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Video Review: Is a Ziploc Bag as Good as a Waterproof Case for Your Gadget?

The beach. Water parks. The toilet. These are all places where your beloved iPhone can find itself taking a nasty, warranty-voiding bath. Several items on the market purport to keep your gadgets dry in these situations, but how well do they really work? And do you have to spend a lot to get acceptable water protection?

Get Cycling This Summer with the Proper Biking Gear

You'll find that bicycling longer distances can present a physical challenge, manifested in sore feet and hands, a sweaty body, and a tender posterior. That's where the proper clothing and equipment specially made for bicycling can come to the rescue. Consider donning the gear of a bicyclist and your miles will be much more fun.

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!

Using Your Gear Head: Bike Basics to Know Before You Buy

Looking to save money on gas this spring? Better get biking! We tapped Oscar Wastyn, the patriarch of the second oldest bike shop in the U.S., to generously dish some sound advice on how to choose and equip your new bike.

The Path to Discounted Hiking Gear: 10 Trail Necessities

Spring has arrived, and for much of the country this means warm days for delightful countryside hikes. Here's a checklist of supplies you probably want to have on hand for both casual and advanced hiking.

Play Ball: Where to Find the Best Prices at Major League Ballparks

Since we're always thinking about the bottom line here at DealNews, Opening Day has us seeing dollar-hued baseballs. So just what will it cost you to enjoy a major league game?

A Mathematician's Tips for the Perfect March Madness Bracket

Attention, Mathletes! You could win up to $1 billion of Warren Buffet's bankroll if you correctly assemble the winning men's NCAA March Madness bracket. All you need are some linear equations and weighted variables, says our bracketology expert.

Binoculars Buying Guide: What Do You Need and What Should You Pay?

Oh, to have the eyes of a hawk, able to spot a mouse a half-mile away! Of course, being more clever than hawks, ever-adapting human beings invented the binoculars, which give us even better long-distance sight. Whether your passion is watching birds, hunting, boating, or even studying the stars, here's some advice and deals to guide your hunt for the perfect pair of binoculars.

16 Leaked Super Bowl XLVIII Commercials

For a single day in February, up becomes down, black becomes white, and those things that we normally fast forward through become things we actively seek out. Yep, it's Super Bowl time and everyone can't wait to see what commercials the mad men from Madison Ave have cooked up for us.

Tailgating for the Puppy Bowl — Pun Intended!

For the last ten years, Animal Planet has been counter-programming the biggest football game of the year with the cutest football game of the year, The Puppy Bowl! Half the fun of any football party is the tailgating experience; you know, the food, the fun, the zaniness? Here's how to tailgates for the Puppy Bowl!

Super Bowl Ticket Prices Are at Their Lowest in a Decade Because of the Cold

Super Bowl ticket prices are at their lowest in more than a decade. Apparently, no one wants to pay thousands of dollars to sit in the cold for a few hours.

Tickets to the First Super Bowl Cost $12. Today, They're Going for Up to $14,000

There hasn’t been an outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl in ... well, ever. But the cold weather won't stop us fans from rooting on our favorite team, or spending a pretty penny celebrating. So grab a seat, hoist a huge foam finger high in the air, and read on for a look at Super Bowl XLVIII by the numbers.

Rise of Interactive Ads: Your TV Wants You to Buy David Beckham's Underpants

As Super Bowl XLVIII approaches, competitors are rolling out their best game plans and gear to battle — for your dollars. This year’s Super Bowl ads are already generating buzz, and at the forefront is H&M’s spot for the David Beckham Bodywear line, which is employing "t-commerce," or allowing viewers to shop directly through their televisions.

A Fitness Guru Gives Us the Skinny on the Exercise Gear Everyone Should Own

Ah the groaning sounds of gluttonous holiday bodies as they jump on the New Year's resolution treadmill to get in shape. Fortunately for those of us with the resolutions to trim budgets and waistlines, we have a list of six pieces of fitness equipment that will help you get in shape this year and cost under $100.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in January

The new year is upon us, and after all that shopping you likely did during the holidays, you may be looking forward to giving your credit card a rest. But January is an excellent month to buy certain things like winter apparel or early Valentine's Day gifts.

6 Things Not to Buy Before Christmas

Not everyone has the luxury of giving gifts after the holidays are over, but if you're looking to fill your own holiday stocking, take heed of the shopping list below filled with six products you should buy after Christmas.

How to Dress for the Elements During a Winter Hike

Staying warm indoors while quaffing brews and watching sports on TV might seem appealing as the temperature begins its winter descent, but that doesn't mean you should go into complete hibernation. You can embrace the season on a winter hike, and all you need are the right clothes ... and maybe some snow.

13 Things Not to Buy on Black Friday

With all the 2013 Black Friday ad leaks and sneak peeks we've unearthed in the past few weeks, this season's shopping extravaganza is looking ripe with deals and discounts for all. But even though many product categories will see new all-time low prices, not everything will be at its lowest price. In fact, there are 13 items you definitely shouldn't buy on Black Friday.

Show Your Team Spirit with Football Game Day Party Must-Haves

Whether you don a cheese hat, wave a Terrible Towel, or hoist a foam finger, there are plenty of ways to show your team spirit at the stadium. Fortunately there are also other ways to root for your team at home, when you've got friends over watching the big game.

Spend Your Summer Paddling with the Proper Kayaking Gear

Flat-water kayaking is a serene and cooling sport, perfect for summer. All you need is a kayak, a paddle, some provisions, and friends. We've got the deals you'll need for the proper gear, from the boat all the way through to the deck caddy. (However, you'll have to find friends on your own.)

The Best Smartphone Cameras for Photo Enthusiasts

Smartphones have revolutionized the ways in which we take and share photos, but which smartphones offer the best mobile photography features? Here are the top five smartphone cameras that offer the most bang for your buck. Or the most pop for your pixel. (You know what we mean.)

How to Buy a Road Bike: Deals, Bike Basics, and Beyond

Many of us never lost our love for the two-wheeled bicycle adventures we first found as kids, and many folks have adopted biking as their major means of travel. If you have a yearning to pedal on in adulthood, we'll help you choose the right road bike.

In-Store Clinics Offer Basic Health Care Services at Lower Costs

Although it may seem strange to get health care at your local pharmacy or big-box retailer, it can actually be less expensive (and more convenient) than trying to make a doctor's appointment. So would you head to an in-store, walk-in clinic at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, or Target?

The Best Bird Feeders and Seeds for Backyard Bird Watching

Spring is here, and with it comes that familiar morning sound of birds chirping. As our feathered friends build nests and lay eggs, these fascinating avian become voracious eaters. To enjoy the show, all you have to do is offer the right food in the right way, throw in some water and housing, and voila!

From Beer Ads to Beer Runs, a Look at This Year's Super Bowl Costs

Football is big, big business these days, and Super Bowl Sunday specifically will generate eye-popping revenue, ad sales, chicken wing guzzling, and commerce of all kinds. In fact, we spend $55 million on food alone, and it's the biggest non-holiday eating day of the year. Inside, we recount some fascinating numbers about just what the Super Bowl costs us.

Going Nowhere Fast and Loving It: A Treadmill Buying Guide

Now is a great time to begin an exercise regime, which should involve cardio: walking, jogging, or running. However, given the harsh conditions of winter, a treadmill is a wise way to go about achieving your fitness goals from the comfort of your own home. Plus, fitness deals abound this season! Here's what you need to know about buying a new treadmill.

What You Need to Know When Buying Refurbished Electronics

Anyone on the hunt for cheap consumer electronics will have come across refurbished devices at some point. Available at knock-down prices, "refurbs" are often stigmatized as merely faulty rejects. But in fact, many devices are repaired, reconditioned, and retested, to be as good as new. Yet, beyond checking for dents and functionality, how can consumers know a refurb won't fail a second time?

The Best Time to Spend Your Christmas Gift Card, Depending on What You Want

As you bask in the glory that is your stash of gifts from Christmas, you may be pawing over a gift card or two. And today's After Christmas Sales might seem like an extremely tempting place to start redeeming them. But depending on what you're looking for, you might get the most value out of your gift card if you wait to shop.

Retailers Combat Holiday Discounting with Exclusive Merchandise

Bargain seekers who love to price check the items they purchase, beware: some of the season's hottest gifts this year will be exclusive to certain retailers, which will complicate price comparisons.

6 Ways to Save Enough Money to Buy an HDTV on Black Friday

The Black Friday countdown has begun. And while every day is Black Friday at dealnews, there are just a few weeks left for trimming the fat from your budget in order to save up for a big Black Friday purchase like a new HDTV. Just take heed of these money-saving tips, and you'll be set for a new TV in T-31 days.

Video Review: Does Cheap Ghost Hunting Equipment Really Work?

Worried that you might have a ghost, but think ghost hunting equipment is too expensive? Who ya gonna call™ to get the best bets for budget bustin'? dealnews, of course. In this video, our resident spirit-finder, Jeff Somogyi, reviews and gives you tips on several pieces of equipment that every "real" ghost hunter should have.

An Electric-Assist Bike Is Incredibly Cool, But Is It Worth the $500+ Price Tag?

An electric-assist bicycle is an ideal purchase that offers transportation and exercise. The cost of these bikes, however, can vary widely. So to help would-be electric-assist bike owners decide which bike is best for them, we've detailed some of the differences between high- and low-end bike models.