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Kitchen 101: 2 Chefs Plug Us in to the Best Electric Appliances

The right electric kitchen appliances can speed up your cooking and help you look like a pro. DealNews spoke to two expert chefs for tips on how to deck out your kitchen, with an emphasis on quality devices.

10 Things NOT to Buy Your College-Bound Student

College is expensive, and not just because of tuition; students need lots of things as they live and work away from home. Here's a list of items that you should not buy your matriculating student, as they head back to school. Your wallet will thank us!

VIDEO: Cupcakes Are SO Last Year! What's the Next Dessert Craze?

New York cupcake chain Crumbs is closing all 48 of its locations. Is this indicative that the cupcake boom is finally coming to an end? Our experts discuss if the end of cupcakes is nigh and what will replace them as the "hot" new dessert item.

Everything You Need to Get Free Stuff Online

We all love to get things for free, and there are many opportunities throughout the year to do so. There are your standard everyday freebies, as well as specific points throughout the year in which you can snag something for free. Here's where you'll find all the best ways to get free stuff.

Non-Soccer Things That the USA Totally Pwns

Today, you've got a free pass to celebrate all things American, and while that no longer includes rooting for the U-S-of-A in the World Cup, we can feel proud about the various other ways in which our nation dominates — like in daily sugar consumption!

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?

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: Why 'Cute' Things Can Trick Us Into Spending More Money

A new study concluded that people are willing to pay more for, "cute" or "playful" products, and interact with them more. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss what they've paid more for, because it was whimsical.

Not Just Whole Foods: Increased Competition Makes Organic Food Cheaper

Despite the rising cost of food, the organic food industry continues to thrive. And with new contenders entering the arena, the organic food industry — which was once dominated by premium stores like Whole Foods — could finally see some serious competition. For consumers, that translates into more affordable prices.

Save on Groceries This Summer With a Home Garden

A modest investment in seeds, soil, and time for a home garden can provide you with fresh produce throughout the growing season. We spoke with Bill Maynard, President of the American Community Gardening Association, for tips on getting started.

8 Foods That May Be Too Expensive to Eat This Summer

We took a look at eight foods that may be in for a price hike this summer, and there's good and bad news. You aren't likely to starve, but you may need to seek out some budget-friendly alternatives to your usual fare.

35,000 People Brought Their Mom to Hooters on Mother's Day Last Year

As some of you might have noticed, Hooters is offering a peculiar promotion this weekend; any woman who comes to the restaurant with her brood in tow on Mother's Day will receive a free meal. Considering the establishment is best known for catering to men, this might seem like an unusual offer. So we wondered: How many people have actually availed themselves of this deal?

The Great Grill Debate: Charcoal vs. Gas

To help you pick the perfect grill for your outdoor cooking needs, we'll explore the charcoal vs. gas grill debate, looking at the cost of both, and weigh a number of other grilling variables.

Gifts That Keep On Giving! Top Membership Deals

These five subscription deals will keep on giving, allowing you to shop, game, or beautify better. Get a free subscription to BJ's Wholesale Club and a gift card, six month of unlimited free same-day deliveries from Google Shopping Express, and much more.

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

Moms are kind of like superheroes. They perform physical acts no ordinary human could, take care of everybody's needs before they're needed, and function on minimal sleep and gratitude. So how will you repay her this Mother's Day?

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

When spring rolls around, the resurgence of that lush beautiful green in your yard comes at a price: lawn care. Even if an afternoon spent manicuring the lawn isn't your idea of fun, there are a variety of lawn mowers available to make your job easier.

Kitchen 101: 7 Must Have Items to Jump Start Your Culinary Art

Just getting started in the kitchen, and don't know what you'll need? We spoke to some Chicago chefs to compile a list of must-have items for the beginning chef.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in May

While it's officially been spring for some time now, it seems safe to say that with the month of May comes definitive spring weather. And as the temperatures heat up, so too do the deals! We combed through our shopping archives so that you can put that new-found active spirit to good use by hitting the malls (and surfing online, obviously) in search of the best buys in May.

Save the Planet, Treat Yourself: Earth Day Freebies 2014

April 22 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, an event that dates back to 1970. And on this day, the freebies and premiums pop up with the energy of spring bulbs bursting through once-dormant soil.