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7 Things to Buy in July (and 5 Things You Should Definitely Skip)

In the gulch between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you might think sales are hard to come by, but the opposite is true. Shopping heats up in July, with stores offering everything from rare discounts on in-season apparel to desperately needed air conditioners.

Sun, Sea & Savings: How to Buy 6 Beach Essentials on a Budget

From swimsuits to sunglasses to sunscreen, planning a seaside sojourn can be a costly affair. But some of our favorite stores will drop prices on all things swim in June, making it a little easier to shop for beach necessities.

10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Cell Phone's Battery Life

It's not always obvious how to keep our handheld devices fully (or partially) charged. To that end, we've gathered up the 10 best tips for squeezing extra life out of your phone's battery.

18 Things You Need to Start Freshwater Fishing

If you've ever wanted to try your hand at angling, there's nothing stopping you except acquiring the right equipment. For all the joy the hobby provides, the startup expense is rather minor. Read on for our list of all the fishing basics to consider.

48 Major Retailers That Offer Free Shipping, and How to Get It

A lot of online stores will ship your orders for free, but those bargains often come with limitations. To help you navigate, we've put together a list of 48 retailers that offer free shipping, and some tips on how these deals work.

12 Eco-Friendly Companies to Support for Earth Day

More than a celebration, Earth Day is a reminder of the importance of environmental preservation. One easy way to help out is by supporting companies that are eco-conscious. Here are 12 companies whose efforts deserve your money, on Earth Day and all year long.

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.

What Kind of Road Bicycle is Right for You?

Finding the perfect road bike depends on whether you want to commute, exercise, tour, or all of the above. We look at frames, tires, and where to get the best deals on road bicycles.

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.

Post Presidents' Day Sales: Savings Abound!

Happy post Presidents' Day, deal-seekers! If you managed to miss the sales over the long weekend, no worries! We've got you covered with some excellent post Presidents' Day sales you can take advantage of now. Discounts on apparel, tech, and more found here!

Heading Out on a Winter Hike? Here's How to Dress for the Elements

Staying warm indoors while quaffing brews and watching sports on TV might seem appealing now that winter is here, 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.

15 Stores That Will Upgrade Your Shipping for Free for the Holidays

Christmas is just around the corner, and as we approach Santa's big debut, retailers are spreading a little holiday cheer of their own by discounting speedier shipping options to ensure delivery by Christmas Eve.

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.

More Black Friday Freebies: Early Shoppers Can Score Movie Tickets & Gift Cards

If you can't afford to splash out too much money on those discounted goods come Black Friday, never fear! The biggest shopping day of the year also brings with it a host of freebies for early-risers, including movie tickets and gift cards.

10 Totally Awesome Pool Toys

Forget simple noodles and water pistols. These inflatable slides, floats, and shooters will really make a splash this summer.

Spend Your Summer Paddling with the Proper Kayaking Gear

There's nothing like gliding along a lake or river on a warm summer's day. Kayaking definitely requires some gear, but the necessities don't have to cost a fortune.

8 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Family-Size Tent

It's almost that time of year when we pry the kids away from their phones to spend some time in nature. If you want to camp out with the whole family, think of your weather conditions, space needs, and any special requirements before buying a tent to fit everyone.

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.

How to Choose the Best Sleeping Bag for Camping

Camping in the fall can be a delight, but at the end of the day, your comfort depends on picking the right sleeping bag for the weather and your needs. How do you make the right choice? Here are the factors you should consider, and some deals to make the purchase even easier.

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?

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.

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.

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.)

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 BioLite Campstove Charges Your Phone While Heating Your Food

For the hardcore, long distance hiker, the weight of a pack can make or break an excursion, which means some of the luxuries of home have to be left behind. But with the BioLite CampStove, campers can enjoy both a stove and a charging station for their devices. But is it too good to be true?

How to Tailgate in Style: Necessities and the Comforts of Home

With the change of the season comes one of America's most beloved activities: tailgating. Throwing a really great tailgate starts with finding the right spot and then involves gathering some of these tailgating essentials.

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.

Keeping Bugs at Bay: Does Bug-Repellent Apparel Actually Work?

Have you ever come across seemingly space age-sounding bug repellent clothing? It sounds ideal; who wouldn't want to avoid dousing their entire body with harsh bug spray? But, does treated apparel actually keep the bugs away?

Plan the Perfect Family Camping Trip with These Essentials

Ready for a fun family excursion? Head to the great outdoors, but make sure you've got everything on this shopping list to make the most of your camping excursion.

Dude, You Must Chill!: The Cost of Cooling Your Car When the A/C Goes AWOL

This summer's record-breaking heat has been making headlines for weeks. But what'll you do if the A/C in your car goes caput? Here are a few ways to stay cool in your car sans air conditioning.

Celestial Awe: Tools for Night Sky Stargazing

The heavens have intrigued mankind for millennia, and today's modern telescopes and optics allow us to easily explore the sky, Moon, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies that make up our universe. Here are some tips and deals to start stargazing.

The Right Father's Day Gifts for Every Dad

Not all Dads are created equal. Some play golf, others watch baseball. Some like to cook, others prefer fine dining. Some wear suits, some don sweats. But no matter what kind(s) of Dad(s) you've got in your life, Father's Day is that one day a year where the man who has everything deserves a little something more.