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4 Essential Power Saws For Every Home Workshop

You've probably got a hand saw or two in your workshop, but power tools are an investment. Do you really need to go cordless? Should you get a portable table saw? We look at how to get the most versatile, useful, and affordable power saws.

5 Power Tools That Every Home Should Have

Hand tools are reliable and affordable, but they can make certain tasks lengthy and painful. These five power tools will get you through a wide variety of home repairs and projects.

7 New Year's Resolutions That Will Save You Money

It's time to start formulating your resolutions for 2016, and wouldn't it be awesome if this year's list included ways to save money? Here are seven fresh New Year's resolutions for you to consider.

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter (And Prevent an Auto Disaster)

There are more driving dangers this time of the year than others, from snow and ice to wet leaves and early sunsets. To ensure the safety of you and your entourage as you embark on your holiday travel plans, it's smart to take steps to winterize your car now.

Gift Ideas for Him: Deals for Every Guy on Your List

Whether it's your dad, brother, husband, friend, or coworker, chances are there's at least one member of the less fair sex for whom you need to get a gift this holiday season. As such, we've rounded up a handful of this week's best Editors' Choice deals to help you cross them off your list. Even better, all will ship for free in time for Christmas so you don't need to even leave the house.

Best Stocking Stuffer Deals Under $10: From Jelly Beans to Batteries

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.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in December

Even if you skipped Black Friday, but you might still need to shop for the holidays. Maintain lots of holiday cheer by spending wisely with our December buying guide. We've pored over the extensive DealNews archives from years past to guide you in your quest for the most savvy purchases in December.

The Top 10 Stores for Cyber Monday Deals in 2015

Move over Black Friday, it's time to start shopping for Cyber Monday! From Crocs to Dell Home, here's the top 10 stores to shop at during the Cyber Monday shopping weekend.

Harbor Freight Tools Black Friday Ad Analysis: Tools From Just $15

Harbor Freight Tools recently released its Black Friday ad preview, allowing even DIY shoppers an opportunity to save during the holiday shopping season.

7 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall Weather

From hand tools to home appliances, preparing for the coming cooler weather can be easy and affordable. Gather firewood, rake your leaves, and more!

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.

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?

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!)

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in December

You may have skipped Black Friday, but you still need to buy holiday gifts. Maintain lots of holiday cheer by shopping wisely with our December buying guide. We've pored over the extensive DealNews archives from years past to guide you in your quest for the most savvy purchases in December.

Kmart Black Friday Ad Analysis: Tablet Deals Worth Waking Up For

Kmart isn't playing around with Black Friday this year. Boasting the earliest Thanksgiving opening time at 6 am, Sears' sister store is intent on holding a 42-hour Black Friday shopathon. But will the deals be worth ditching your turkey dinner to stand in line? We examined the leaked Kmart Black Friday ad to find out.

All of Our Tools & Hardware Buying Guides, in One Place

DealNews is always bringing you the best tool and hardware deals; and now, we've compiled all of our tool-buying guides into one place. Whether you want to know more about drills, ladders, or an emergency automotive kit, check out our tools and hardware hub.

Power Tools for the Garden: From Chainsaws to Leaf Blowers

Who doesn't love a beautiful lawn with perfectly uniform grass immaculately manicured? These outdoor landscapes involve hard work, planting, cultivating, weeding, pruning, and harvesting. Fortunately, we live in an age where power tools can alleviate some of the hard work necessary to bring about a handsome garden and lawn.

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.

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.

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.

How to Choose the Right Generator for Your Home & Tailgating Needs

Owning a portable generator is a great investment for dialing up the quality of your tailgate party with video and audio on a sumptuous widescreen TV, or just being prepared for winter power outages. But generators come in many shapes, sizes, and (most importantly) price points. Thus, we've created a helpful guide to picking a portable generator.

Best Cyber Monday Tools: $175 off a Storage Chest, Mechanics Tool Set for $85

Ready to do a few DIY projects? Check out these Editors' Choice Cyber Monday tool deals. Grab a 192-piece mechanics tool set for only $85, save $66 on a miter saw, or pick up a selection of hand tools for $2 each.

Best Black Friday Tools: Drills & Saws from Sears & Home Depot

Check out these Editors' Choice Black Friday drills, saws & screwdriver deals that would make Tim Allen giggle. But be quick! These in-demand deals have a habit of disappearing.

A Techie's Top 5: A Gaming Editor Dishes on His Favorite Gadgets

Contributing Joystiq editor Mike Schramm was formerly a senior editor at WoW.com, and was one of the founding editors of Massively. Today, we're grateful to add Schramm to our ongoing series, a Techie's Top 5, to see what gadgets this gamer can't live without.

Finally! Proof That It's More Cost Effective to Grow Your Own Roses for V-Day

If you're like us, then every time Valentine's Day comes around, you think: "Hey, I wonder if I could save money over the course of, let's say, 50 years if I just grew my own roses instead of shelling out $60 each time for a bouquet!" Well we decided it was finally time for this age-old theory to be put to the test.

Men Will Spend $176 This Valentine's Day, Women Will Only Spend Half That

While money can't buy you love, it can certainly buy a very romantic night out. Valentine's Day spending is expected to only modestly increase this year, but that still amounts to a staggering $18.6 billion total. Here's how Valentine's Day breaks down by the numbers.

What to Expect from Presidents' Day Sales

Presidents' Day is coming up, and many consider it to be the retail industry's first major sales weekend of the year. But what kind of deals will we encounter next week? We combed through our archives of Presidents' Day bargains from last year to offer some guidance for 2013.

Analyzing the 2012 Black Friday Ads: Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria's Secret

The Black Friday ads for Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria's Secret have leaked! While Tommy may offer some pretty choice discounts, the promotion from Victoria's Secret leaves us feeling underwhelmed. However, a look into our archives suggests that the lingerie store may offer something better come Black Friday, anyway.