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The weekend is my favorite time to shop. There's no distraction from meetings or deadlines, so you can really spend time not only browsing the best deals and sales, but also researching your purchases and making sure your money is not going to waste.
I don't know about you, but I've definitely been a victim of the impulse buy—seeing something that looks really amazing and has an alluring price tag, bringing it home (or opening the box) and discovering it's actually a hunk of junk that you now have to deal with returning or cutting your losses. It sucks. Plain and simple.
To help you avoid buying a dud, I sought out the most impressive and worthwhile sales and deals happening right now that I thought you'd want to know about. From a DNA test kit sale to discounts on discounts at Anthropologie to a sale on helpful tech accessories, here are this weekend's best ways to shop.
1. The most popular DNA kit is 30% off
If you always click on stories about people discovering long-lost family thanks to a DNA test kit, maybe it's time to see if your own genetic code holds any mysteries of your own. Right now and through April 25 (DNA Day!), Ancestry is discounting their popular DNA testing kits to just $70 on their own site as well as on Amazon. This is the second best sale price we've seen so far this year. Considering that Ancestry is constantly updating and refining your results, this is a great time to try it out.
2. These camping chairs are 30% off
Summer is coming, and that means more opportunities to relax outside and soak up the warm weather. Whether you prefer the beach, the campground, the park, or your backyard, having a nice place to sit can make your summer days even better. This Amazon Deal of the Day is definitely right up your alley, then. And the best part is that these chairs each have a built-in cooler bag big enough to hold four cans, which means more relaxing and less running back and forth to the house or cooler.
The $20 price tag is the best we've seen this year and only about $1 more than the best-ever price for these normally $30 chairs, so there's no reason to wait for a better deal. If you've never sat in one before, I can tell you they're so comfortable and sturdy you'll wonder how you got them so cheap. Just note that the discount is only for the red and blue options.
3. Nordstrom's massive Spring Sale is happening now
Whether you want to add a few new pieces to your spring wardrobe or just want to liven up your home decor with trendy accents, Nordstrom's Spring Sale is the sale to shop. This sitewide sale features big discounts on popular brands like BP., Madewell, and Topshop, and yes, even those infamous Capri candles are discounted right now. My fashion-forward coworker put together a list of her 16 favorite sale items if you want to see the top pieces on sale. You can always just dive right in and start browsing too. Just know that with any Nordstrom sale, things sell out fast. In this case, I recommend acting on your impulse if you see something you love.
4. Marie Kondo's book is only $3 on Kindle
You've watched the Netflix series, you've read countless articles about it, and now you can go deeper with a super cheap copy of Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This self-help book has swept the nation into a decluttering frenzy, and if you want to learn more about why asking if your possessions "spark joy" today's Deal of the Day on the book is worth checking out. This usually $17 book is just $3 right now. The only catch is it's for Kindle only. If you don't have one, you truthfully can't go wrong with any model, and you can always download the app for free on any smartphone or tablet and read the book there.
5. The 'Big Rug Sale' at Wayfair offers major discounts
Who doesn't love a good rug sale? Honestly, I wish I could cover my whole house in trendy rugs, but they're usually way more expensive than I care to think about. Right now, however, Wayfair's holding a big old sale with prices you won't balk at.
They're discounting rugs of all sizes, shapes, and designs as much as 70%, and the closeout sale promises even bigger price drops. You can find 8'x10' rugs for $100 and 5'x8' area rugs for as little as $40.
If you're sick of your family stomping around on your hardwood floors, or you want to spruce up your living spaces, this sale is definitely worth poking around.
6. Anthropologie is taking half off all sale items
Whenever I shop for clothing online, I always head to the sale section first. I love a good bargain, and I'm more concerned with finding something in my style at a discount than I am about buying or wearing the latest trends. Anthropologie's sale section is usually full of goodies at great prices, and this weekend they must be trying to clear out their inventory because the entire sale section is an extra 50% off. Things are selling out super fast, so I recommend using filters to shop for your exact size. Otherwise you might find something fall in love with it, and then find out it's only available in one size that's definitely not yours.
7. The best paring knife is back to its best price
Unless you'e a trained chef (or have big dreams of winning a kitchen gameshow), you really don't need a lot of fancy knives. A good chef's knife can handle most any task, but when you need to do something more precise—like deveining shrimp and peeling apples—you should have a solid paring knife at the ready. This one from Wusthof blew the competition out of the water when we tested all the best paring knives with its impeccably balanced build that made it the easiest and most comfortable blade we tested. Right now, this $50 knife is back down to the lowest price we've ever seen, making it a great time to level up your home cooking game.
8. An amazing soundbar is 27% off
Let's face it. You've been using the built-in speakers on your TV for too long and the madness needs to stop. TV makers don't really put much effort into including nice sound because most people have external setups. Surround sound might be the golden standard for a home theater, but it's expensive and complicated to set up if you're not supe tech-savvy. Soundbars have been growing in popularity because they give you basically the same sound enhancement (you'll actually be able to hear the dialogue for once) and this one from Samsung is a great option, especially if you already have a Samsung TV.
The HW-N650 is the next step up from the model we tested in our roundup of the best soundbars under $500, meaning it delivers better sound quality thanks to a few extra speakers. We were quite fond of the N550 we got to try, especially loving how intuitive it was to sync to a Samsung TV. Right now the N650 is under $300 at Massdrop, marking the best price we've seen by over $100. The price you pay for such a huge discount is that it won't ship until May 7, but we think it's more than worth the wait.
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: The 8 best deals and sales you can get online this Sunday