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The Ultimate Guide to Finding Online Coupon Codes

Coupons are everywhere online these days, but it can take some know-how to optimize them. We look at how to find coupons, identify the biggest savings, and use them successfully while troubleshooting any problems.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in May

May typically marks the start of beach season, but before you hit the shore, you'll want to check out our May buying guide, which lists the sales you need to watch out for this month, as well as those items you shouldn't buy.

Should You Buy a Gaming Microconsole?

Small, affordable set-top boxes are bringing certain mobile and PC games to television screens. We run down the available options, and whether they're right for you.

A Guide to Bird Feeders and Seeds for Backyard Bird Watching

Spring brings beautiful and melodious birds to your backyard. But how can you feed them, while keeping away predators and other critters? We examine the options of bird feeders and feed.

How Early (or Late) Should You Book a Cruise to Get the Best Price?

Getting the delicate balance right on booking a cruise can be tricky. Book too early and you risk paying through the nose. But book too late and you're limited in your cabin selection or may miss the lower-priced cabins altogether! This week we investigate whether there's a tipping point for when booking a cruise.

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

Large appliances, dishwashers included, is one of the many, many product categories that sees its very best deals during the Black Friday season. But if you can't wait, there's hope for you in September.

10 Best Coupons of the Week: Get Up to a $600 Neiman Marcus Gift Card

In this day and age, who's got the time to search for a coupon? We do! To help you stay on top of all things discount, we've rounded up the 10 best coupons of the week. Take 30% off at Saks Fifth Avenue, get up to a $600 gift card from Neiman Marcus, and save 25% on a Mother's Day bouquet.

6 Ways to Save While Visiting Our National Parks

Even if you can't make it to a park to celebrate Earth Day this week, any time is a great time to visit our national parks — and there are always plenty of ways to save.

The Power (to Save) is YOURS: 7 Earth Day Freebies and Deals for 2015

Everyone from Amazon to the federal government wants to help you celebrate Earth Day. Get free greeting cards, free milkshakes, and more.

10 Hiking Essentials to Gear Up for Spring

It's the time of year to hit the trails and enjoy the great outdoors. But what apparel, tools, and emergency supplies do you need to stay safe and comfortable while hiking?

10 Costly Ways We Fail at Being Green (And What You Can Do About It)

We all know we should use less gas, recycle more, and ditch plastic bags, but we're only human. Let's look at some realistic ways we can help the environment, and your bottom line.

The Best Tax Day Freebies for 2015: Massages, Dinner, Coffee and More

Tax Day is here! Reward yourself with a plethora of freebies that won't lighten your wallet any further, and check back for more throughout the day.

Money Does Grow on Trees: How Planting a Tree Can Save You Money

Earth Day is coming up, and being green can save you some green too. In fact, a healthy, mature tree in your yard can add between $1,000 and $10,000 to the value of your home. Read on for all the financial benefits of planting trees on your property.

9 Things That Are Cheaper When You're Ant-Man

The latest Ant-Man trailer dropped today, and since our secret identity is The Deal Finder — "Defending humanity against over-paying, one deal at a time!" — we're interested in exploring the money saving aspects of Ant-Man's ability to get teeny-tiny (to use the scientific term).

1040 Surprising Facts About Taxes... Just Kidding, Only 7

Tax Day is stressful. Make it a little more fun with some surprising facts, like how Romanian witches and the 1% are handling their returns. Or, look fondly back at the 18 glorious years in which income tax was illegal in the US.

7 Money-Saving Tips From 'Broad City'

Abbi and Ilana may be the most realistic budget-conscious characters on TV. We look at their deal-seeking ways, from free food to coupons to even more free food.

AAA Video Games Can Drop From $60 to $30 in Just 1 Month

Gaming is an expensive hobby. You throw down some serious cash for the latest console, and then you've still gotta shell out more to build up a stable of the latest titles. We tracked the prices of 2014's biggest PS4 and Xbox One games for months with one question in mind: When should you buy?

8 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Family-Size Tent

It's almost that time of year when we pry the kids away from their phones to spend some time in nature. If you want to camp out with the whole family, think of your weather conditions, space needs, and any special requirements before buying a tent to fit everyone.

The 'Daredevil' Binge-Watching Survival Guide

When whole seasons of a show are dropped onto Netflix — as Daredevil is about to be on April 10 — the expectation is that many viewers are going to binge watch the entire season in a single 13-hour-long frenzy. Here's how to do it, without having a psychotic episode (probably).

HBO Now Goes Live in Time for 'Game of Thrones,' and the First Month is Free

Despite a few sign-in hiccups, HBO Now has officially gone live for both Apple TV/iOS users and Optimum Online subscribers. But will HBO be able to iron out any kinks ahead of the Game of Thrones premiere?

See the World: The Week's 5 Best Vacation Deals That Span the Globe

There's so much of the world to see, what are you waiting for? Every week we see vacations to exotic destinations and this week we've picked our top five vacations that will transport you to another world. Explore the castles and farmhouses of Ireland, stay in a luxury chateau in France, and experience the unique cultures of India and Japan.

How to Find the Right Rain Gear for Any Outdoor Activity

April Showers will be arriving any minute, and you'll need to be prepared. Whether you're commuting to work in a drizzle or hiking through a forest downpour, here's what you need to consider when buying rain gear, including construction, breathability, and fit.

6 Myths About How Men and Women Shop

Stereotypes hold that women are more impulsive, more intensive, and bigger spending shoppers. But the latest data overturns these assumptions, and shows men for the webrooming, retail-loving creatures they are.

When Do These 10 Purchases Pay for Themselves?

To paraphrase the early-90s hip-hop group, Black Sheep, "You can purchase this, or you can purchase that." Do you buy the thing that will last forever and costs 10x as much, or do you buy the cheap thing that will break within a year? And if you buy the more expensive option, when will your investment "pay off"?

VIDEO: Should Happiness Be Mandatory for Store Employees?

Until just this week, cashiers at the pharmacy chain Walgreens were required to say "be well!" at the end of every transaction. And that's just one of many examples of corporate-mandated politeness. In this brief video, our experts discuss if they'd rather have a person be fake-pleasant, or honestly grumpy.

Amazon Home Services Might Become a Free Alternative to Angie's List

While finding restaurant and product reviews online is easy, booking a home services professional hasn't kept pace. But Amazon is trying to change that with its new Home Services function, offering reviews, estimates, bookings, and the seller's reputable customer service.

10 Ways to Wisely Spend Your Tax Refund

Tax season is in full swing, and according to the latest figures from the IRS, 8 out of 10 filers will receive a refund. So we've rounded up 10 splurge purchases you can make today, accompanied by 10 smart ways you can save on each purchase.

Buy, Sell, Score: 8 Examples of Classic Consumer Flips

Flipping isn't just for homes any more. From Pez to iPhones, these items resold for a big profit.

Facebook Wants You to Talk to Stores Through Its Messenger App

This week Facebook unveiled Businesses on Messenger, a service that allows stores to send order updates and customer service messages via the Messenger app. But the benefits for consumers are unclear, and only two stores are currently on board. Will it catch on?

March Shopping Madness: Vote Now in Round 2!

March Shopping Madness is in full swing, and our first round of matches has come to a close. Favorites like Amazon and Newegg had no trouble advancing to the next round, but who will advance to the coveted final four spots? Vote now for your favorite retailers for deals!

Has Your Car Been Recalled? 8 Questions You Need to Ask

With both Kia and Ford recently issuing recalls that collectively affect 420,000 vehicles, automotive recalls are back in the news. We look at how these work, and what you need to do to get the proper repairs for free.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April

April is here, and if you're stuck indoors waiting out the seasonal showers, you'll have an excuse to spend more time shopping for the best deals online. Here is what's in store this month for the smart shopper.