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Shop the Best Early Halloween Sales on Costumes, Decor, and More

October is still days away, but that hasn't stopped a ton of merchants from releasing spook-tacular Halloween coupons and discounts. That means you can scoop up this year's more popular offerings now, and get to skip the mad Halloween rush later. Read on to see the best early Halloween deals from the Disney Store, Pottery Barn Kids, Spirit Halloween, and more!

The Best and Worst Things to Buy Each Month of the Year

To you, intrepid deal-finder, shopping is both art and science. It takes hard work, planning, and a bit of luck. We can't help with that last part, but we can help with your preparation.

Don't Wait Until Black Friday! 9 Deals You Should Buy Now

October is a tricky month for deals — we're so close to November (and Black Friday) that we can almost taste it, so you're better off waiting until next month to buy. But don't overlook October entirely! There are a handful of items that are actually better buys this month.

Week's 10 Best Coupons: Get 40% Off at Tommy Hilfiger, $5 Off $50 at Target

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. Trim $5 off your $50 order at Target, save an extra 40% off Tommy Hilfiger outlet items, and snag a $6 pizza from Pizza Hut.

Bigger Isn't Always Better: 10 Products Worth Skimping On

America is a land of bigness: we're the home of the Grand Canyon, the Cadillac Escalade, and the Big Gulp. But there are a few products where you're actually better off "skimping" and getting the smaller, less expensive option. From perishable goods to things that are expensive to maintain or store, bigger isn't always better.

How 'Frozen' and the World Series Will Affect Your Shopping This Fall

If you're a retailer hoping to cash in on unpredictable events like sports championships or costume trends, it becomes something of both a science and a gamble. To find out how different kinds of stores work the stocking game year round — and how shoppers can benefit — we spoke with a retail expert to get the inside scoop.

USPS Slashes Shipping Prices for Online Stores, But Will You Benefit?

It's a good day for e-commerce companies, as a recent change to the United States Postal Service's rates will slash prices by up to 58% for some business shipments. This is a huge threat to industry leaders FedEx and UPS, and could be a boon for consumers — but it could also backfire on the USPS, as increased volume going into the holidays could cause major delays.

7 Celebrities Who Are Pretty Serious About Collecting Things

The fact that Johnny Depp collects dolls probably won't surprise you, but the picture of him holding them might. Read on for more on Depp's obsession, as well as a full list of our favorite (and sometimes surprising) celebrity collectors.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in September

With summer ending and Black Friday season not yet here, September is an odd time for deals; but it's not without its charms! We've mined the extensive DealNews archives of sales, coupons, and individual products from the past few summers to find out what are the best and worst things to buy in September.

Sales Tax and Gift Cards: Have You Been Duped?

Gift cards should never be taxed at sale, but some retailers are breaking state and even their own rules on the matter, or finding loopholes. While not federally mandated or explicitly spelled out in every state, we outline the best evidence we could find on tax-free gift cards, and as for your experiences.

What to Expect from 2014 Labor Day Sales

Pack up the grills and bust out the sweaters, folks: Labor Day heralds the end of summer! Labor Day sales are a great time to score end-of-summer travel deals and patio furniture clearance. Unfortunately, September's relative proximity to November means you're bound to run into some pre-Black Friday price increases — which is why Labor Day isn't the time to buy a plasma TV.

Sorry Amazon, We Already Figured Out the Whole 'Drone Delivery' Thing

Apparently, Amazon wasn't joking when it said it wanted to develop a drone delivery service; the mega-retailer is reportedly seeking federal approval to begin testing. However, Amazon isn't the first company to jump on the drone bandwagon.

Why You Probably Shouldn't Spend More Than $600 on a Laptop for College

Many students actually have fairly light needs when it comes to computing. All the bells and whistles can push laptops into the $1,000+ price territory, but do you need it? We look at which students might have heavier needs, and which can be satisfied with most mainstream laptops, in our college laptop buying guide.

Why Do Big Retailers Like Best Buy Have Storefronts on eBay and Amazon?

A few years ago, a store with a website was considered cutting edge. But today, brick-and-mortar stores are opening "storefronts" on host retailers like Amazon and eBay. We turned to former Microsoft exec and Indix founder Sanjay Parthasarathy to get some answers on the retailer-marketplace phenomenon.

Who is That "Amazon Robot"? Meet Danbo!

Are you familiar with Danbo, the "Amazon Robot" that's made up of Amazon boxes? For obvious reasons, Danbo is considered Amazon's mascot. But who's the one responsible for the creation of this tiny cardboard creature? (Hint: It's not Amazon.)

Avoid the Thrift Store: 10 Things You Should Never Buy Used

Buying secondhand items is often a great way to save money. However, some purchases can end up costing you more in the long run — or even pose threats to the health and safety of you and your loved ones. We compiled a list of things that should always be bought new.

Families Will Spend More Money on Back-to-School Season This Year

Here we present the latest forecasts and fun facts associated with the back-to-school season, offering a look at how households will spend this year. So sharpen those pencils, sit up straight in your chairs, and study up. There will be a quiz immediately following this lesson.

When Amazon's Comment Section Gets Hijacked: The Best Joke Reviews

As must happen to all things on the Internet, Amazon's customer reviews are on occasion hijacked by smartasses. And as you might imagine, certain products — like BIC's "For Her" pens or a book titled A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates — are prime candidates for their absurd humor. Join us as we revel in our favorite joke Amazon reviews!

More Retailers Catch the 'Black Friday in July' Summer Sales Bug

In recent years, stores have been rolling out Black Friday promotions in the summertime, and this year, the holiday creep includes Cyber Monday, too. But are the sales actually that good? We dug in to take a deeper look.

School's Back In Session: 5 Tips for Navigating Back-to-School Sales

At no other time would picking out folders, notebooks, and pencils seem so exciting, but we all have fond childhood memories of selecting just the right supplies to match our school lists. DealNews is here to help by telling you what to expect from current back-to-school sales.

Oorah, Ka-Ching: Guide to Military Discounts

Many retailers offer discounts on goods and services for active duty or veteran military personnel out of respect for those who serve, and some of these discounts are well worth taking advantage of. But with dozens of deals varying from business to business and sometimes franchise to franchise, it can be tough to navigate. Keep reading for our guide to where to find military discounts, and how they might apply.

Give It A Try: Our Guide To Free Samples

Getting something for nothing is a thrill, but it’s also a great way to give a new product a test-run before you decide to shell out real money for it. Tons of companies and retailers are eager to get their products out there, but you have to know where to find them. We rounded up the best ways to score free samples online and off, plus advice on avoiding scams and managing all of the marketing messages that come with free stuff.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in August

August is a fantastic month for shopping, but you still need to shop wisely. Back-to-school sales and state sales tax holidays mean laptop deals are hot — but watch out for Apple's notoriously bad discounts. That, plus travel, patio furniture, and more!

Deal Shoppers, This is Your Life: A Week in the Shoes of a Savvy Consumer

We took a look at traffic on our app, website, and emails, and unearthed some fascinating trends; like, for example, the fact that app usage spikes at noon. (Might you all be reading this during your lunch break?)

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.

Majoring in Affordability: Ways to Cut Down on Costs for College

In case you haven't noticed, we're in a lot of student loan debt. As of the end of 2013, the figure had soared to $1.08 trillion. But if you're willing to get creative and consider alternative approaches, you can cut down on some of the big expenses.

Every State That Offers a Sales Tax Free Weekend in 2014

Tax holidays are ideal for back-to-school shoppers who need new clothes or supplies, while anyone who wants to upgrade to a new computer can avoid a hefty sales tax fee. Find out if and when your state participates.

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?

Why All the Perks? Because You'll Spend 68% More With Amazon Prime

Despite the fact that a recent poll found that Amazon Prime subscribers aren't all that interested in the program's non-shipping benefits, Amazon still offers a growing stable of perks to draw in more $99-per-year subscribers. In fact, every perk, every app, and even every piece of Amazon hardware is designed with a singular purpose: to draw you into the Amazon ecosystem, by way of a Prime subscription, so you can ultimately spend more money.

Survey Says: Prime Subscribers Love the Shipping, But Not Much Else

Amazon likes to talk up the many benefits of subscribing to its Amazon Prime program. Along with free 2-day shipping on many Amazon purchases, Prime members enjoy free access to a selection of streaming movies, TV shows, and music, as well as monthly eBook rentals. Last week, we asked more than 1,600 Amazon Prime subscribers whether they took advantage of these perks, and/or paid for similar services elsewhere.

Don't Fall for Back-to-School Deals on the iPhone or iPad

To get consumers to notice their back-to-school deals, retailers are discounting big-ticket items, such as the Apple iPhone and iPad Air. But Apple is slated to refresh its iPhone and iPad line of devices as early as September, meaning that an Apple bundle that might have caught your eye may not be as good a deal as you originally thought.

Everything You Need to Shop Back-to-School Sales and Save for College

College tuition continues to increase, which makes saving on the little things — like laptops and clothing — all the more important. Check out all our back-to-school guides for expert guidance on how to save.