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6 Things to Know When Buying Glasses Online

Want to save money on eyewear? One option is to shop online, where you'll find a better selection and lower prices. But there are pitfalls to avoid. Here are six things to know when buying glasses on the internet.

10 Things to Know About the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo announced the new Switch console back in October, but with few concrete details. Now we've got the skinny on the system's pricing and release date, games, capabilities, and more.

Everything You Need to Know About Synthetic Diamonds

Why spend three months' salary on a stone that comes with environmental and ethical concerns? Lab-created diamonds are real gems at a fraction of the cost, and guaranteed conflict-free.

NOW Is the Time to Book Your Presidents' Day Trip

You're running out of time to book flights on a budget for Presidents' Day. Getting the best price will depend on when you buy, when you leave, and where you go. Let's break down all of this year's Presidents' Day airfare deals.

McDonald's Just Cut the Price of Its Coffee Drinks

Buying coffee on the regular can get expensive if you're constantly picking up your favorite brew from a high-end shop. Fortunately, McDonald's is here to save caffeine addicts some extra cash... for the next few months.

7 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Phone

Going with a less-than-new phone can save you a bundle. But if you choose poorly, you could end up with a non-functioning phone and no return policy. Here's what you need to know about buying a used cell phone — and seven questions to ask before doing so.

Great Deals You Can Bag on Friday the 13th If You're Not Superstitious

While some shoppers will want to stay home and hide today, there are plenty of savings to be had for brave dealseekers. Find cheap flights, inexpensive ink, and more.

Another One Bites the Dust (Sort Of): The Limited Has Closed All Its Physical Stores

Unlike similar struggling brick-and-mortar retailers, The Limited's closings covered all of its locations, and were mostly a surprise. You can still shop online, although it comes with a few catches.

5 Strategies That Gyms Use to Hook You (and How to Not Fall for Them)

Joining a gym in January means you may encounter high-pressure sales tactics. If you want to avoid overpaying for a gym membership, be aware of these five sneaky strategies — and have a game plan for fighting back.

5 Ways to Save on Your Next Flight

Finding a good bargain on airfare is becoming a complicated process. Fortunately, it's not impossible to find cheap plane tickets. We have five tips to help you get the best deal on your next flight.

Your Costco Membership Could Get More Expensive in 2017

The warehouse club has raised rates overseas, and the U.S. is due for an increase. With memberships already more expensive than at competitors like BJ's and Sam's Club, is Costco still worth it?

How to Save on Gym Memberships, Studios, and Equipment in 2017

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.

DirectTV vs. Sling vs. PlayStation: Which Live Streaming Service Is Best for You?

DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV can offer live and on-demand viewing of your favorite channels. Here's an in-depth comparison of these three streaming services, so you can decide if you should cut the cable cord.

7 As Seen On TV Products That Are Actually Worth Buying

Products sold on infomercials often look great at 3 am, and are junk in person. But a few of these kitchen, automotive, and household items really are useful — and available at low, low prices!

The Top FREE Apps to Help Your New Year's Resolutions Succeed

The new year is here, and you've probably made a few resolutions. While it's true that every year many people fail these commitments, you don't have to be one of those. We've rounded up some of the most popular resolutions, and the free apps that'll help you succeed this year.

7 Things to Buy in January (Plus the Top 5 Stores to Shop This Month)

It's the new year, and you're probably suffering from a post-holiday spending hangover. Fortunately, you can shop in January and still start 2017 with a flush wallet.

10 Ingenious Uses for a Super Cheap Tablet

You might not want another tablet, but what about a customizable alarm clock, kitchen aid, notepad, security system, or video phone? Here are 10 unexpected ways to use a cheap tablet.

Heading Out on a Winter Hike? Here's How to Dress for the Elements

Staying warm indoors might seem appealing now that winter is here, but that doesn't mean you should go into complete hibernation. You can embrace the season on a winter hike, and all you need are the right clothes... and maybe some snow.

12 Gifts That Have More Uses Than You Might Realize

Don't let your presents just sit there gathering dust! Shred chicken with your stand mixer, check for needed home repairs with your drone, and more with our guide to getting the most out of this seasons's most popular gifts.

Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale Is Here! 9 Bras for Under $20

Are you eagerly awaiting the famed Semi-Annual sale at Victoria's Secret? Read our guide to see when it will start, and what kind of deals you can expect from the popular lingerie retailer.

The Barely-Trying Gift Guide: 10 Passable Last-Minute Gifts if You Completely Dropped the Ball

Is forgetting to buy gifts for people your favorite Christmas tradition? 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.

5 Common Warranty Pitfalls (And How to Avoid Them)

If warranties are supposed to protect you when the products you purchase fall apart, then what are you supposed to do when the warranty falls apart? Here are five strategies to help you deal with common warranty problems.

Keep Out the Cold: How to Pick the Perfect Parka

Don't spend another winter shivering and miserable! We've put together the quintessential list of what to look for in the perfect parka, and found great deals on a variety of winter jackets for all types of weather conditions.

Your Ultimate Guide to Samsung Galaxy S7 Accessories

Samsung's line of Galaxy accessories is as performance-oriented and aesthetically pleasing as the smartphones themselves. Here's a look at some of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge accessories you should consider picking up.

Buy This, Not That: 11 Holiday Gifts to Skip (and 11 Sweet Substitutes)

You'll always have that one person on your shopping list wanting the latest, most expensive tech, or that impossible-to-find toy. That's why we've rounded up 11 sweet substitutes to this season's hottest items.

9 Stores That Offer Christmas Eve Pickup — And One That Will Deliver the Same Day!

Christmas Eve is days away at this point, and if you've just discovered you still have some items to check off your gift list, don't despair. We've rounded up some stores where you can shop online and then pick up in-store on Christmas Eve so you're not left wrapping an IOU.

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter (And Prevent an Auto Disaster)

There are more driving dangers this time of the year than others, from snow and ice to wet leaves and early sunsets. To ensure the safety of you and your entourage as you embark on your holiday travel plans, it's smart to take steps to winterize your car now, from new oil to new tires.

15 Gifts That Seem Expensive, But Really Aren't

If you're creative or a little sneaky, you don't have to be a big spender to impress others with your gifting this year. No one will ever know you didn't splurge on these 15 gift ideas.

10 Things at Whole Foods That Are Actually a Steal

If you shop carefully, you can snag bargains at Whole Foods that are even better than those at your local grocery store. When it comes to these 10 products, you're likely to find that Whole Foods has the best price in town.

4 Smart Buys for Any Home Chef at Sur La Table's Warehouse Sale

Do cooking shows and the holidays inspire you to spend more time in the kitchen? Then perhaps it's time to check out the Sur La Table Warehouse Sale. The store is now cutting up to 75% off select items in its clearance section, and there are quite a few staples for budding chefs.

10 Gift Card Deals You Can Bag Just in Time for Christmas

Gift cards may have a bad rap, but they really do make perfect gifts sometimes. Lucky for last-minute Christmas shoppers, Costco is taking up to 30% off a handful of eGift cards. Here are our top 10 gift card picks for all types of giftees.

10 Banana Republic Staples at Surprisingly Low Prices

Currently, Banana Republic is taking an extra 50% off select sale styles. Even better, cut 40% off regular-priced items. We've picked 10 versatile pieces that'll fit well in anyone's closet.
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