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6 Reasons Why the In-Store Pickup Trend Will Continue to... Pick Up

While studies show that in-store pickup isn't any more efficient than just buying in-store, that hasn't stopped brick-and-mortar shops from adopting and promoting the service, nor has it dissuaded customers from using it. What's driving the demand, and who benefits from it most?

35 Million People Will Travel This Labor Day: Avoid the Roads on Friday and Monday!

How much will gas cost this Labor Day? And with how many other (millions of) motorists will you be sharing the road? We look at these and other Labor Day stats.

Will Chinese-Made Goods Get More Affordable?

The markets are going crazy, and China is devaluing in currency. What does that mean for your favorite consumer products imported from that country?

VIDEO: Should Video Games Be in the Olympics?

Video games are only rumored to be under Olympic consideration, but British bookmakers are already taking bets on what titles will make the games. In this brief video, we discuss whether we want to see Counter-Strike, Dota 2, and Hearthstone in the Winter Games!

You Won't Believe How Much Americans Spend on Fantasy Football

Fantasy football is big business in the US, with high entrance fees and huge cash prizes. How does it work, and should you jump in?

Even More Back to School Sales at The Children's Place, Finish Line, Uniqlo

Whether your household is still on summer vacation, or your little ones have already gone back to the grind, you've gotta check out all the ongoing Back to School sales. Get ready to study up on savings, because we've gathered another big batch of discounts on clothes, backpacks, electronics, and more.

Big Scam on Campus: Financial Traps of College Aid Accounts

College is expensive enough, but some schools may be unfairly partnering with banks to get more out of students receiving financial aid. DealNews spoke to the Center for Responsible Lending on how to avoid these costly debit accounts.

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.

Soon IKEA Will Only Sell LED Light Bulbs

IKEA has announced that, as of September 1, the only bulbs it will sell in its lighting department will be LED — and this could mean good things for shoppers who want lower electricity bills.

What to Expect From 2015 Labor Day Sales

It's no surprise that Labor Day offers the best clearance sales on summer items, but also on laptops, TVs, and more. Find out what buys will save you the most money this Labor Day season.

Rumor Roundup: Is the iPod a B-List Device? Metroid for Wii U?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple devices, breakfast cereal, Metroid, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest speculations from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Want a Cheap iPhone 6? Wait Until September

The buzz surrounding Apple's next-generation iPhone is getting louder with each passing week, but it's the possibility of yet another iPhone price drop that has us most excited. Here's what you can expect to pay for the iPhone 6 once the iPhone 6s is unveiled.

This Guy Hacked Amazon's Dash Button to Track His Kid's Poop

Many shoppers balked at the notion of paying $5 for something that essentially just makes it easier for you to fork over even more money to Amazon, but one man saw greater potential for the Dash button.

13 Surprising Upsides of Traveling on a Budget

You might be tempted to pay more for a vacation to avoid subpar hotel rooms, inconvenient flights, or off-season weather. While you should certainly take such things into account, we'd like to remind you of the many upsides of budget travel — through the magic of gifs!

VIDEO: How Do You Feel About HBO Paying for Sesame Street?

HBO will be paying for the next five years of Sesame Street, in exchange for a nine-month exclusivity window to new episodes; after that, PBS can show them for free, as usual. In this brief video, our puppet-like experts discuss if this HBO/Sesame Street deal is bad news!

How to Pick the Right Running Shoes

Expensive features and marketing jargon can confuse even experienced runners when buying a pair of running shoes. Stride type and comfort matter most for beginners.

Ask an Editor: Where Can You Find the Best Unlocked iPhone Deals?

Verizon is the latest carrier to ditch subsidized phone plans. However, that doesn't mean you have to pay full price for your next smartphone. Here's how you can find the best deals on an unlocked iPhone.

How to Sell Your Old iPhone to Pay for the New iPhone 6s or 7

With a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 likely on its way in September, we look at the different ways to sell your old phone, like through Gazelle, Glyde, and trade-in programs from Amazon and Walmart.

Free Spotify Users May Soon Have Limited Access to New Albums

Facing intense pressure from record labels and artists like Taylor Swift, Spotify could undergo its biggest change ever in the coming weeks. Does this mean the days of free music streaming are over?

Families Will Actually Spend LESS on Back-to-School Shopping This Year

Back-to-School shopping can be a confusing frenzy of spending. Do you really have to get the biggest box of crayons available? We look at what's more expensive this year, and how your spending compares to the rest of the country.

Rumor Roundup: An Ovation for Batman? Fantastic Four 2? Some Tech Stuff?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Batman, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest speculations from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Is it Cheaper to Repair or Replace These 9 Electronics & Appliances?

Buying new stuff is expensive, but in today's consumer landscape, it's sometimes cheaper and more sensible than repairing a soon-to-be obsolete product.

7 Ways to Save on College Textbooks

A new report found that the cost of college textbooks has increased by 1,041% in the last 38 years, adding as much as $5,000 to a student's fees over four years at school. Here are ways to beat the price tags, including renting, open source texts, and more.

Jet's 'Cashback' Program Just Got WAY Less Appealing

Amazon competitor Jet just lost more than 100 brands from its heavily-promoted cashback rewards program. Is the members-only site still worth it?

VIDEO: Columbia House Is Bankrupt! Will You Miss It?

Columbia House has just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, so say goodbye to getting 13 CDs for just a buck! In this brief video, our mail-order experts eulogize the passing of this old friend.

More Fast Food Places Now Offer Preorders: Does it Save Time?

More fast food joints — like Wendy's, Taco Bell, and Starbucks — are embracing preordering through apps. But does it actually work well enough to save you time?

Macy's Expands its Same-Day Delivery to 17 Cities

The race to deliver your packages in hours instead of days is heating up as Macy's expands its same-day delivery service to 17 cities nationwide.

Your Frugality Final Exam: 6 Ways to Save on Higher Education

College keeps getting more expensive every year. We look into tuition-free schools, alternative scholarships, and more ways to save.

Walmart & Apple Pledge to Go Green: Will This Change How You Shop?

Retail giant Walmart leads an impressive list of major American companies that are taking a White House pledge to go green. But will a new commitment to environmental issues leave consumers feeling blue?

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in August

August may lack a major commercial holiday, but the dog days of summer are still a busy month for retailers and deal hunters alike. Back-to-school sales are at their prime this month and you can also expect to see dozens of deals on outdoor furniture, grills, and travel. Plus, take advantage of tax-free shopping days in select states.

The Chromecast is Finally Compatible With HBO Now

We already knew in May that the premium cable channel would be adding Android devices to its roster of compatible devices, but it was just yesterday that the service made it to the Chromecast — making the dongle the cheapest device you can purchase to stream HBO to your TV.

Rumor Roundup: Will Apple Get Phone-ier? Star Wars Land? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Star Wars, Jay Z, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest speculations from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!