NBC partners with Snapchat on four daily shows for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Snapchat and NBC Olympics are again teaming up to produce customized Olympics content for users in the U.S. — this time, for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer. The companies had previously worked together during the Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Olympics. The PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games in 2018 reached over 40 million U.S. users, up 25% from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In addition, 95% of those users were under the age of 35.

This younger demographic is getting harder to reach in the cord-cutting era, as many people forgo pay-TV subscriptions and traditional broadcast networks in favor of on-demand streaming services, like Netflix. That limits the reach of advertisers, impacting NBC’s bottom line.

The Snap partnership helps to fix that, as it offers NBC Olympics a way to sell to advertisers who want to reach younger fans who don’t watch as much — or any — TV. Snapchat today reaches 90% of all 13 to 24 year-olds in the U.S., and 75% of all 13 to 34 year-olds. 210 million people now use Snapchat daily.

NBC Olympics says it’s the exclusive seller of all the new customized content associated with the Games, working in partnership with Snap.

This year, it’s also putting out more content than before.

The company plans to release more than 70 episodes across four daily Snapchat shows leading up to and during the Games. That’s triple the number of episodes it offered in 2018.

For the first time, it’s creating two daily Highlight Shows for Snapchat, which will be updated in near real-time. The shows will include the must-see moments from the day in Tokyo.

In addition, two unscripted shows will air during the Games, each with two episodes per day. One, “Chasing Gold,” which first debuted during PyeongChang 2018, will follow the journeys of Team USA athletes. The second show is new this year, and will be a daily recap of the most memorable moments curated especially for Snapchat users. Both are being produced by The NBCUniversal Digital Lab.

The deal will also see Snap curating daily Our Stories during the Games, as it has done in previous years. The stories will include photos and videos from fans as well as content from the NBC Olympics.

“We know the audience on Snap loves the Olympic Games,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics, in a statement. “After two successful Olympics together, we’re excited to take the partnership to another level and produce even more content and coverage from the Tokyo Olympics tailored for Snapchatters, which also will directly benefit the many NBC Olympics advertisers who seek to engage further with this young and active demographic.”

Snapchat isn’t the only digital destination for Olympics content, however. NBC and Twitter teamed up to stream limited live event coverage, highlights and a daily Olympics show from the Tokyo Games. It was unclear at the time the deal was announced if NBC had opted for Twitter over Snapchat. Now we know that’s not the case — in fact, Snap’s deal with NBC is even bigger than before.

NBCU had said earlier, it expected to exceed $1.2 billion in ad sales for the 2020 Games, which are also presented on NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, and NBC Sports’ digital platforms.

One Medical targets IPO valuation of up to $2B as we unpack its Q4 results

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between.

Today we’re digging into One Medical’s updated IPO filing released this week. The document contains directional pricing information that will help us understand where the tech-enabled medical care startup expects the market to value itself and also details its Q4 2019 Preliminary Estimated Unaudited Financial Results, which gives us a fuller picture of its financial health.

As we’ll see, One Medical’s expected valuation matches secondary-market transactions in the firm’s equity, and, at the upper-end of its proposed IPO range, represents a solid boost to its final private valuation. Afterwards, we’ll dig back through the company’s numbers, figure out its implied revenue multiple and make a bullish and bearish argument for the company’s hoped-for IPO valuation.

It’s going to be fun! (For a general dive into the company’s IPO filing, head here.)

Jira Software gets better roadmaps

Atlassian today announced an update to Jira Software, its popular project and issue tracking tool, that brings a number of major updates to the roadmapping feature it first introduced back in 2018. Back in 2018, Atlassian also launched its rebuilt version of Jira Software, which took some of its cues from Trello, and today’s release builds upon this.

“When we launched that new Jira experience back in October 2018, I think we had a really good idea of what we were trying to do with it and where we were taking it,” said Jake Brereton, the head of marketing for Jira Software. “And I think if you fast forward 14 months to where we are today, we just had some really strong validation in a number of areas that are over the target and that that investment we made was worth it.”

With this release then, Jira Software’s roadmapping tool is getting progress bars that show you the overall status of every roadmap item and that give you a lot more information about the overall state of the project at a glance. Also new here are hierarchy levels that let you unfold the roadmap item to get more in-depth information about the stories and tasks that are part of an item. You can also now map dependencies by simply dragging and dropping items, something that was missing from the first release but that was surely high on the list for many users. Atlassian is also introducing new filters and a number of UI enhancements.

But as Matt Ryall, head of product for Jira Software, told me, one of the standout features of the release is its integration with Confluence, Atlassian’s wiki-like collaborative workspace for businesses. Thanks to the new infrastructure that now underpins Jira since last year’s release, you can now embed Jira Software’s roadmaps right into a Confluence document and every update is immediately reflected in real time.

“Roadmaps provides a live view of the work in JIRA,” he said. “So it’s not a roadmap that you maintain by hand. This is really showing you what your development teams are working on right now.”

When Is Ridesharing a Better Deal Than Owning a Car?

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When I suddenly found myself without wheels this fall after what I thought was just a fender bender, I spent a few weeks flip-flopping about whether or not I wanted to buy another car.

In fewer than three years, I had driven only about 12,000 miles. I worked at home. I could walk or bike to a grocery store and a drugstore. Did I really want to plunk down thousands of dollars for a big piece of metal and plastic that would spend most of its time in my driveway?

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While I thought about it, I signed up for Lyft’s monthly membership service, dropped off my bike for a tune-up, and downloaded the mobile app to track my local bus route. But it all felt like a guessing game. I felt like there must be a magic number for when it made more sense to own a car versus cobbling together a collection of ridesharing, rental, and other transportation options for myself.

Spoiler alert: I bought a car, after the price on a used one I had been eyeing dropped so low I couldn’t pass it up. But after I signed the paperwork and got settled in with my new ride, I still continued to use my bike and request rides downtown; I even still rode the bus from time to time. So my questions lingered.

Going car free is about convenience, not just cost

The reason it’s so hard to determine the true cost of car ownership versus basically anything else is that it really doesn’t come down to cost. It’s about your location and access, said Richard Reina, product training director at automotive parts store CARiD.com.

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If you live in an urban area with lots of options, from ridesharing to hourly car rentals to monthly ownership options on top of public transportation, cycling, scooters, that weird hoverboard with just one wheel—I could go on— you might choose some sort of mix-and-match solution that works for you.

But on the flip side of that access, you may not have anywhere to park a vehicle if you own one full- or part-time. Your decision depends in part on your financial means, but it also depends at least as much on your willingness to manage any number of transportation options in your never-ending quest for convenience.

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Meanwhile, if you live in an area without public transportation, with irregular ridesharing service (or no service at all), or far from your workplace, it might come down to sheer necessity. If you want to get to work on time every day, you’ve got to have your own wheels, no matter how old or unfashionable.

And while it would be nice to be able to easily calculate your tipping point for giving up your car in exchange for some form of the sharing economy, for a lot of people, there just isn’t a clean-cut answer. “What price do you put on freedom and flexibility?” asked Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate. “That’s the real advantage of having a car. No one ever thinks about how convenient it is to throw stuff in the trunk when you’re out running errands, until you don’t have a vehicle to do so.”

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Don’t miss the budget forest for the car-ownership trees

A lot of personal finance resources will tell you that if you want to get out of debt, one of the ways to do it fast is to get rid of your second car—or go car-free altogether. But while it might provide a quick injection of cash into your budget, the odds are you won’t be able to get everywhere you want to go on a monthly bus pass and your own two feet. You will still have a transportation line item in your budget, even if it’s not filled up by a car payment and insurance coverage.

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A recent survey by debt management app Tally found that 49% of Americans with debt wouldn’t give up their car for a year in exchange for having all their debt paid off. For Gen X and millennials, it’s the second highest non-negotiable expenditure (only cell phone service ranked higher). Meanwhile, only 12% of the respondents weren’t willing to give up their ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft in order to become debt free.

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I have been one of those people unwilling to give up the freedom of jumping in the car and just going. Twenty grand in student loans? No problem, I said as I signed off on the first car I bought when I moved from Washington, D.C. to Florida. Having a car was normal. I too would do the normal thing. Not because I didn’t want to save money to put toward my debt, but rather because being able to get around on my own terms felt like the most frugal way to do it.

Well, you can run the numbers

To find out if going car-free made sense for me, I compared the cost of using LyftPink for a month to what I spent each month for my last car. (I paid for my latest car outright, so the math wouldn’t be as fair for that one).

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When I had a monthly car payment, the minimum I could expect to pay each month was $491. That included my minimum payment for my car loan, my insurance, gas, a run through the car wash, maintenance, and my AAA membership.

In the month that I used LyftPink, I paid $19.99 to receive 15% off each ride. I took 16 rides, and after tipping my drivers, I paid a total of $206.46—an average of $12.90 per ride.

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Cheaper than owning my car, for sure. But I also spent cash (that I didn’t track) getting on the bus; if a friend took me on errands during my car-free period, I’d throw her a few bucks for gas.

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Other options I could have considered are ridesharing plus renting from a place like Enterprise or Hertz, which in the past in this area has cost me about $150 for a three-day weekend. If Zipcar or Car2Go (RIP) were available in my area, I’d be looking at a cost of at least $82 per day.

There’s also the newer concept of car-ownership subscription services to consider. They’re “a go-between for people who don’t want to own a car and the commitment that goes with that, but need more convenience than a ridesharing service can provide,” Reina explained.

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You have to sign on for a minimum of 30 days before switching to a month-to-month subscription. Your payment includes your insurance, maintenance and repairs. All you pay extra for is filling the gas tank. “It becomes potentially a viable option depending on where you live and how frequently you need a car,” Reina said.

But even that isn’t a perfect solution. “If you live in Manhattan, that’s not as attractive as an option” as it is if you live somewhere with ample parking, he admitted.

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ZipCar even has its own version that offers unlimited access to a car Monday through Friday for commuting. If you drive 20 miles per day, your cost (including gas, insurance, parking and maintenance) would be about $700, according to the estimation tool on ZipCar’s website.

Reina said that looking at the upfront cost of at least $400-$500 for services like ZipCar or monthly ownership subscription service FlexDrive can turn people off because it looks so expensive. It can seem ridiculous if you see ads to lease or buy a new car for $200 per month.

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But that’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, Reina pointed out. Beyond providing an all-in-one service for one price, the cost of insurance based on your age and location is also a factor. If you’re a driver in your 20s, for instance, you’re likely to pay significantly more for insurance coverage than someone in their 40s.

If you want to dig into your long-term car ownership costs versus ridesharing, check out online calculator Ride or Drive. You input your vehicle information, driving habits, and information for parking and other costs. (It also takes depreciation of your car’s value into account). Aside from the obvious expenses related to either one, this site factors in the value of your time. If you could work on your laptop or phone during your Uber or Lyft rides, getting that time back could be another factor that drives you to shift some, if not all of your transportation in that direction.

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I plugged in my own circumstances, including my new car, and discovered that owning a car for 10 years would cost me a grand total of $53,170, while ride sharing would cost me $90,460 over that time. (And I get carsick, so working from the back seat of someone’s sedan isn’t exactly feasible for me.) It’s an estimate, for sure—it doesn’t consider the continued development of self-driving cars, for one—but it’s an option to get a broad view of your future if you completely switched in either direction.

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But beyond the numbers, it almost comes down to how difficult or downright miserable your life would be without your own set of wheels. If you’ve gone car-free, how did you make your decision? What factors did you consider before making the switch? Let us know in the comments.

US mobile app subscription revenue jumped 21% in 2019 to $4.6B across the top 100 apps

Outside of in-app purchases in mobile games, subscription revenue from non-game apps helped to boost 2019’s mobile consumer spend — a figure that reached $120 billion globally last year, according to a recent report by App Annie. Now, new data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower indicates U.S. subscription app revenue grew by 21% last year from the $3.8 billion generated by the top 100 subscription apps to reach over $4.6 billion in 2019.

The firm also found that the subscription revenue by these apps accounted for 19% of the total $24 billion in U.S. consumer spend in 2019, across both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Tinder was the top-grossing app of 2019, App Annie’s earlier report said.

Today, Sensor Tower adds that Tinder was also responsible for 10% of the spending in the top 100 apps in 2019, thanks to its monthly recurring subscriptions like Tinder Gold at $14.99 per month and Tinder Plus at $9.99 per month.

Breaking down the consumer spending on subscriptions in the U.S. App Store, specifically, the report found that users spent $3.6 billion in the top 100 subscription apps of 2019, up 16% from the $3.1 billion spent in 2018. YouTube was the top subscription app on the U.S. App Store, followed by Tinder. In 2019, YouTube crossed the $1 billion milestone through in-app spending, including for its ad-free tier, YouTube Premium, which it heavily promotes. On Google Play, however, Tinder was No. 3, behind Pandora and Google One (cloud storage across Google platforms).

Google One’s climb to the top of the charts in 2019 was also a change from past years, where the top charts were dominated by dating and entertainment apps, Sensor Tower noted.

On Google Play in the U.S. in 2019, users spent more than $1.1 billion in the top 100 grossing subscription apps on the platform, up 42% year-over-year from the $775 million spent in 2018.

However, the App Store still leads in consumer spending, by comparison, with $3.6 billion versus Google Play’s $1.1 billion.

Top apps drive a majority of consumer spending, but the subscription model is benefiting even those apps further down on the charts. For example, the top 10 subscription apps grew by 10% in 2019, but the No. 11 to No. 100 apps grew by 35% in the same period of time.

This trend is expected to continue in 2020 and the years ahead.

Some tech I loved is getting worse and I’m mad

Time is supposed to make technology better. The idea is simple: With more time, humans make newer, better technology and our lives improve. Except for when the opposite happens.

Google is a good example of this. I’ve been harping on the matter for a while now. Google mobile search, in case you haven’t used it lately, is bad. It often returns bloated garbage that looks like a cross between new Yahoo and original Bing.

Here’s how it butchered a search query for “Metallica” this morning:

Remember when that interface was simpler, and easier to use, and didn’t try to do literally every possible thing for every possible user at once?

It’s not just Google’s mobile search interface that makes me want to claw my eyes out and learn how to talk to trees. Everyone now knows that Mountain View has effectively given up on trying to distinguish ads from organic results (Does the company view them as interchangeable? Probably?). TechCrunch’s Natasha Lomas covered the company’s recent search result design changes today, calling them “user-hostile,” going on to summarize the choices as its “latest dark pattern.”

Google, once fanatical about super-clean, fast results is now trying to help you way too much on mobile and fool you on Chrome.

Chrome itself kinda sucks and is getting worse. But we all know that. Of course, that all this is shaking out around the same time that the company’s founders left is, you know, not shocking.

I’d also throw TweetDeck into the mix. It’s garbage slow and lags and sucks RAM. Twitter has effectively decided that its power users are idiots who don’t deserve good code. Oh, and Twitter is deprecating some cool analytics features it used to give out to users about their followers.

Chrome and TweetDeck are joined by apps like Slack that are also slowing down over time. It appears that as every developer writes code on a computer with 64,000 gigs of RAM, they presume that they can waste everyone else’s. God forbid if you have the piddling 16 gigs of RAM that my work machine has. Your computer is going to lag and often crash. Great work, everyone!

Also, fuck mobile apps. I have two phones now because that’s how 2020 works and I have more apps than I know what to do with, not to mention two different password managers, Okta and more.I’m so kitted out I can’t breathe. I have so many tools available to me I mostly just want to put them all down. Leave me alone! Or only show me the thing I need — not everything at once!

Anyhoo video games are still pretty good as long as you avoid most Battle Royale titles, micropayments, and EA. Kinda.

Clean Your Small Electronics With Chopsticks

It’s always a challenge to get into the tiny spaces of your small gadgets. Coupled with the fact that you (very often) cannot use water to clean them, we often end up with cruddy and/or dusty electronics.

So use some of the techniques in the video above to get into those hard-to-reach spaces like between keyboard keys, charging ports, and the spaces in between remote buttons.

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Make an Emotional Labor To-Do List with Your Partner

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Biz Ellis on the One Bad Mother podcast calls it being “president of everything.” In a two-parent household, it is very common for one partner to take on the responsibility of all the little invisible tasks that can bog you down in the day-to-day.

If you’re the partner who carries the bulk of the family’s “mental load,” you know that it’s not just about who will cook dinner and who will clean up. It’s who will do the meal planning, check to see which ingredients are needed, write up the grocery list, bring the slow cooker up from the basement—and then realize you’re low on one ingredient so now you have to Google what kind of substitution might work. Oh, and how can you alter it slightly so that your kids will actually eat it, too?

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All of those steps are not necessarily things you would traditionally write down on a to-do list or bother to take the time to ask your partner to do for you (because by the time I ask you to check whether we have enough chicken broth and explain how much we need and what for, I could have just done it myself). But these invisible tasks add up over time and can lead to one partner—often the woman in a heterosexual couple but not always—feeling overwhelmed.

Britni de la Cretaz writes for the New York Times that we actually should write these things down, though:

Similar to a household chore list, this task list can divide the most contentious emotional labor between partners for clearly defined roles. Maybe one partner unloads the dishwasher, oversees homework time and writes thank-you notes, while the other pays the bills, tackles bedtime and reminds the kids to call their grandparents.

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Being in charge of buying all the gifts for family and friends is just as important and time-consuming as being the one who does all the laundry. Gift-buying is not really a household chore, and yet it takes time and effort—you have to keep track of things the receiver has mentioned they like or want or need, you have to search out ideas, read reviews, buy it, wrap it, get a card, etc.

And when, on top of all of that, your partner also expects you to delegate (i.e., act as the household project manager), that’s not at all helpful. Delegation is just One More Thing You Have To Do.

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But it’s not enough to simply tell your partner you need help with the emotional labor. You have to get specific by taking stock of the mental load you’re each carrying, writing down all the on-going invisible tasks you do and rebalancing the labor between you. Here is a basic list to get you started:

  • Meal planning. Who will plan the meals, write the grocery shopping list, go to the store, prepare the meals and clean up after the meals? Who will make the school lunches?
  • Pet care. Beyond the obvious “feed the dog” chore, who will make the pet’s regular check-up appointments and grooming or boarding reservations? Who will make sure Fido gets his monthly heartworm prevention medicine and that he doesn’t run out of food?
  • Family medical appointments. Who will make the annual physical, dental and eye appointments for the kids? Who will notify the school of early pick-ups on appointment days or be in charge of making sure you don’t run out of any necessary on-going medication?
  • Gifts. Who is keeping track of upcoming birthdays, holidays and special events among family and friends and actively shopping for, buying and wrapping any associated gifts?
  • Homework. Someone has to either be available to help with it when the kids get stuck or at least check that it’s being done.
  • Classroom communication. Often also the “homework parent,” this parent is the primary person keeping track of all school- and classroom-related activities or announcements: the Scholastic Book order forms, the spirit week themes, the snack sign-up list for the class’s Valentine’s Day party, the rain date change for the end-of-school-year picnic. This person knows that Tuesday is gym day, so the kids have to wear sneakers. This is probably also the point person for any discipline-related conversations.
  • Extra curricular activities. Who will keep track of all the ballet practices and math club meetings? Who will figure out how to get this kid to her soccer game and that one to Girl Scouts (with snacks, drinks and any applicable uniforms or gear ready to go)?
  • Home maintenance. Who is in charge of planning for regular home maintenance tasks that fall outside of the usually weekly chores? These would include things like getting the vents cleaned, the carpets and rugs shampoo’d, ridding the gutters of their seasonal debris, or calling an electrician to figure out why the damn doorbell isn’t working. (Apparently no one in my home is in charge of that last one if the past two years are any indication.)
  • Vehicle maintenance. Who is scheduling the oil changes, changing the wiper blades before they are rendered useless, checking the tires’ air pressure, vacuuming the floorboards and swinging the cars through the car wash now and then?
  • Finances. Who pays the bills, makes sure the checking account doesn’t get overdrafted, schedules the Roth IRA contributions and calculates whether your kids will ever have enough money in their 529 accounts to pay for four years of college?
  • Travel. Who is in charge of planning for trips (big or small), booking the hotel rooms, buying the tickets, notifying the kids’ schools of their absences, packing the suitcases, stashing enough activities and snacks in the kids’ backpacks, and making sure you have whatever travel documents or confirmation emails you might need?

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Once you start to see the larger topics form, it should be fairly easy and natural to divide them up. One person might be in charge of all the day-to-day school items while the other is in charge of the pets and the medical appointments. You take home maintenance, I’ll handle the cars. Assuming you’re both willing and able to divide it up—and stay on top of it—this should reduce how overwhelmed one partner feels and how nagged the other one feels.

One last note: Most of this applies to two-parent families, but I see you out there, single parents, and I know you’re carrying all the load, all the time. Although you don’t have the luxury of rebalancing things with a partner, I would still suggest writing down all the “invisible” tasks you manage over the course of a day/week/month to see if there is any outsourcing or automating you can do so you don’t have to be thinking about everything every day.

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And even if nothing can be outsourced or automated, it’s a chance for you to take note of how much you are managing and give yourself credit for the ridiculously long list of things you do on your own.


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Thursday’s Best Deals: Hot Sauce, AirPods Pro, Google Home, Backcountry, and More

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A Cuisinel Gold Box, Vizio surround sound system, hot honey, and Harry Potter wands lead off Thursday’s best deals from around the web.

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Today’s Best Tech Deals

With excellent noise cancellation and terrific sound quality to boot, Apple’s brand new Apple AirPods Pro are one of the best new tech products of the year and topped many people’s wish lists for the holidays.

Gizmodo says that the sound quality is “dramatically better than the regular AirPods” and the noise canceling helps improve sound quality but doesn’t necessarily silence the outside world.

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This current $235 price is probably the best we’ll see this for a while. The Apple AirPods Pro are currently back-ordered, but they’ll probably start shipping at the end of the month. Better still, if you have a Best Buy or a Walmart near you with these in stock, price match ‘em baby!

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It’s back! If your router doesn’t include enough Ethernet ports for your liking, this 8-port gigabit switch from NETGEAR is a cheap and easy way to solve that, and $20 (after clipping the coupon on the page) is the best price we’ve ever seen.

Want lower latency for Overwatch? More reliable Netflix streaming? A better-performing Plex server? Ethernet is the only way to go.

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Unlike a lot of the switch deals we’ve posted here, this particular unit offers management software to give you some controls to “configure, secure, and monitor your network.”

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Complete your home theater experience by adding this VIZIO 5.1 Soundbar to your cart, today. For $120, this refurbished unit will provide a bonafide surround sound experience thanks to its rear satellite speakers and wireless subwoofer. Better still, it can act like a Chromecast and you can stream music directly to it.

The satellite speakers themselves aren’t wireless, but they do plug into that wireless subwoofer, meaning you can usually run the wires behind a sofa, and don’t have to run them to the front of the room where the TV is located. The great Shep McAllister has had one of these systems for years, and loves it.

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Listen, the audio coming directly from your awesome thin TV is probably pretty bad. And if you really want to watch those marvelous MCU movies, you should definitely buy a sound system.

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Just remember, this is a Gold Box deal. Which means this price is only available today, or until sold out (and there’s a pretty good chance of that.) This model comes with free returns, a 30-day manufacturer warranty, and a 90-day Amazon warranty for double the protection. So, there’s really no risk.

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You know the little charging brick that came with your phone? Put it away. Instead, invest in this fantastic AUKEY 18W PD charger with foldable plug with USB-C. This bad boy can maximize your charge time by outputting 18W (just as long as your devices support it.) This’ll work with the latest iPhones, Pixels, Nintendo Switches, and more.

Just make sure to clip the coupon on the page and use the code ZJCHJNUA to get the best price.

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Today’s Best Home Deals

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You use it every day, but have you ever actually looked at the bottom of the inside of your toothbrush holder? It’s nasty. The leftover toothpaste, saliva, and water is a breeding ground for some gross stuff. Even if you clean it regularly, it is probably wise to replace your toothbrush holder as often as your toothbrush. Why not get a bigger storage system for your bathroom counter that can hold more than a toothbrush? The Joseph Joseph EasyStore Bathroom Storage Organizer Caddy is $12 and can fit your toothbrush, hairbrush, a razor, and more.

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GameStop is, surprisingly, discounting a Google Home and Google Home Hub today. While I’m pretty sure these go by a different name nowadays, they’re still terrific products if you want to invest in smart home tech.

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These products harness the power of Google Assistant and give you access to a ton of information with just the use of your voice. They’ll also control the smart products in your smart home. There’s definitely security and privacy issues, but Google is trying to be more respectful.

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These are some of the prices we’ve ever seen, and it’s just really strange that Gamestop is discounting ‘em.

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Why eat anything plain when you can drizzle it in hot honey? Get yourself a bottle of Mike’s Hot Honey for $7 on Amazon. Each 12 oz. bottle is infused with chili peppers to give it that kick that will spice up any meal (pizza, cheese, wings, even Brussel sprouts).

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Just in time for the big game, Amazon’s discounting a bunch of hot sauces for them wings. If you’re a fan of flavor, here’s your chance to save big. (I mean, who isn’t?)

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A 4-pack of Gringo Bandito sauces, 6-pack of Tiger Sauce, and a 1 gallon jug of Frank’s Red Hot are all down to their lowest prices ever. (Just a heads up, there’s kinda a dumb deal on a 4 0z. bottle of Frank’s… for $20? That’s just stupid Amazon algorithm non-sense. Please ignore that.)

Otherwise, this is a great time to buy. But just remember, these discounts are only available today. Visit the main deal page to see all of your options.

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Today’s Gold Box is lowering the price on a a number of pre-seasoned Cuisinel cast iron pans, Dutch ovens and skillets. And, frankly, you’ve got a lot of options.

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Don’t know where to start? Cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens are pretty much mandatory for any kitchen.

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These prices are only available today though, so act fast.


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Give your neck a little TLC when you crawl into bed at the end of a long workday. A new pillow will do just that. You can snag a Sable Memory Pillow for $16 on Amazon when you use promo code KINJAU6D. This Sable pillow is filled with 20% more foam than similar pillows from other brands. The purpose behind the extra foam stuffing is to allow you to adjust the pillow to the preferred height you need when sleeping.

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Today’s Best Lifestyle Deals

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Here’s a reminder: You always need new underwear. Looking for some breathable underwear? Get a 4-pack of Fruit of the Loom Men’s Micro-Mesh Briefs for only $13 from Daily Steals when you use promo code KJFOTL. The briefs come in a pack with four different colors and are available in small through XL.


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Flash sales are always exciting because they include a ton of great deals. Don’t let this Macy’s Flash Beauty Sale pass you by, especially when there are only 15 hours left. You can save on big name brands like MAC, Origins, Tarte, Clinique, Mario Badescu, and more. Included in that sale is the very popular Clinique 5-Piece Plenty of Pop lipstick set.


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The cold winter weather is finally here, so it is time to stock up on clothing to keep warm. If you hate paying full price for jackets and snow pants, don’t do it. Instead, shop Backcountry’s Pre-Semi Annual Sale to get up to 50% off brands you already know and love. During this sale, you can save on Patagonia, Marmot, Sorel, The North Face, Fjallraven, Prana, and so much more. Shop now through January 31st.


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We’re over three weeks into January, but now is the time to really stick to your New Year’s resolution. Keep yourself on track with a new heart rate monitor that can also track your steps, hourly activity, calorie burn, and more. Right now, the Fitbit Inspire HR is marked down to $70 on Amazon.

This Fitbit is set up to record workouts like walking, running, swimming, bike riding, weight lifting, and more. Along with tracking your activity and workouts, the Fitbit Inspire HR will automatically track your sleep. Due to the heart rate feature, your Fitbit will track when you’re in light, deep, and REM sleep.

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Tear those Amazon boxes a new one with this discounted pocket knife. Despite it’s diminutive build, this steel blade packs a lot of useful features including a bottle opener, lanyard hole and a liner lock. Plus it’s only $8.

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25% Off Sale | Under Armour Outlet | Promo code GOALSPhoto: UA Outlet

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It is cold as hell outside, but you can’t let that stop you from working out. If you prefer to run outside, rather than on a treadmill indoors, you don’t have to freeze out there. Right now, you can stock up on long sleeve shirts, insulated pants, and more during this 25% off sale at Under Armour Outlet. Just enter promo code GOALS on orders of $100 or more at checkout.


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Need a new pair of kicks? Well, run, don’t walk, down to this Adidas sale. Right now, you can get 25% off clearance at Adidas when you use promo code JAN25 at checkout. This is for sale items (women’s, men’s, kids), not full-priced items. Additionally, there is free shipping on orders of $49 or more, no code necessary.

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One of the best installments in the Harry Potter series just got even better. Because it is on sale! Right now, you can snag a copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition for $20. You can get it for an all-time low when you clip the $9.60 coupon (this might automatically clip for you and show your savings at checkout).

Enjoy the beautiful illustrations from Jim Kay as Harry, Ron, and Hermione explore the world of the Triwizard Tournament. This is like a fun alternative to watching the films, as you can see a new interpretation of this classic Harry Potter tale.

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Amazon’s offering a buy-three-get-one-free offer on video games, TV shows, books, and movies. Here’s what they’re saying, “Add 3 items from the selection on this page to your Shopping Basket via the ‘Add to Basket’. When you’re done shopping, click the ‘Proceed to Checkout’ button.”

It’s a solid opportunity to buy especially considering there are a lot of recently released titles here and a few are discounted, including DRAGON BALL Z: Kakarot plus a few Miyazaki titles.

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When the weather outside is frightful—there’s nothing better than playing board games with a group of friends and family. Bloodborne: The Card Game promises to be a dark, fun team-based romp, and you can add it to your collection for just $17 on Amazon.

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Set in the world of the video game that shares its name, 3 to 5 players work as a team to survive the throngs of monsters and villains sent their way. And unlike Settlers of Catan or Monopoly, you’ll likely walk away without any bruised egos or real-life blood feuds.

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If you’re looking to add to your Harry Potter collection, you can do that for just $10. You can pick up a Noble Collections Harry Potter Mystery Wand for $7 off at Walmart. Each wand comes with a wand box and a matching character 3D bookmark.

You won’t know who’s wand you’re getting since it’s a ~mystery~. Series 2 includes the Elder Wand, so, you don’t need to murder anyone to get that, you just have to spend $7. Or, you can get Sirius Black’s wand, or Severus Snape’s wand, you won’t know until you open it!

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If you’ve been waiting for a sweet Nintendo Switch Lite discount, here’s your chance. Right now,you can take $20 off the Nintendo Switch Lite on eBay. This is one of the best deals on the core system we’ve seen.

And if you’ve been living under a rock, the Nintendo Switch Lite differs from the standard model in a few ways:

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  • Smaller Screen
  • Handheld Only, Non-Detachable Joy-Con
  • Costs $100 less

Choose from the Gray, Turquoise and Yellow. Make sure to act fast, there’s no telling how long this stays in stock.

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Overhead lighting is ugly and horrible, but finding the right floor lamp for your needs can be tricky—and expensive. Luckily there’s a pretty solid deal on a CO-Z Industrial Floor Lamp. With the coupon on the page and the code 5JW2PYD9, you can pick up this industrial style lamp with an adjustable head for a low $60.

It’s unlikely to work with every aesthetic, but for those who lean heavily on a rustic chic, industrial look, this can definitely work.

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Most cat bowls are kind of ugly. They’re full of fish and bone designs and they clash with most home aesthetics. If you’re looking to give your pet a good dish, but not have an ugly pink thing sitting in your kitchen, this Elevated Cat Bowl With Stand is for you. Right now, you can get it for $15 on Amazon when you clip the 25% off coupon.

Elevated cat bowls can help reduce neck strain for pets, so this is a great fit for elderly cats and small dogs. The feeding bowls can be detached for cleaning, while the base has silicone footpads to prevent slipping.

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Let’s get this out of the way – cat boxes are gross. I understand that life isn’t like Meet the Parents and I cannot teach my cats how to use a toilet. So, they have to use a box in the corner of my room. But man, litter boxes are not pretty to look at and they smell even worse. If there is any way I can hide the cat box, while still making sure my cats are comfortable doing #1 and #2, then I will do it. Finding a cat box enclosure that is pretty is no easy task because they aren’t exactly budget-friendly.

Thankfully, this Amazon bestseller is the cheapest it has ever been! The white version of the Merry Pet Cat Washroom Litter Box Enclosure is currently $125. This is a great price for a bench to put in your entryway, living room, or dining room. Add on the fact that it doubles as an enclosure for a cat box? An absolute steal! The bench has room to store either two small litter pans or one giant litter pan. It even has room for automatic cat boxes as well! If you’re only putting one litter pan inside, there is plenty of room to stash spare litter and cleaning supplies as well.

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Now, as many cat owners know, our furry friends can be extremely picky. Once a cat is used to something, they often can get very upset when they experience change. This might be best for those who have a young cat, so they won’t know the difference. Either way, the 1,500 reviewers gave this an average of 4.3 stars and many seem extremely pleased with it. Reminder, the actual litter pan where your cat goes tinkle is not included, but those can be purchased on Amazon as well for a great price.

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Anker’s EufyCam home security systems have been a hit with our readers, and right now, we’ve got a pretty awesome offer for you. When you order the eufyCam 2 2-camera system for $350, you can get a free add-on camera (worth $150) with the coupon code BOGOEC99.

Add both to your cart (this and this) and you’ll see the discount at checkout.

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These promise an entire year’s worth of battery life, support two-way intercom, and can capture a year’s worth of recordings with no monthly fees. This IP67-rated weatherproof camera can stream footage directly to your smartphone and can work with Apple’s Homekit, Google Assistant and, of course, Alexa.

This offer nets you the hub and three cameras for $350, that’s a bundle worth $500, by the way. So act fast.

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How often do you complain about your back hurting? Stop complaining and start doing something about it. The AUVON Dual Channel Muscle Stimulator is only $25 when you use promo code XGM7H8WL. This is an electric muscle massager that stimulates the sensory nerves and muscles. By stimulating the nerves, it can help relax your body and give you easy pain management anytime.

The muscle stimulator has 20 modes, including hammering, kneading, shiatsu and more, to help with aches and fatigued muscles in the shoulder, low back, or knee. You can use the machine after a long day at work, a tough workout, or when you wake up after sleeping the wrong way.

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Do you rely on hotel shampoo and soap whenever you travel? It is time to grow up. That soap is horrible for your skin. Instead, you need to get this NIVEA Men 5 Piece On-the-Go Grooming Set while it is $14, after you clip the coupon on the page.

Included in the set is NIVEA Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm, Sensitive Shaving Gel, Sensitive Face Wash, Sensitive Protective Lotion, and Sensitive Body Wash, plus a travel bag. All of these NIVEA products will help keep your skin healthy while you’re away from home. Airplanes can really dry out your skin, so you’ll want to have the lotion and face wash handy.

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Need to order some last-minute winter gear? This REI Outlet Sale has deals on products you already know a love. Right now, you can save $10 when you spend $50 (discount automatically applied at checkout); You can gift the VSCO Girl (or Boy) in your life a Hydro Flask. Know an avid hiker? Make sure they have a new backpack to hold all of the essentials and boots that will keep their feet secure on the trails.


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Up to 75% Off Outwear | Jachs | Promo code WNTR

I feel like a broken record at this point, so please ignore me until March, but holy crap, it is cold outside. If you somehow made it until mid-January without a winter coat, you’re quite bold. Don’t suffer any longer, get yourself a new winter coat. Right now, Jachs has up to 75% off outwear. Just use promo code WNTR at checkout, which will slash prices right down.

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And as always, Jachs has free returns on all orders!


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Kick off the new year with new gear, with this huge REI clearance sale. Right now, adventurers can save up to 50% off a ton of gear, plus up to 60% on recently reduced items at REI Outlet.

The outdoor retailer’s slashing the price on a ton of gear, from brands like Big Agnes, Rumpl, Hydroflask, and a whole lot more.

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This sale runs until the 20th, but don’t put off filling your cart. All the best stuff always sells out early, so make sure to gear up before someone else runs off with your stuff.


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If you’re looking for a terrific pair of budget Bluetooth headphones, the Anker Soundcore Life Q10 are just $30 right now. Usually selling for about $40, this is the best discounts we’ve seen on these particular cans, just clip the coupon code on page and use the promo code KINJA3032 at checkout.

Unlike most budget Bluetooth headphones, these Anker Soundcore Life Q10 have the Hi-res audio stamp of approval, which Anker says guarantees “exceptional audio quality, awarded only to audio devices capable of producing the most accurate representation of what the artist intended.”

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If you’re still using the headphones that came with your phone, suffice to say, these will be a significant upgrade.

You can listen to up to 60 hours of music before you’ll need to recharge or switch to a wired connection. If you do find a way to drain the battery, a quick five minute charge will give you up to five hours of listening time.

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Right now, you can pick up Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Neo for just $30, an all-time low. The headphones offer a truly wireless experience for stupid cheap.

The Soundcore boasts 5 hours of wireless playtime from a single charge and an extra 15 hours from the charging case. While it doesn’t compare to some of Anker’s more expensive models or even Apple’s AirPods, it’s a perfect way to get your feet wet with the latest fad in headphones.

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Backcountry’s blowing out a ton of The North Face outdoor essentials. Trek over for deals on of jackets, hiking boots, gloves, hats, and a whole lot more, all for up to 30% off. These discounts will last until the end of the month, but the best stuff could sell out early, so get up and go.


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It should be a crime for any computer to ship with a spinning hard drive in 2020. Why manufacturers continue to do so, despite the dropping prices of SSDs, astonishes me. But, of course, you can correct this wrong-doing.

SSDs are more reliable and much, much faster than the traditional (see: antiquated) HDD. And this Crucial MX500 2TB is down to its lowest price ever.

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Look, it’s a buy purchase. But you deserve better.

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Made in partnership with MassDrop, the $160 Meze 99 Noir headphones are the perfect pair of headphones for the burgeoning audiophile.

With impactful bass and solid mids, these pair of cans offer great sound quality for even the most discerning listeners.

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At $200, the Meze 99 Noirs was one of the most beautifully designed, best-sounding wired headphones at this price range.

But now that they’re discounted by $40, it may be one of the best deals in headphones ever.

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Enjoy all the benefits of a PlayStation Plus Membership for an entire year for a low $37. If you own a PS4, this subscription gives you a couple of “free” games to play per month in addition to online play access. For January, you’ll get a chance to play Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Goat Simulator.


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If you clip the coupon on the page and use the promo code KINJABSR at checkout, you can get this sweet RAVPower Fast Wireless Charger for just $12. It’ll charge your phone with 10W of juice and that makes it a pretty terrific desktop companion. Better still, it comes with a wall adapter, which is awesome.

iPhones can only charge at 7.5W right now, so this will max out your iOS wireless charging speed. Android users could enjoy some extra power, just as long as their phones support it.

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Just in time for the big game, a number of TCL Dolby Vision TVs are discounted to their lowest prices ever.

For $255, it’s hard to do better than this TCL 50″ 4K UHD Dolby Vision Smart TV . For one, it’s enormous. It can be a magnificent centerpiece to your living room. It also has built in Roku smarts and supports Dolby vision.

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Better still, you’ve got options. There’s a 43″ model for $221 and the step-up 65″ model for $451. So if you’re in the market for a new TV, this is a great time to buy. Just make sure to clip the coupon codes on the page to get the best deals.

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If you’re cool with buying used products, it could pay off in a big way. Amazon Warehouse is marking down thousands of used items for 20% off their already low prices. The discounts are hitting a ton of different categories, from video game consoles, clothes, headphones, monitors and more.

Look out for this.

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Chances are we could all use something from this sale. Just a heads up, pay attention to the condition details (stay away from just “good,”) you need to make sure it’s sold by Amazon Warehouse and the discount will be shown at checkout. But don’t wait too long, there’s a limited supply, so if you want something, think Ariana Grande (“I See It, I Like It, I Want It, I Got It, etc.”)

Here’s a few I found interesting (you may need to click the “Available from these sellers” link to see the used options).

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Huckberry dug up a sweet deal on DMOS shovels. For those unfamiliar, DMOS makes collapsible shovels when you’re in a pinch.

Made with aircraft grade aluminum allow, these shovels are super lightweight and can pack down to the size of a dustpan. They’re excellent tools to keep in your car just in case. Prices start at $110.

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In his review, our deal researcher Corey says that he never thought he’d be the guy to “geek-out over a shovel, let alone a pair of them, yet here we are.”

DMOS Collective makes shovels that just work. That they engineer them to be portable enough to tote into the backcountry or stow in your camper, car, or RTV is just short of magic.

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This one ingredient will give your cream of mushroom soup spectacular depth

Photo: A.E. Dwyer

Growing up, the only cream of mushroom soup I’d ever had was the salty, milky goop that comes from a can. It wasn’t until adulthood that I realized the potential of this soup. The version I make now features an incredible depth, almost a meatiness, that simultaneously does not feel too rich.

Of course, you can make a roux, make a mushroom broth, then incorporate everything together with a splash of cream. But I prefer my own method. The secret is using a base stock made from chicken and pork neck bones. Think of it as a cream of mushroom with a hint of tonkotsu ramen. It makes for an incredibly satisfying winter soup.

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The neck bones idea originated in my mother-in-law’s kitchen, where many delicious things came from. When she makes xiao long bao, the soup-filled Shanghainese pork dumplings, she employs a chicken-pork neck bone broth that gives the soup flavor and body.

In a creamy mushroom soup, the broth gives the already savory soup even more “meatiness” and umami flavor. Pork stock on its own is rarely found in the American stock/broth lexicon. I get it: it can be quite strong. That’s why I cook it with chicken bones, which gives the stock a clean and rich taste. Be sure to blanch the neck bones before you start and skim off the scum, which there will be a lot of in the first hour of cooking. The end result, though, is transformational. You’ll find yourself with a silky, creamy white broth, which you’ll thicken with a roux and add mushroom flavor.

For that last step, I use a novel method: First I sauté the mushrooms, then I puree half the quantity into a blender, which then gets incorporated into the soup. The rest of the mushrooms are stirred in as whole slices.

So forget the condensed canned gunk. This, I say immodestly but also truthfully, is a revelatory soup, and it may even inspire you to rethink your relationship with pork bones.

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Photo: A.E. Dwyer

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

Serves 4

Note: Meaty pork neck bones can be found at Asian markets, well-stocked grocery stores, and butchers. Once the stock is made, this soup is easy and comes together quickly. The stock can be made in advance and frozen for up to three months.

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  • 2 (8-oz.) packages of mushrooms, button or cremini, cleaned and sliced
  • 6 cups pork neck bone-chicken stock (recipe follows)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, plus extra for sauteing the mushrooms
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Minced chives to garnish (optional)
  • Salt and white pepper to season

Melt a pat of butter over medium heat in your soup pot. When the butter foams, add your sliced mushrooms and cook until the liquid is released. Season with salt and white pepper and remove from the heat.

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Put half the mushrooms in a food processor, reserving the rest in a separate bowl. Process the mushrooms to a thick puree and set aside.

Photo: A.E. Dwyer

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Make the roux: Add 3 tablespoons of butter to the pot and melt until foamy. Add the flour, and whisk to combine thoroughly. Let the roux cook for 2-3 minutes over medium heat, whisking occasionally to make sure it’s not clumping. It should remain a light golden color.

Gradually add the six cups of stock, whisking constantly to incorporate and smooth out any lumps. Add the mushroom puree, and the sliced mushrooms. Simmer the soup for 10-15 minutes until thickened, whisking occasionally.

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Turn off the heat, stir in the 1/4 cup of heavy cream and taste the soup for salt. Serve in bowls, garnishing each portion with a few grinds of white pepper, and the chives, if using.


Pork neck bone-chicken stock

Makes 6-8 cups, depending on the size of your pot

  • 1 lb. meaty pork neck bones
  • 2 lbs. chicken carcass, either raw or from a leftover rotisserie chicken (avoid chicken with prominent herb flavorings)
  • Salt to taste

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Place the pork bones in the boiling water and blanch for two minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the bones and set aside.

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Carefully pour out the water. Rinse the neck bones and refill the pot with cold water.

Add the pork bones and all chicken bones to the water and bring the water to a boil. Allow to boil rapidly, skimming any foam or gray bits that come to the surface. There may be a lot.

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Boil for two hours, replenishing the water if the level dips below the bones. Do not be tempted to keep the stock at a low simmer—the body of stock comes from the boiling of the bones. When the stock is cloudy and creamy white in color, it’s ready. Season with salt to taste.

Pour the stock through cheesecloth into a large bowl, to strain out any bone bits and impurities.

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