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10 Reasons Why You Should Book This Vacation at the Real Downton Abbey

Are you truly obsessed with Downton Abbey? Then it's time to release your inner Lord Grantham or Lady Mary and celebrate Christmas in true aristocratic fashion. This London 4-Night Flight and Hotel Package for Two includes an invitation to the "Downton Abbey" Gala Christmas Ball held at Highclere Castle, the real-life Downton Abbey.

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.

Money & Laundering: A Guide to Finding the Right Washer and Dryer

Whether you're buying your first washer to eliminate trips to the laundromat, or replacing a decade-old workhorse, the options now available on the market make for a confusing buying decision. But picking out a new washer and dryer doesn't have to be a complicated choice: we'll walk you through what is and isn't important to try to help you make the best buying decision.

Beauty and the Budget: Make Your Own Spa in 4 Easy Steps

There's nothing more relaxing than a trip to the spa, but one look at the bill could make your beauty day a bust. Never fear, budget-minded spa-seekers! We'll show you how to turn your home into a relaxing retreat in four easy steps, and for a lot less than you'd spend at a real spa.

Sound the Alarm: A Guide to Home Security Basics

Considering there's a burglary in the U.S. every 15 seconds, a home security system can provide peace of mind and keep your belongings — and family — safe from intruders. We spoke to several experts about how to research and plan your home security system appropriately, so that your investment pays off.

VIDEO: Ever Get Into a Fight Over Airplane Seats?

In the past week, there have been three separate instances where a flight had to land early, because passengers got into fights over reclining seats. With airlines shoving more and more people into smaller and smaller spaces, is this the new normal for flights? Our experts discuss how to deal with personal space violations on airplanes.

Which NFL Team Will Offer the Best Return on Your Investment in 2014?

Most fans can agree that it's exciting to root for a team that wins. But being the budget-minded folks that we are, we won't settle for merely supporting the teams that win the most. Ideally, the perfect team would offer a happy medium between cost and winning potential. So, which NFL team this year will offer the greatest return on your investment?

DealTip: We're Not Just Deals! Check Out Our In-Depth Articles

Did you know that we also provide you with expert advice on consumer topics, so you can make more informed buying decisions? Check out all of our buying guides, analyses of consumer trends, consumer news, price trends, product reviews, tech news, rumors, humor, videos, and a whole lot more in our Features section. We don't just give you the deal, we teach you how to get a deal.

10 Clothing Deals From the Tilly's Sale That Are Bursting With Personality

Tilly's is offering a slew of price cuts on its end-of-summer sale, which means you can snag some youthful pieces for as low as $1.99. To help you navigate the sale, we've rounded up our favorite finds, all good for mixing and matching with what you already own.

How to Find Men's Dress Shoes That Will Last for Decades

Men's dress shoes can be amazingly expensive — but spending on quality can actually save money in the long run. We took a look to see how men can get the most quality for their dollar at any price point.

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.

All of Our Tools & Hardware Buying Guides, in One Place

DealNews is always bringing you the best tool and hardware deals; and now, we've compiled all of our tool-buying guides into one place. Whether you want to know more about drills, ladders, or an emergency automotive kit, check out our tools and hardware hub.

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.

Guess Which Popular Laptop Brand Actually Offers Amazing TV Deals

Dell's name is synonymous with budget computers, so it's no surprise that the home of the Inspiron is the last place you'd turn to for TV deals. However, although Dell lacks the physical presence of its brick-and-mortar rivals, it's beating both Best Buy and Walmart in the art of the TV deal.

Not Sure What to Watch on Netflix? Here Are Our Favorite Movies & TV Shows

Summer is almost over, but if you're anything like us, you might still be suffering from the boredom that comes when your favorite shows are on hiatus. That's when your trusty Netflix subscription can come in handy. We polled the DealNews staff for their favorite TV and movie suggestions so you can dive into something new. Do you agree with our picks?

Laptop Buying Guide: What to Know Before You Make a Purchase

Shopping for a new laptop can be tough. What kind of processor is best? Should you go for an ultrabook or a hybrid? How much RAM do you need anyway? Fear not, we're here to help with our laptop buying guide.

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.

The Pros & Cons of a Tablet for a Student, at 3 Different Price Points

We listed tablets as one of the 10 things you shouldn't buy a college student. However, according to recent figures, tablets came in right behind laptops as the top two devices parents intend to buy for their kids this school year — beating out even scientific calculators and cell phones! In order to help you decide whether to take the student tablet plunge, here's the full breakdown on tablets for every budget.

Move Beyond the Microwave: Basic Cookware Buying Guide

We cut through the noise to round up the basics – the most durable, versatile, and affordable cookware you need to get started. We even looked at where you might splurge, and when you might want more specialized products. Read below to see how to get the most value for basic cookware.

Turntable Buying Guide: What to Look for in New & Used Record Players

We may be living in a digital world where you can hold thousands of albums in the palm of your hand, but an ever-increasing portion of the listening public is eschewing the convenience of MP3s for a seemingly anachronistic format: the vinyl record. If you're ready to go retro, make sure you know what to look for when buying a turntable.

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.

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.

How to Make Sure Your Sandals Are Built to Coddle (And Not Hobble) Your Feet

To get a handle on the question of sandals, we turned to a foot and ankle surgeon for helpful tips about your sandals. To find out how you can make sure that they're built to coddle and not hobble your feet, read on.

Virgin Mobile's New 'Facebook Data Plan' Allows for Unlimited Social Use

Virgin Mobile's latest prepaid plan will subscribers the unprecedented ability to tailor their plans based on their preferred social networks. Use Facebook non-stop? You can add unlimited access to your monthly plan. Sound tempting? There's a catch.

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.

Power Tools for the Garden: From Chainsaws to Leaf Blowers

Who doesn't love a beautiful lawn with perfectly uniform grass immaculately manicured? These outdoor landscapes involve hard work, planting, cultivating, weeding, pruning, and harvesting. Fortunately, we live in an age where power tools can alleviate some of the hard work necessary to bring about a handsome garden and lawn.

ICYMI: How to Get the iPhone 6 for Free (Kind Of)

iPhones retain their value better than any other smartphone brand, but the value of older iPhones will fall immediately when the iPhone 6 is released, and it will keep on dropping as more and more people sell or trade-in their current iPhone in order to upgrade. To help you avoid this fate, we've compiled a guide to how to get the most for your old iPhone — which can in turn cover the subsidized cost of the next model.

You Can Fly to These 5 Cities in Europe for as Little as $153 Each Way

Currently, Norwegian Airlines is offering flights to Europe that save a whopping $1,815 on select routes, which makes the idea of a European vacation seem far more affordable. Here are the top five destinations to hit up during this sale.

Tommy Hilfiger Brought Back Its Cyber Monday Sale: Here Are the 10 Best Buys

This week, Tommy Hilfiger is offering a discount that's akin to what the store offers on the biggest shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday. Take full advantage of the coupon by purchasing these savvy finds.

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!

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.