Clever Prime Day buys to help you keep warm without heating and save money on bills
We absolutely love a bargain, so we were ecstatic to find out that a Prime Early Access Sale has just started - this means, just like the recent Amazon Prime Day in July, the e-tailer is blessing us with another 48 hours of bargain deals.
It's time to get ready to join the virtual stampede and snap up some brilliant buys from now until midnight on 12 October, or before they sell out.
From kitchen cupboard essentials to discounted Christmas gifts to stock up on, we're here to help find the useful bargains actually worth buying.
That's why we've also scoured the sale and found some amazing products which will do help keep you warm at home so you don't have to switch on your heating as much, to power-efficient smart gadgets that could help you save a little something on your energy bill.
We've found everything from the smart kettle that'll give you the quickest cuppa you've ever made, to an energy-saving heater and wearable blanket that you'll want to snuggle up in ASAP.
Pro Breeze® 1800W Mini Ceramic Fan Heater | £47.99 (was £59.99) -20% off
It's perfect for use in smaller spaces - like your bedroom, or by your desk when WFH, but it has a 60° oscillation mode for heating larger rooms. And, hurrah, the Pro Breeze® is way more energy efficient than traditional heaters.
It also switches off automatically when the space is warm enough. "Works a treat"; "heats really quickly" and "perfect small heater" are just some of the rave reviews.
WARMER Electric Blanket | £29.74 (Was £49.99) -41% off
The good news? Even if you had this blanket on at maximum power for 3 hours a day, this would just cost you 12p a day to use. There's no bad news with this brilliant buy, to be honest.
Use it underneath your fitted sheet - there's no complicated straps or ties. It has nine heat settings a two or 10-hour timer, and a 365-day warranty.
Unsurprisingly, this top-rated buy has garnered loads of praise like "fabulous", "bloody lovely", "one to have".
Winthome Blanket Hoodie | £29.59 (Was £36.99) -20% off
This wearable blanket is the dream for those who love to snuggle up on the sofa on a cold winter's evening.
Featuring thick sherpa lining and super soft velvet, this creation is designed to make you feel like a soft and toasty marshmallow.
Customers say they don't want to take it off because it's so "soft and warm", "super comfy". Plus, it now has 20% off so we're sold.
Tefal ActiFry Genius XL 2in1 YV970840 Air Fryer | £241.74 (Was £284.99) -15% off
Anything that takes the hassle out of cooking, makes it healthier, and is time (and power) saving says 'winner' to us. And to loads of happy shoppers who rate this Tefal ActiFry for its ability to cook a huge variety of foods, and reduce energy usage without sacrificing taste.
Apparently, the Tefal ActiFry Genius range is also 30% faster than previous ranges, too. So it'll take just 28mins to get 1kg of chips cooked to perfection, or 10mins for Asian beef stir-fry.
It also has nine auto programmes and a built-in timer; you can get access to over 300 recipes created specifically for the ActiFry via the app; and you can cook up to eight portions at a time.
Ninja Kettle | £79.99 (Was £99) -21% off
This stainless steel, 1.7L, temperature-control kettle is so fast and energy efficient it'll boil the water for your cuppa in under 50 seconds.
It'll even hold your water at the selected temperature for up to 30 minutes (perfect if you want to pour yourself or someone else another cup).
It also has a removable scale filter, is BPA free and includes a drinks guide (apparently coffee is perfect at 95 degrees, while teabags have different optimum temperatures depending on the brand).
"Best kettle", "very quick" and "excellent purchase" are just three of the reviews praising this discounted buy.
Thermos Stainless King Food Flask | £15.99 (Was £20) - 20% off
With over 20,700 ratings giving it an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars ("really useful", "just buy it" and "brilliant" are just some of the comments) this genius product can keep everything from soup to stews and pasta warm for up to seven hours (though one customer even kept steamed vegetables and chicken warm in it.)
And if you're a smoothie/protein shake obsessive, it'll keep things chilled for up to nine hours.
It has a stainless steel interior and exterior plus an insulated stainless steel lid that doubles as a serving bowl; an extra wide mouth to make access to your food easier and a (folding) full-sized stainless steel spoon so you're never caught short sans cutlery.
At this price, it's a no-brainer buy.
TP-Link Tapo Smart Plug Wi-Fi Outlet | £7.59 (Was £12.99) -42% off
Controlled via an app (or you can connect to your Alexa, Echo or Google Home) this clever gadget enables you to easily control when to turn things on or off so that you're not wasting power by keeping things on standby.
You can set up timers, to, for example, have your Christmas lights come on when you get home, then switch off automatically at, say, 11pm. Any wonder the brand says you can "run your home from your hand."
With 92% of the over 50,000 ratings giving this clever plug four or five-star reviews writing things like "absolutely brilliant", "amazing" and "easy to set up" it's another convenient way to make cost-cutting easy.