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Back-to-School Savings: Cowboom, Sears, & Amazon are Top of the Class

Preparing to head back to school for a new term, whether you're big or small, is rarely a joyous affair. But some of our favorite stores are offering school-ready tech items, clothing, and backpacks at prices worth celebrating. We've rounded up the very best back-to-school sales.

Thursday Jolt: 60 BIC Pens for $4

With the end of the week in sight, we're feeling spend-thrifty and self-indulgent. We've spotted a free $25 credit offer for new AmEx customers, a 10-app Mac software bundle for whatever you want to pay, and more in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

You Could Save Over $200 Buying These 10 Items When You Don't Need Them

Let's face it: No one wakes up in the morning with a burning desire to buy everyday necessities like pet food, toilet paper, batteries, or diapers. And yet many of these goods are so essential, we'd run out of the house bleary-eyed at 3 am to replace them. However, it's cheaper and easier to stock up on these items when you don't need them — and we've got the data to prove it! That's why we've rounded up a collection of items that you should always buy when you see a deal, even if you're still fully stocked at home.

8 Hidden Holiday Costs and How to Avoid Them

When it comes to holiday spending, we're all about making the most of our budget. And that means more than just getting great deals on wish list items. To avoid overspending this holiday, we recommend taking a look at these eight expenditures that offer wiggle room for extra savings.

Nostalgia in Bulk: The Oriental Trading Company Story

Jam-packed with cheap toys in bulk quantities, The Oriental Trading Company's catalog was sure to inspire avarice in the average child. What kid wouldn't want 144 toys? And they were so cheap! Now that we're adults, let's reexamine the OTC catalog and see if there's anything in there that still has us itching to buy by the gross. (Hint: There is!)

Video Review: Are No. 2 Pencils Number 1?

Are all No. 2 pencils created equal? Or does the name "Ticonderoga" merit its title as The World's Best Pencil? We hit the books and pressed record to find out, in this sharp-and-to-the-point video review.

Keeping the Holidays Green: 8 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

We're guessing that you bought yourself a little holiday gift this past Black Friday, but also thought of your loved ones — and now you have to wrap all those presents. To avoid sending all that wrapping paper to the landfill this Christmas, Green Dad has some eco-friendly tips, several of which are also conveniently good for your wallet too.

Save $500 on Heating Costs This Winter with These 8 Green Tips

There's no stopping the cold of winter, but there are many things we can do to ready our homes for the brutal weather. Green Dad gives us eight eco-friendly tips and nifty products to save you as much as $500 in heating costs this year — which means they're well worth their weight in energy savings.

The Kids Are Back at School... Now Green Their Supplies With These 6 Tips

The kids have already started school, and the next major shopping holiday on your radar is, probably, Black Friday. But there's still time to focus on other worthy shopping goals — like rethinking your child's knapsack. Everything a kid touches has a short life span, so it makes sense here, more so than in any other area of your life, to focus on being eco-friendly. Green Dad Lou Carlozo has six tips to bring savings and the environment together under one schoolhouse roof.

8 Deals to Simplify Your Life and Streamline Your Space

Many of us own so much stuff that figuring out ways to simplify, store, and condense should rank as a top priority. This week, Green Dad Lou Carlozo looks at some handy deals that streamline storage and simplify living and working spaces.