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The 10 Best Coupons of the Week: BOGO Pizza, Up to 20% Off JetBlue Flights

In this day and age, who's got the time to search for a coupon? We do! To help you stay on top of all things discount, we've rounded up the 10 best coupons of the week. Score a pizza BOGO from Papa Murphy's, take up to 20% off select JetBlue flights, and cut an extra 15% off at Joe's New Balance Outlet.

The Top 10 Stores for Cyber Monday Deals in 2014

Some stores will hold back their best deals until after the initial wave of Black Friday madness, flaunting their top sales on Cyber Monday. As these 10 titans hosted the most popular storewide events and a bucket-load of Editors' Choice offers last year, there's a good chance they'll want to replicate the form this time around.

Prepare Your Car to Avoid an Auto Disaster This Winter

But there are more driving dangers this time of the year than others. Freezing temperatures, snow, and ice are settling across most of the country, and elsewhere wet leaves and early sunsets can make driving less-traveled roads a little more dangerous. 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.

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?

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

Make the Most of Motorcycling in the Summer Heat
 with the Right Gear

Many motorcycle riders react to the summer heat by parking their bike, or shedding clothing. Luckily, there are products on the market today that are designed to help keep riders riding throughout the year, while remaining protected and offering the ventilation they require to remain comfortable.

Bring Your Own Boat: Selecting the Best Canoe for You

While some people thrive off a busy schedule, many of us long for a bit of serenity. An idyllic place for peace is out on the water, where its sounds and swells can have a soothing effect on one's spirit. To get out there, you'll need to pick the right canoe for your needs, and this guide will help.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in May

It's easy to know that you're getting the best deal around when shopping through dealnews, but sometimes you want to plan for purchases in advance. So to help you out, we've mined our archives of product prices, sales, and coupons to see what consumer goods are the best buys for the month of May.

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!

Gear Up for a Mountain Climbing Adventure

There are challenges that tell us how much heart we have, and the peak of a mountain is one that always looms above our heads. Every day, ordinary people attempt to ascend to altitude greatness, whether it's at Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, or Mt. Hood, Denali, or even Mt. Katahdin in Maine. We praise these climbers, but advise that before you begin your vertical ascent, you not only gear up, but brush up. Here are tips for preparing to undertake a mountain climbing adventure this spring.

How to Find the Right Rain Gear for Any Outdoor Activity

There was probably a day in your childhood when, dressed in your yellow rain suit and galoshes, you loved stomping around in puddles. Now, all grown up, you find rain too wet, and always screwing up your playtime. The spring rainy season isn't too far off though, so don't let a little water get you down. We've detailed some guidelines for buying rain gear to keep you nice and dry whether you're outside for play or en route to work.

See America Right and Save Money While Visiting Our National Parks

There are few places as majestic as America's national parks, from the grandeur of the Grand Canyon to the wonders of Yellowstone to the serenity of the Smoky Mountains. And nature won't cost you much if you're equipped with a few tips on how to minimize the expenses of enjoying the nation's great parks and historical sites.

Got that Pilot Lesson Deal? Great! Now What Will it Cost You After the Groupon?

If you've ever dreamed of soaring with the birds with the Earth scrolling beneath your wings, then you might have noted the fairly popular deal we posted on flying lessons last week. If you're one of our readers who jumped on the deal, you may now have visions of flight school (and maybe Top Gun) dancing through your head. But just how much would it cost you to get your private pilot certificate?

Money-Saving Smartphone Apps for Outdoorsmen

Are you on the hunt for informational resources for your outdoors activities, but hesitant about carrying around cumbersome guidebooks? With these eight outdoors apps for both iPhone or Android, you'll have all the information you need at your fingertips. And in some cases, these apps you can even save you some money to put toward, say, a new set of golf clubs or a telescope.

Ready, Set, Ski! Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Trip Down the Slopes

Snow may seem like the enemy when you're shoveling your walk or commuting through it, but for the skier, a heavy snowfall is a ticket to heaven. Few moments in life are as exhilarating as gliding down a mountain, carving smooth curves in fresh snow. If you're itching to give the sport a try, read our checklist of the gear you'll need, and about how much you can expect to pay.

Can You Trust a Smartphone to Guide You in the Wilderness?

Twenty-first century technology has revolutionized the way hikers and hunters explore the woods. Both handheld GPS units and smartphones have compasses, but which is more reliable out in the middle of Mother Nature? Are smartphones replacing GPSs in this area as well? We compared the two technologies to determine which is the better wilderness guide for your needs.