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When Does Elfa Shelving Go on Sale at The Container Store?

If you're someone who likes a place for everything and everything in its place, you probably crave Elfa shelving. Here's how you can save on this Container Store staple.

6 Tips to Get the Most From End of Season Clearance Sales

Sort the trinkets from the trash when shopping end of season clearance sales. Our tips will remind you to be a discerning consumer, hit the fitting rooms, and read up on product reviews.

What to Expect From 2017 Labor Day Sales

Ready to celebrate your hard work with some retail therapy on Labor Day? Come September 4, you can expect a host of stores to drop prices on clothing, hotels, mattresses, and more.

10 Back-to-School Supplies You Shouldn't Buy (With Alternatives)

With so many back-to-school items to choose from, it's easy to walk into a store, get overwhelmed, and end up overspending. We'll help you narrow down your choices with our list of 10 items you shouldn't buy for back to school, and their alternatives.

Right Now Is a Terrible Time to Buy an iPhone

If you're in the market for a new iPhone, you may want to wait awhile. If history is any indication, we'll definitely see discounts on the iPhone 7 once the iPhone 8 makes its debut. Read on to find out when you should pounce on that new handset.

7 Things You Should Wait to Buy for Back to School

It can pay to get a head start on back-to-school sales if you want to avoid crowds and save money. But sometimes it's better to hold off until the rush dies down. Here are seven back-to-school staples you should probably wait to buy.

How to Get Comfortable Women's Shoes That Last

The priciest shoes aren't always the best for your feet. From heels to boots, we show you how to find great footwear at every price point.

10 Things to Buy in August (Including the Best of Back to School!)

Happy Dog Days of Summer, deal-seekers! Back-to-school sales are in full swing, and consumers will be inundated with end-of-summer clearance sales in the coming weeks. Read on to see why you should be shopping for laptops, summer clothes, and wine in August.

Your Complete Guide to the Dell Inspiron 5000 Laptop Series

The midrange Inspiron 5000 Series from Dell includes laptops and 2-in-1s that won't break the bank, but still offer plenty of horsepower. We take a closer look at the models on offer and find out what reviewers had to say.

10 Great Ways to Save on School Uniforms

School uniforms take the hassle out of finding outfits for your child, but they aren't always cheap. Luckily, there are several ways to curb costs. Here are 10 tips to help you save.

4 Reasons Non-Parents Should Shop Back-to-School Sales

If you think back-to-school sales are only for parents and students, you're missing out! Look past the brightly colored kid stuff, and you'll find deep discounts on products anyone can use.

9 Kitchen Tools That Are Completely Useless (or Totally Useful?)

How valuable is a garlic press? Or an asparagus steamer? Here, we make the case for (and against) purchasing controversial kitchen tools. See if you agree!

13 Essential Dos and Don'ts of Back-to-School Shopping

Prepping for the school year can wreak havoc on your wallet. But if you plan ahead, you can conquer back-to-school shopping without breaking the bank. Check out our list of dos and don'ts to keep in mind before hitting the stores.

15 Things You Can Always Get for Free

There are few things more thrilling for a deal shopper than getting something for free. With a little patience and creativity, you can almost always find free stuff, be it music, books, or even a month of Amazon Prime.

6 Surprising Things You Can Buy With a Student Discount

You might expect students to get discounts on computers and other items they need for school, but some student discounts may surprise you. With that in mind, here are the surprising deals students can get, and how they can snag them.

11 Tips for Buying at Yard Sales and Selling on eBay

If you're a yard sale newbie but want to become the next great American Picker, you're at a disadvantage. You don't know the intricacies, and a great many of them can only be learned through experience. Here are 11 things we wish we'd known when we first started hitting yard sales.

These Are the Dos and Don'ts of Buying a Swimsuit Online

Although we were skeptical of the web's ability to deliver a well-fitted swimsuit, our expert shoppers have some top tips on how you can avoid the pitfalls and get pool-ready from the comfort of your home.

Should You Still Buy a Gift If You Don't Go to the Wedding?

If you can't make it to a wedding, can you also skip sending a gift? We consulted wedding and etiquette experts to answer that query, as well as other questions surrounding this touchy topic.

What to Expect From 4th of July Sales 2017

The 4th of July is a great time to snag summer essentials as retailers begin clearing out their inventory ahead of the back-to-school season. Look for serious savings on summer clothing, swimsuits, patio furniture, and more.

Dell Inspiron 3000 Laptop Series: Everything You Need to Know

If you're in the market for a new, entry-level laptop or a 2-in-1, then the Dell Inspiron 3000 Series is aimed at you. We lay out the various options and look at what the reviewers have been saying to help you narrow down your choice.

7 Best Things to Buy in July (Including Amazon Prime Day Deals!)

July means hot dogs, fireworks, and trips to the beach. With so many people outside and on vacation — and with fewer people actually shopping — stores are especially eager to cut you a deal! Read on to see how to get the lowest prices on clothes, video games, and more in July.

Don't Sweat It! 9 Tips for Getting Air Conditioning on a Budget

While we may take air conditioning for granted, it's generally an expensive luxury. With these tips on how to choose an air conditioner and maximize its effectiveness, you can keep those AC costs under control.

"Green" Cleaning Products Aren't That Expensive — But Aren't Always Green

Health and environmental concerns can lead many to choose green cleaning products. But can you afford it, and are they actually better for the environment? We compare traditional vs. eco-friendly cleaners.

Apple's New HomePod Costs $349 (and Other Essential Things to Know)

If you're considering outfitting your home with a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, you should know about a new option: Apple HomePod. What's it do? Read on for everything you need to know about Apple's latest gadget.

Yes, You CAN Shop Around and Haggle for Medical Procedures

If you have looming health care costs on the horizon, you're probably getting anxious about how you'll pay for them. Fortunately, prices can vary from doctor to doctor. Here's how to get the lowest prices on your medical bills.

This Is Everything We've Written About Amazon

Amazon has grown from a bookstore, to an everything store, to more than a store. So it's no surprise that we write a lot about its numerous perks, services, and products. Here's all of the guides and how-tos we've written on getting the most out of the largest online retailer in America.

Should You Buy a Car With a Credit Card?

These days, many shoppers are turning to credit to pay for their new ride. However, every card comes with its own set of pros and cons. If you're thinking of buying a car with a credit card, here's what you should know.

Here's How to Get Free Stuff on Amazon

You can get Amazon credit just by purchasing Amazon products, Amazon gift cards, and even downloading free apps. Those credits can be used on future Amazon purchases. Read on to see how to get free stuff on Amazon.

10 Clever Ways to Save on a Summer Vacation

As summer vacation season approaches, you may have sticker shock looking at the price of taking the whole family on a trip. But there are ways for the savvy shopper to save on a summer getaway. Let's run through your options.

7 Gifts NOT to Buy a Graduate

Graduation season is upon us! Knowing what not to buy is perhaps just as important as knowing what you should gift your grad. Unless you want your gift to end up in the garbage bin, heed the advice in this handy guide.

Does Price Matter When Buying Sunscreen?

Avoiding sunburns can be pricey! Instead of skimping on sunscreen, try to save instead — you don't have to go for the most expensive brand to be protected! Read on for everything you need to know about buying and applying this summer essential.

Your Complete Guide to Wedding Registries: The Best Perks, Stores, and More

The traditional registry is now as archaic as a groom's powder blue ruffled tuxedo shirt. These days, you'll find ones for honeymoons, charities — even pizza! We round up the various types of wedding registries available, so you can choose the best option for your lifestyle and future.
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