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Features Archives for June 2014

How to Predict Deals From the 7 Hottest Stores for Coupons

Since our coupon database has a wealth of codes from the best vendors on the Internet, we were able to find distinct patterns from the hottest seven retailers on our site. Here's how to predict deals for these top stores.

Planning a 4th of July Road Trip? Gas Prices Will Be at Their Highest Since 2008

Before we whip out our credit cards for those upcoming 4th of July sales, we're here to share some Independence Day-themed stats that are sure to pique curious consumer minds. For example: More people will take a road trip during the 4th of July weekend this year, but gas will be at its highest price since 2008.

You Don't Have to Rob a Casino to Stay in Las Vegas: 5 Hot Vegas Hotel Deals

With 17 of the 20 biggest hotels in the U.S. situated in its city limits, Vegas is an ever-evolving fantasy land where just about anything goes. And, thanks to our hotel deals, you don't have to rob a casino to be able to stay in Sin City.

Rumor Roundup: So Many iWatch Rumors! Plus: Star Wars and Nanobots!

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple iWatch, Google nanobots, Star Wars, 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!

Store That Fined a Shopper for a Bad Review Now Must Pay $306K in Damages

One company got slapped with a hefty damages fee for trying to fine a customer for a bad review. But does that mean other complainers are safe to write negative reviews without getting sued?

Android TV: The Streaming Market is About to Get Crowded

Between the Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon's nascent Fire TV, the set-top streaming box has finally come into its own. But now, it looks like Google is poised to push this technology into even more living rooms.

Gaming Laptop Buying Guide: What Specs Do You Need?

A "good gaming laptop" used to be an oxymoron, and "cheap gaming laptop" still might be one. But our gaming laptop buying guide covers the most important parts of any system, helping gamers find the high-end processing and graphics that still fit most budgets.

Thursday Jolt: 60 BIC Pens for $4

With the end of the week in sight, we're feeling spend-thrifty and self-indulgent. We've spotted a free $25 credit offer for new AmEx customers, a 10-app Mac software bundle for whatever you want to pay, and more in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

Aereo Loses Supreme Court Case, Will Now Pay Big Fees in Order to Stream TV

In a divided 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the broadcasters in ABC v. Aereo. This ruling leaves the future of Aereo and its many subscribers in limbo, as the TV-streaming service will now be forced to pay hefty fees in order to continue providing content for subscribers.

The Best 4th of July Sales: A Holiday for Gamers, Fashionistas

The 4th of July is a great time to bust out the fireworks, grill up some hot dogs, celebrate our nation's birth — and, if you can find the time, do a bit of shopping. Wondering what you'll find in this year's 4th of July sales? We dug into our archives from 2012 and 2013 to get a preview.

VIDEO: Starbucks Raises Prices! (Frappu-CHA-CHING-o!)

Starbucks has raised its prices on several of their coffees by five to 10 cents. Outrageous! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss how much is too much to pay for a cup of coffee?

Buying in Bulk Online is About to Get Less Terrible!

A new initiative from online retailers could bring accurate, prominent unit pricing to internet shopping. And that would mean making it easier and quicker for shoppers to know how much bang they're getting for their buck.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July

We published thousands of deals last July, which we've analyzed to offer our readers a bit of advice while planning purchases this month. In order to protect your wallet and spend your money wisely, be sure to read through our July buying guide below for everything you need to know to shop smart this month.

How to Be Prepared for a Power Outage: Provisions and Preparations

With air conditioner season arriving in parts of the country, blackouts could be close behind. Be prepared for a power outage with these supplies and provisions.

7 Ways to Save Money When Buying a New Car

The car-buying process can be daunting, but if you walk in as an informed, empowered consumer, you can avoid common — and expensive — mistakes. Before signing those papers, heady from a test drive and that new car smell, learn what you need to know to save money when buying a new car.

A Math Whiz Discusses Lottery Odds and Gaming the System

A woman is more likely to give birth to quintuplets than the average person is to win the lottery. But DealNews spoke to a math whiz about how a group of MIT students gamed the system, and how you can (slightly) improve your chances.

15 Things You Can Always Get for Free

There are few things more thrilling for a deal shopper than getting something for free — and there are certain types of items that are regularly available without a charge. From smartphones to restaurant food, here are the top 15 categories for freebies.

The Best Birthday Freebies: A Complete Guide

Many retailers offer freebies, coupons, or discounts for shoppers on (or near) their birthday. We rounded up the best birthday freebies at some major retailers and restaurants, and put them in a handy chart to consult when your b-day comes around.

The Best Carry-On Luggage That Conforms to Airline Rules

The days of airlines offering free checked bags have gone the way of in-flight smoking and gateside farewells. So to save some cash, now is the time to invest in the best carry-on luggage that meets the rules for size and weight.

The Amazon Fire Phone Might Go on Sale Sooner Than You'd Expect

Although Amazon's 32GB Fire Phone is aggressively priced at $199, we rabid deal hunters are already trying to figure out how we can purchase it for less. To find out how long we have to wait for the first wave of deals, we examined deals on current Android smartphones along with price cuts on existing and previous-generation Amazon products.

6 Reasons Why the Amazon Fire Phone is Different

Amazon has joined the ranks of Google and Apple with its just-announced Fire smartphone. Before you dismiss this handheld as just another competitor in an already-crowded market, take a closer look. The Amazon Fire phone packs features that could put some of today's best handhelds to shame.

Here's Why Your Next Laptop Should Have a Touchscreen

There are many practical reasons for wanting a laptop with a touchscreen display, but with deals that are over 50% cheaper than last year's, touchscreen notebooks are finally enjoying their moment in the spotlight. As back-to-school sales begin, here's what you can expect to pay and where to go for the best bargains.

Grocery Store Sushi vs. Restaurant Sushi: Which Has More Fish for the Money?

Today is International Sushi Day, and we're wondering which establishments offer the most bang for your buck when it comes to buying the delicious dish. Contrary to popular belief, our research shows that grocery stores like Whole Foods actually have more fish than most restaurants!

Refurb iMacs Offer Better Value Than Apple's New Budget iMac

This morning Apple lifted the veil on its rumored budget iMac. Unfortunately, it's not the budget machine we hoped it'd be as it comes with a significant hardware downgrade; we think the iMacs from Apple's own refurb store are a better deal.

It's a Good Week for Deals on Gorgeous Florida Hotels

Dreaming of a summer getaway to the Sunshine State? So are we! And luckily, it was an especially good week for deals on Florida hotels. We did some deal-slinging and pulled together five hotel sales to help you turn your daydream into an affordable reality.

School's Out: Editors' Choice Deals to Distract Your Kids This Summer

Feeding, clothing, and entertaining kids can cost a fortune. But these five Editors' Choice deals offer some affordable finds for your young ones. Snag $14 off on organic fruit snacks, and get an all-time low on a water slide/pool combo.

Would You Buy Amazon's Smartphone if the Retailer Paid for Your Data?

A new report by the Wall Street Journal indicates the Amazon smartphone will be an AT&T exclusive. But Amazon may have another trick up its sleeve as rumors indicate Amazon may pay for part of its customers' data bill by using a hybrid of AT&T's Sponsored Data program.

Green Thumb 101: The 10 Essential Tools to Get Your Garden Growing

For those with green thumbs, there's nothing quite like getting one's hands dirty and planting flowers, fruits, and vegetables to mark the beginning of spring. But for the newbies, we've compiled a list of 10 essential gardening tools, along with some deals that will leave plenty of room in your budget for seeds and plants.

20 Cities Where You'll Save the Most on Hotels This Summer

We talked to Priceline.com about how you can get the most bang for your buck this summer while traveling. Check out our list of the U.S. cities that have had the biggest hotel price drops since last year, and make your dollar stretch a little further!

The Top 15 Restaurants for Coupons and Deals

We hope you're hungry, because deals are on the menu. The very best restaurant deals, that is! To find out which restaurants offer the best dining coupons and deals, we searched our archives from the past two years to find out where a hungry dealhunter should go for a taste of savings.

Circle Of Stuff: 7 Retail Items Repurposed From Other Products

Consumers are fickle: Today's prized possession is tomorrow's trash. But these clever craftspeople and companies are recycling and repurposing materials into all kinds of beatiful and useful items. Check out our top 7 items made with repurposed materials.

Rumor Roundup: Mr. Scott Will Be in Star Wars? Apple Kills the Headphones?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Star Wars, Google, 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!

Energy-Saving Light Bulb Guide: CFL vs. LED vs. Incandescent

We looked at the basic terms and types affiliated with new energy-saving light bulbs in our light bulb buying guide. Though the initial costs are higher, these bulbs are not only better for the environment, but will also save money in the long run — if you choose correctly for your needs.

Amazon Prime Music is Just Okay

Amazon launched its very own Prime Music streaming service, touting it as yet another benefit of being an Amazon Prime member. The service is free (and ad-free) for Prime subscribers, but it remains to be seen whether this addition will make membership more attractive — especially when other streaming services seem to offer a better user experience.

Gifts to Get for Dad, If You're a Constant Disappointment

You probably spent months preparing for Mother's Day, right? But when it comes to Father's Day, be honest: we all just assume we're going over to his place and that he's grilling us some food. If you really don't want to show up empty-handed though, consider one of these absolutely last-minute gift ideas for Dad.

7 Tips to Save Money on Air Conditioning Costs

Americans spend more than $22 billion a year on electricity to cool their homes with air conditioning. And if you're shopping for a new air conditioner, you have quite a few things to consider. Here's a quick primer on how to stay cool and keep your wallet from overheating when picking out an AC unit.

Airbnb Wants You to Pay for an Awkward Dinner at a Stranger's Home

Airbnb — the company that made sleeping in strangers' beds seem like a reasonable alternative to a hotel — is testing out a new foray into the "Sharing Economy" market: Hooking you up with an intimate dining experience... cooked by strangers.

The Best Stores for Deals on Apple Laptops, iPads, and iPhones

Apple devices are some of the most sought-after products in the gadget world, but many consumers don't realize that where you buy your Apple gear largely determines how much you'll pay for it. We rated the retailers with the best deals on today's Apple tech from the iPhone to the iPad.

VIDEO: Our Amazon Fire TV Review Reveals When You'll Get a Discount

We recently got our hands on the new Amazon Fire TV and thought we'd give it a try. Not only does this video review take you through some feature highlights, but we'll also tell you when you can expect to see a discount.

Best HDTV Deals: Get a 39" TV for Just $205 After a Gift Card

Whether you're looking for a new big-screen TV to watch the upcoming World Cup or just want a small set to keep you company in the kitchen, this week's best TV deals have you covered. We've got two 39" TVs that come with sizable free gift cards, as well as a massive discount on a 65" 4K TV.

12 Terrible Father's Day Gifts to Avoid

Father's Day is just around the corner, and while we all seem to go out of our way for Mother's Day, we always kinda phone it in for dear old dad. Whatever you do, though, try and avoid these 12 Father's Day gifts.

Your Smartphone Can Make Your Car a Lot Better

From diagnostics to insurance to safety, here are some of the best smartphone features for car owners looking to make their travels as smooth and safe as possible.

National Splurge Day: Got the Urge to Splurge? Do It Wisely!

National Splurge Day is June 18, and though the idea of reckless spending sends a shiver down our frugal, money-saving spines, maybe — just maybe — we can spin this faux-liday into something that fits both the urge to splurge and the cravings for savings! Here's our list of items that you can splurge on, because they are more than worth the extra money you spend on them!

Shopping for Dad is a Pain: Our Awkward Father's Day eCard Guide

Father's Day is right around the corner on June 15, but we're betting you still haven't found a gift. Because dads are notoriously hard to shop for, we've made some Father's Day eCards (with a little help from Awkward Family Photos) to point you towards the perfect gift.

Rumor Roundup: 3D Amazon Phone? Google Satellites? Microsoft Smartwatch?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Amazon, Google, Smartwatches, 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!

Finally, It's National Donut Day! Here's Where to Score Free Donuts

Today is National Donut Day, which means free delicious treats! Check here to find out where you can score free donuts across the country.

9 Golf Getaways That Don't Cost a "Fore"-tune

It's time to get your dad a Father's Day gift he'll really love: a golf vacation. We've found travel deals to suit every budget.

Pay More for Organic Dog and Cat Food Now, Spend Less at the Vet Later

Organic food isn't just for your kitchen table anymore. Pet food manufacturers are jumping on the organic pet food bandwagon. Though prices are much higher, vets indicate the savings in health care could be worth it — as long as you know what you're buying.

Money Does Grow on Trees: How Planting a Tree Can Save You Money

Trees aren't just good for the environment, they can save you some green too. We look at all the financial tree-planting benefits, from energy costs to property value.

VIDEO: Apple Wants to Control Your Home Through Your iPhone

During its WWDC keynote address on Monday, Apple announced HomeKit, the company's attempt at home automation. When connected to compatible devices, you'll be able to turn lights on and off, lock doors, adjust your thermostat, and more. In this video, our experts discuss if the time for the smart home has arrived.

How to Get the Best Deals on Father's Day Gifts

There are a few Father's Day gifts that are "tried and true," and we've provided a deal breakdown of what you can expect in terms of price and discounts. Now is a great time for grills, electronics, sporting goods, and yes, neckties.

Apple Now Supports App Bundle Sales, But Shoppers Should Be Wary

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off this week, and while we didn't see the budget iMac or Retina-based MacBook Air we had hoped for, the subdued event did usher in some major changes for Cupertino's infamous App Store — including the use of app bundles to promote sales.

A Strong Password Isn't Enough: 86% of Sites Have Weak Password Security

We've been calling 2014 the "Year of the Hack," but things are getting ridiculous. A new study found that 86% of the Internet's most popular websites have weak password policies. We spoke to the CEO of Dashlane to find out how you can keep your passwords secure and stay ahead of hackers.

State of Gaming 2014: PC Gaming Is on the Rise

Does the debut of the PS4 and Xbox One mean that mobile, PC, and Nintendo gaming faded further away? DealNews' 2014 gaming survey painted a picture of our gaming readers as more welcoming of non-console gaming, and more generous (but discriminating) with their money.

How to Buy the Best Luggage for Your Money

We spoke with several industry experts who shared their thoughts on how to land the right luggage for your budget. And even if a suitcase isn't all that glamorous to you, just think of all the exotic places it can take you!