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Whole Foods Will Open a Cheaper Chain Next Year

"Whole Paycheck" is targeting budget-conscious younger shoppers with a new chain of stores. But details are light, and Trader Joe's already has the lead.

VIDEO: Does the Color of Your Food Matter?

Kraft recently announced that they've figured out a way to remove the artificial yellow dyes from their classic macaroni and cheese, but still keep the nuclear orange glow! In this short video, our experts discuss how important colors are when it comes to food.

VIDEO: Lab-Grown Burgers Are Cheaper, But Still Gross?

The price of lab-grown meat has dropped from $325,000 to around $11 in just two years! In this brief video, our experts discuss if a lower price makes it more appealing, or if the whole "grown in a lab" thing is gross.

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.

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.

Here's When You'll See the First Apple Watch Deals

The Apple Watch may have haute couture written all over it, but that doesn't make it impervious to deals. Here's how you can dodge Apple's list price and snag a new Apple Watch for a few bucks less.

You Can Now Get HBO Without Cable for $15 Per Month... But on Apple Devices Only

Apple is looking to court cord cutters with a new $69 Apple TV. The company also announced an exclusive with HBO, getting access to the studio's standalone streaming service for $15 per month.

8 Foods That Will Be More Expensive This Spring

Eggs, fine wine, and grapefruit are just a few of the foods that could increase in price this spring. But there are some alternatives.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March

Spring is (hopefully) at our doorstep, and even if you're planning to stay glued to the couch for all of March Madness, you'll also likely be doing a bit of spring shopping. From chocolates to iPads, here are the best and worst things to buy in March.

VIDEO: What Would an Apple Car Be Like?

If the rumors we've been hearing are true, then Apple is working on an electric car! Our experts discuss how, exactly, Apple could possibly change cars as we know them.

VIDEO: What Foods From Your Childhood Do You Wish Would Come Back?

As evidenced by the return of "nostalgia cereals" like French Toast Crunch and Strawberry Honeycombs, it's clear that food companies are ready to re-introduce foods from our childhoods, just to squeeze a couple of nostalgia dollars out of us. In this video, our experts ponder what foods they'd love to see back on store shelves.

How to Find Discounted Gift Cards & Sell Unwanted Gift Cards Online

Didn't get the gift card you wanted this holiday season? Whether you're buying a card at a discount or selling the one you have, we've created an all-inclusive guide for all of your gift card queries.

15 Clever Ways to Give Intangible Gifts

MP3s, streaming movies, online newspapers. Living in a digital world, as we do, is great. But come holiday time, it makes it hard to give these things as gifts. Are you supposed to wrap a confirmation email? BO-RING! To help you step up your game in these increasingly digital times, we now present 15 ways to add a lot more whimsy to giving an intangible gift!

Best Black Friday Apple Ads: Cheapest iPhone 6 & MacBook Air Ever, iPad Gift Card Bundles

The Apple Store's Black Friday sale is predictable and disappointing, so we've taken the liberty of rounding up our favorite Apple Black Friday ads to date, whether you're shopping for a MacBook Air or just a cheap iTunes gift card.

Another iPad mini?! When to Get a Deal on Each Generation of the mini

By now, most consumers know that the iPad mini 3 and its predecessor are essentially the same tablet. But many don't know how retailers will react now that there are three generations of iPad mini tablets on the market simultaneously. We've analyzed the iPad mini landscape to let you know which mini tablet you should buy and at what price.

For Most People, the New iPad mini 3 is a Waste of $100

During Apple's event today, Tim Cook and crew barely mentioned the iPad mini 3; in fact, they uttered a few short words about the new device, despite previously spending at least 10 minutes fawning over the updates on the iPad Air 2. Why, exactly, did Apple downplay its own product announcement? Probably because the iPad mini was barely updated at all.

Stampedes, Stocks, and Savings: 16 Black Friday Myths Busted

For seasoned shoppers, Black Friday offers an endless array of best-of-year sales. However, not all the deals are good, and for the uninitiated, Black Friday can be overwhelming. Plus, with so many conflicting views on the holiday, it can be easy for a shopper to "do it wrong." So we're here to dispel the Black Friday myths from reality so you can shop smartly this year.

Let's Make Fun of the Toys That Kids Will Want for the Holidays This Year!

Toys "R" Us just released its list of the most anticipated toys for the holidays. (And yes, it is only October.) If you have a kid in your life, you'd better familiarize yourself with this selection of playthings. To make it a tad easier, we've cherry-picked our favorite five toys.

When to Buy a Mac or Apple Device: Save Money With Careful Timing

These days, Apple deals are easy to find, but when you buy your Apple kit is just as important as where you buy it. We took a deep look at the deal life cycle of four landmark Apple devices, and as it turns out, you can save a sizable sum right before, and after, an Apple device is updated.

When to Get the Best Price on a MacBook Air

The MacBook Air has gone from being Apple's priciest notebook to being its cheapest, entry-level machine; just this April, Apple refreshed its 11" MacBook Air for the fourth time and simultaneously lowered the retail price to $899. That cut was unexpected, but appreciated — namely because it has driven deals prices for the MacBook Air to new lows. If you're on the hunt for a MacBook Air deal, when can you expect the best prices?

Why You Shouldn't Pay More Than $399 for the iPad Air

The rumor mill has been buzzing for some time now, and the word is that Apple will release new iPads in October. That wouldn't be surprising since the company did so last year too. This predictability is extremely useful for the dealhunter, because it becomes easier to predict when you'll find the best deals.

When to Get the Best Price on an iPhone

Although iPhone deals were initially hard to come by, retailers like Walmart and Best Buy have now changed the deal industry by discounting new iPhones just days after their announcement. So bargain hunters are faced with a new dilemma: When exactly can you get the best deal on the iPhone of your choice? We took a look at our deals from the past three years to find out how discounts roll out during the life cycle of Apple's smartphone.

Rumor Roundup: Is an Obi Wan Kenobi Movie in the Works?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Google, Microsoft, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

More People Will Buy Apple's Pricier iPhablet Than the iPhone 6

With better features, the iPhone 6 Plus is obviously a high-end phone, but it also comes at a higher starting price: the iPhone 6 is $199 with a 2-year contract, while the Plus starts at $299. Thus, we were curious to know just how many people are actually interested in the pricier model. As it turns out, quite a lot of you.

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.

People Have Been Lining Up for the iPhone for Days Now

We're quite familiar with the notion of shoppers camping out in order to be the first to buy something — but that's usually in pursuit of a hard-to-obtain doorbuster. You'd hardly think it necessary for a widely-available smartphone, right? And yet, people have been street-sleeping for several days in anticipation of the iPhone 6 announcement tomorrow.

Ikea's 'bookbook' Ad Mocks Apple in a Brilliant Way

Ikea — the Swedish budget furniture giant that knows a thing or two about simple, iconic design — just released a product video for the cutting-edge intuitive technology embodied in its "bookbook™" — also known as the 2015 Ikea print catalog. The store's jab at Apple's gushing, talking-head product videos quickly became one of our favorite Apple parodies.

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.

'Antiques Roadshow' Appraised a 2008 Flatscreen TV and It's Hilarious

A journalist brought his 2008 Toshiba TV to Antiques Roadshow to be appraised, and the results are kind of hilarious.

Online College Stores Charge 35% More for Laptops

Campus bookstores are renown for their price gouging, but it turns out textbooks aren't the only items they sell at a premium. We looked at the online bookstores of six universities and found that laptops and tablets are also sold at higher-than-average prices, sometimes costing up to 135% more than outside prices.

Here's Why You Should Never Pay Full-Price for an iTunes Gift Card

We turned our deal-finding microscopes to Apple's gift cards to see what kind of discounts you can expect for iTunes content. It turns out that iTunes gift card discounts are such a common and regular occurrence, that you probably shouldn't ever buy an iTunes card at face value.