus on deals for hanging out at home, especially outside. Appliances, mattresses, outdoor furniture, outdoor gear, TVs, and grilling accessories are some of the best items to shop for during the week – though other products are definitely discounted as well.
If you’re figuring out what to prioritize in your cart, appliances should be up there. Outside of Memorial Day, Black Friday, and President’s Day, we don’t often see appliance price drops.
Are Memorial Day appliance deals worth it?
In short: yes. Appliance deals are few and far between all other times of the year; more often than not we don’t see deals on them unless it’s a major holiday. Many of the sales above also feature savings over $100.
When do Memorial Day appliance sales end?
It depends on the store. Some retailers are cutting off the deals after May 31 while others are carrying on through the first week of June.