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5 Affordable Colleges You Might Not Know

The bills for tuition, textbooks, and more pile up faster than you can say "red tape at the registrar's office." To help you fight future student loan debt, we've compiled a list of five colleges with the lowest cost of living around.

7 Tricks to Get the Best Rates on College Textbooks (and How to Rent Them)

Buying textbooks for college can cause some major sticker shock, but it doesn't have to. We've got some of the best tips to save on college textbooks, plus the top rental sites so you don't have to live on ramen.

Bid High & Prosper: 10 Star Trek Collectibles That Are Beyond Amazing

Star Trek Beyond is finally here, and there's nothing like a new Star Trek movie to make us want some cool merchandise. Check out 10 weird and wonderful Star Trek collectibles that you can find on eBay.

15 Things You Can Always Get for Free

There are few things more thrilling for a deal shopper than getting something for free. Happily, with a little patience and creativity, you can almost always find things ranging from music to a month of Amazon Prime being given away for nothing.

Retailers Giving Back: Shop These Memorial Day Deals for Veterans!

In an effort to show their appreciation this Memorial Day, some retailers are teaming up with SheerID to offer exclusive discounts to military members and their families. We've rounded up the best Memorial Day deals for veterans, those on active duty, reservists, National Guardsmen and women, retirees, and their families.

10 Cool & Crazy X-Men Collectibles You Need to See

While we wait for X-Men: Apocalypse to hit theaters, let's celebrate the many merchandising blitzes from the X-Men's long and storied history. Here are 10 mutant marvels found on eBay, representing some of the best (and weirdest) X-Men collectibles out there.

Goodreads Now Tracks Deals on Your Favorite Books

Goodreads just made it easier to feed your reading habit on a budget. The site announced that it will send emails with deals for the books on your "Want to Read" list.

10 Strange & Totally Awesome Captain America Collectibles

While we wait for the debut of Captain America: Civil War, check out 10 of the best — and strangest — Captain America collectibles ever made, including a Mr. Potato Head, a gumball-dispensing belt buckle, and more. Let this romp through Captain America's retail history get you even more amped up!

10 Drugstore Buys That Are Better Than High-End Options

If you want to look your best without maxing out your credit card, skip the department store and opt for less-expensive drugstore products. Whether you need to stock up on hair dye, makeup, or shampoo, these 10 beauty essentials will appeal to your wallet and your inner style maven.

What to Expect From 2016 Mother's Day Deals

We've delved into the archives to take a look at the very best Mother's Day deals from the past few years. Ditch the pricey flowers and opt for a more imaginative, penny-pinching gift — like tech, fragrances, and more.

7 Things You Need to Know About the New Kindle Oasis

Amazon's newest Kindle was released last week, and while many seemed surprised over the changes and features, the most surprising aspect is the price. The Oasis is now the most expensive Kindle model, but is it worth it? And is it the right one for your reading habits?

Staples Rewards Members Just Lost a Major Perk

Most retailers require a minimum purchase before an order can bag free shipping. Staples was one of the holdouts, offering members of its rewards program unlimited free shipping on every order. Now, the policy has changed, and members are required to spend at least $14.99 before they qualify.

4 Things You Might Consider Renting — And Whether You Should Buy Them Instead

Have you ever been in a conundrum when it comes to renting vs. buying something? With new technology and better information, the decision to buy or rent changes. So here's a guide to help you decide whether buying or renting is best for you in four common situations.

Shop Wisely With These 6 Great Store Credit Cards

You have to be diligent in how you use and pay for the purchases you make with a store credit card, if you want to realize the greatest savings and benefits. To ensure you get the most out of your shopping trips, here are six of the best store credit cards available.

Today in Retail Irony: Amazon Opens First Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore

Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore, Amazon Books, at University Village in Seattle. Does it surprise you that the site known for easy online shopping has moved into physical stores?

13 Things You Probably Pay Too Much For

Even deal-hunting pros like us are guilty of sometimes missing opportunities to save. From batteries in bulk to discounted gift cards, these deals are almost always available.

8 Ways to Save on Books for the True Bibliophile

With many major publishers raising prices for new eBooks, the dedicated bibliophile faces a dilemma: How do you feed your reading habit without putting your wallet on a diet? We look at library services, lending for eBooks, and more.

10 Crazy 'Jurassic Park' Collectibles for Super Fans

Jurassic World is coming, so we rounded up the strangest and wildest toys, set pieces, and costumes from the franchise — including old cereal and William H. Macy's pants.

The NYTimes Now App No Longer Requires a Paid Subscription

NYTimes Now failed to gain users as a cheaper, limited subscription to the paper. Now, the Grey Lady is trying to attract young readers with free access to select articles and curated content.

Caring for Your Beanie Babies: A Deal Guide to Protecting Your Investment

Beanie Babies aren't just our soft, silent children — they're an investment! Gentle care and cleaning is part of protecting that investment. (You wouldn't throw $10,000 worth of stock certificates in the washer, would you?) Beanie Babies require special equipment to preserve their mint condition, so we've rounded up the week's best Beanie Baby care deals to keep you on track.

Totally Worth It: Deals on the Best Beanie Baby Memorabilia

Some people are content to be casual Beanie Baby collectors, and that's fine. But for the truly devoted, owning thousands of these valuable plushes isn't enough! That's why we've rounded up the week's best deals on Beanie Baby memorabilia. Score a CD filled with Beanie Baby songs for $4, save $1 on a Beanie Baby eBook that will probably be awesome once it's published, and get a pack of unopened Beanie Baby Collector's Cards because you should.

An Ode to a Dr. Seuss Sale

It's the last day for Amazon's sale on Dr. Seuss app books, and we're feeling nostalgic for the stories of our youth. So to celebrate, we've analyzed the sale via Seussian prose.

The Best Last-Minute Digital Gifts

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.

Ways to Bring More Bacon Into Your Life

They say that money can't buy happiness, but money can buy bacon — and bacon is bliss. But how much bacon is too much? We wanted to see what life would be like if we indulged our every porky whim and incorporated bacon into all aspects of our daily life.

The New York Times' Best Books of 2012 and Deals to Get Them for Less

The New York Times has announced its list of the 10 Best Books of 2012. Knowing what to read is good; knowing how to get it for cheap is better! Inside, check out the list and where to find the best books of 2012 for the best prices.

How Good Is the Amazon Gifting Tool? We Assess Our Personalized Lists

Just in time for the holidays, Amazon has launched its Friends & Family Gifting tool, which curates gift ideas based on Facebook "Likes." But does it really churn out good suggestions? We showed dealnews employees the items that Amazon selected for them, and asked: do you even want this? The results were sometimes pretty amusing.

Retailers Combat Holiday Discounting with Exclusive Merchandise

Bargain seekers who love to price check the items they purchase, beware: some of the season's hottest gifts this year will be exclusive to certain retailers, which will complicate price comparisons.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 227: New Amazon Kindles!

The dealnews Podcast Episode 227 is hitting the Inter-waves. Be the first of your friends to surf on over to it and listen. But don't wipe out. Instead hang 10! Er... And other surfing terms and catch-phrases! This week, we go into detail about the new Amazon Kindles and Kindle Fires. Also included: Our usual banter and jokes, too. Enjoy!

Can the Rumored Amazon Smartphone Be Groundbreaking Like the Kindle Fire?

Amazon is reportedly testing and developing its own smartphone, to be potentially released later this year. And while very, very little is known about what the device will feature, many believe that it will boast a competitive price tag. But is that enough to make it as groundbreaking for the smartphone market as the Kindle Fire was for the world of tablets?

Celestial Awe: Tools for Night Sky Stargazing

The heavens have intrigued mankind for millennia, and today's modern telescopes and optics allow us to easily explore the sky, Moon, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies that make up our universe. Here are some tips and deals to start stargazing.

Treat Dad on the Cheap with Some Father's Day Freebies

Sometimes we put so much focus on Mother's Day gifts that we run low on ideas (and perhaps funds) for dear old dad come Father's Day. Luckily though, cool freebies abound this Dia de Los Daddies, if you know where to look. We've got a list of free stuff that will make your pappy happy, and you won't have to expend mucho dinero to do it.

Tips for Turning Your Backyard Patch into a Garden of Eatin'

Start growing your own fruits and vegetables by turning a small patch of your backyard or neighborhood vacant lot into a farming powerhouse. To get started, and keep things green and economical, we've put together some tips on how to grow your own vegetable garden.