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The Week's Best Freebies: $6 Amazon Credit, Walmart Beauty Box

Check your wallet at the door, folks; there's only free stuff here! From video games to flower seeds, you can score all kinds of goodies with little to no effort in this roundup of the week's best freebies.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April

April is here, and if you're stuck indoors waiting out the seasonal showers, you'll have an excuse to spend more time shopping for the best deals online. Here is what's in store this month for the smart shopper.

VIDEO: Do You Wanna Smell Like a King? (A BURGER King)

Burger King thinks you might like to smell like a Whopper. On April 1, in Japan, the company will sell a limited run of 1,000 bottles of a cologne called "Flame Grilled" for $40 a pop. In this video, our experts discuss if smelling like food is desirable... or gross.

The 10 Best Coupons of the Week: ThinkGeek, Cole Haan, Bonefish Grill

In this day and age, who's got the time to search for a coupon? We do! To help you stay on top of all things discount, we've rounded up the 10 best coupons of the week. Take $10 off a $60 order at ThinkGeek, save an extra 40% at Cole Haan, and score an ice cream BOGO from Baskin-Robbins.

Save Money With These 5 DIY Car Repairs

Wiper blades, motor oil, fuses: these and more can be replaced or repaired cheaply and easily without a trip to the mechanic. Check out what tools and parts you'll need, plus step-by-step guides for each task.

Does the Average Wedding Really Cost $31,213?

There's reason to be skeptical of the latest data that shows a substantial increase year over year, but weddings are definitely expensive. Location, budgets, and surprises can all affect your costs.

Lumber Liquidators Accused of Selling Flooring With Formaldehyde

If you've bought flooring from Lumber Liquidators, you may be facing a problem. On a recent episode of 60 Minutes, the news program claimed some of the retailer's laminate flooring was intentionally mislabeled and may contain hazardous levels of formaldehyde. Find out if you've purchased the flooring in question, and if so, what you should do about it.

8 Home Improvement Projects You Shouldn't Do Yourself

Retaining walls, overgrown tree limbs, and lead-based paint are all home projects that require serious attention. But cost, difficulty, and danger could require professional help.

Ship Your Suds: 9 Sites for Ordering Craft Beer Online

Offering different methods of sorting the multitude of choices, different shipping options, and even gift boxes or memberships, these sites with delivery beer right to your door. And we're not talking PBR.

12 American Snacks in Unbelievable Flavors You Can Only Find in Japan

Where can you find a wasabi-flavored Kit Kat, or a Starbucks Frappuccino with cherry blossom petals? That would be none other than Japan, where a fascination with novelty has spurred an endless array of flavor fusions. Join us as we take a look at 12 of the most intriguing snacks to ever hit Japanese shores.

Turning the Other Chic: 8 Little Luxuries for Under $100

Fountain pens, watches, even fancy toilet paper: you don't have to break the bank to treat yourself. These 8 luxury items are all affordable, and totally unnecessary.

Get These 8 Things to Help Prepare For Emergencies

With much of the country under snow (including some regions that barely see an inch), now is a good time to review what you need to prepare for unexpected extreme weather, car breakdowns, and other emergencies.

POLL: Will Target's New Free Shipping Pull Customers From Amazon?

Great news for Target fans: the retailer is offering free shipping on orders of $25 or more, half its previous $50 minimum.

8 'Zombie' Snack Foods That Came Back From the Dead

Twinkies, Crispy M&Ms, the Yumbo — sometimes dedicated fans are able to bring back popular discontinued foods. But like zombies, they aren't always exactly like they were before...

8 Foods That Will Be More Expensive This Spring

Eggs, fine wine, and grapefruit are just a few of the foods that could increase in price this spring. But there are some alternatives.

5 Retro Products That Are Hot Again (And What They Cost Today)

It's fun to take a look at the vintage items that have come back against all odds, and get an idea of what they're worth today as opposed to back in the day. Here we present five examples of doin' the time warp, retail style.

9 Alternative Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Modern Romantic

Love-sick lads and lasses who are tired of shopping for chocolates and flowers will be inspired by ~!our selection of adorable alternatives to the more typical heart-filled and sweet-smelling Valentine's Day options. The spoils include a bouquet of unicorns (oh yes) and a pair of mittens that's been sickeningly crafted for two.

10 Fast Food 'Secret Menu' Items You Have to Try

If smoothies that taste like pink Starburst candy or burritos made with cheese quesadilla wraps sound mouthwatering, then you might want to take notes: We've rounded up several off-the-menu options at your favorite fast food joints.

VIDEO: Would You "Pay" for McDonald's With an Act of Kindness?

McDonald's Super Bowl Commercial claimed that the burger company would dish out free food to random customers, if those customers would perform a joyous or kindly act. Well, the promotion has started and videos of people dancing, calling loved ones, and complimenting strangers to get free food are starting to appear. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if they would "give some love" to get a free apple pie.

Made to Last: 9 Things You Only Buy Once

In a world where it seems like phones, laptops, and TVs become outdated the minute you buy them, it helps to reflect on life's little one-time investments. Barring freak accidents and doomsday weather, you'll never need to buy certain pieces of art, jewelry, or cookware twice. Read on to see some of our favorites.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in February

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's certainly not lacking in savings. You might not score as big of a discount as you would prefer on a Valentine's Day gift, but this month you'll find deals on several necessities like winter coats and tax software.

What to Expect From 2015 Presidents' Day Sales

Contrary to popular belief, February is a busy month for deal hunters. And while it can be easy to get swept up with Valentine's Day sales — after all, who doesn't like chocolate and flowers — we've found that Presidents' Day is the real hero of the month with deeper discounts and a better variety of deals.

VIDEO: What Foods From Your Childhood Do You Wish Would Come Back?

As evidenced by the return of "nostalgia cereals" like French Toast Crunch and Strawberry Honeycombs, it's clear that food companies are ready to re-introduce foods from our childhoods, just to squeeze a couple of nostalgia dollars out of us. In this video, our experts ponder what foods they'd love to see back on store shelves.

11 Healthy AND Affordable Alternatives to Unhealthy Food

Millions of Americans resolved to both eat right and save money this New Year's — but doing those things together can be a challenge. After talking to nutrition experts and doing some calculations, we found 11 healthy foods that can actually be cheaper than less healthy alternatives.

The 10 Most Bizarre Things You Can Put Alcohol In, Ranked

We never dreamed that there were so many imaginative and, frankly, unhygienic ways to take your beverages on the go, so we thought we'd share our finds. This list of weird and wonderful stuff that the internet has kicked up made us gasp, giggle, and shake our heads. Join us as we rank the 10 weirdest flasks around!

Tools You Should Always Have in Your Car in Case of Emergency

It's a cold, windy, and slushy winter day, so of course that's when your car decides it doesn't want to operate properly. Are you prepared for a flat tire or a dead battery? How about a loose screw or a blown fuse? Now is a good time to make sure you've got the tools you'll need to deal with minor car troubles. We've compiled this list of the best tools and supplies you'll want to keep in your trunk.

How to Find Discounted Gift Cards & Sell Unwanted Gift Cards Online

Didn't get the gift card you wanted this holiday season? Whether you're buying a card at a discount or selling the one you have, we've created an all-inclusive guide for all of your gift card queries.

Amazon Diaper Update: Amazon Stops Selling Elements, Offers $25 Credit for Subscribers

Earlier this month, we reviewed the newly introduced line of diapers from Amazon. Today, the store announced that it's going back to the drawing board.

Weekend Jolt: Best Ever Armani Exchange Sale, Magic Bullet Blender for $25

No matter your New Year's resolution — to hit the gym, cut back on the chips, or to be more thirfty, we have a host of savings that will help you achieve your short-lived promises. We've spotted the best ever Armani Exchange sale, while Macy's offers the cheapest Magic Bullet blender set we've ever seen. These deals, and more are in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

VIDEO: Our Champagne Taste Test Finds the Best Bubbles for Your Buck!

With New Year's Eve right around the corner, you're probably in the market for a nice bottle of champagne with which to celebrate at the stroke of midnight. Nothing says "Happy New Year" like the popping of corks, but is there a sparkling wine that's good and a good price? Find out in our video taste test!

Cold Comfort: 10 Clothing Items That Are Worth the Splurge

Complaining won't make the cold weather go away, though the right garments can certainly keep it at bay. Here we survey 10 clothing choices that will turn cold and frosty into warm and toasty. Hot cocoa is optional; just don't spill it on these fine specimens of anti-winter wizardry.

Best Christmas Decoration Deals: Inflatable Star Wars Lawn Ornaments From $15

The holidays may be coming to a close, but it's never too early to plan for next year's festivities and this week's best Christmas decoration deals can help you do just that. We've found inflatable Star Wars lawn ornaments, a sitewide clearance sale on scented candles, and Christmas tree ornaments from Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn that start at just $1.