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The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Friday

Kickstart your weekend with the best Amazon deals.
Kickstart your weekend with the best Amazon deals.

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Say it all together now, ladies and gentlemen: “TGIF!” While there are plenty of ways you might choose to ring in the weekend, we’re partial to online shopping, and as usual, we’re bringing you the five Amazon deals of the day most worthy of your attention.

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Here at Reviewed, we spend countless hours testing products, analyzing price histories, hunting for sales and reading customer reviews to help our readers shop smartly—and save big. Today, we’ve discovered markdowns on plenty of top-performing items, including a Breville espresso machine, Anker Bluetooth speaker and more. Curious about what else we found? Read on to know more.

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  • August 14, 2020
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Day of travel chaos as Britons race to beat 4am deadline

EPA
EPA

As tens of thousands of British holidaymakers raced to beat the quarantine deadline, a ferry captain planned a record-breaking Channel crossing and demand for private jets soared.

At 10pm on Thursday, the transport secretary announced that travellers arriving from France, the Netherlands and Malta after 4am on Saturday would need to go home and self-isolate for two weeks.

Coronavirus infection rates in those countries – as well as Monaco, Aruba and the Turks and Caicos Islands – were unacceptably high, said Grant Shapps.

With 30 hours’ notice, travellers who wished to avoid quarantine faced a series of hurdles – starting with getting online to change reservations on Channel crossings.

At one point the Eurotunnel website had a queue of more than 5,000 customers waiting.

By Friday evening, the Channel Tunnel car-carrying operator, which for the past few weeks has found itself to be the UK’s favourite international transport mode,

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  • August 14, 2020
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How to get your finances in shape in just 1 month

Keeping tabs on your finances can be much easier said than done. With thousands of personal finance blogs, books and experts out there with sometimes conflicting advice, it can be hard to make sense of what you really should do.

We’re bringing it back to the very basics. If you set aside just 30 minutes each week for the next month, your finances will be in better shape than they are today. Knowledge is the ultimate power when it comes to managing your money. Here’s how to do it in a few short weeks.

Week 1: Take your financial health vitals

There are so many different components to your financial health. Think of it like a well visit to your doctor — you need to get your temperature and blood pressure taken before you can troubleshoot the big stuff. The same rule applies to your money.

This first week, get

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  • August 14, 2020
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Families Priced Out of ‘Learning Pods’ Seek Alternatives

Shy Rodriguez with her sons, Shawn Pagan, 11, left, and Jaiden Pagan, 8, at their home in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on July 31, 2020. (Hannah Yoon/The New York Times)
Shy Rodriguez with her sons, Shawn Pagan, 11, left, and Jaiden Pagan, 8, at their home in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on July 31, 2020. (Hannah Yoon/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — When Shy Rodriguez heard about one of the hottest trends in education during the pandemic — “learning pods,” where parents hire teachers for small-group, in-home instruction — she knew immediately it was something she could never afford for her sons.

Like many parents, Rodriguez, a single mother and nursing assistant in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was deeply dissatisfied with the online instruction her school district provided last spring. Facing more of the same this fall — her district is offering an in-person option for now, but she is not comfortable sending her boys — she set out to create a more basic and affordable type of pod: one where parents take turns with child care duties so they can go to work

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  • August 14, 2020
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Hoboken Low On Rapid Coronavirus Tests Due To U.S. Shortage: City

HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken’s uptown drive-through coronavirus test center is low on rapid tests and is “utilizing non-rapid testing at their site for some patients and reserving rapid tests for those with symptoms or who are at-risk,” the city announced Friday. Typically, Hoboken residents can head to the 15th Street center to get a test, but only some go because they have symptoms, while others do it to ensure they are well before seeing older relatives, or in order to travel to another state with restrictions.

The city said the issue is “due to a nationwide shortage of rapid COVID-19 tests.” As a result, “Riverside [Medical Group] has ordered more rapid tests, however, non-rapid tests may be used for most residents at their site for the near future. We apologize for the inconvenience it may have caused for residents scheduled for testing over the next several days.”

To get a

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  • August 14, 2020
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Airbnb restricts under-25s from booking entire rooms in UK, France and Spain

The company hopes to 'protect local communities' with its decision - AFP/LIONEL BONAVENTURE
The company hopes to ‘protect local communities’ with its decision – AFP/LIONEL BONAVENTURE

Airbnb has banned under-25s with repeat negative reviews from hiring local homes through its platform in an attempt to cut down on unauthorised parties.

Trialling the initiative in Britain, France and Spain, the online lettings website announced it will prohibit anyone under the age of 25, who has less than three positive ratings, from renting entire homes nearby to where they live.

The move is hoped to limit anti-social behaviour within Airbnb listings, amid concern about events where social distancing measures have not been adhered to.

“The restriction is intended to protect local communities while still allowing younger guests to book listings outside of their local area,” Airbnb said in a statement.

Those with at least three positive reviews and no negative ones, or with long-term plans, are exempt from the restriction, and all users can still

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  • August 14, 2020
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Lucy Li returns to competition on Symetra Tour

She turned pro last November and she’s only played one tournament as a professional.

The global COVID pandemic put her career on hold, as it did for many others.

But on Thursday, Lucy Li hit her first shot in a competitive round of golf since March 8.

Even though the high temperature at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona, for the Symetra Tour’s Founders Tribute is expected to reach 115 during Thursday’s first round, Li, 17, isn’t sweating the small stuff.

“It’s been fun,” she said after Wednesday’s pro-am regarding her extended time off from competition. “I started taking some college courses online. I took a few of those over the spring and summer and that’s kept me occupied.”

Many LPGA and aspiring LPGA players took to the mini tours over the summer. The Cactus Tour in Arizona had several events with good fields. But Li chose to work on

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  • August 14, 2020
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Cottagecore is all over the internet. Here’s where to experience it in California

 <span class="copyright">(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)</span>
(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

A picnic lunch surrounded by rolling hills. Bouquets of wildflowers and baby barn animals. Not a laptop or cellphone in sight.

If this imagery is soothing to you, you’re not alone. Welcome to cottagecore, a sunny corner of the internet where you can immerse yourself in an idealized, rose-tinted version of country living. Think Taylor Swift posing among the brambles in her latest album art, the Weasley family’s shabby-chic home and gnome-infested garden in the “Harry Potter” series and, of course, “Little House on the Prairie” (minus the grasshopper plague that destroys Pa’s harvest).

Despite a surface-level omission of modern technology, cottagecore has proliferated on TikTok and other online platforms — and is generating headlines. Just last week, an Agence France-Presse story posited that cottagecore is “poised to overtake hygge as the biggest lifestyle trend of the post-coronavirus era.”

It’s no surprise

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  • August 14, 2020
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A Week In Ulster County, NY, On A $86,000 Salary

Welcome to Money Diaries where we are tackling the ever-present taboo that is money. We’re asking real people how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.

Today: a career nanny and freelance writer who makes $86,000 per year and spends some of their money this week on Lagunitas.

Occupation: Career Nanny, transitioning into freelance writing
Industry: Household
Age: 32
Location: Ulster County, NY
Salary: $86,000 (nannying and writing combined)
Net Worth: $11,200 in savings
Debt: $12,000 in school loans, $2,700 in credit card debt
Paycheck Amount (1x/week for nannying): $1,300 cash (plus whatever freelance money I make, usually $2,000/month)
Pronouns: They/them

Monthly Expenses
Rent: $875 for a house with one housemate
Student Loans: $0 (deferred)
Car Lease: $195
Car Insurance: $75
Utilities: $75
Internet: $33
Credit Card: anywhere from $200-$450
Savings: $800
Personal Cell: $110 (on a family plan with friends, … Read More

  • August 14, 2020
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Airbnb to clamp down on UK bookings for under-25s

The restrictions follow similar measures introduced in the US and Canada. Photo: Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The restrictions follow similar measures introduced in the US and Canada. Photo: Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Airbnb has announced it will trial to restrict the ability of people under the age of 25 in the UK, France and Spain from renting entire properties, in an attempt to crack down on illegal parties.

The platform’s move aims to ensure safety by clamping down on prohibited parties, rowdy and antisocial behaviour to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The trial scheme will stop guests under the age of 25 with fewer than three positive reviews from booking entire homes near their place of residence.

The restrictions, follow similar pilots introduced in June in the United States and Canada, which Airbnb said had reduced the number of unauthorised parties.

READ MORE: From travel to eating out: The social impacts of coronavirus on Britain

Last year, the company banned unauthorised parties at

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  • August 14, 2020