A new IRS ruling has caused much frustration amongst restaurant owners and servers, and could possibly end a practice that's bugged many restaurant patrons for years. At the center of this controversy is the automatic gratuity, that compulsory charge that many eateries tack on to your bill when you dine with a large group of people.
The new year is upon us, and after all that shopping you likely did during the holidays, you may be looking forward to giving your credit card a rest. But January is an excellent month to buy certain things like winter apparel or early Valentine's Day gifts.
Is your favorite Christmas tradition forgetting to buy gifts for people? Do you find yourself without a single present for anyone you care about? Fear not! We've compiled a list of 10 last-LAST-minute gifts you can give to save your skin. Barely.
Did you know that if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber and your package isn't delivered by the "guaranteed delivery date," you can get a 1-month extension to your membership? Sounds too good to be true, but we learned firsthand that it's totally true.
Do you know just what your favorite online stores know about you? In the wake of the Target compromise we wanted to get a better idea of how retailers gather and use consumer data, so we turned to an expert to find out.
It's Christmas morning and you realize you still need a gift or two for that one person you've forgotten about. Well, fortunately we put together this list of over a dozen last-minute digital gifts that can be under the tree as fast as you can print 'em.
It's two days before Christmas Eve, and you're short a few gifts. While you may think a frantic trip to a local big box store is your only savior, think again. These 15 online stores will still deliver packages in time for the holidays. Even better, many of these retailers are offering discounted express shipping with complimentary upgrades or rates that start as low as $3.
Target made waves earlier this week when it announced that as many as 40 million credit and debit card numbers had been compromised via in-store purchases. In response, CEO Gregg Steinhafel announced that the retailer would offer 10% off all in-store purchases this weekend, as an apology for the ordeal. Is that enough?
Chicago is a favorite vacation destination for many because it has the glamour and attractions of a large metropolis and that friendly, down-to-earth Midwest vibe. There’s something for everyone in Chicago — theater shows, cool music venues, and countless dining options, whether you’d like to try dishes from famous chefs or you want a classic Chicago hot dog and deep-dish pizza (no matter what Jon Stewart says). So pack your bags! We're going to Chi-town.
Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Google, Twitter, Windows, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!
Around the holidays, retailers love handing out gift cards almost as much as we love getting them. You can earn free gift cards by making all kinds of purchases, including while buying gift cards. With that in mind, we've rounded up some more awesome gift card-related freebies.
Search giant Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, a military-grade robotics company. Besides getting some cool robots to play with, we wondered why Google would be interested in this company. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss the possible uses for Google killbots robots~!.
For consumers, After Christmas sales mean deep discounts on the stuff you want to buy. We combed through some of 2012's best post-Christmas promotions to uncover which of this year's After Christmas sales will be worth your time, and what kind of discounts can you expect.
Look, we get it. It's difficult to hear us prattle on about how much cheaper everything will be after the holidays, knowing full well that many of you absolutely must exchange gifts on or before December 25. Being the problem solvers that we are, we came up with the perfect solution: An IOU that lets you forgo the normal gift-giving timeline!
The last weekend before Christmas is a heady, anxious time for shoppers. The so-called Super Saturday sales offer one last chance to score a deal on that perfect present. If you'll be forced to shop this weekend, then fear not, frantic gifters! We've combed through the DealNews archives in order to fill you in on what to expect from these pre-Christmas sales.
There's always going to be that one person on your holiday gift list who asks for fancy tech gadgetry or the latest fashions. Giving in to the demands of these holiday budget hijackers can disrupt your entire present-buying mojo, or at the very least, make a value-driven shopper cringe. But don't send those donations to the Human Fund just yet; we've rounded up 11 awesome alternatives to in-demand items that provide a much better value for your dollar and your giftee.
The issue of holiday tipping has left many folks wondering how big (or small) a tip to leave (or not leave) as part of the yearly ritual of playing Santa. To get a handle on holiday tipping etiquette, we talked to a few experts and found out that by following a few simple guidelines, you can spread extra holiday cheer to the folks with whom you interact every day without going broke.
Why chance ruining the holiday by getting your kids toys that'll harm them? That's not very cheery and in the spirt of things! To make sure you don't spend Christmas in the E.R. check out W.A.T.C.H.'s list of the season's 10 Worst Toys.
The holidays are upon us and the next few days will decide whether you'll be handing out gifts or frantically searching for fruit cake come Christmas morning. To help you avoid the latter scenario, we've rounded up cut-off dates for Christmas delivery at some of today's most popular retailers.
Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about iPads, Batmans, Windowses, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!
'Tis the season for holiday gift guides! However, none of these sites have the data to prove that anybody really wants the stuff on these lists. Not so for DealNews; we crunched the numbers to find the most-searched for and most-clicked on items on our site. As a result, we know exactly what you and your loved ones want from Santa this year. Read on to discover this season's 12 hottest gifts.
Upside down Christmas trees were first introduced as a marketing gimmick, but apparently the trend has caught on since the inverted tree saves space and keeps delicate decorations out of the way of children and pets. So how does one display an upside down Christmas tree? And would you buy one?
During the holidays, it's natural to have the urge to splurge on gifts; after all, nothing is too good for our parents, siblings, spouses, and dear friends, right? But just because you shouldn't blow a bundle on them doesn't mean that you can't blow their minds. Here's how.
Sometimes we wonder whether Santa's elves keep quirky magic dust hidden in the North Pole workshop that can turn certain toys into collectibles. To find out more about when and why toys turn valuable, we talked to the owner of a Chicago collector's store and asked him which collectible toy lines are of the most valued.
Not everyone has the luxury of giving gifts after the holidays are over, but if you're looking to fill your own holiday stocking, take heed of the shopping list below filled with six products you should buy after Christmas.
Outside of Black Friday, the holiday season is a crucial time for shopping, for both the consumer and retailers. And as is the case with all things, the changing times have affected how we will approach our holiday gift list this year. From higher shipping minimums to expanding price matching policies, here are seven ways holiday shopping will be different in 2013.
Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Windows, YouTube, Doctor Who, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!
Seiki is poised to break some records this December when it releases its latest 4K HDTV, the ultra-cheap 65" SE65UY04. And while big-box retailers may use this "cheap" 4K HDTV to lure shoppers, we think early adopters should wait at least a few weeks before making any purchase.
No matter where you stand on the "Happy Holidays" vs. "Merry Christmas" debate, there's no denying that there are other holidays in December besides Christmas. A lot of other holidays, actually. Because we at DealNews love festivities almost as much as we love bargains, here are 30 more December holidays (both secular and religious) that you can celebrate this month.
Gift-giving is in full swing. And for most of us it means following the time-honored tradition of wrapping and unwrapping tokens of appreciation. But this year, such gift-giving is taking on additional meaning. Retailers like Warby Parker, Toms, and Threads are offering customers the opportunity to not only shop for themselves or their loved ones this year, but also for the less fortunate — at no extra cost. These buy one, give one programs will not only satisfy your desire to do good this holiday season, but they're also great alternatives to giving a family a goat.
Recently, CBS aired a 60 Minutes interview with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in which he revealed that his company plans to create autonomous flying drones that will deliver packages within 30 minutes of when an order was placed. In this video, our deal experts discuss the feasibility and desirability of such a scheme.
Everybody take a deep breath: Black Friday has come to an end. While there are still some Cyber Week sales to consider, we can at least close the book on Black Friday 2013. And as we do so, we've got some amusing tidbits (Did you know that one of the hottest deals of the week was a towel?) as well as some major gripes to share.
It's true that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are typically flush with excellent laptop deals, but so far the deals are lasting through Cyber Monday Week. We've got a handful of Editors' Choice laptop deals that offer significant savings on a variety of manufacturers including the cheapest 17" Haswell Core i7 HP ENVY for under $730.
Last week electronics deals were the talk of the town, but now it's time for clothing sales to shine. We've rounded up some of the years' best discounts from J.Crew, Puma, Forever 21, and more. But act fast! These fashions may outlast the season, but the Editors' Choice prices sure won't.
Cyber Monday is here and with it comes excellent shoe deals. We've rounded up the kinds of Editors' Choice footwear deals we love to sink our feet into. Get an extra 20% off at 6pm, grab a pair New Balance trainers for $25, or save $50 on UGG chukka boots.
Whether you're looking for a new pair of headphones or a new speaker setup, these Cyber Monday audio deals have Editors' Choice prices that'll be music to your ears and wallet! We've got Pioneer 3D receivers starting at $150, a pair of ear buds for just $2, and $80 off a Klipsch floor standing speaker.
A white Christmas isn't for everyone. Good thing there's so many Cyber Monday travel deals around! These Editors' Choice vacation deals will get you to where you'd rather be, whether it's in the Bahamas on the year's cheapest cruise, or aboard a plane via the lowest Virgin America airfares.
Though Black Friday has come and gone, you can still score great video game deals on this lovely Cyber Monday. We're highlighting Editors' Choice savings on gamer-friendly deals including an OUYA or PS3 Slim for $100, or a new, limited edition Nintendo 3DS XL or Xbox One bundle.