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You're Not Getting What You Think You Are: 10 Products That Come Up Short

Whether it's complicated billing, 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 some of the most common instances where you might not be purchasing exactly what you expect.

9 Unexpected Wedding Costs That Can Blow Your Budget

Unexpected wedding costs, like gratuities, taxes, and pre-wedding trials and tastings, can sideswipe even the most prepared of planners. We broke down the hidden expenses.

These Airlines Will Let You Cancel Your Flight to Avoid the Zika Virus

If you've made travel plans to South America, Mexico, or another nearby region, you've probably been keeping an eye on the spread of the Zika virus in those areas. You might also be contemplating whether or not you should cancel your upcoming trip. But can you do so without incurring a fee?

The Best Birthday Freebies: A Complete Guide

Many retailers offer freebies, coupons, or discounts for those celebrating their birthday. We've rounded up the best birthday freebies at some major retailers and restaurants, and put them in a handy chart to consult when your b-day comes around.

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

Our readers asked, and we're answering! November is undoubtedly the best time of year to purchase a new HDTV. But keep in mind, new models are typically released early the following year.

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.

17 Super Bowl 50 Commercials Already Generating Buzz

While many people enjoy watching football, plenty tune in just for the most entertaining part of the Super Bowl broadcast: the commercials. At $5 million for 30 seconds, these spots are already making waves.

What to Expect From 2016 Presidents' Day Sales

Year after year, we've noticed that Presidents' Day weekend offers better bargains on a larger variety of merchandise than its more popular rival, Valentine's Day. Though we're still a few weeks away from both events, you can never be too prepared. That's why we've created this guide to help you get set for 2016 Presidents' Day sales.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Every Type of Woman

Don't celebrate your Valentine's Day with gifts from the seasonal aisle at your local grocery store. Skip the boring chocolates and cookie cutter stuffed animals, and get your lady something she'll really enjoy.

4 Things You Might Consider Renting — And Whether You Should Buy Them Instead

Have you ever been in a conundrum when it comes to renting vs. buying something? With new technology and better information, the decision to buy or rent changes. So here's a guide to help you decide whether buying or renting is best for you in four common situations.

Microsoft Wants You to Upgrade to Windows 10 (Now)

Windows 10 is not a bad operating system, but longtime Windows users are often reticent to switch to the latest OS. Unfortunately, PC users' days of playing the waiting game are running out. Read on to see why you should be more concerned about Windows 10 compatibility.

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 like on a Valentine's Day gift, but this month you'll find deals on several necessities like winter coats and tax software.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Every Type of Guy

Society spends a lot of time telling guys how to "wow her", when Valentine's Day come around, but no one seems to offer up many suggestions for guys. But we're going to fix everything that's wrong with Valentine's Day! Here's our no-fail list of Valentine's Day gift suggestions that are sure-fire ways to make your man happy (in a totally SFW way).

Super Bowl 50 Survival Guide: 9 Ways to Save on This Year's Party

Even if you don't care about the actual game, throwing or attending a Super Bowl party is an annual ritual. If you're opening up your home to friends, family, and neighbors, here are nine ways to save money on your Super Bowl party.

New Apple Watch in March! (Just Kidding, It's Just Bands)

Back in December, reports that Apple would release the Watch 2 in March made some hold off on buying a first-gen model. Unfortunately, new reports point to a Watch 2 release in the fall — which means it might be time to jump on a deal.

What to Expect From Valentine's Day Deals

If there is any holiday that preys on pocketbooks, it is perhaps this one. That said there are deals to be had if you plan ahead and know what to look for and when to look for it.

Your Local Walmart Might Be Closing

Walmart is closing 154 underperforming US locations, including all Walmart Expresses. However, the company announced plans to open even more. Is your current location getting shuttered?

10 Customer Loyalty Programs You've Never Heard Of

Consumers in the United States hold 3.3 billion memberships in loyalty programs. Tons of loyalty programs are out there that you may not know about, however, either because they aren't heavily advertised or because it wouldn't occur to you to look for them. We've rounded up 10 loyalty programs that might pique your interest.

Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a DSLR Camera

Photography is a difficult hobby to break into. Not only do you have to master a dictionary of technical jargon, but all of the equipment is delicate and expensive. Worry not, fledgling photogs, because help is on the way!

When Is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the store's biggest sale each year, and a must-attend event for the dedicated fashionista. Make the most of the sale by knowing when it is, how to prepare, and what to look for when you shop.

Synthetic Diamonds Are Still Forever: A Guide to Cheaper Man-Made Gems

Increasingly common on the market, synthetic or lab-grown diamonds are perfect replicas of nature's diamonds, but they're grown in a laboratory instead of being mined from the earth. Plus, at costs that can be 20% to 40% cheaper than a natural diamond, they might help you get the ring you want without breaking the bank (or maxing out your credit cards).

Here's What You Need to Know About the Latest TV Technologies

Buying a new TV can lead you into a minefield of unfamiliar jargon, making it tricky to work out which set is really the best one for you. Don't worry. We're here to cut through the noise and explain what's really worth worrying about on the TV tech horizon.

5 Affordable, Romantic Destinations for Valentine's Day

If you're planning on making a special declaration this year, you gotta think bigger than roses and chocolates: Think Hawaii or Italy! That's right, we've put together the ultimate list of romantic travel deals that won't leave you bankrupt. Whether you want a romantic Caribbean cruise or a 5-star stay in Vegas, we've found something for you.

Gust in Time: 4 Great Windproof Umbrellas With Lifetime Guarantees

Just one well-timed gust of wind can turn your umbrella into a tattered flag of surrender. But don't give up just yet. Here we take a look at four umbrellas made to withstand the wind, the rain, flying coins, or whatever Mother Nature chooses to dish out.

Pay Less to Pump Iron: How to Save on Gym Memberships, Studios, and Equipment

You can spend thousands on boutique classes and buy $400 yoga pants, but it's very possible to get fit on the cheap. Whether you're shelling out for trendy gym classes or working out at home, check out these tips on how to save money on your fitness goals this year.

Gaming Laptop Buying Guide: What Specs Do You Need?

Gaming laptops can be had in a range of prices, from at least $600, to easily $2,000. Knowing the most important features for a killer system will allow you to choose a gaming laptop that fits your budget and your need for Michael Bay-level explosions in Call of Duty.

You Can Thank the Mild Weather for the Amazing Winter Apparel Sales This Month

If you haven't thought about buying winter items like coats, gloves, snow throwers, and space heaters because of the recent warm weather, you're not alone, and you're in luck. Find out what winter items you should buy now at lower prices — and what prices might be immune to El Niño.

Norwegian Cruise Line Will Offer Unlimited Drinks for Free on Bahamas Cruises

When we read that Norwegian Cruise Lines was adding a free Unlimited Drinks package to all 2016 cruises on their Norwegian Sky ship we nearly fell off our chairs. In general cruises are notorious for serving over-priced drinks and cost of adding a drinks package is often exorbitant. So is this new offer from NCL all it's cracked up to be?

Girl Scout Cookies Are Now Easier Than Ever to Find and Buy Online

Until 2015, the only means by which to buy Girl Scout cookies was the old-fashioned way: by committing your order with pen and paper. This year, the Girl Scouts have partnered with Visa and Dell to expand their online efforts.

How to Save on Your Next Car Rental: Price Comparison & Fees to Avoid

While the car rental process is (theoretically) as simple as showing your license and handing over your credit card, there are a lot of ins and outs — some of which could cost you a lot of cash. So if you're planning on picking up a rental car on your next trip, here's what you need to know to keep your costs down.

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, early Valentine's Day gifts, and more.

VIDEO: Our Champagne Taste Test Finds the Best Bubbles for Your Buck!

It's New Year's Eve, and you might be in the market for a nice bottle of champagne with which to celebrate at the stroke of midnight. Nothing says "Happy New Year" like the popping of corks, but is there a sparkling wine that's good and a good price? Find out in our video taste test!