Author: Kristin Cook

    I'm the Managing Editor for Bensbargains.com. When I'm not hunting for deals online, I enjoy good food, good beer, and Star Wars.


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  • 20 Giftable Books for 2020

    In a year full of Zoom meetings, Google Hangouts, e-Learning and “virtual happy hours”, the last thing I want to do with my free time these days is stare at another screen. Enter the book. I’m not...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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  • Take Us Back! Best Nostalgic Toys of 2020

    2020 hasn’t been, uh, very good. You know it’s not great when a year inspires an extensive range of “dumpster fire” products (including hundreds of Christmas tree ornaments) to commemorate it! It’s really not surprising that there...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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    Five Best & Five Worst Things to Buy at Kohl’s

    Looking for the best deals before your next trip to Kohl’s? We’ve identified some of the best product categories that you can find on sale at Kohl’s as well as some of the worst that you will...

    • Posted 9 months ago
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    How to Pull Off an Impromptu ‘May the Fourth Be With You’ Party

    Happy May the Fourth, otherwise known as Star Wars Day! Every night is a great night for a Star Wars marathon in my book, but tonight it’s kind of mandatory. However, there’s no need to worry if...

    • Posted 10 months ago
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    5 Best / 5 Worst Products to Find on Sale at Target

    Looking for the best deals before your next trip to the store with the big red bullseye on it? We’ve identified some of the best products that you can find on sale at Target as well as...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • The Rise of Skywalker Review: A Lovable Mess

    As we were walking out of the theater tonight, my husband asked what I thought of The Rise of Skywalker. My response? “It was a giant, bloated Disney-fied mess…but I kind of loved it.” Even after letting...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    Echo Glow Review: Colorful, but Not Smart Enough

    The Echo Glow ($30) is marketed as a “smart lamp” for kids. My three young kids and I set out to see how brightly this new addition to the Amazon devices family really shines. So…what is it?...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    UBTECH Iron Man MK50 Review: I Almost Love It 3000

    There’s no doubt that the new Marvel Avengers: Endgame Iron Man MK50 Robot by UBTECH ($250) looks cool. But how does it measure up once you get it out of the box? To use other Marvel films as a...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Tech Toys Worth Buying

    It’s hard to find a toy these days that doesn’t have some kind of tech or “smart” feature. While some of these features are unnecessary (or just downright silly), some are really quite cool. Here are some...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • Holiday Gift Guide 2019: 15 Awesome Giftable Books

    In this digital age we live in you might be thinking, “wait, a book guide? What is this ‘book’ thing you speak of?” To remind you, a book is a collection of words, printed on this other...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Toys That Live Up to the Hype

    It seems each year toys get more expensive, but the quality doesn’t always follow. Thanks in part to YouTube, the “unboxing” experience is almost more important than what’s actually in the box these days, often leading to...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    Amazon Echo Auto Review: Great For Music!

    Amazon Echo Auto ($40) is basically a mini voice-controlled Echo speaker for your car. Here in Minnesota, where a new “hands free” law just went into effect, we’re all looking for the best way to control music...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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