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5 Items You Can Buy Once (And They'll Last)

Buying high-quality goods can help both your pocketbook and the planet. So how can you find stuff that will last forever — or at least a long time? We offer tips on shopping for high-quality products, including five types of items that could last a lifetime.

You Won't Believe How Much You'll Save Thrift Shopping for Clothes

If Macklemore is to be believed, then going to the thrift store for solid deals on clothing is a practice worth extolling in song. That's because these stores frequently offer wares in exceptional condition. So just how much can you save with secondhand clothing?

10 Surprisingly Eco-Friendly Companies to Support on Earth Day (and All Year Long)

While you're probably aware of eco-minded companies like Patagonia and The Body Shop, you'd be surprised by who else is going green these days. Here are 10 businesses you should consider supporting on Earth Day.

Tax Day Freebies Are Here! Get Them All Today

Even if you don't have a refund to look forward to, never fear! Many of our favorite stores and restaurants will offer a selection of conciliatory freebies and deals today.

What You Do (and Don't) Have to Pay for When You Attend a Wedding

If you've ever been in a wedding, you know that expectations about "who pays for what" can get in the way of a good time. These expenses don't have to cause stress, though. Here's a guide to what guests, hosts, and the bridal party can expect to pay for when it comes to common wedding costs.

15 Easter Candies You Can Buy on Sale NOW, Ranked

Easter candy only comes around once a year, and now that it's the Monday after the holiday, it's time to hit up the candy sales. We look at which items are worth the trip to the seasonal aisle — and which ones you're better off avoiding.

Today Is Your Last Chance to Get the Best Price on a Memorial Day Flight

Memorial Day kicks off the summer holidays, and you can start yours off right by booking your airfare today. If you don't, the trip could do serious damage to your vacay budget.

Is VR Worth Buying Yet?

High-end VR setups have been available for more than a year, begging the question: Should you buy now? To help arrive at an answer, we delve into current VR choices, costs, and content, and give you the lowdown on each.

9 Things You Should Know About the Samsung Galaxy S8

In the market for a new Android smartphone? The Samsung Galaxy S8 — one of the most anticipated phones of the year — recently made its debut. Before you place an order, check out everything you need to know about this handset.

You Can Finally Buy Discounted Spring Clothing!

Warm-weather apparel is finally hitting the sales rack this month, while Tax Day and Earth Day each provide some discounts and freebies. All this and more are in the best and worst things to buy in April.

Hack a Cheap Easter Basket Using CVS ExtraBucks

Easter's coming up, and you want to give your family some egg-cellent Easter treats — but you'd prefer to pay as little as possible. Luckily, you can use CVS ExtraCare ExtraBucks to save on your Easter baskets.

5 Clever Ways to Save Money on Baseball Tickets

It's the season for America's favorite pastime: baseball! If you want to head to a ballpark on the cheap this year, you're in luck. Follow these five tips to save on MLB tickets.

Ask an Editor: When Is the Best Time to Buy a TV?

Good news/bad news time: With prices always dropping, it's always a good time to buy a TV, but never the best time. However, we've crunched the numbers to show how to get the best possible price on a TV when you need it.

Surprise! Apple Just Released New Products

Apple typically hosts a spring event in March to announce new developments, but not this year! The sneaky electronics giant simply added lots of new products to its website during maintenance, including a refreshed iPad lineup.

If Your Team Wins Its First Title in 108 Years, Tickets Get Way More Expensive

Last year, Cubs fans were elated when the Chicago team won its first World Series since 1908. But fans will be less excited about the higher ticket prices this season.

Are Big Stores the New Small Stores?

To compete with the convenience and selection of online shopping, Zara recently closed down four smaller stores in favor of opening one large brick-and-mortar location. If customers like the change, other brands could follow suit.

Should You Upgrade Your Sleep With a Tempur-Pedic or Memory Foam Mattress?

Although many memory foam users swear by the comfort of the material, these mattresses typically don't come cheap. But before you go with a cheap innerspring that'll likely sag and cause you pain, you should explore your options. Here's everything you need to know about memory foam mattresses.

Amazon is Adding Spanish Language to Its Website (Finally)

The United States is the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, and Amazon is one of the largest online retailers in the country. Yet the online giant is only just now adding the option to browse its site in Spanish.

Let the Craft Beer Come to YOU: Here's 7 Sites That Ship Suds

You no longer have to live next to your favorite brewery to get your favorite beer. We lay out the challenges of online beer buying, and tell you about seven sites where you can order your beverage of choice.

Let's Discuss: What Do You Think of Amazon's Trade-In Program?

We tried Amazon's Trade-In program, and had some problems. Now let's hear about your experiences exchanging used items for credit with the online superstore.

Here's The Best Time to Book a Flight for Every Holiday

Your best chance to save on airfare comes from buying early — but not too early. We'll offer details on the ideal time to book holiday flights, both in general and for specific days like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.

Book an Affordable St. Paddy's Trip to Dublin (Ohio)!

There's around 15 Dublins on this side of the Atlantic, but only a select few know how to do St. Paddy's Day right. Learn where you can find a stateside Dublin to celebrate, whether you're looking for pageants, parades, pancake breakfasts, or the opportunity to "Shamrock Your Ride."

Thinking About Buying a Nintendo Switch? Read This First

Gamers everywhere were super excited to get their hands on a Nintendo Switch last Friday. However, users are already seeing a number of issues with their consoles. If you're still waiting on your Switch, here's what you need to know before you buy.

Confirmed: Costco Is Raising Its Membership Prices in June

Costco last raised prices of its memberships in 2011, which means it's due for another increase. Here's how much you can expect to pay if you're renewing after June this year.

You're Getting Less Than You Think With These 9 Items & Services

Whether it's poor or misleading labeling or mountains of fees, there are a lot of ways you can end up getting less than you thought you were buying. Here are 9 common instances where you might not be purchasing exactly what you expect.

When's The Best Time to Buy the Most Popular Smartphones?

Phones usually see the best discounts a few months after they're released, and all phones used to be released at major industry events in January or February — meaning spring and summer was always the best time to buy.

But now, different brands follow their own schedules, so the best time to get a new Samsung Galaxy, Apple iPhone, or LG G6 might be different.

The 8 Best Windproof Umbrellas to Help You Weather the Storm

If you're in the market for an umbrella that won't let you down in a downpour, we've got your back. Umbrellas boasting windproof builds and lifetime warranties, and even some that double as self-defense tools, are all available if you know where to look.

8 Things to Buy in March (and 3 Things You Should Definitely Skip)

With President's Day behind us and Memorial Day still months away, stores are desperate to bring in shoppers. March is typically a quiet month for sales, but everything from chocolates to clothes are discounted if you know where to look.

10 Cool Collectibles That Every Wolverine Fan Needs

Logan hits theaters on March 3. If you're as into Wolverine as we are, then these 10 collectibles will make you howl. (And if you only know the character from Hugh Jackman's work, these items will give you a better sense of Wolverine's legacy within the entire Marvel Universe.)

L.L.Bean's Popular Shipping and Return Policies Might Be in Danger

L.L.Bean customers have been enjoying its generous free shipping and return policies for years, but now the brand is looking to cut costs. We examine the odds of finding these services on the chopping block.

Amazon Just Matched Walmart's $35 Free Shipping Minimum

Amazon increased the price threshold for its free standard shipping only a year ago. But now the online megaretailer is once again requiring a $35 minimum order for free shipping — and we could have Walmart to thank.

More Than New Orleans: 7 OTHER Cities That Celebrate Mardi Gras

Every year, 1.4 million people descend on New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. But not everybody wants (or can afford) to join them. Here are seven alternative Mardi Gras celebrations to consider.
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