12 places to buy wine online – from FreshDirect to Macy’s

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  • Online wine stores are a convenient place to shop for vino without leaving your home.
  • The best places to buy wine online include NakedWines.com, ReserveBar, and Drizly.
  • You must be 21+ years to place and receive orders; some states have alcohol-delivery restrictions.

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Hosting large gatherings may be out of the question right now, but sometimes having a quiet night in is enough of an occasion to break out a bottle of wine. It’s even better if you don’t have to leave the house to get it. Online options require minimal energy but deliver on all the perks. Just remember to read the fine print and plan on having someone 21 or older sign for the package.

If you’re looking for an ongoing delivery service, check out our guide to the best wine subscriptions. Otherwise, you’ll find a list below of the best places that will deliver wine straight to your door.

Here are 12 solid options for delivering wine to your door

NakedWines.com

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NakedWines.com is like a “Shark Tank” for independent wines, and it has an “Angel” membership program that crowd-funds independent wine labels across the globe. Angel members get up to 60% off listed prices, among other perks, for depositing $40 a month into a wine “bank account” they can use whenever they want. NakedWines.com also gives out $100 vouchers often. You can get one by taking a 30-second quiz on the site.

Currently, you can grab a $100 voucher for six bottles of wine. Choose from a case of reds, whites, or a mix of both.

Shipping: NakedWines.com charges $10 in shipping fees for orders under $100. For orders $100 and more, delivery is free — except for Hawaii (+$70) and Alaska (+$130). Wines will be delivered Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday during regular working hours, but make sure that there is someone over 21 years old who can sign for the package. For a full list of where it delivers, head over here.

Note: Nakedwines.com was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order. 

What to buy:

Read our full review of Nakedwines.com here.

ReserveBar

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ReserveBar is an online premium wine and spirits store with prices to match. It carries everything from scotch, gin, and wine to moonshine, cocktail mixers, and Perrier-Jouët x Sugarfina gift sets.

The company has a luxury collection, limited edition bottles, and top trending gifts to skim through. It also offers high-end gift packaging and custom engraving, perfect for those looking to gift a really good bottle of liquor with a personalized message. High-brow options aside, ReserveBar also has plenty of wine for less than $50.

Currently, you can use the code “SHIP99” at checkout to get free shipping off orders $99+. 

Shipping: Shipping fees depend on your state and the weight of your order, but the base costs are $15.97 for ground shipping, $34.97 for two-day express, and $67.97 for overnight express.

All shipments must be signed for by a 21-year-old adult. Products have a “ship to” section that shows which states allow delivery of that particular liquor or wine. Select cities can use ReserveBar Express and get fine spirits and Champagne delivered to their door the same day.

Note: ReserveBar was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order. 

What to buy:

Read our full review of ReserveBar here.  

Wine.com

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Wine.com boasts the world’s largest online wine selection, plus the convenience of home delivery or pick-up from convenient local stores (like Walgreens) that may be open late or on weekends. It’s a good place to find old favorites, discover new wines, and shop collectible and boutique wines. As an additional perk, Wine.com sells gift baskets, glassware, and other wine accessories.

Currently, new customers save $20 off purchases of $100 with the code NEW2021.

Shipping: Shipping depends on the number of bottles and total size and weight of your order but can reach $30 per order. If you want to pick it up yourself, there are more than 10,000 participating locations, including Walgreens, Duane Reade, and Safeway. If you choose this option at checkout, you’ll get an email when your order is ready for pick-up, and you’ll have five days to grab it. However, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, we suggest calling the location beforehand to double-check that you can pick it up.

Wine.com also has an annual $49 membership called the StewardShip program that gets you free shipping on every order for a full year with no purchase minimum. Either way, an adult signature is needed to get your package.

What to buy:

Wine Insiders

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Wine Insiders is essentially an online wine store with both individual bottles and a lot of multi-pack options, including six-bottle cases based on themes like Thanksgiving, Halloween, and staff picks. You’ll also find curated selections from Geoffrey Zakarian, Chef Ludo, and more. There’s also a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

Shipping: There’s $14.95 shipping on orders of three to five bottles and free shipping on orders of six bottles or more. Currently, Wine Insiders ships to all states except Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Utah.

All shipments must be signed for by an adult over 21 years old, and packages can’t be left on your doorstep or delivered to a PO box. Fees may apply if your wine returns to the company as undeliverable. If you work during the day, it’s smart to send your box to a convenient local pick-up location or your business address to ensure delivery. 

Note: Wine Insiders was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order. 

What to buy: 

Vinebox

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Vinebox immediately stands out for its unique vials of wine, which give individual pours but still maintain the full flavor and mouthfeel of the wine. Every three months, Vinebox sends you a box of nine of these “glasses.” They contain seasonal varieties, wines you should be drinking right now, and other fun picks. With each box, you’ll also receive up to $30 in credits to buy the full-size versions. 

Shipping: Shipping is free. Currently, Vinebox ships everywhere in the US except Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. You can also ship to any UPS Store or FedEx Office location and pick up your box there. 

What to buy:

Read our full review of Vinebox here.

Dry Farm Wines

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Dry Farm Wines’ focus is on sustainably grown, natural wines. That means they’re free of additives and sugar, they have lower alcohol content, and they’re lab-tested for purity.

According to Dry Farm, the government approves of the use of 76 additives, and since wine bottles are not required to have contents labels, you don’t get the full picture of what you’re drinking. The company imports all of its natural wines from small family farmers around the world, but mostly from Europe. 

Shipping: All ground shipping is free, while expedited shipping has a small fee. Dry Farm Wines only ships to the US, but it offers helpful advice for finding natural wines if you’re located elsewhere. 

It takes three to six business days for orders to arrive on the West Coast and five to seven business days on the East Coast. Currently, delivery requires an ID check but no signature. 

What to buy: 

We’re currently testing Dry Farm Wines and will report back with our experiences soon.

Winc

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California-based winery Winc, which sommelier Brian Smith co-founded, uses an online Palate Profile, along with your own ratings, to recommend and ship wines tailored to your tastes as a subscription. Or, you can buy bottles a la carte.

The wines, which come from winemakers all over the world as well as Winc’s own vineyard, start at $13 a bottle. There’s no fee or commitment to join, and you can skip a month’s shipment any time you want. 

You can get $20 off if you buy four or more bottles right now. 

Shipping: Member shipping is $9 if you order three or fewer bottles and free if you order four or more bottles. Non-member shipping is $15 per order. Shipping typically takes 3-7 business days, but Winc is currently experiencing delays of 5+ business days.

Note: Winc was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order. 

What to buy:

Read our full review of Winc here.

Firstleaf

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When you first sign up for Firstleaf, you’ll get six bottles of wine for just $40. Afterward, you’ll be automatically subscribed to get another six bottles for $90. Firstleaf prides itself on its custom algorithm that predicts which one of its many award-winning wine options you’ll like, and if you don’t like a bottle, you’ll get a refund. Outside of the subscription, you can also buy individual bottles from its store. 

Shipping: Shipping is always $9.95 per order and takes about 2-5 days to arrive. Firstleaf ships to all states in the US except Alaska, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Note: Firstleaf was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order. 

What to buy: 

Read our full review of Firstleaf here.

Bright Cellars

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Two MIT grads are behind the monthly wine club Bright Cellars, which sends four new wines each month for $80. The company has a competitive curation process — it says it only picks one out of every 12 wines it tries for the monthly collections and promises to show you hidden gems from vineyards in Italy, Spain, Portugal, South America, and more. 

Shipping: Shipping is $8 per order. Bright Cellars ships to the US, and you should receive your order in about seven business days. 

Note: Bright Cellars was previously experiencing increased demand and delayed shipments due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delivery delays with your order. 

What to buy: 

  • Wine picks depend on your quiz results. There is no store where you can buy individual wines. 

FreshDirect

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FreshDirect is one of the best grocery delivery services in New York City. It has a limited delivery scope, but it carries pretty much everything (including beer, wine, and liquor) that you’d pick up at your local store. Like a regular store, it also runs weekly deals. 

Shipping: Check eligibility via zip code. FreshDirect delivers to counties on the East Coast. Depending on your location, delivery minimums start at $30, and delivery fees start at $5.99. 

For a morning or early afternoon delivery (two-hour time slots), you must place your order by 6 p.m. the day before. For a late afternoon or evening delivery (two-hour time slots), you must place your order by 11 p.m. the day before.

Note: FreshDirect was previously experiencing increased demand and limited delivery windows due to the coronavirus. Operations are back to normal now, but you may still want to account for any unexpected delays or limited delivery slots with your order. 

What to buy:

Read our full review of FreshDirect here.

Drizly

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Like ReserveBar, Drizly offers other kinds of alcohol in addition to wine. Best of all, it delivers the exact wine you need in under an hour, and it doesn’t mark up prices. Most of its 3,000+ wine offerings are affordable (less than $20) and nearly half of its stock is red wine. 

Shipping: For one-hour delivery, the fee is $5 per order. In New York City, most stores offer delivery for free, but some areas may have increased fee zones and higher minimums based on your address. 

For larger shipments, shipping fees can vary depending on the store you order from, but it will be a flat rate price. You’ll see the final shipping cost in your cart when you check out. 

What to buy:

Read our comparison of Drizly, Minibar, and Saucy. We’re currently testing Drizly and will report back with our experiences soon.

Macy’s Wine Shop

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Yes, Macy’s delivers expertly selected wine to your door. You can buy by the bottle or by selections of six or 12. You can also shop by style, price, and vintage.

You can get six bottles for under $9 per bottle (plus free shipping), but it’s worth noting that those deals are part of the Macy’s wine club. Unless you cancel, you’ll receive a new case every three months, and you’ll be charged for it. However, there’s no obligation to continue, and you’ll get an email reminder before you’re charged. 

Shipping: Unless otherwise stated, shipping is $14.95 for three to five bottles and free for six or more. 

What to buy:

Check out our other great wine guides

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These earplugs help me protect my hearing at loud concerts, and they cost less than $30

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The Mumba Concert Earplugs are comfortable and affordable.

  • Concerts are making a comeback, so I got these Mumba earplugs to help protect my hearing.
  • The Mumba Concert Earplugs are the cheapest and most comfortable earplugs I’ve tried.
  • They allow me to enjoy live music and loud events while minimizing potential hearing damage.

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Before the coronavirus pandemic put a pause on in-person events, I went to a lot of concerts. But while I loved listening to live music, I never gave much thought to the damage it could cause to my hearing. Now that concerts are making a comeback, I’m turning over a new leaf – I’m going to wear earplugs.

According to the CDC, noises measuring above 70 dB over an extended period of time can start damaging your hearing. In my experience going to concerts, I’ve found that, on average, loud music ranges from 90 dB to 110 dB – as measured by my Apple Watch Series 6. EDM music festivals and raves are even louder.

To test your level of hearing loss, you can try the Mimi app on iOS and Android. It’s not going to be as accurate as a hearing test conducted by a professional, but it’s neat to get an idea.

I’ve been lucky enough to avoid any permanent hearing loss or tinnitus, but I have to be careful to keep it that way. That’s where earplugs come in. I’ve tried a couple of different brands, but the Mumba Concert Earplugs have proven to be a solid combination of comfort, affordability, and effectiveness.

For a sale price of $22 (usually they’re $29), you get the earplugs, keychain case, and two sizes of in-ear shells.

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After some trial and error, I’ve found the smaller size shells (left) to be far more comfortable for my ears. Both sizes are a bit finicky to clean, though.

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The carrying case gets a second look every time I pass through security, but it’s super convenient to keep on my keys. I have yet to misplace them, too, which is easy with something so small.

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They have a low profile and fit in nice and snug. I’ve found that they cut down on sound without muffling it, and I can still hear people nearby talking to me.

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These earplugs are designed to reduce noise by up to 24 dB, potentially bringing loud concerts below the harmful level. Exactly how many decibels hit your ears depends on how close you are to the speakers, though.

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Should you buy the Mumba Concert Earplugs?

Mumba’s Concert Earplugs have been a good investment for me, and they’re worth considering if you attend a lot of loud events, too.

The Mumba Earplugs are high quality, effective, and comfortable. Compared to Loop brand earplugs that I’ve tried previously, the Mumba earplugs stay in my ears more securely, and muffle less sound. They also make it easier to hear people around me, which I couldn’t do with Loops.

It’s important to remember, however, that while earplugs like this can help prevent hearing damage, there will always be a risk associated with concerts and other loud events.

You can order the Mumba Concert Earplugs right now for $22.

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‘Halloween Kills’ hits Peacock and theaters on October 15, but you need a premium plan to stream the slasher movie

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Michael Myers is back in “Halloween Kills.”

  • You can watch “Halloween Kills” in theaters and on Peacock Premium starting October 15.
  • Michael Myers returns in the new slasher flick, and he’s on the hunt for more victims.
  • Ad-supported Peacock Premium costs $5 a month, and ad-free Peacock Premium Plus costs $10 a month.

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On October 15, “Halloween Kills” will premiere in theaters and on Peacock. In order to stream “Halloween Kills” at home, you need to be a paid subscriber to Peacock Premium ($5/month) or Peacock Premium Plus ($10/month).

In “Halloween Kills,” Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode from the original “Halloween” movie. Michael Myers, the franchise’s iconic slasher villain, is still alive and searching for new victims with his foreboding white mask and blood-soaked knife in hand. Working with survivors of Michael’s past attacks, Laurie takes on the killer in a thrilling attempt to stop the carnage.

The first “Halloween” movie was released in 1978, and “Halloween Kills” is the twelfth installment in the horror franchise known for violent deaths. Another installment, titled “Halloween Ends,” is already set for release in 2022.

Where to watch ‘Halloween Kills’

“Halloween Kills” premieres October 15 in theaters and on Peacock. Although Peacock offers a free plan, you need a paid subscription to Peacock Premium or Premium Plus to watch “Halloween Kills.”

The last movie that was released in theaters and on Peacock at the same time was “The Boss Baby: Family Business.” That title remained on Peacock for 60 days. We expect a similar limited-time streaming release for “Halloween Kills.”

An ad-supported subscription to Peacock Premium costs $5 a month, and an ad-free subscription to Peacock Premium Plus costs $10 a month. Both memberships give you full access to the service’s catalog of NBCUniversal movies and shows.

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If you’re willing to pay for 12 months up front, you can save up to $20 a year by choosing an annual subscription to Peacock Premium ($50) or Peacock Premium Plus ($100) versus a monthly plan.

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You can watch “Halloween Kills” on Peacock with a web browser or through the dedicated Peacock app. The Peacock app is available on most streaming devices, tablets, smartphones, Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, and smart TVs like LG, Samsung, and Vizio. For a full list of compatible streaming options, visit the Peacock website.

Where can I watch other movies from the ‘Halloween’ franchise?

AMC Plus is one of the best streaming services for watching other movies from the “Halloween” franchise. Pricing ranges from $7 to $9 a month depending on how you subscribe. You can learn more about the service in our AMC Plus guide.

You can stream these “Halloween” movies on AMC Plus:

  • “Halloween” (1978)
  • “Halloween II” (1981)
  • “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” (1982)
  • “Halloween H20” (1998)
  • “Halloween: Resurrection” (2002)
  • “Halloween II” (2009)

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My mentor recommended this self-help book about dealing with different personalities. Here’s why everyone should read ‘Surrounded By Idiots.’

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Thomas Erikson’s “Surrounded By Idiots” is a 2014 self-help book that helped me better understand other people and become less self-critical.

  • Surrounded by Idiots” is a 2014 book by Thomas Erikson, an expert on communication.
  • The book shares tips on how to recognize different personality types – and how to work with them.
  • I read the book and it’s helped me to be more understanding of others and less self-critical.

I’ve never had the thought that “I’m surrounded by idiots.” Still, when my mentor recommended Thomas Erikson’s “Surrounded by Idiots” as a good resource for understanding how different personalities communicate and deal with feedback, it piqued my interest.

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I have a master’s degree in psychology, with a focus on social psychology and group behavior. Yet, I never spent much time learning the DISC system, which forms the basis for “Surrounded by Idiots.”

DISC stands for dominance, inspiration/influence, stability/steadiness, and compliance, which are the four personality traits posited by psychologist William Moulton Marston in his 1928 book “Emotions of Normal People.” “Surrounded by Idiots” uses the colors Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue, respectively, to refer to these four personality styles.

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“Surrounded by Idiots” explains how to spot the different personalities in the people you interact with and how to best communicate with those individuals in a way that gets through to them.

One shortcoming of the book is that it doesn’t provide a DISC assessment tool, but a Google search brought up a free, quick DISC test, which seemed accurate based on my reading “Surrounded by Idiots.” I recommend taking a DISC assessment before reading the book to get a more personal experience.

Fair warning: You will start mentally assessing everyone you come in contact with as you read this book.

Here are 5 things I loved learning from “Surrounded by Idiots”:

By observing specific behaviors, I can learn what makes people tick.

Okay, so this isn’t a brilliant discovery, but Erikson gives specific examples of what you can do to quickly get a better understanding of the personalities of those around you. His simplest advice is to just “shut your mouth and start listening.”

a graph of the different tendencies of the four personality types

A Yellow person will be easy to spot because they never stop talking. At the opposite end of the spectrum, a Blue person will remain quiet. Reds use their words economically. They will be quick to the point and stay on topic. They may even boss you around. And, Greens, the most common personality, will be friendly and laid-back.

Erikson covers how to spot personalities based on other behaviors as well. For example, the folks who take the time to read all of the instructions and supporting documentation are Blues. The person who takes charge of a group is usually a Red. Yellows are optimists, concerned about “good vibes,” and like the new and shiny things, while Greens tend to cautiously avoid rocking the boat.

Someone’s behavior that feels like a flaw in one situation can become an asset in others.

This is the basis for the book’s title. Erikson observed a Red who ran a company that was “full of idiots.” The reason this Red person considered them idiots is that they didn’t work hard and quickly as he did. Yet, without them, the company wouldn’t succeed.

lists of the positives and negatives of each of the four personality types

Each of the different personality types has its pros and cons. For example, while you wouldn’t want a Red’s abrasiveness anywhere near a sensitive situation, they are indispensable when you need help with a seemingly insurmountable problem since they love a good challenge and are relentlessly hard workers.

To get through to people, you need to meet them where they’re at.

It’s natural to assume that others will receive and interpret information the same way you do. If a certain method is effective for you, you’d think it would be effective for everyone else. But, that, of course, is not true. A Blue will read through the entire user manual before playing with their new gadget. A Red will plug it in right away and learn as they fiddle around with it.

“Surrounded by Idiots” helps you figure out how best to deliver feedback and other information once you understand an individual’s personality. For example, Reds will want specific examples. Blues will want all of the details, facts, and figures. Yellows need concrete examples (and you may need to repeat yourself since they have a short memory). And, with Greens, you need to be gentle.

Most people are a mix of different colors.

After glancing at the characteristics of the different colors on the inside cover of “Surrounded by Idiots,” I assumed I was a strong Blue. But, as I read on, it became clear I had elements of all of the colors, which is supported by my free DISC test results.

This is pretty common. According to Erikson, only 5% of people are solidly just one color. 80% of us are two colors. And, 15% are three – with virtually no one exhibiting an even split among all of the colors.

Lists of common characteristics of each of the four personality types

My obsession with keeping meticulous spreadsheets to record every aspect of my life is normal Blue behavior. My impatience with slow decision-making and the need for at least some control in every group I’m a part of are part of my typical Red behavior. And, my passivity, when it’s clear that another Red is in control or I’m just low on energy, is part of my Green behavior.

Erikson says it’s rare for challenging combinations (such as Blue/Yellow and Red/Green) to get along, especially when those traits are within one person. But simply learning about these personality types has helped me gain a better understanding of myself and quieted the self-critical voices. In other words, I’m less likely to see myself as one of the idiots I’m surrounded by.

The best groups have an even collection of all the personality types.

We tend to get along better with people who are the same color as us. So, when Erikson was splitting people up into groups to work on a task at a workshop, he figured he’d put the same colors together. The results were disastrous: The Reds did the wrong task, the Yellows just talked, the Greens were indecisive, and the Blues were still analyzing the instructions when the time was up.

Erikson found that a healthy balance of the colors moves workgroups forward. I think this is a good microcosm of the world at large. It takes all of our personalities to make it what it is. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and it’s only through that understanding that we can work with and bring out the best in each other.

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How to watch the NFL without cable – week 6 features big matchups between the top 4 teams in the AFC

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The 2021 NFL season began on September 9.

  • Week six of the 2021 NFL season features matchups between all four AFC division leaders.
  • NFL games are spread across several channels, including NFL Network, ESPN, NBC, Fox, and CBS.
  • HD antennas and streaming services offer select NFL games without the need for a cable subscription.

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Week six of the 2021 NFL season features a number of high profile games, including the Los Angeles Chargers against the Baltimore Ravens, and the Buffalo Bills against the Tennessee Titans. Each team is currently ranked first in their AFC division.

The Dolphins and Jaguars will also play a game in London, with a CBS broadcast starting at 9:30 a.m. ET on October 17.

Throughout the season, NFL games are spread across five primary channels: ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and the NFL Network. Meanwhile, the next Super Bowl will be broadcast on NBC.

To help ensure you get access to every game you want to watch, we broke down the ins and outs of streaming the NFL season without a cable subscription.

NFL Week 6 schedule

Week six of the NFL regular season includes a Sunday Night Football matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC and Peacock. This week’s Monday Night Football game will feature the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans on ESPN.

Primetime games are shown nationally, but local broadcasts for afternoon games are determined by your area. NFL teams with byes in week six include the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers.

Game

Date and time Channel
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles October 14, 8:20 p.m. ET FOX, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars October 17, 9:30 a.m. ET CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team October 17, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants October 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts October 17, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions October 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears October 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens October 17, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers October 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns October 17, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos October 17, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots October 17, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers October 17, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC, Peacock Premium
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans October 18, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN

How to watch NFL games without cable

You can access select NFL games without a cable subscription via streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock Premium, and NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.

The 2021 NFL regular season began on September 9. During the regular season, Sunday afternoon games with an NFC home team will typically air on Fox, and Sunday afternoon games with an AFC home team will typically air on CBS.

Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football airs on NBC, and Thursday Night Football will broadcast on NFL Network all season long. Select Thursday Night Football games will also be shown on Fox and streamed via Amazon Prime and Twitch. Finally, Monday Night Football is on ESPN.

Additionally, you can stream all your local in-market games on your mobile device for free using the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app.

Here’s a full roundup of all the services you can use to stream NFL games without cable.

HDTV Antenna

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You can purchase an antenna, like this 1 By One model, to add to your TV for about $24, giving you access to local channels within a certain distance. 

What you get:

Hooking up an HD antenna to your TV gives you access to local over-the-air (OTA) signals in your location. This means that you will be able to access the local affiliates of major broadcast networks, like Fox, CBS, and NBC.

This lets you watch all the regional games broadcast from wherever you’re located. You also get the Sunday Night Football matchup that airs on NBC. Because it’s only a one-time payment, this is a great option if you’re solely interested in watching the team in your area. However, you will not get access to any out-of-market games or games that air on ESPN or the NFL Network.


Sling TV

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If you’re looking for a live TV streaming service to watch football, Sling TV is a great budget option that gives you most of the channels you need at a cheaper price than Hulu or FuboTV.

There are three different plans, depending on what channels you prioritize. Sling Orange and Sling Blue each cost $35 a month, while the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan costs $50 per month. Additionally, you can purchase the Sports Extra package to add NFL RedZone to your plan for $11 per month.

What you get:

Sling Orange has ESPN, while Sling Blue has Fox and NBC in select markets as well as the NFL network. CBS is not currently offered by Sling. While there is a Sports Extra package, it does not include any channels that air live NFL games. 

Your best bet to get access to the most NFL games via Sling is to sign up for the Sling Orange + Blue plan and cash in on Sling’s current promotional offer of a free antenna for local channels. The free antenna requires that you prepay for two months of the Sling service. Plus, if you want RedZone you can add the Sports Extra package to the Orange + Blue Plan for a total of $61 a month.

If you don’t want it all, you can just sign up for Sling Blue to gain access to Sunday afternoon games on Fox and Sunday Night Football games on NBC, or just Sling Orange to gain access to Monday Night games on ESPN, in addition to the local offerings included with the antenna. As with all streaming services, game availability is subject to blackouts.

With Sling’s channel listings, add-ons, and the fact that they provide a free antenna, you can gain access to all local channels, the NFL Network, ESPN, and NFL RedZone, making it one of the most cost-effective ways to watch the NFL without cable. 

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In addition to all of its other offerings, Hulu + Live TV has nearly everything you need to stream NFL games for $65 per month. However, like Sling TV, there’s no option to add the NFL Network or NFL RedZone as a channel, which could be a deal-breaker if you’re hoping to watch and monitor action across the league.

What you get: 

Like an HD antenna, Hulu + Live TV gets you access to all the local affiliates of the major broadcasts, meaning Fox, CBS, and NBC. These will show the games that are within your regional broadcast map with the exception of any blackouts. In addition, you also get ESPN, which gives you access to all Monday Night Football games, and some of the best NFL coverage and analysis on TV. 

While you don’t get access to watch out-of-network games from across the country like you do with NFL RedZone or NFL Sunday Ticket, this is a comprehensive way to tune into most locally and nationally televised games. Hulu does not offer a way to watch the first three regular Thursday Night Football games, however, since those will be aired on NFL Network. 


FuboTV

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At $65 a month for the Starter Plan, FuboTV is one of the most comprehensive yet expensive live streaming options for NFL football. You can also spend an extra $11 per month to add the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package.

What you get:

In terms of NFL games, the Starter Plan includes access to local CBS, NBC, and Fox stations (regional availability and blackout restrictions apply). FuboTV’s Starter Plan also grants you access to ESPN to watch Monday Night Football, and NFL Network to stream Thursday Night Football all season long. 


YouTube TV

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With a base price of $65 a month, YouTube TV is another service that offers access to most NFL games. Additionally, the service announced an agreement with the NFL to offer NFL Redzone as an add-on included in their Sports Plus package for an additional $11 a month. 

What you get:

Like other services at this price range, YouTube TV offers access to all the local channels you need to watch NFL games, including CBS, Fox, and NBC. YouTube TV also offers ESPN and NFL Network in their base package, so you’ll be able to watch all Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games. And with the news of the new Sports Plus package, you can also watch NFL Redzone for an additional $11 per month.


NFL Sunday Ticket

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NFL Sunday Ticket used to only be available with a cable subscription, but NFL fans in non-DirecTV markets anywhere in the country can now gain access to every Sunday afternoon game.

There are two separate plans available: The NFL Sunday Ticket To Go plan costs $73.49 per month for four months, which is $293.96 total. There is also the NFL Sunday Ticket Max plan for $99 per month for four months, adding up to $396 total.

What you get:

Both plans give you access to all out-of-market Sunday afternoon games. This means that you do not get access to Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night games. You also won’t be able to stream locally televised games with only an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription. However, this is the only way for people hoping to watch full live games of their favorite teams out of market. A fun feature included in both plans is that you can watch four games at once on your screen.

In addition to the normal features, NFL Sunday Ticket Max adds in NFL RedZone and the DirecTV Fantasy Zone, which is a new channel solely dedicated watching games through the lens of fantasy football. 


Paramount Plus

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If you’re just interested in watching locally televised AFC home games, then a Paramount Plus subscription could be all you need. The service lets you stream live CBS television, as well as a growing library of on-demand shows and exclusive titles. Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month with commercials or $10 a month with ad-free streaming. With that said, all live broadcasts, including NFL games, still feature commercials with the ad-free plan.

What you get:

Paramount Plus offers live streaming for every NFL game that airs on the regular CBS channel in your local market. However, since Paramount Plus only offers CBS content you won’t be able to watch any games that air on other networks or any out of market matches. You can see a full schedule of NFL games set to air on CBS here.

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Peacock Premium

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Peacock won’t be streaming any exclusive games during the 2021 season, but Premium subscribers can stream all the NFL games being broadcast on NBC.

What you get:

For $5 a month, Peacock Premium will give you streaming access to NBC’s Sunday Night Football games, as well as Super Bowl LVI, the Thanksgiving game between the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints, and the 2021 kick-off game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The NFL’s flex scheduling gives NBC the option to change the Sunday Night Football game of the week, which typically guarantees that the primetime game will be one of the week’s best matchups.

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Amazon Prime Video

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Though yon won’t get local channels, NFL Network, or in-depth analysis, Amazon Prime Video members can watch select Thursday Night Football games with their subscription for no additional cost. A standalone Amazon Prime Video membership costs $9 a month, and the service is included as part of an Amazon Prime subscription for $119 per year or $13 a month.

What you get:

Amazon Prime Video will stream 11 Thursday Night Football games starting week five of the season. These game will also be broadcast on NFL Network and Fox. Since Amazon won’t be streaming any additional games, Prime Video on its own is really only suitable for casual football fans who just want to stream a few games this season. 

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Yahoo Sports app and NFL app

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If you’re only interested in watching in-market games without cable or an antenna, then you can stream live local and primetime games on a mobile device using the Yahoo Sports or NFL app. Both options are free and each app is available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. 

What you get:

These apps provide live streaming for regular season local and primetime games, playoffs, and the Super Bowl. With that said, you can only watch the games on a mobile device. You’ll also need to ensure that your location services are activated on your phone or tablet.

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Where to buy a PlayStation 5 – sign up for a chance to buy one directly from Sony during the holidays

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Sony’s PlayStation 5 remains hard to find months after its release.

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The PlayStation 5 is Sony’s fastest-selling video game console ever, with more than 10 million systems sold since its launch in November 2020. However, the record demand and an international chip shortage have made the PS5 one of the hardest items to buy in stores or online.

In October, Sony launched a registration program to give shoppers a chance to purchase the PS5 directly from the company during the holiday shopping season. Sony says console supply will remain limited through the end of the year, but a select number of people who register will receive an email to make a direct purchase. You can find more details and register on Sony’s site.

We’ve seen weekly restocks of the PS5 ($500) and PS5 Digital Edition ($400) online at retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Sony’s own PlayStation Direct store. Nearly all PlayStation 5 sales are handled online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and overall demand, but some GameStop locations have made consoles available for in-store purchase on occasion.

Walmart usually announces PS5 restocks a few hours before consoles are available online. GameStop sends emails to subscribers ahead of PS5 restocks but typically only makes the PS5 available in bundles. Amazon and Newegg have also made PS5 consoles available, though on a less consistent basis. Newegg uses a raffle system to give shoppers a chance to buy rare items like the PS5.

We’ll keep this post updated as we get more information about PS5 restocks, but ultimately you’ll need to keep checking multiple stores and get a bit lucky with timing to secure the console.

Where to buy a PS5: stores and price

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Several stores, including Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Newegg, have regularly restocked PlayStation 5 consoles since launch, but they typically sell out as soon as they’re available online.

Sony’s PlayStation Direct store has a registration program that functions like a waitlist for a limited supply of PS5 consoles. If selected, shoppers who sign up will receive an email to purchase a PS5 directly from Sony. Registering does not guarantee you’ll get an invite, however, and it’s not clear how many people will be selected. Invitations to purchase a PS5 will begin to go out to selected shoppers in November 2021.

The PlayStation 5 comes in two different models — one that has a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive and a “digital edition” with no disc drive at all. The standard model is priced at $500, and the digital edition is priced at $400.

At popular sites for resellers, like eBay and StockX, you can expect to pay between $700 or $800 for the PlayStation 5.

You can check the links below to see if the PS5 is currently available at each retailer; we’ll update this post if a specific store announces a restock.

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Tips for buying the PS5

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A gamer sets up the new Sony Playstation PS5 at his home in Seoul after Sony launched the new console.

Buying the PlayStation 5 has been a struggle since release, but retailers have been making a steady stream of consoles available. If you have a preferred store, you should look into setting stock alerts with their online tools.

Third-party stock-tracking websites like HotStock.io can tell you when a store last had the PlayStation 5 in stock and let you set alerts for multiple retailers. A reseller who made more than $40,000 reselling PS5 consoles last year shared more specific tips on how to find the console online.

If you encounter issues while trying to check out with an online retailer, keep trying to refresh the product page to add the console and make sure the PS5 is available and in your cart. If possible, create an account with your preferred retailer and enter your payment and shipping information in advance to help the checkout process move quickly.

PlayStation 5 specifications

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The PlayStation 5 boasts much more powerful hardware than the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro. Upgrades include a solid state hard drive and a graphics card capable of ray-tracing technology.

For detailed impressions, check out our full PlayStation 5 review.

PlayStation 5 accessories

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The new PlayStation 5 family of peripherals haven’t been nearly as hard to find as the console itself, though they’re not of much use without the main course. That said, they do complement the features of the PlayStation 5, so we’ve taken to the time to explain what they all do.

Sony’s $70 DualSense controller is a worthy successor to the PS4’s popular DualShock, implementing a built-in microphone, haptic feedback for adjustable trigger tension, and advanced rumble features while also improving the battery life and adopting a USB-C charging cable.

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The $100 Pulse 3D headset is a direct successor to the gold and platinum wireless headsets Sony released for the PlayStation 4. The headset has an adjustable band, built-in microphone, and hardware buttons for mute, voice monitoring, and volume. While the Pulse 3D headset is worth the investment, PS5’s 3D audio features will also work with any third-party headset that’s been licensed for use on PS4.

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The $30 PlayStation media remote might look appealing, but for $30 you can find a better or cheaper universal remote to control the console. Several smart TV brands also let you control the PS5 with your standard TV remote too, so it’s worth giving that a try before making this investment.

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The $30 DualSense charging stand can charge two controllers and makes for a nice stand alongside the PS5, but it doesn’t actually charge your controllers any faster than using a regular cable.

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The $60 HD camera can be used for streaming in full 1080p and even has a background removal tool, but it cannot be used as a microphone like the PlayStation 4 camera. Luckily, you can just use the DualSense’s built-in mic to communicate while playing.

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PlayStation 5 exclusive games

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“Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart” is Sony’s latest PlayStation 5 exclusive.

Sony is committed to creating a full lineup of exclusive games for the PlayStation 5, repeating the same strategy that helped make the PS4 a massive success. Because there are still so many gamers waiting to upgrade to PS5, many of the games released on the new console will also work on PlayStation 4, like “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “Sackboy: A Big Adventure.”

Keep in mind that new games like “Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War” have been designed to run better on PS5, even if they’re available on the PS4. Below, we’ve listed all the games that require a PlayStation 5 to play, including upcoming titles that don’t have release dates yet. 

Exclusive PS5 games available now

Upcoming PS5 exclusive games

  • “Horizon: Forbidden West”
  • “God of War: Ragnarok”
  • “Gran Turismo 7”

For more PlayStation game recommendations, check out our complete roundup of exclusives that make the PS5 worth buying.

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What to expect from Kohl’s 2021 Black Friday deals, plus how to use Kohl’s Cash

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Last year, Kohl’s Black Friday sale ran from November 22 through November 27, and we expect to see deals similarly start early this year. If you frequently shop at Kohl’s and are part of the rewards program, this store should be your

first Black Friday stop. Last year, shoppers could use their Kohl’s cash to save even more on deals, as well as accumulate additional rewards.

Kohl’s Black Friday deals often include lots of tech, vacuums, small appliances, toys, and more. The discounts are usually just as good as other big-box retailers, which comes in handy if stock runs out at other stores.

The best early Black Friday deals from Kohl’s

When does Kohl’s Black Friday sale start?

Black Friday 2021 is November 26 and Cyber Monday is November 29, but many retailers start their sales earlier. We expect Kohl’s to start running deals about a week before Black Friday.

What should I buy from Kohl’s on Black Friday?

Last year, Kohls had great deals on smart speakers, fitness trackers, kitchen appliances, and even an Xbox bundle. This year, expect to find similar deals on vacuums, cookware, pajamas, air fryers, and more.

How do we select the best deals at Kohl’s?

  • The products we choose must meet our coverage standards and come from brands we’ve tested and trust.
  • We compare the prices against Amazon, Target, Walmart, and other retailers. The deals we include are the same or better (not including promotional discounts from using certain credit cards).
  • We consider products’ price histories to evaluate how significant the savings are.

You can read more about how we vet deals at Insider Reviews here.

Should I enroll in Kohl’s Rewards?

Kohl’s Rewards replaced Yes2You Rewards last year. The free program gives members 5% Kohl’s Cash every day (not just during promotional events) on all purchases, as well as additional rewards, like a birthday gift.

Any Kohl’s Cash received through the rewards program will be available on the first day of the following month and must be used within 30 days. So, if you earn a lot on Black Friday, it should be available on December 1. If you think you’ll be shopping at Kohl’s again before Christmas, it might be worthwhile to take advantage of the extra Kohl’s Cash savings.

What is Kohl’s cash?

Even if you’re not a Kohl’s Rewards member, you’ll still get $10 of Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend during promotional periods. You can then use that Kohl’s Cash like a coupon on future purchases.

If you make purchases in-store, you’ll receive a coupon for your Kohl’s Cash. If you buy online, Kohl’s will send an email with your Kohl’s Cash. Pay attention to expiration dates, because Kohl’s Cash doesn’t last forever. Also, keep in mind that there’s a limit to how much Kohl’s Cash you can earn: $1,500 on a single purchase.

Can I order online and pick up in a Kohl’s store?

Kohl’s stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day 2021. Due to the pandemic, Kohl’s will continue offering curbside pickup in 2021. Many products are available for purchase online, and you can have it delivered to your car two hours later.

How does Kohl’s compare to other stores on Black Friday?

Like Best Buy, Kohl’s will likely have lots of tech deals. The retailer also sells cookware, vacuums, clothes, toys, and home goods that will also be on sale, similar to Amazon, Walmart, and Target. Often, these stores will all offer very similar deals on the same products, so if you have your eye on something that goes out of stock, you may still find it at a competitor.

Kohl’s does sometimes win out over other stores’ deals because of Kohl’s Cash, but that’s really only a draw if you plan on shopping there again before the end of 2021.

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We compared 5 popular online meat delivery services to find which has the juiciest steaks and most premium cuts

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  • Rastelli’s and ButcherBox are among the convenient online shops to buy different types of meat.
  • Some mimic the experience of your local butcher, while others serve as a one-stop dinner shop.
  • Here’s a full comparison of the five services on their prices, offerings, and more.

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As enthusiastic carnivores and amateur home cooks, we’ve tested a variety of online meat delivery services that source high-quality meat, send them safely to your house, and show you the best ways to cook them. After many cooking, grilling, and tasting sessions, we’ve found that five companies stand out above the rest: Rastelli’s, Snake River Farms, Porter Road, ButcherBox, and Omaha Steaks.

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Though they all provide the same basic service, they differ in cuts offered, where the meat is sourced, pricing, delivery frequency, and other factors. We love all of them, but one might better suit your tastes and preferences, so we compared their major differences below (scroll to the right if your screen doesn’t display the entire table).

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Offerings Meat, seafood, and plant-based options Meat (beef, pork) Meat (beef, pork, lamb, chicken) Meat (beef, pork, chicken) Meat, seafood, sides, desserts
Design À la carte cuts and subscriptions À la carte cuts and subscriptions À la carte cuts and subscriptions Subscription only À la carte cuts and subscriptions
Price $13-$119 Varies widely $9-$140 $149-$270 Varies widely
Shipping Free on orders over $200, $10 on orders between $100-$199, $25 for orders under $100 $9.99 Free on orders over $100 Free on all orders Free on orders over $169, $20 on orders under $169

Keep reading for all the details between Rastelli’s, Snake River Farms, Porter Road, ButcherBox, and Omaha Steaks.

Rastelli’s

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What it sells: No hormone- or antibiotic-added beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and seafood. The seafood is wild-caught or sustainably raised, and there are organic meat options. It also sells roasts, sides, and plant-based hot dogs and burgers. 

How it works: Choose from curated bundles like the big mixed steak and seafood box ($319), or individual cuts.

Price: Curated boxes range from $99 to $119, and à la carte cuts range from $15 for bacon to $119 for grass-fed filet mignon.

Shipping: Free standard shipping is offered on orders over $200. It’s $10 on orders between $100-$199, $25 for orders under $100. Your first order arrives frozen in an insulated tote (future orders come in a box). 

Why you might like it: 

  • Variety: Seafood, meat, and plant-based eaters will all find something for them at Rastelli’s. Plus, many options are pre-prepped, like beef wellington or parmesan breaded pork chops, so you can do even less work at dinner time.
  • Optimized gifting experience: Rastelli’s offers many gifting choices, including a special site if you want to ship to multiple addresses in one easy checkout. There’s also a bulk gifting program for orders over 15. 
  • Generous satisfaction guarantee: If you’re not happy with your product, contact the Rastelli’s team within 21 days of your shipment, and it’ll provide a refund. 

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Snake River Farms

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Read our review of Snake River Farms here.

What it sells: Grassfed, hormone-free American Wagyu beef and Kurobota pork.

How it works: Choose from individual cuts.

Price: A la carte cuts range from $18 for top sirloin all the way to $599 for a Gold Grade striploin roast.

Shipping: $9.99 standard shipping on all orders. Orders arrive cold in an insulated box with a cooler bag. 

Why you might like it: 

  • Unique beef and pork options: Snake River Farms specializes in American Wagyu, which is created by crossing purebred Wagyu with Angus cattle breeds to make a richly marbled and flavorful meat.
  • High-end gifting that will impress: Some of Snake River Farms’ boxes run into the $600-$700 range, an extravagant gift for someone in your life who prizes high-quality meat. 

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Porter Road

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Read our review of Porter Road here.

What it sells: Pasture-raised, no hormone- or antibiotic-added beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. 

How it works: Choose from curated bundles like the six-pound Grill Master Pack ($70), or create your own box by filling it with the cuts and quantities you want.

Price: Bundles can range from $60-$100, à la carte cuts range from $7 for ground beef to $112 for packer brisket.

Shipping: Free standard shipping is offered on orders over $100, and your order of individually packaged cuts will arrive cold in an insulated box. 

Why you might like it: 

  • Customization and choice: If you have specific preferences in mind, you can filter by cooking time and cooking gear to find the most appropriate cuts. Porter Road offers a large variety of cuts, from the familiar to the underrated, allowing you to mix and match the ultimate shopping basket of meat.
  • Unpretentious education: On each product detail page, you can learn what part of the animal the cut comes from and the best way to cook it. 
  • Optimized online experience: The website and photos are laid out beautifully. It’s fun and easy to shop through the site, which is a worthy offshoot of the original Nashville butcher shop. 

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ButcherBox

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Read our review of ButcherBox here.

What it sells: Grass-fed, pasture-raised, no hormone- or antibiotic-added beef, pork, and chicken. 

How it works: There are five different subscription plans: all beef, beef and chicken, beef and pork, a mixed box of all three types, and a custom box. All pre-curated boxes contain 8.5 to 11 pounds of meat, while the custom box contains nine to 14 pounds. 

Price: A pre-curated box costs $137 per month, and a custom box costs $159 per month. 

Shipping: Standard shipping is free, and your order of individually packaged cuts will arrive frozen in an insulated box. 

Why you might like it: 

  • Quantity and quality: ButcherBox is great for feeding families and large groups, so whether you’re planning dinner for the month or hosting a barbecue, you’ll have delicious, quality meat on hand to make everyone happy. 
  • Automatic but flexible delivery: It’s a subscription service, with boxes delivered every month or every two months. You can change your box assortment, size, and delivery frequency at any time before your next invoice date. 
  • Recipe library: The large collection of recipes helps you make the most of your premium meats. 

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Omaha Steaks

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Order meat from Omaha Steaks here.

Read our review of Omaha Steaks here.

What it sells: Meat of all types, including beef, veal, and bison, fish and shellfish, plus full meals, sides, desserts, and wine.

How it works: Shop sitewide and add anything to your cart. You can order combo kits and à la carte items together. 

Price: Since Omaha Steaks sells such a large variety of products, you’ll have to visit the site for more detailed pricing information. 

Shipping: Standard shipping is free on orders over $169 and $20 on orders under $169. Your order of individually packaged cuts will arrive frozen in an insulated box. 

Why you might like it: 

  • Large product selection: Though its name says “Steaks” and its strength is certainly beef, you can basically shop for your entire dinner here, down to seasonings and specialty desserts. For true indulgence, you can shop huge King Cuts and Custom Cuts
  • Highly giftable: Whereas the other services are better for personal use, Omaha Steaks is the best for gifting, offering special gift baskets and a variety of combo boxes to give to friends and family. 
  • Deals and promotions: The site runs frequent sales on cuts, meals, and sides, and some combos ship for free. You can often save more than 50% and stock up on top-quality meat. 
  • Rewards program: If you shop the site often, join the free rewards program to earn points on purchases and referrals. 

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The best winter boots for men in 2021

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Feet wearing Timberland Premium 6-inch Waterproof Boots on wet pavement
  • When winter hits, be prepared with the best boots for inclement weather.
  • Whether you’re interested in stylish or utilitarian boots, here are 15 great choices.
  • All these boots are insulated and waterproof or water-resistant.

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Winter is on the way and when the temperature drops, you better have something on your feet that will keep your toes from freezing. Whether you’re looking for a boot that’s super stylish or a utilitarian boot for shoveling snow, we’ve put together a guide to 15 of the best choices available.

At the very least, a winter boot should be waterproof and have insulation, whether from materials like PrimaLoft or Thinsulate, which are both lightweight and made of synthetic fibers, or wool, which some people prefer since it isn’t man-made.

Besides waterproofing and insulation, a third major consideration is how a boot will handle icy conditions. Look for a boot with good traction. Many of the selections below use outsoles from Vibram, a storied Italian company famed for its rubber lug soles.

The last consideration is use. We’ve included winter boots that work for the office or social events but can still handle foul weather, all the way to boots built for winter hiking through snow and across ice. And many that fall in between these two extremes. You’re probably not going to want to wear a handmade pair of Italian boots to shovel snow or sport high rubber boots at the office, but we’re sure you’ll find exactly what you need in this roundup.

Here are the best winter boots for men in 2021:

L.L.Bean 10-inch Shearling-Lined Bean Boots

L.L.Bean 10-inch Shearling-Lined Bean Boots

L.L.Bean’s 10-inch Shearling-Lined Bean Boots feature waterproof leather on the outside to handle snow and sleet while soft shearling lining and PrimaLoft insulation keep your feet warm. 

L.L.Bean has been crafting winter boots for more than 100 years — it was the first product when the brand launched in 1912 — and today it still makes the Bean Boot in Maine. This 10-inch shearling-lined duck-style boot incorporates waterproof leather uppers that are triple-stitched, with a steel shank and a rubber chain-tread bottom to keep you stable. Inside, a natural shearling lining and PrimaLoft insulation keep your feet warm down to 25°F for light outdoor activity and -20°F for moderate activity.

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Merrell Men’s Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof Boot

Men's Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof Boot

Merrell’s Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof Boots are the perfect winter hikers, especially if your toes tend towards being cold. These boots are also lightweight, waterproof, and great in icy conditions. 

If you’re looking for some winter hikers, Merrell has been making exceptional hiking boots for 40 years, and the Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof Boot is one of its bestsellers. According to shoppers, these boots are light, extra warm, comfortable, durable, completely waterproof, and have great traction in icy conditions. They feature Vibram outsoles, a bellows tongue to prevent moisture and debris from getting in, are lined in fleece, have PrimaLoft Aerogel insulation over the toes, and a heat-reflecting insole that traps body heat around the foot.

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Sorel 1964 Pac T Boot

Sorel 1964 Pat T Boot

Sorel’s 1964 Pac T boots have everything you’d want in a winter boot, plus eco-friendly materials like leather from a sustainable tannery and recycled felt. 

Sorel’s 1964 Pac T Boot has everything you want in a winter boot, plus it’s made using eco-friendly materials. The Pac T features waterproof leather from a sustainable tannery and vulcanized rubber upper that’s seam-sealed to keep moisture out. It’s insulated with a removable washable recycled felt inner boot, is lined in micro-fleece, and has a Sherpa pile snow cuff for extra warmth. Finally, it has a molded EVA footbed and a thick rubber outsole to keep your feet happy and steady when you’re tromping around in the snow. 

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Nisolo All-Weather Andres Boot

Nisolo All-Weather Andres Boot

Beauty and brawn meet in the Nisolo All-Weather Andres Boot that works as well in the office as it does outdoors.

Nisolo’s All-Weather Andres Boot combines elegance and toughness for a boot that works as well in the office as it does on a winter hike through the woods. These beauties are Nisolo’s version of a traditional trench boot and are handcrafted in Peru using sustainably produced water-resistant leather for the uppers in a factory that pays its workers a living wage. The gusseted tongue keeps out moisture and the shock-absorbing studded rubber outsoles will keep you surefooted when it’s slippery out. 

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Timberland Premium 6-inch Waterproof Boots

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The Timberland Waterproof Boots are iconic for a reason: They have unmistakable style and what it takes to keep you comfortable when the temperature drops. 

The Timberland Waterproof Boots are iconic not just for their unmistakable style but because they can actually stand up to the elements. They have sustainably produced waterproof leather uppers that are seam-sealed to prevent moisture from seeping in, 400 grams of PrimaLoft ECO insulation inside to keep out the chill, and thick rubber lugged outsoles to keep you from slipping on the icy pavement. There’s a good amount of padding on the collar around the ankle and a leather-lined footbed for comfort. Then there are the unique colorways available, but the basic black is also a real standout. 

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Danner Hood Winter Light Boot

Danner Hood WInter Light Boot

Danner’s Hood Winter Light Boot has a full-grain leather upper, a waterproof Gore-Tex liner, Thinsulate insulation, and Vibram outsole, all in one stunning package. 

The American heritage brand Danner began making boots for Oregon loggers back in 1932 and, as you’d expect, its footwear is built for the outdoors and harsh weather. It is also stunningly handsome. The Hood Winter Light Boot is a style Danner recently brought back just in time for colder weather. It’s got a full-grain leather upper, a breathable waterproof Gore-Tex liner to keep out the rain and snow, 200 grams of Thinsulate to keep out the cold, and a Vibram Kletterlift outsole with tons of traction. And, it’s made in the U.S. 

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Muck Boots Men’s Arctic Outpost Pull-On

Muck Boots Men's Arctic Outpost Pull-On

The Original Muck Boot Company is famous for its rain boots but its winter boots are also superb. The Arctic Outpost Pull-On has a full-grain leather and thick neoprene upper and is lined in fleece for those cold winter days. 

You may know the Original Muck Boot Company for its rain boots, but the brand also makes wonderful winter boots. The Arctic Outpost Pull-on has a full-grain leather and thick waterproof neoprene upper that protects you from the snow, a soft fleece lining to protect you from the cold, and a Vibram Arctic Grip Outsole to protect you from falling down. And the pull-on style means they’re easy to get in and out of. 

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Kamik Men’s Hunter Cold-Weather Boot

Kamik Men’s Hunter Cold-Weather Boot

The Kamik Hunter Cold-Weather Boot is made in Canada, rated for -40°F, and is a great value at under $60. 

Kamik is a family-owned Canadian company with a history going back to the turn of the 20th century. The Hunter Cold-Weather Boot is made of waterproof synthetic rubber and includes a removable thermal liner. It hits about mid-calf so it’s high enough to keep deep snow out, and has a nylon collar to further prevent snow from getting in. It’s rated to -40°F, manufactured in Canada, and will cost you less than $60. 

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Irish Setter Canyons Pull-On Boot

Irish Setter Canyons Pull-On Boot

Irish Setter Canyons Pull-On Boots are your cold-weather friends that are insulated, waterproof, sturdy, and easy to get on and off. 

The Irish Setter Canyons Pull-On Boot is a Chelsea-style boot made for winter weather. It features full-grain waterproof leather uppers, 200 grams of PrimaLoft insulation, and even has an exclusive ScentBan process that kills odor-causing bacteria to keep your boots smelling fresh. The Vibram outsole will keep you surefooted no matter the terrain.

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The North Face Chilkat IV

The North Face Chilkat IV

The North Face Chilkat IV boots are attractive enough for city wear but serious enough for a winter trek in the woods.

The North Face Chilkat IV is a serious winter boot that features waterproof leather and molded rubber uppers, ample insulation that’s also eco-friendly, and temperature-sensitive rubber lugs for increased traction in icy conditions. Then there’s the EVA midsole and molded footbed for a comfortable ride. And above and beyond all that, they’re attractive enough for tromping through city streets and are also snowshoe compatible for weekends in the country. 

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Keen Slater II Waterproof Boots

Keen Slater II Waterproof Boots

The Keen Slater II Waterproof Boots are stylish, yes, but more than that. They’re also waterproof, insulated, have a wool collar, and use environmentally friendly leather. 

Keen is better known for shoes you wear in the summer, but its winter boots are also impressive. The Slater II Waterproof Boots are, as their name indicates, waterproof. They’re also insulated, supportive, use environmentally friendly leather for the uppers, have warm wool at the ankle, and look quite stylish when paired with your favorite jeans and a thick winter sweater. 

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Wolverine Yak Insulated Boot

Wolverine Yak Insulated boot

The Wolverine Yak Insulated Boot is like a duck boot on steroids.

Wolverine is known for its hard wearing work boots and its winter boots are no exception. The Yak Insulated Boot is like a duck boot on steroids — waterproof, breathable, nicely insulated and cushioned in all the right places. The uppers have full-grain waterproof leather, there are 200 grams of Thinsulate Ultra insulation on the inside, and they have thick rubber outsoles for gripping the winter ground. 

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Fracap M120 Alto Brill Boots

Fracap M120 Alto Brill Boots

The Fracap M120 Alto Brill Boots are works of art you can wear on your feet in the winter. 

If you’re looking to splurge on winter boots, you couldn’t do any better than the Fracap M120 Alto Brill Boots. Sure, they’re alluring because of their full-grain Italian calf leather uppers, fur collars, and hand-milled outsoles. But they’re also handmade in Italy by a small family-run business that’s been around since 1908 and will ship your boots internationally for free. These are works of art that double as winter boots. 

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Blundstone Thermal Boot

Irish Setter Canyons Pull-On Boot

The Blundstone Thermal Boots are just like your favorite Blunnies, except that they’re built for winter with added insulation and shearling footbeds. 

The Blundstone Thermal Boot is just like your favorite Blundstone Chelsea — premium waterproof leather uppers, patented comfort system for all-day wear, and durable TPU outsoles to keep you surefooted — plus these Blunnies are winterized. They have plush, removable shearling footbeds and Thinsulate insulation to keep your feet warm when the temperature drops. 

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Columbia Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot

Columbia Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot

The sleek design of the Columbia Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot hides a ton of functional elements to keep your feet warm and comfortable. 

Street style meets winter functionality in the Columbia Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot. The boot holds a surprising amount of functional elements in its sleek design that are all there to help keep your feet warm and comfortable. The Hyper-Boreal Omni-Heat Tall Boot includes 200 grams of insulation plus the company’s patented heat reflection system that helps retain heat while allowing moisture to dissipate. Then there’s the lightweight midsole with plenty of cushioning for all-day comfort. 

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‘Scythe,’ a super popular dystopian YA book, is perfect for anyone who loved ‘The Hunger Games’

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“Scythe,” by Neal Shusterman, is the first book in a popular young adult, dystopian sci-fi series that fans of “The Hunger Games” will love.

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  • Scythe” is a bestselling young adult science fiction novel.
  • I don’t read many sci-fi novels, but I loved the world-building and fast-paced plot in this one.
  • I recommend it to anyone who likes “The Hunger Games.

To be honest, I don’t read science fiction or fantasy novels often. No matter how well-written they are, I sometimes struggle to imagine the elaborate worlds built by the authors, enriched with advanced technology or complex magic.

But it took me only three days to completely devour “Scythe,” a wildly popular dystopian novel.

“Scythe,” a young adult sci-fi book by author Neal Shusterman, was published in 2016 and is the first in a completed trilogy followed by “Thunderhead” and “The Toll.” It’s also currently being adapted into a movie by Universal Pictures.

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Before I opened the book, all I knew was that it’s about a world where humanity has conquered mortality and now the only way humans die is by the hands of a scythe – humans who are designated, trained, and spend their lives in charge of “gleaning” people for population control.

Reading “Scythe,” the story follows two reluctant teenagers, Citra and Rowan, who are chosen to apprentice a scythe, even though neither of them wants the role. As they begin to understand the intricacies of scythedom, their journeys are complicated by a stipulation: Only one will become a scythe – and their first act will be to glean the other.

I’m not the only one who’s obsessed with this book. “Scythe” has great reviews – 84% of its nearly 200,000 reviews on Goodreads are 4- and 5-stars – and I couldn’t agree more. This novel is fast-paced, involves excellent world-building, and – you heard it here first! – has the potential to become the next “Hunger Games.

Here are the three things I loved the most about “Scythe”:

The fantastical world feels a lot like our own, making it easy for non-fantasy fans to follow along.

I generally have a problem with the elaborate world-building in most fantasy and science-fiction novels. Even with beloved high fantasy series like “Game of Thrones” or “The Lord of the Rings,” it’s too difficult for me to keep track of all the different magic, characters, family trees, and histories that are crucial to the plot, making them personally not very enjoyable for me to read.

But in “Scythe,” the dystopia (or utopia, depending on how you see it) is built swiftly and easily: It’s reminiscent of the world we currently live in, but a few hundred years into the future. 2042 was the year the world decided to combine all the information that’s currently stored in the “cloud” into one massive artificial intelligence system known as the Thunderhead.

As the Thunderhead immediately knew the collective knowledge of humanity, it was able to solve world hunger, wealth inequality, and all the other problems in the world. (Sure, you could poke some holes in this, but it’s a YA science fiction novel. I just rolled with the information I was given.)

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In this world, there are public cars that drive themselves, people have “nanites” in their bodies that regulate pain and emotion, and there are machines that can reset your age to any time in adulthood. Because this futuristic world felt plausible and familiar, it helped me become obsessed with the premise as quickly as I did.

“Scythe” presents a series of ethical dilemmas that kept me invested in the story.

Most scythes take the responsibility of taking a life very seriously, acting with a reverence for the gleaned and their families. They glean people in a similar ratio to the present-day mortality rate, randomly choose from a group to eliminate bias, and ensure they’re gleaning the population evenly across gender, race, and age.

Each scythe has their own specific method of choosing who to glean. Some strictly follow the statistics of mortality from before the age of immortality, while others choose based on who seems ready to be done with life. Others mirror mass tragedies from history, wiping out hundreds of people at a time, but only a few times per year.

The book poses many ethical dilemmas that I won’t spoil, but the main one is this: How does one person choose when another one should die? I still find myself pondering this question, which is one of the main reasons I loved the book so much, and can’t wait to read the next ones.

This book is incredibly fast-paced and full of plot twists, which made me order the sequel.

I absolutely couldn’t put this book down. Every time the apprentices would seem to conquer a challenge, another one arose. Even in the short moments that seemed like lulls, there were huge overarching problems that needed to be resolved and kept me turning the pages.

My only critique is the book didn’t end in a very gripping cliffhanger. I know which problems will be addressed in the next book (not spoiling anything, promise!) but I didn’t feel the immediate urge to open the next one until I read the description of the sequel.

That being said, I’ve already ordered the sequel, “Thunderhead,” and recommended “Scythe” to every single one of my sci-fi-loving friends.

If you’re looking for a fascinating dystopian science fiction book with all the page-turning excitement of “The Hunger Games,” read this book (and the whole “Arc of the Scythe” series).

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