By Stephen Slaybaugh, DealNews Senior Staff Writer
While it may seem like summer only just started, before too long it'll be time to think about going back to school. To help you keep your spending in check, we've dug into our archives from last July and August to make some educated guesses on how to shop back-to-school sales without breaking the bank.
A lot of online stores will ship your orders for free, but those bargains often come with limitations. To help you navigate, we've put together a list of 48 retailers that offer free shipping, and some tips on how these deals work.
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.
By Stephen Slaybaugh, DealNews Senior Features Writer
Hopefully at this stage in the Christmas shopping game, you have the heavy lifting out of the way and only need to buy the little things: the stocking stuffers. To help you and Santa fill your sacks, we've rounded up the best Editors' Choice deals under $10 to fill stockings of every stripe.
With their massive new ink reservoirs, Epson's new line of EcoTank printers can function for up to two years without needing an ink refill. But can these new printers really put an end to the expensive ink cartridge?
By Jeff Somogyi, DealNews Marketing Communications Manager
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!
Let's face it: No one wakes up in the morning with a burning desire to buy everyday necessities like pet food, toilet paper, batteries, or diapers. And yet many of these goods are so essential, we'd run out of the house bleary-eyed at 3 am to replace them. However, it's cheaper and easier to stock up on these items when you don't need them — and we've got the data to prove it! That's why we've rounded up a collection of items that you should always buy when you see a deal, even if you're still fully stocked at home.
By Paula Bradley, DealNews Associate Travel Editor
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.
Jam-packed with cheap toys in bulk quantities, The Oriental Trading Company's catalog was sure to inspire avarice in the average child. What kid wouldn't want 144 toys? And they were so cheap! Now that we're adults, let's reexamine the OTC catalog and see if there's anything in there that still has us itching to buy by the gross. (Hint: There is!)
Even if you're expecting a hefty refund for 2011, the tax season can still be a stressful time for consumers. You can soothe your nerves and (if you owe the government) by indulging in our favorite perks for Tax Day: freebies, deals, and discounts! From massages to free food, here are the best deals to make your day a little brighter.
Why not make better use of all that time some people spend stuck in traffic, commuting back and forth to work? We've got the gadgets and deals you need to turn your car into a mobile office. Take work on the road with adapters to charge laptops and the like, create an office ambiance with a portable mini water cooler, and more!
Think about it: Most of us spend more time at our jobs than with our families or friends. But that doesn't mean work should equal drudgery, or that our office spaces should reflect a no-frills utility. dealnews found these five home office furniture bargains that will show your team how deal hunting is done.