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VIDEO: How Do You Prepare for an Emergency?

The Northeast seems to have survived its blizzard (or non-blizzard, depending on where you are) this week, but we're still wondering how prepared you all are for a weather-related emergency. In this video, our experts talk about how they prepare for emergencies.

The 10 Best Coupons of the Week: Free Shipping at Ralph Lauren, 10% Off TVs at eBay

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. Save 10% on TVs at eBay, score free shipping at Ralph Lauren, and nab 30% off at Advance Auto Parts.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in February

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's certainly not lacking in savings. You might not score as big of a discount as you would prefer on a Valentine's Day gift, but this month you'll find deals on several necessities like winter coats and tax software.

DIY Rockefellers: 4 Success Stories From Crafts Marketplace Etsy

The freelance and entrepreneurial economies face mighty challenges, but some sellers on Etsy have made DIY work to great advantage. Here, four successful business owners offer advice on persistence, finding a niche, and professionalism on the popular crafts website. Read on and hear the success stories behind four Etsy shops.

What to Expect From 2015 Presidents' Day Sales

Contrary to popular belief, February is a busy month for deal hunters. And while it can be easy to get swept up with Valentine's Day sales — after all, who doesn't like chocolate and flowers — we've found that Presidents' Day is the real hero of the month with deeper discounts and a better variety of deals.

Store Newsletters Offered Fewer Discounts Last Year; Are They Still Worth It?

A recent study by Listrak suggests that deals are coming less frequently in retailer email newsletters, giving way to personalized messages. But with some sites still offering incentives, like eventual discounts on items left in-cart, it still may be worth signing up.

Best Freebies of the Week: Free Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, NBA Game Streaming

No matter how busy life gets, it's important to stop and take time to nab the free stuff. To save you some time, we've taken the liberty of rounding up the week's best freebie deals. Rock out to Motley Crue's greatest hits, grab some froyo, and stream some NBA games — all for free!

Study: In-Store Pickup Isn't Any Faster Than Just Shopping In-Store

A study of eleven major retailers found that ordering online and choosing in-store pickup saved little time, if any, compared to finding the item in-store and buying it there. But there are still several situations where buying online and picking up in-store can be advantageous.

How to Shop Humanely: 15 Brands With Strong Cruelty-Free Policies

With animal cruelty in the news again (a GoDaddy Super Bowl ad is causing a commotion once again!), many of you might be wondering how you can do more to help our furry friends. If you're looking to protect the welfare of animals, our guide to becoming an ethical shopper can start you off in the right direction.

Subscription Prescription: Getting What You Want Every Month

Whether they contain the latest beauty samples or treats from far-off lands, there's a lot of mystery surrounding these curated care packages called "subscription boxes." To help our fellow dealseekers, we asked Liz Cadman, founder of My Subscription Addiction, for the answers to your toughest subscription box questions.

E-Retailers Offered More Free Shipping Last Year, But Can it Continue?

This holiday season saw a record number of retailers offering free shipping, often with no minimums, and shoppers responded by placing orders with free shipping in equivalent record numbers. But as this service shifts from a perk to an expectation, will retailers be able to maintain it? Or will consumers end up paying another way?

Best of the Best: 10 Top Retail Items of Past and Present

Where do Pink Floyd and David Bowie rank in the Top 10 on iTunes all-time album sales list? Which film set Redbox on fire the fastest? The answers may surprise you, as they did us. Here we present our list of 10 bests in a variety of consumer categories: products to make you strum, sing, shoot, or sit with a sense of satisfaction — or, if you prefer, superiority.

VIDEO: What Do You Do With Gifts You Hate?

The week after Christmas is also known as the week in which everyone returns all the awful sweaters (and other unwanted gifts) that they received for the holidays. In this brief video, our experts discuss the ins-and-outs of returning unwanted merchandise.

9 Things You Didn't Know About New Year's Eve

The year 2014 gave us lots to celebrate. The stock market rebounded, gas prices dropped, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6s, and the bargains kept on coming. Now with New Year's Eve fast upon us, you might well wonder, "What facts might elucidate our general understanding of this fine fete?" Well, that's what we wondered anyway.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in January

The new year is upon us, and after all that shopping you likely did during the holidays, you may be looking forward to giving your credit card a rest. But January is an excellent month to bag deals like winter apparel or early Valentine's Day gifts. So before you resign yourself to steering clear of stores all together this month, check out our list of the best and worst things to buy in January, which we compiled from our extensive archives.

So, You've Dropped the Ball This Christmas: VERY Last-Last-Minute Ideas

Is your favorite Christmas tradition forgetting to buy gifts for people? Do you find yourself without a single present for anyone you care about? Fear not! We've compiled a list of 10 last-LAST-minute gifts you can give to save your skin. Barely.

10 Stores That Offer Christmas Eve Pickup

Christmas Eve is just hours away, and if you're short a few gifts, we've got your back. We've rounded up 10 stores that will let you shop online and pick up your items in-store on Christmas Eve. Even better, one of these retailers will hand-deliver your items to you!

Didn't Buy Any Christmas Gifts? This Printable IOU is Perfect!

Being the problem-solvers that we are, we came up with the perfect solution to forgetting to buy a Christmas gift: a printable IOU! This festive "get out of jail" card is designed to be multi-purpose and cover a wide range of situations. With this little slip of paper, you will be saved from having to have gifts at the ready on December 25.

15 Clever Ways to Give Intangible Gifts

MP3s, streaming movies, online newspapers. Living in a digital world, as we do, is great. But come holiday time, it makes it hard to give these things as gifts. Are you supposed to wrap a confirmation email? BO-RING! To help you step up your game in these increasingly digital times, we now present 15 ways to add a lot more whimsy to giving an intangible gift!

Hands-On Amazon: 7 Tips for Becoming a Top Merchant on Amazon

Amazon houses a rich ecosystem of marketplace sellers that have clawed their way up to top seller status. But cashing in on the marketplace model isn't a matter of merely posting products. You've got to work it, though the question remains: How? We talked to some experts to find out.

8 Stores That Will Upgrade Your Shipping for the Holidays

Don't feel like getting price gouged on shipping fees this holiday season? These 8 stores are offering free expedited shipping with deliveries just in time for Christmas. Just get your orders out by December 23rd at the latest to avoid any delays.

Rumor Roundup: Xbox Virtual Reality Helmet? Morgan Freeman is Ancient? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

After Christmas Sales 2014: Get Ready for the Year's Best Deals on Apparel

The year may be coming to a close, but the deals are still in full swing. For the best after-Christmas sales, start your shopping on December 23 (yes, we know that's not actually after Christmas), and look for deals on apparel, beauty, and tech.

What to Expect from Super Saturday Sales for 2014

The last weekend before Christmas is a heady, anxious time for shoppers. The so-called "Super Saturday" sales that occur during this time offer one last chance to score a deal on that perfect present. Super Saturday falls on December 20 this year, and we've searched our archives to give you all the data you need to prepare.

14 Things That Will Be More Expensive in 2015

Love bourbon, bacon, and chocolate? Too bad. Those are just a few of the things you can expect to pay more for next year, thanks to droughts, increased demand, and, possibly, hipsters. Find out what else will be more expensive next year.

The Humble Beginnings for 7 Famous Retailers

While it's possible today to start big, big, big with a bankroll of private financing, that's not exactly how many of America's iconic brands got off the ground. In an overwhelming number of cases — and with the seven examples listed here — humble origins preceded the evolution into something huge.

57 Christmas Shipping Deadlines for 2014

The holidays are here and if you want to avoid last-minute trips to the mall, the time to shop is now. To help you spend as little as possible on shipping fees, we've collected cut-off dates for Christmas delivery at some of today's most popular retailers, and with deadlines as early as December 16, there's not a moment to waste.

10 Countdown to Christmas Sales You Can't Miss: Daily Deals on Apparel, Tech, More

Christmas is roughly two weeks away and retailers are doing everything they can to promote their deals. That means we're seeing an uptick in countdown to Christmas sales. From flowers to tablets, you'll find something for everyone in these countdown sales.

How Retailers Use Your Senses Against You

As you go on your shopping runs this ho-ho-holiday — whether at malls or on the Internet — you're probably not thinking much about the smells, colors and textures around you. But retailers certainly are, and their manipulation of these things can encourage you to spend more money.

6 Things Not to Buy Before Christmas

December is a month traditionally cluttered with sales. While that may sound like a dream come true for some, it actually makes shoppers vulnerable to overspending, especially since many items will be considerably cheaper post-Christmas. We've compiled a list of things you should buy after the holidays.

A Debbie Downer Look at How the Holidays Can Go Wrong

If Chevy Chase taught us one thing in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation it's that the holiday season is fraught with unexpected danger! From cutting down the tree to carving the turkey, there are hundreds of things that could go wrong.

Black Friday 2014 Cheers & Jeers: What Store Had the Best Deals?

Everybody take a deep breath: Black Friday has come to an end. While there are still some Cyber Week sales to consider, and an onslaught of holiday promotions on the horizon, we can at least close the book on Black Friday 2014. Which retailers made the week awesome, and which just made the week more difficult?