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Check Yo' Self: 5 Great Personal Finance Apps, Sites, and Tools

When it comes to managing your money in the digital age, you have a lot of options. Older software mainstays have been joined by web and mobile applications, all promising to be the only tool you need for getting – and keeping – your finances in order. We rounded up the best, most affordable choices for different financial objectives and styles.

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.

10 Ways a Smartwatch Could Make Your Life Better

Smartwatches are the hottest new gadget in the tech world — but they're still pricey, and most need a smartphone to function. Is it worth the investment? Read on to see a few of the top ways a smartwatch could improve your daily activities.

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.

8 Simple Auto Repairs That Save Big Bucks in the Long Haul

The red warning light on your dash can ruin your day, but putting off dealing with it can not only be dangerous, but costly. These eight minor repairs warrant your immediate attention and will save you from losing money in the long haul.

Rumor Roundup: Is the Apple Watch Delayed Because of Bad Batteries?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple Watch, Minecraft, HTC, 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!

Benefits to Wi-Fi Calling: It's About Convenience, Not Saving Money

This week's iPhone 6 announcement included the news that iOS 8 will support calls over Wi-Fi. This feature, already available on some Android models, lets you make calls, send texts, and even check voicemail across a Wi-Fi network. Though it might not save you money, it makes it easier to use your phone even in poor service areas, and to make calls while traveling internationally.

10 Places to Score an iPhone 6 Deal

You've weighed the pros and cons, and decided you want to upgrade to the iPhone 6. Of course you want to get the best price possible, as soon as possible. You're in luck! The iPhone 6 is garnering deals like no iPhone before, and we've rounded them all up for your perusal. Read on, Apple aficionados: your deal awaits!

10 Designer Picks You Can Actually Afford at Last Call by Neiman Marcus

It happens to the best of us — a lust for designer looks that doesn't align with the realities of spending money (and our ability to still pay for less optional expenses, like food and shelter). But sometimes sales work in our favor; in fact, we combed through Last Call by Neiman Marcus's latest sale to find 10 designer items that are actually affordable.

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.

6 Reasons Why the iPhone 6 is a Worthy Upgrade

Apple's iPhone got its biggest redesign in recent years today as Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But whereas last year's models packed minor upgrades, this year's iPhones boast some serious tech, making them a worthy upgrade if you're an Apple fan who's in the market for a new phone.

10 Best Coupons of the Week: Victoria's Secret, Hotels.com, Olive Garden

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. Save 15% off your purchase at GUESS Factory, get an extra 10% off when you book through Hotels.com, or take 50% off your Domino's Pizza order.

USPS Slashes Shipping Prices for Online Stores, But Will You Benefit?

It's a good day for e-commerce companies, as a recent change to the United States Postal Service's rates will slash prices by up to 58% for some business shipments. This is a huge threat to industry leaders FedEx and UPS, and could be a boon for consumers — but it could also backfire on the USPS, as increased volume going into the holidays could cause major delays.

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.

8 Foods That May Spike in Price This Fall — Including Bacon?!

Back in May, we reported on eight foods threatened by summer price hikes. And unfortunately, the season's change won't necessarily bring relief. Now, we took a look at eight foods in for possible price hikes this fall. Maybe you should think twice about eating them, lest they eat into your wallet and leave an orange-sized hole in there. (Speaking of oranges...)

Rumor Roundup: U2 Pre-Loaded on New iPhones? Why Not?!

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, U2, Chris Pratt, The Tick, 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!

10 Perfect Fall Items From Aeropostale's Clearance Sale

With summer ending, it's time to gradually add some layer and warmth to your wardrobe. We've picked the best items from the current best-ever sale at Aeropostale, with prices starting at $1.39. Pick up a sequined tank top, mesh shorts, seasonally-appropriate jewelry, and more to help you transition from summer to fall in style.

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.

VIDEO: Ever Get Into a Fight Over Airplane Seats?

In the past week, there have been three separate instances where a flight had to land early, because passengers got into fights over reclining seats. With airlines shoving more and more people into smaller and smaller spaces, is this the new normal for flights? Our experts discuss how to deal with personal space violations on airplanes.

Which NFL Team Will Offer the Best Return on Your Investment in 2014?

Most fans can agree that it's exciting to root for a team that wins. But being the budget-minded folks that we are, we won't settle for merely supporting the teams that win the most. Ideally, the perfect team would offer a happy medium between cost and winning potential. So, which NFL team this year will offer the greatest return on your investment?

Permanent Discounts: Getting a Tattoo to Save Some Money

How far are you willing to go to get a discount? For many, there's no measure too extreme if it means getting a couple bucks off of a sandwich! Inside, you'll hear about six promotions that offer a discount or perk for getting a permanent tattoo!

10 Stunt Foods That Are So Weird, You HAVE to Try Them

In the digital age, going viral is an all-important way to spread your brand. For fast-food restaurants, an easy way to make that happen is to invent a disgusting and/or over-the-top food that makes people's arteries seize up just by thinking about it. Here are 10 of our favorite attention-grabbing junk foods.

Customer Service Reps Should Roleplay as Thor More Often

If you have ever wanted to know what it would be like if the ruler of Asgard had to deal with a book being mistakenly sent back to Amazon, then you need to read this immediately.

Don't Get Knee Defensive: 4 Better Travel Products for Comfort

"Knee Defender" briefly became one of the fastest-growing searches on Google this week, after the small, plastic product, which prevents airline seats from reclining, caused a fight midair. Knowing this, there are other ways to improve your comfort while traveling that won't bother those around you.

This is What it Would Be Like if Japanese Cats Ran Your Pizza Hut

Cats are notoriously lazy, skittish, and impossible to train — in other words, they're wholly lacking in all the qualities needed to run a restaurant. Setting out to prove this, the Japanese branch of Pizza Hut recently debuted a viral marketing campaign called "Pizza Cat!," apparently betting that Internet + cats = SELL ALL THE PIZZA.

Sales Tax and Gift Cards: Have You Been Duped?

Gift cards should never be taxed at sale, but some retailers are breaking state and even their own rules on the matter, or finding loopholes. While not federally mandated or explicitly spelled out in every state, we outline the best evidence we could find on tax-free gift cards, and as for your experiences.

Empty the Garage, Fill Your Wallet: 7 Tips to Super Charge Your Garage Sale

If your closets hold abundant junk, your garage spills over with stuff, and those toddler clothes no longer fit your pre-teen, you're a prime candidate for staging a yard sale or garage sale. We spoke with a personal finance expert to get tips on staging a profitable and stress-free garage sale.

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.

Sorry Amazon, We Already Figured Out the Whole 'Drone Delivery' Thing

Apparently, Amazon wasn't joking when it said it wanted to develop a drone delivery service; the mega-retailer is reportedly seeking federal approval to begin testing. However, Amazon isn't the first company to jump on the drone bandwagon.

VIDEO: Is August Too Early for Pumpkin Spice Lattes?

This year, Starbucks is going to start selling the Pumpkin Spice Latte on August 25. That's almost a full month before fall officially begins! In this video, our experts discuss pumpkin spice flavored things and whether or not "holiday creep" leads to fatigue and ruins the special-ness of a Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

Why Do Big Retailers Like Best Buy Have Storefronts on eBay and Amazon?

A few years ago, a store with a website was considered cutting edge. But today, brick-and-mortar stores are opening "storefronts" on host retailers like Amazon and eBay. We turned to former Microsoft exec and Indix founder Sanjay Parthasarathy to get some answers on the retailer-marketplace phenomenon.

Keurig Will Raise K-Cup Prices by 9% as New DRM Machines Limit Competition

Coffee drinkers take note, the price of your morning brew is about to go up. Starting this November, Keurig will raise the cost of its K-cup packets by up to 9% while simultaneously launching new DRM-style machines that only work with Keurig-approved pods.