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10 Ways to Use Groupon's Awesome New Customer Coupon

Groupon is giving new customers an extra 25% off one local, goods, or getaway deal. That's the best discount we've ever seen at the site, so it's an ideal time to give Groupon a try. We've come up with 10 ways you might use the coupon, on everything from photo printing to oil changes.

Top 10 Designer Handbags You Can Actually Afford

Designer handbags are one of the first big investments for many a fashionista. But a single purse is unlikely to be appropriate for every situation. Luckily, Last Call is cutting up to 75% off a selection of handbags, with prices starting at $6.

10 Trendy Picks From Claire's Best-Ever BOGO Sale

Today you can shop the best BOGO offer we've ever seen from Claire's. While there are certainly deals to be had on trendy earrings and bracelets, here we've rounded up 10 items beyond the obvious jewelry that might be a nice addition to your life.

These Are the Dos and Don'ts of Back-to-School Shopping

Back-to-school season is an expensive time of year for parents. From detailed budgets to spending on quality, here are 14 dos and don'ts to help you make the most of your back-to-school budget this year.

10 Weird but Cool Back-to-School Backpacks

Ever wanted to wear an octopus on your back? What about a cheeseburger? These 10 weird and nerdy backpacks are fun to look at and imagine using, even though you know you're probably just gonna buy another JanSport this fall.

6 Back-to-School Items You Should Wait to Buy

Last year, the average family with children in grades K-12 planned to spend about $630 on back-to-school shopping. If you're looking to save money on the annual ritual, wait to buy these six back-to-school items until after school starts.

The Ultimate Guide to Backpacks for College Students

While prepping for college, don't forget the importance of buying a supportive backpack that'll keep you pain-free. From cushioned straps to storage capacity to warranties, here's what you need to know.

5 Annoying Things Travelers Do That Drive Us Crazy

With the summer travel season here, it's a good time to remember your travel manners. We cover five things annoying travelers do that drive the rest of us nuts (including some that could cost you time and money while away), and offer tips to help you avoid being "that guy" when you're on vacation.

These 2 Stores Make Back-to-School Shopping a Breeze

Back-to-school season is nearly upon us. Whether you're looking for school supplies, new outfits, or both, we found the top stores to make your back-to-school shopping easier.

10 Must-Have ThinkGeek Items for Any True Nerd

We rounded up ThinkGeek's 10 best-selling items for 2016, featuring weird watches, glowing hoodies, and a whole lotta Star Wars stuff. Trust us: These items will have you reaching for your credit card faster than you can say, "Han shot first."

9 Things to Consider When Buying a Kids Backpack for School

Back-to-school season will be here before you know it, and finding the right backpack should be a priority. The right fit and features can mean the difference between comfort and pain all year, for everyone from first graders to seniors.

6 Things to Look for in a Camping and Hiking Backpack

A poorly chosen backpack can turn a beautiful hike into a painful ordeal. Make sure that you find one that is appropriate in fit, capacity, and more when buying a hiking backpack.

Deduct Your Dry Cleaning! The 10 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

Are you certain you've found every single tax deduction you could possibly make? You'll be surprised at the crazy things you're able to write off. If you haven't yet filed your taxes, take a look at these 10 overlooked deductions you might be able to claim.

Hiking Gear on a Budget: 11 Trail Necessities

Whether a 1-mile ramble or a 10-mile trek, day hiking is even more pleasurable (or less likely to become unpleasurable) with a little preparation. These essentials will ensure that your load is light and your wallet isn't.

How to Save on Back-to-School Clothes, Supplies, Backpacks, and More

Whether you're on the hunt for pretty pens, trend-setting apparel, or a shiny new laptop to get school-ready, we're here to help you navigate the best of the back-to-school sales by looking back at the cream of the crop of last year's offerings.

Don't Get Knee Defensive: 4 Better Travel Products for Comfort

"Knee Defender" briefly became one of the fastest-growing searches on Google this week, after the small, plastic product, which prevents airline seats from reclining, caused a fight midair. Knowing this, there are other ways to improve your comfort while traveling that won't bother those around you.

How to Buy the Best Luggage for Your Money

We spoke with several industry experts who shared their thoughts on how to land the right luggage for your budget. And even if a suitcase isn't all that glamorous to you, just think of all the exotic places it can take you!

What to Expect from 2012 Labor Day Sales

For most Americans, Labor Day means the end of summer, but the first Monday in September also means big savings for bargain hunters. And even though Labor Day isn't considered a consumer holiday, retailers don't tend to miss any opportunity to offer sales. And Labor Day 2012 is no exception.

Back to School Sales Guide: When to Buy Dorm Room Goods, Clothes, more

Retailers may already be rolling out back to school sales, but that doesn't mean you have to rush out and buy your supplies immediately. We analyzed our archives to see what kind of deals you can expect to find on select campus essentials in the coming weeks, as well as when you should buy them.

Hunger Games Price Breakdown: How Much Is Katniss Everdeen's Bag Worth?

Kids are taken from their families and forced to fight to the death on a remote island. This is the plot of "Battle Royale." But, it turns out, it's also the plot of a new book / movie combo, too: The Hunger Games! In this piece, we investigate the monetary value of Katniss' bag. You know, the one — NO SPOILERS!

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March

March is here, and even though you may be planning to stay glued to the couch for all of March Madness, we bet you'll also be doing a bit of spring shopping as well. So we've mined the extensive dealnews archives for sales, coupons, and individual products from the past few years to guide you in your quest for the most savvy purchases this month.

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.

Backpack Attack: 4 Bargain Bags You Won't Want to Miss

It's bag-to-school time — and that's no typo, deal lovers. No matter your carrying needs, the bag's the thing. Find great deals on bags, backpacks, and other travel gear just in time for fall.

Get the Most Value Out of Your Luggage Deal

If you travel, you've seen the sad result of inadequate luggage, with clothes and other personal items strewn on the baggage carousel. You can avoid such embarrassment and inconvenience by getting the right bag, but sometimes it can be hard to tell what's a good value and what's just cheap. We've got a run-down of how to get the most value for your investment in a travel bag.