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The Best 4th of July Sales: Discounts on Summer Apparel & Outdoor Furniture

The 4th of July is proven to be a great time for in-season purchases. From swimsuits to patio furniture, check out our July 4 sales guide before you fire up the BBQ to find out what summer items you should restock on in the coming days.

The Week's Top 5 Freebies: 3 Free Months of Audible, BOGO Matchbox Cars

Everyone knows the best things in life are free (or nearly free). That's why we've rounded up another batch of our best freebies for your convenience. Score three free months of Audible, grab a free box of beauty samples from Walmart, and nab a free Matchbox car.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July

Independence Day may be July's hallmark holiday, but the sales don't end there. Shoppers can also expect to see a variety of deals on in-season items like air conditioners, swimsuits, and even ice cream.

Best Furniture Deals: Save Over $500 on a West Elm Chair, Bar Stool for $42

The 4th of July is still days away, but there's never been a better time to declare your independence from tacky decor. So we've done our patriotic duty and rounded up a slew of swoon-worthy steals in this week's best furniture deals. Read on to save up to $784 on furnishings for every room in your house!

Yay or Nay: 9 Kitchen Tools That Are Completely Useless (or Totally Useful?)

How valuable is a garlic press? Or an asparagus steamer? We look at these single-use items to see whether they're worth the expense.

The Best Father's Day Freebies and Discounts

If your kids' gifts aren't up to scratch, we've found a selection of Father's Day freebies with which you can treat yourself and celebrate your paternal successes in style.

Are Smart Appliances and Furniture Worth Buying?

With Ikea introducing a line of furniture with built-in wireless chargers, we examine whether all these touchscreens and extras on appliances are any better than your phone.

Here's Where to Look for Deals on Father's Day Gifts This Year

Still looking for the perfect gift for dad? Our deal experts have the inside scoop on where to find this month's best Father's Day deals. So whether your dad is into sports, gadgets, or designer polos, these are the sites you need to visit this Father's Day.

Summer's in the Air (Conditioning): 7 Tips for Cooling on a Budget

Need an affordable air condition, but don't know where to start? We look at energy efficiency, how much power you'll need for what sized rooms, and how else to cool your home.

It's Finally National Donut Day! Here's Where You Can Find Free Donuts

The first Friday of June is our favorite holiday: National Donut Day! Read on to see how and where to score free goodies.

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.

Study Shows You're Wasting More Money on 'Vampire' Power Drains Than You Thought

Devices and appliances left plugged in are still consuming power. A new study shows that, thanks to the digital revolution, the problem is costing us even more than we thought.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in June

With graduation ceremonies and Father's Day on the horizon, June can quickly turn into an expensive month. To ensure you don't blow through your summer budget in the first few weeks of the season, we've created a buying guide of items you should and shouldn't purchase this month.

9 Must-Have Tools for Your College-Bound Kid

So your son or daughter is off to university and will soon be living in an apartment of their own for the first time. Why not make their lives a little easier by equipping them with a tool box full of the basics?

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in June

With graduation ceremonies and Father's Day on the horizon, June can quickly turn into an expensive month. To ensure you don't blow through your summer budget in the first few weeks of the season, we've created a buying guide of items you should and shouldn't purchase this month.

The New Drive-Thru: 9 Fast Food Apps Reviewed

Your favorite burger or taco joint, from McDonald's to Chipotle, no doubt has an app. But will it save you time or money? We investigate.

When is the Best Time to Buy a Grill?

As Memorial Day approaches, many people may be thinking about buying a grill. After all, it's the unofficial start to outdoor entertainment season! But as we've noted many times over, now is not the best time to buy a grill. That's all well and good, but how long will you have to wait?

Whole Foods Will Open a Cheaper Chain Next Year

"Whole Paycheck" is targeting budget-conscious younger shoppers with a new chain of stores. But details are light, and Trader Joe's already has the lead.

Rumor Roundup: Booze Coming to Taco Bell? Fallout 4?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Taco Bell, Fallout 4, 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!

Cutting it Down to Size: Tips for Buying the Best Lawn Mower

From manual to gas-powered and self-propelled, buying the right lawn mower has a lot to do with your budget, your lawn, and the amount of maintenance you want.

Are Table Tablets at Restaurants a Gimmick or Actually Helpful?

More eateries are using tablets to replace some server responsibilities. If used properly, they can save you time, but might also encourage you to spend more.

Thursday Jolt: All-Time Low for 50" 4K HDTV, $8 Off Final Fantasy VI for iOS

From men's jackets to 4K HDTVs, today's top deals will save you a whopping $1,161. These deals, and more are in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

Wednesday Jolt: 77% Off Star Wars Games, Cheapest LED Bulbs

We won't force you into buying any Star Wars video games, but at these prices, you might padawant to! Plus, we have an illuminating deal on LED bulbs that'll help you see your way to savings. These deals and more are in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

Buy This, Not That: The 10 Best Gifts for Mother's Day

Your mom raised you, so the least you can do is put a little thought into her present. We show how to avoid common pitfalls and cliches with your Mother's Day gift.

What to Expect From 2015 Mother's Day Deals

Mother's Day is just around the corner! Since traditional gifts like flowers and jewelry are in high demand before the holiday, it's unlikely that you'll get the very best prices. However, our research shows there are still Mother's Day deals to be had, if you know where to look. Make your mama proud and read on to find out which gifts will offer big savings in 2015.

How to Paint the Exterior of Your Home

A great coat of house paint is an investment that can protect your home for a decade. But proper planning, tools, and skills are necessary to ensure everything goes right. Here is our guide to painting your home exterior. (Hint: It's a lot of prep!)

How to Save Money at Lowe's

Got a favorite store? This week, we're taking a closer look at shopping trends at a handful of stores, so you can get the dirt on deals, discounts, and more. Next up: DIY home improvement store, Lowe's.

10 Things You Should Throw Away Right Now

The old adage "waste not, want not" was probably drilled into your brain from an early age. But throwing something away isn't always a bad thing — in fact, hanging onto old stuff can actually put your life in danger. From filters to medicines, we're rounding up the household objects that you should remove or replace today. Get ready to check those labels!

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Online Coupon Codes

Coupons are everywhere online these days, but it can take some know-how to optimize them. We look at how to find coupons, identify the biggest savings, and use them successfully while troubleshooting any problems.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in May

May typically marks the start of beach season, but before you hit the shore, you'll want to check out our May buying guide, which lists the sales you need to watch out for this month, as well as those items you shouldn't buy.

A Guide to Bird Feeders and Seeds for Backyard Bird Watching

Spring brings beautiful and melodious birds to your backyard. But how can you feed them, while keeping away predators and other critters? We examine the options of bird feeders and feed.

VIDEO: Does the Color of Your Food Matter?

Kraft recently announced that they've figured out a way to remove the artificial yellow dyes from their classic macaroni and cheese, but still keep the nuclear orange glow! In this short video, our experts discuss how important colors are when it comes to food.