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You can save $8 on Wemo Mini smart plug today only

The Wemo Mini smart plug (opens in new tab) is down to $16.99 on Amazon. The plug normally goes for as much as $25 and was selling for around $20 for most of the holidays. The drop to $17 is only the third time in the last year it has gone below $20 at all and is just a buck or two from its lowest drop ever. Amazon is actually price matching Best Buy's deal of the day, so you can find the price over there as well. Today's deal will only last through the end of the day.

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Also find this deal at Best Buy. The Wemo Mini can be controlled from anywhere using the free app. Also works with Amazon, Google, and Apple smart homes for voice control. Small enough for two on the same outlet. Clip the on-page coupon to save.

The Wemo Mini is one of the best smart plugs around because it requires very little setup and very little maintenance once you get it all connected. And connecting is pretty simple, too, because the plug doesn't require a hub or any other external gear to get onto your Wi-Fi and sync with your smart home. Just download the free Wemo app available on iOS or Android and it'll walk you through a lot of the process.

If you use a smart home wtih Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit, you can use voice commands to control these plugs. This is particularly useful for lights because once the plug is connected to your smart home you can just say "Alexa, turn on the bedroom lights" and you don't have to flip a switch. Imagine having your hands filled with groceries and being able to go "Turn on the kitchen lights!" withoout having to stop to put the bags down so you can see where you're going.

These smart plugs live up to the Mini name, too. The form factor is so compact you can put two of the plugs on the same outlet without interference. Use the app to schedule the plugs so they turn off when you leave or come on when you come home. You can even use "Away Mode" to randomize lights so it looks like someone is still moving around the house flipping switches even while you're gone.

J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now for Thrifter. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.