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Features Archives for 2012

Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts: Free Food, Candlelight Dinners, Flowers

Today is Valentine's Day, and you still haven't decided how to express your love for her? While we don't necessarily recommend following your wallet over your heart, today we've found the best last-minute Valentine's Day gifts for those with emptier hands and pockets. From Krsipy Kremes to FTD and Amazon, it will be happy Valentine's Day after all.

UPS Garners Complaints for Losing Packages, Offering Poor Customer Service

When you shop online as much as we do at dealnews, you're going to experience the occasional snafu with delivery. In particular, we've encountered many complaints about the service provided by UPS. So we want to know: how often has your excitement over an arriving UPS delivery turned into anger resulting from a missing package or terrible customer service?

5 Tips to Get the Best Value from Selling Your iPad 2 Before the iPad 3 Release

Seeing as the iPad is the number-one selling tablet in the world, there's a very good chance that you own one. And there's also a good chance that you own the latest and greatest version: the iPad 2. But what if you also happen to be an Apple-phile, and the promise of an upcoming iPad 3 release is tempting you to upgrade? Then be sure to check out our detailed plan of action for ensuring that you get the best value for your iPad 2.

Rumor Roundup: Blade Runner 2? Evil Dead Remake? Amazon Stores?

Rumors! You know the Internet is going to continue to crank out "news" about Apple, Google, Adele, Amazon, et al. The least you can do is read them. That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! If you don't read them, the Internet will feel like it went through all that trouble for nothing!

Have Fun in the Sun in Florida on a Budget: Deals on Flights, Hotels, and more

Even if you're not hurting from a cold winter this year, we bet a little Florida sunshine on your skin and temperatures that let you strut around in shorts or a sundress would be a welcome change from the gray, seasonal limbo. To help you get to the Sunshine State on a budget, we've highlighted a few deals on flights, hotels, and activities that'll get you one step closer to a sunny day at the beach!

Photo and Video Preservation Services: The Price of Digitizing Your Images

Thanks to digital photography and video, the photos and films you capture now can be easily preserved as 0s and 1s, but what about all those cherished images of your youth and your family's lineage? How can you protect these pictures and recordings from the wrinkly fingers of Father Time? We've singled out five deal-friendly digitizing services that convert your physical photos and videotapes into digital formats to not only save your memories, but to also save you money along the way.

What's the Deal with JCPenney's New Pricing Plan?

There's been a lot of talk, and confusion, about the new pricing policy announced by jcpenney a few weeks ago, which entails more structure and (gasp!) fewer sales. If you're worried about potentially higher prices or radically reduced merchandise quality, we've got a lowdown on what the changes may actually mean, what we've seen so far, and what you can expect from future jcpenney sales.

Can You Hear Me Now? 5 Smartphone Deals: Free Android Phones, Refill Cards

Smartphones for all! Let the joys of picture sharing, web browsing, and tweeting be a part of your daily life, without a hefty price tag. Today's roundup of smartphones focuses on the best deals we could find on non-iPhone devices. There are free-with-contract, pay-as-you-go, and unlocked options, for whatever your cell phone needs might be.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 197: World Peace

The dealnews Podcast Episode 197 has arrived and it "meets expectations!" This week, the podcasters throw their support behind Weird Al Yankovic, lament their chances of getting Facebook stock, rumor monger about the Apple iTV, get amazed at Redbox's expansion plans, double their Verizon data, and more. Plus, they're taking suggestions for how to spend their money on a giveaway to celebrate the upcoming 200th episode!

Bargain Bed and Bath Deals: 20% off Bath & Body Works, Bed Sheets for $18

Don't feel bad if a few of those New Year's resolutions have already bitten the dust. It's hard to get excited about running 45 minutes on a treadmill, and pinching pennies isn't enjoyable. But shopping to spruce up the home? Now there's a self-improvement regimen that's actually fun to keep. We've found five great deals on decorating and sprucing up both your bath and boudoir.

Reach New Heights and Save Money: How to Select a Ladder to Last a Lifetime

As a homeowner, there are numerous tasks that can crop up that can only be satisfied with a certain tool. Say your cat's up a tree (again) and the fire department is busy fighting, like, an actual fire. Or perhaps your gutters are so full of leaves they're beginning to sag like the rear end of an old hound. 
 When a homeowner needs a ladder, no other tool will do. And given the cost, you don't want to bring home the wrong one. So here's our guide to selecting the right ladder at the right price.

How to Choose the Right Second Lens for Your DSLR and Budget

Digital SLR cameras are often sold in kit form, which means they're bundled with a basic 18-55mm lens — a good starting point for beginners, but once you start exploring different types of photography, you may find you want more. Adding a lens (or two) to your camera bag will greatly expand your shooting possibilities. Check out our guide for the types of lenses you might consider and what prices you can expect.

A Complimentary Cosmetic Conundrum: Is it Unfair to Swap-Out Freebies?

The free-gift-with-purchase promotion is a standard in cosmetics retail, and many women hold off on buying products from brands such as Elizabeth Arden and Clinique until the promise of freebies rolls around; some customers even spend more than they ordinarily would in order to score the gift. Knowing this, what then happens when the freebie that motivated the purchase doesn't turn out to be what was originally advertised?

Rumor Roundup: iPod nano Camera? "Strange" Apple Event?

Rumors! You know the Internet is going to continue to crank out "news" about Apple, Google, Nintendo, Amazon, et al. The least you can do is read them. That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! If you don't read them, the Internet will feel like it went through all that trouble for nothing!

Red Roses, Green Values: Where to Shop for Sustainable Valentine's Day Gifts

Valentine's Day is an easy holiday to tackle if you're thinking romance, baubles, and spoiling your sweetie. But if you're not keen on spoiling the environment in the process, the selection becomes a bit more restricted. Stay away from actual green roses and chocolates, and consider these five vendors whose array of Valentine's Day gifts will honor both your Valentine and our lady Mother Earth.

Will OLED TVs Usher in Better Deals on LED-Backlit LCDs?

It's a well-known fact that new technology ushers in a barrage of deals on the previous-generation tech it replaces. But this year the stakes are higher as the TV industry braces itself for one of the biggest debuts we've seen since the introduction of high definition — OLED panels. We can't help but wonder how OLED will affect prices of other TVs, specifically LED-based LCDs, so we turned back the clock to the summer of 2009 to see how LED itself impacted pricing when it first hit the market.

This Weekend's Best Freebies: Free Food, Classes, and DIY Workshops

Looking for something to do this weekend, but strapped for cash? Then check out our roundup of upcoming free in-store offers for gratis do-it-yourself activities and instructional classes. And as a reward for all that productivity, you can end your weekend with a free order of piping hot onion rings!

Early Super Bowl Commercials Are Akin to Leaked Black Friday Ads

In the last week you may have sneaked a peek at a few of this year's leaked Super Bowl ads. And while watching a middle-aged Ferris Bueller and a pint-sized Darth Vader, you may also have wondered why a company that's paying roughly $114,000 per second to air a commercial during the Super Bowl put it online before the big day. The answer is, of course, to generate excitement and early buzz — which naturally makes us think of all that good Black Friday hype. Read on for the details, as well as the leaked videos.

Inspired Valentine's Day Gifts: Save Money, Earn Brownie Points

Instead of the safe flowers-and-chocolate Valentine's route, take a non-traditional approach to gift-giving this year. Since our atypical options are less in-demand than those Cupid-spattered gifts, you'll not only get a better value for your money, but you'll also be offering up a nice, thoughtful surprise. Here are some more inspired Valentine's Day gift ideas.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 196: Leapy Ear

The dealnews Podcast Episode 196 has arrived to meet your dealnewsy needs! This week, the podcasters discuss Google's Privacy Policy unification, watching the Super Bowl, a Netflix memo that says Amazon is creating a new video streaming service, JCPenney's annoying commercials about its decision to stop sales, how old Google thinks you are, and more.

Camera Deals to Smile On: Olympus E-PL1 Bundle for $380, Sony, Canon, more

Photography has become more and more popular a hobby, and it's no wonder: Cameras just keep getting better and better, yet remain surprisingly affordable in a great many instances. From Olympus to Sony, we've fixed our deal-finding telephoto lens on five cameras you won't want to overlook.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in February

The short month of February is here, but don't worry: 2012 is a leap year, which means savvy consumers will have one extra day to cram in more deal-shopping! Check out our list of the best and worst things to buy in February, which we compiled after poring over the extensive dealnews archives of sales, coupons, and individual products from years past. If you're curious about Presidents' Day sales, gifts for Valentine's Day, or prices on electronics, outerwear, and more, then read on.

See America Right and Save Money While Visiting Our National Parks

There are few places as majestic as America's national parks, from the grandeur of the Grand Canyon to the wonders of Yellowstone to the serenity of the Smoky Mountains. And nature won't cost you much if you're equipped with a few tips on how to minimize the expenses of enjoying the nation's great parks and historical sites.

Streaming the Super Bowl: This Year, There's No Excuse to Miss It

With last year's Super Bowl grabbing an audience of 111 million, NBC has ordered a sequel! And if being able to see two teams — one of which you might actually care about — battle it out on TV wasn't enough for you, this year the NFL and NBC have announced that the "big game" is going to be streamed online and via select handset devices, too! But what does this all mean for you, the concerned Super Bowl viewer? What is this mysterious "streaming" and how can you do it? And if you already have a super fancy HDTV, why would you ever opt for a smaller screen?

How to Select the Best Jeans for Your Money

It's awesome to score a pair of jeans for super cheap, but it's even more satisfying if you know that pair will last you for a long time. But how can you really know what the longevity of your jeans is before they actually get put into regular wardrobe rotation? Check out these tips on how to choose the most valuable pair of jeans for your buck, and peruse the current deals we found that aim for prolonged life while still spending as little as possible.

Stay, Eat, and Drink in New York City for Less

Even if you have visited New York City in the past, it's an ever-changing place. Now's the time to fully explore this bustling city once again. And this time, let yourself live like the rich and famous (but without the price tag, of course) and find the perfect Manhattan hotel to call home base for a little while. This week, we've got deals on accommodations throughout Manhattan, as well as discounted activities to keep you busy on your visit to the city that never sleeps.

Photo Printing Services: The Price of Your Pictures

A lot of people thought that digital photography would make physical photographs obsolete. But it seems people still want photos to hold onto, to press into a scrapbook, or to stuff in a shoebox. In fact, the competition between photo printing services is so fierce that vendors, from pharmacy chain stores to exclusively online picture services, are vying for your business with enticing promotions. We look at six deal-friendly photo printing services to see what they have to offer for the money.

Go Green, Kid! Eco-Friendly Baby Deals

Get the little ones going green early! From reusing second-hand items, to sporting cloth diapers, and sleeping sweetly in organic bedding, we have a handful of green baby-centric deals that will keep both parents and the little one happy.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 195: Cheese Spoon Printer

The dealnews Podcast is broadcasting Episode 195 to your ears! This week: Apple announces its plan for textbooks, 3D printers may change the face of piracy, Megaupload is shutdown, Starbucks will start serving beer and wine, and more.

Study Shows the Best Time to Book Flights Is 6 Weeks in Advance

Trying to plan a budget-friendly trip can be a difficult task wrought with indecision and second-guessing. Airline prices can sometimes fluctuate on a daily basis, and although you know not to wait until the last minute to book, should you also avoid buying too early? A recent study shows that you might be able to get the best price by being patient — up until a point.

Come and Get It! 5 Kitchen Goods Deals: Cookware, Knives, and more

There's nothing like a bowl of hot soup and warm bread on a cold winter's afternoon. Instead of ordering in (because who really wants to venture out into the January streets), why not try out a new recipe or two. Missing a few tools of the trade from your kitchen aresenal? You're in luck, for we have five kitchenware deals — on cookware, appliances, knives, and more — that will make for some excellent meals to come.

8 Ways to Fight Depreciation of Your Electronics

Anytime we get our hands on a shiny, new piece of technology, all we want to do is revel in its glory. But, as its digital days progress, there will be newer and better gadgets to be had — and you'll start to think about selling what you've got. To better your chance of earning more money for a trade-in down the road, we advise undertaking a few measures early on to preserve the value of your electronics.

War of the Warranties: AppleCare vs. SquareTrade

If you're debating what the best plan of action is to insure your new Apple computer, iPhone, or iPad, then you may be weighing your options in terms of AppleCare and SquareTrade warranties. We see numerous deals and coupon on the latter, but does that mean it's a lesser, "budget" version of the former? In a heads up comparison, we looked at the cost, coverage, and overall value of SquareTrade and AppleCare warranties.

Rumor Roundup: Waterproof iPhone? Paula Deen-abetes?

Rumors! You know the Internet is going to continue to crank out "news" about Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Paula Deen, et al. The least you can do is read them. That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! If you don't read them, the Internet will feel like it went through all that trouble for nothing!

Explore Washington, D.C. for Less: Deals on Hotels, Food, and Free Activities

Attention travelers looking to further explore the U.S. of A. — our nation's capital is calling! Take a trip to Washington D.C. with our curated deals on flights, accommodations, and activities, so you can explore the sites, get some discounted grub, and see the District on a dime.

Happy Early Valentine's Day! I Got You Deals on Flowers, Candy, and Jewelry

T minus three weeks until Valentine's Day. And in the spirit of love, we've brought you these five deals on flowers, candy, and of course jewelry. What lady doesn't love roses, fine chocolate, or Swarovski? And what gent wants to be empty-handed come February 13? Thought so. See how easy we've made this?

Apple's MacBook Air vs. The Lenovo IdeaPad U310, Intel's Cheapest Ultrabook

Yesterday we compared the specifications of three of the most notable upcoming ultrabook releases we saw at CES. Today, we're taking the Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and stacking it up against one of the most popular existing super slim laptops, Apple's MacBook Air. Will the standard in ultraportables get some competition from the the ultra-affordable Lenovo?

Acer, Dell, & Lenovo 2012 Ultrabook Battle: Which is Worth the Money?

Ultrabooks were the undisputed star of last week's Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, with most computer manufacturers offering their own take on the super light and thin trend. So with the floodgates wide open, it's time to see which (if any) of these newly-minted laptops are worth your hard-earned cash. We stacked three of last week's major headliners against each other to see if 2012's ultrabook lineup is worth the hype.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 194: I Will Dance in a Hotdog Costume for $5

The dealnews Podcast Episode 194 has passed inspection and is ready for human consumption. This week: Apple has a plan for textbooks, Zappos and 6pm.com get hacked, cell phone makers vow fewer phones in 2012, more original programming coming to Hulu, Spotify is no longer free, $5 Facebook girlfriends, and more.

CES Shows Us How to Get Hot Tech Trends on the Cheap

Last week at CES, we saw a lot of enticing upcoming electronics, but many products were priced out of reach for most consumers. Luckily, we unearthed some bargain options for a handful of super-hot tech trends. Here then are the top three products we saw at CES that promise cool tech for the rest of us.

What You'll Pay for a Super Bowl HDTV Upgrade: 42" Sets See the Best Deals

With the Super Bowl upon us, you might be starting to look at your television, wishing for something with more oomph to make the biggest sporting event of the year really pop. That's why we took a look at what kind of HDTV deals a sports fan can expect to find this month. Read on to see which sizes see the best discounts and what prices you should aim for when buying.

Rumor Roundup: Apple Spies Were at CES? RIM to Sell Itself?

Rumors! You know the Internet is going to continue to crank out "news" about Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, et al. The least you can do is read them. That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! If you don't read them, the Internet will feel like it went through all that trouble for nothing!

A Guide to January's Diet Helpers: From Athletic Gear to Calorie Counters, more

If November is the month of the mustache, and December is the month of goodwill to all mankind, then January is the month of the diet. Sitting at a desk all day can be a drag, but even more so when your pants seem a little tighter than they were in October. But never fear, if you've resolved to get fitter this year, we've found the right dieting tools to help you along with your weight loss goal. And if saving money is also something you aim to do this year, well, of course we've got you covered.

8 Ways to Cut Costs in 2012: From Automatic Savings to Green Home Goods

2012 remains full of promise — promises to yourself, mostly. Did you vow to lose a few pounds, get organized, quit smoking, or the like? We hope you also resolved to save money this year! With a few simple cutbacks, you could be saving thousands of dollars to put towards a dream vacation. Here are eight small ways to save money at home or while out and about in 2012 that, over the 12 months of the year, will add up to some big bucks.

Got that Canon Rebel T1i Deal? Great! Now What Will it Cost You to "Go Pro"?

Recently we listed an excellent, Editors' Choice–caliber deal on a refurbished Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i 15.1-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera. The price tag is tantalizingly cheap, but rarely does one buy a new camera without needing a few extra accessories. If you're looking to get serious about a photography hobby, we've gathered a few necessities and tallied up the additional costs associated with becoming a novice digital photographer.

How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring

Valentine's Day is coming up, and if you're one of the many who's decided to propose on the most romantic day of the year, you may be in the market for some jewelry. Unfortunately, finding the perfect engagement ring can be as difficult as asking your girlfriend to marry you. While we can't help you with the latter, we can show you how to pick a ring that will match both her style and tastes.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 193: "Live" from CES

The dealnews Podcast Episode 193 is "Live" from CES. Tune in to find out what's been going on at the Consumer Electronics Show, the largest tech show to ever grace Las Vegas.

Ready, Set, Exercise! 5 Fitness Deals: Free Ski Lift Passes, Water Bottles, more

Have you found sticking to your new year's resolutions to get fit difficult? It's almost two weeks later, and perhaps your resolve is wavering. But now is the time to shore up your resolve. With great energy, we've rounded up the top health and fitness deals, which include free ski passes, stainless steel water bottles, and more!

Sanders for Every Surface: How to Select the Right Sander for the Job

If you've been keeping up on our home improvement features, your workshop is already equipped with at least one outstanding power drill and saw. Now it's time to finish up your projects by picking up the perfect sander. You could sand down your project by hand, spending hours and energy to get just the right smoothness of the board. Or, if you don't hanker to try the Amish life style, electric sanders get the job done right in just a fraction of the tim.

Rumor Roundup: Apple Textbooks? Wii U eBooks?

Rumors! You know the Internet is going to continue to crank out lies about Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, et al. The least you can do is read them. That's why we put all the latest buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup! If you don't read them, the Internet will feel like it went through all that trouble for nothing!
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