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Thanksgiving & Black Friday 2016 Store Hours: Know When to Go!

November is still weeks away and stores are already bragging that they're not going to be open on Thanksgiving! Find out which stores will be open and which will be closed.

14 Ways to Prepare for Black Friday Like a Pro

Whether you're shopping in-store, online, or both, we've rounded up 14 expert strategies to ensure it goes smoothly, and you get the best deals. Read on to see when to start your planning, what you should have on hand, and even a few sneaky ways to snag extra savings.

Will This Be the Last Time Thanksgiving Beats Black Friday for Deals?

It might surprise some, but Black Friday isn't the best day for deals anymore — it's Thanksgiving. See for yourself why you should avoid that post-turkey dinner nap and hit the sales on Thursday instead of waiting until Friday.

Ask an Expert: How Can I Stream Global Content Like Soccer Matches?

With international and foreign broadcasts, some content may be hard to tune into without cable — but it's not impossible! Follow these three tips to get your streaming started.

Amazon Says Goodbye to 'Incentivized' Customer Reviews

Amazon's product review policies are getting a refresh to move away from "incentivized" customer reviews. Instead, the company will identify trusted reviewers and provide them with products directly. Read on to learn more about these changes.

9 Ways Black Friday 2016 Will Be Different

What new products will be the hot doorbusters, and which stores have suffered in the last year? We've created a list of what to expect so that your shopping experience can be as smooth as possible.

'Leaked' Black Friday Ads Aren't Leaked, But You Should Still Read Them

Time to start on your wishlist! We spoke to an expert see how stores are making the most of Black Friday hype by "leaking" ads. Read on to see if any of these so-called leaks are real.

Here's Why You Should Be Skeptical of Early Black Friday Sales

It's tempting to start shopping as soon as stores use phrases like "Early Black Friday Sale" or "Black November." But our research clearly shows when the best deals are available.

You Only Have to Buy These 9 Things Once

In a world where it seems like phones, laptops, and TVs become outdated the minute you buy them, it helps to reflect on life's little one-time investments. Barring freak accidents and doomsday weather, you'll never need to buy certain pieces of art, jewelry, or cookware twice. Read on to see some of our favorites.

The First Black Friday Ad of 2016 is Here!

The very first Black Friday ad has leaked! Hardware store Harbor Freight Tools beat everyone to the punch this year, but who will be next? Read on to find out.

3 Reasons to Ditch Layaway for Holiday Shopping (and What to Do Instead)

Layaway is appealing: Buy now, pay later. But the benefits are rarely better than good old-fashioned shopping within your budget. Here's what to watch out for with layaway programs.

Have You Fallen for the 12 Biggest Black Friday Myths?

Are all Black Friday deals worth it? Will you find the best prices online or in-store? And when can you expect the first sales to show up? We've tackled the biggest myths and answered your most burning questions in our list of the 12 most common Black Friday misconceptions.

What to Expect From GameStop Black Friday Sales in 2016

The holiday season is approaching quickly, and those with households full of gamers are looking to GameStop to find both big gifts and stocking-stuffers. If you want to score up to 85% off PC downloads and half off console games, check out the cheat codes to scoring great deals during the 2016 Black Friday sales.

8 Ways to Save on Candy, Costumes, and Spooky Decor for Halloween

It's easy to spend more on Halloween than you expect, especially when costumes and decor are factored in. But if you shop wisely, you can save up to 50% on everything you'll need for the holiday.

Take Our Black Friday Survey and Enter to Win an American Express Gift Card!

Shoppers, we need you to take a short survey about Black Friday! (Your input will inform a future article.) For encouragement, everyone who completes the survey will have the chance to enter a special sweepstakes to win a $100 American Express gift card. If you win, use the money to shop on Black Friday... or use it to shop not on Black Friday. Your choice!

The survey closes October 9 at 11:59 pm ET, so act fast. (Like, "last $5 Black Friday toaster left in your local Walmart" fast!)

Black Friday Shoe Predictions 2016: Boots and Sneakers Will Be HUGE

We've taken a hard look at the trends to see where you can score the best deals in your Black Friday shoe shopping.

Black Friday Clothing Predictions 2016: Outerwear and Watches Will Be Hot Buys

Any big shopping trip needs a strategy, and Black Friday is no different! Here, we've rounded up our top tips on the best way to buy clothes on the busiest shopping day of the year.

Black Friday Home Goods Predictions 2016: Small Appliances & Coffee Makers Will Steal the Show

From small appliances to tools, we've created a "cheat sheet" so you know exactly where to shop for home goods once the Black Friday season arrives.

Black Friday Beauty Predictions 2016: Amazon Deals Will Be Hot — and Fleeting

From low-stock Amazon deals to big-brand free sample offers, we've created a "cheat sheet" so you know exactly where to shop for health and beauty goods once the Black Friday season arrives.

Black Friday Toy Predictions 2016: The Fabulous 15 Are Hard to Find

Fancy electronics get most of the attention during Black Friday, but the shopping holiday is a great time to stock up on holiday gifts like toys, too. Whether you're standing in for Santa, or just adding to your personal collection, we'll tell you the best times to get the greatest deals.

Black Friday Video Game Predictions 2016: Clearance-Price Xbox One, PS3, and Wii U

Are you looking to grab a current-gen console before they're all gone for good? Will you fill your cart with 2016's hottest AAA titles? No matter what your gaming goals are this Black Friday season, we've got the predictions to keep you — and your budget — happy.

Are You Really Seeing the Best Price on Amazon?

Amazon customers believe they're seeing the best prices when they use the online retailer's site. But those rankings could actually be costing you up to 20% more if you're not careful.

Black Friday Tablet Predictions 2016: Gift Cards Make iPads Affordable

These versatile electronic devices can come cheaply or cost nearly $1,000, so we want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. Whatever tablet you're shopping for on Black Friday, we've got the essential info you need to know.

Here's What Black Friday is Really About

As the holiday season gets closer, you'll start hearing the term "Black Friday" more and more. Read on for all of the answers to your burning questions about how to save on the hottest shopping event of the year.

Black Friday Streaming Device Predictions 2016: 30% Off Rarely Discounted Roku 4

From Roku to Apple TV, we've created a "cheat sheet" so you know exactly where to shop for streaming devices once the Black Friday season arrives. Think you should save money by buying older models? Not in this case.

What to Expect From Target Black Friday Sales in 2016

Target usually drops one of the first major Black Friday ads, but don't be fooled by early deals that'll be topped by competitors. Read on to learn more of the best and worst things we expect from Target's Black Friday deals.

Apple Black Friday Predictions 2016: Save Hundreds on iPhones & iPad Doorbusters

We'll certainly see Apple gear on sale this Black Friday season. The trick is knowing what discounts to expect (like gift card bundles), and where to look (which is anywhere but the Apple Store).

10 Ways to Use Groupon's Awesome New Customer Coupon

Groupon is giving new customers an extra 25% off one local, goods, or getaway deal. That's the best discount we've ever seen at the site, so it's an ideal time to give Groupon a try. We've come up with 10 ways you might use the coupon, on everything from photo printing to oil changes.

10 Ways to Save Up for a Black Friday Doorbuster

Now's the time to start saving if you want to have the cash to jump on those Black Friday sales. Here are 10 ways to cut your expenses over the next two months so you can afford to buy that doorbuster TV, iPad, or laptop.

Black Friday Smartphone Predictions 2016: Flagship Androids Are Finally Affordable

If you're in the market for a new smartphone this holiday season, then Black Friday can be a boon. But should you wait for Cyber Monday? Will the iPhone 7 see any significant discounts? We look at these questions and more.

Don't Replace Your Broken iPhone! It's Probably Cheaper to Fix It

After a couple of years, even the most reliable iPhone's battery life starts to fade — and that's assuming you didn't drop it and crack the screen before then. Let's dig into which iPhone issues you can repair yourself, and what it will cost you to let a professional handle the fix.

Black Friday TV Predictions 2016: This Is the Year to Buy a 4K TV

Nothing is more anticipated for Black Friday than televisions. Retailers consistently drop TV prices to crazy lows, and we routinely see the best offers of the year. But what specs, prices, and brands should you look for, and when? Read on to save.