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Bring on the App-etizers: Top 10 Apps for Drink and Dining Deals

A great meal never goes out of style, so we're back with another list of the top smartphone apps for finding food and drink deals. From Happy Hour and food truck trackers, to an app that finds deals at the best local restaurant options, here are our top picks.

Rumor Roundup: Giant iPads? Captain Kirk? And more!

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple Watch, iPads, Captain Kirk, 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!

Shop the Best Early Halloween Sales on Costumes, Decor, and More

October is still days away, but that hasn't stopped a ton of merchants from releasing spook-tacular Halloween coupons and discounts. That means you can scoop up this year's more popular offerings now, and get to skip the mad Halloween rush later. Read on to see the best early Halloween deals from the Disney Store, Pottery Barn Kids, Spirit Halloween, and more!

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.

VIDEO: Do You Still Need a Tablet if You Own a Phablet?

With the astounding sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus (over 10 million units sold), it's clear that people really like larger phones. Our experts discuss if phablets and tablets are mutually exclusive technology, or is there's room in our hearts for both.

Spirit Airlines Will Raise Checked Baggage Fee for the Holidays

Spirit Airlines has made something of a hobby of courting public ill will. But its recent move to increase baggage charges during the holidays leaves the airline looking more like Ebenezer Scrooge than ever.

Week's 10 Best Coupons: Get 40% Off at Tommy Hilfiger, $5 Off $50 at Target

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. Trim $5 off your $50 order at Target, save an extra 40% off Tommy Hilfiger outlet items, and snag a $6 pizza from Pizza Hut.

Click and Sip: The Pros and Cons to the Top Online Wine Stores

Once the domain just of the knowledgeable and wealthy, wine-buying is being disrupted by the internet (just like everything else). Ready to stock your cellar or impress dinner party guests? There are plenty of online wine shops out there, so we've put together a guide to some of the most popular and interesting options.

Would You Sell Your Personal Data for Profit?

Retailers have long been paying top dollar to search engines and others to get a peek at your browsing habits, and you can see the evidence in the ads that pop up later on. But Personal BlackBox is developing a way for consumers to bottle their online and retail activity to sell.

Et Tu, Home Depot? What to Do if You Are the Victim of Credit Card Fraud

Are you a recent victim of credit card fraud, like the just-announced hack at Home Depot? Have you noticed suspicious charging activity on your statement? Credit card fraud can be stressful, but we've come up with a few tips to help you prevent identity theft from taking a toll on your credit history.

Bigger Isn't Always Better: 10 Products Worth Skimping On

America is a land of bigness: we're the home of the Grand Canyon, the Cadillac Escalade, and the Big Gulp. But there are a few products where you're actually better off "skimping" and getting the smaller, less expensive option. From perishable goods to things that are expensive to maintain or store, bigger isn't always better.

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!

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.

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!

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.