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When Is Your State's Tax Free Weekend in 2016?

Tax-free weekends are finally here! These prime shopping days are great for back-to-school gear, but also so much more. Here, we've rounded up a list of the 17 states celebrating and all the items eligible for serious savings.

5 Reasons You Should Choose Dublin Airport as Your Gateway to Europe

Reduce the complications and stress of traveling to Europe by entering through Dublin Airport. Even if you don't plan to visit Ireland, it may still be worth your while to fly into this English-speaking, euro-using hub.

10 Luxurious Picks From 6pm's Coach Sale

When you hear Coach, what comes to mind? A 90s TV show featuring Craig T. Nelson, or the luxury brand that makes leather goods that you wish you had more of? If it's the latter, rejoice — 6pm is taking up to 75% off a selection of Coach shoes, bags, apparel, and accessories, with prices starting at $17.99. We've selected 10 pieces to help you pad out your Coach collection.

7 Tricks to Get the Best Rates on College Textbooks (and How to Rent Them)

Buying textbooks for college can cause some major sticker shock, but it doesn't have to. We've got some of the best tips to save on college textbooks, plus the top rental sites so you don't have to live on ramen.

Is the Amazon Tap Worth Buying?

Amazon expanded its speaker range this year with the Tap, a portable Bluetooth speaker that uses the Alexa voice assistant. Learn more about the Amazon Tap, how it compares to similar speakers, and whether you should consider buying it.

6 Reasons You Need This UPS My Choice Premium Membership Deal

If you do a lot of online shopping, chances are UPS is a significant part of your life. It's time to consider a UPS My Choice Premium 1-year membership, now available for $10. Why is it worth the investment? Here are six reasons.

These Are the Dos and Don'ts of Back-to-School Shopping

Back-to-school season is an expensive time of year for parents. From detailed budgets to spending on quality, here are 14 dos and don'ts to help you make the most of your back-to-school budget this year.

Bid High & Prosper: 10 Star Trek Collectibles That Are Beyond Amazing

Star Trek Beyond is finally here, and there's nothing like a new Star Trek movie to make us want some cool merchandise. Check out 10 weird and wonderful Star Trek collectibles that you can find on eBay.

7 Ways to Get the Best Currency Exchange Rates While Traveling

With all of the expenses that can pile up while traveling abroad, you want to get the best exchange rate so you don't get ripped off before you've even spent a penny. Here are seven ways to get the best currency exchange rates while traveling.

10 Top Picks From the Barneys Warehouse End of Season Sale

There's no shame in buying clothes you like even if you don't technically need them. Especially today, as Barneys Warehouse takes up to an extra 70% off sitewide during its End of Season Sale. We've picked 10 pieces that may give you a little extra surge of happiness.

Don't Pay More Than This for a College Laptop

Your coed will benefit from having a laptop in their backpack. To help you get the best deal, we've set down some guidelines on what your student needs from a laptop and what you should spend.

Here's the Scoop on Buying Cat Litter

If you're welcoming a new feline into your home or simply aren't crazy about your current litter, you have a lot of options. We break down the pros and cons of every cat litter type so you'll have a better idea of where to start.

5 Sites for Finding the Perfect Babysitter (And What You Should Pay Them)

Hiring a babysitter used to mean asking one of the neighborhood teenagers to watch your kid for a few dollars. Thanks to the internet, parents these days have access to a large pool of caregivers with various levels of experience — not to mention rates. We took a look at the websites and apps out there to help you narrow down the options.

10 Weird but Cool Back-to-School Backpacks

Ever wanted to wear an octopus on your back? What about a cheeseburger? These 10 weird and nerdy backpacks are fun to look at and imagine using, even though you know you're probably just gonna buy another JanSport this fall.

10 Handy Tips to Make Your Laptop Run Faster

Whether you're Team Mac or Team PC, we've found 10 simple tricks you can try out on your laptop to improve its performance. If your rig is running slower than molasses, these tips can help restore your productivity.

Use Pokémon Go to Support Local Businesses and Save

Pokémon Go is continuing to grow in popularity and many businesses are beginning to jump on board in an effort to attract customers. Supporting these local shops can save you money in more ways than one.

3 Easy Ways to Use Your Phone Abroad (Without Going Broke)

No one wants to return home with a giant cell phone bill after traveling overseas. Here's how to call, text, and use data in another country — and not spend too much money.

8 Changes That Will Rock the Way You Shop Fashion

In order to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive industry, many of our favorite stores and labels are innovating. From virtual reality to genderless apparel, here's how you'll be shopping for clothes in the very near future.

When is the Kate Spade Surprise Sale?

This trendy designer is beloved by Pippa Middleton, but you don't need a royal-sized checking account to afford it — especially if you shop deals. Read on to find out when to get the biggest discounts on Kate Spade.

10 Super(Natural) Ghostbusters Collectibles

Between the two original films and the animated TV shows, the 80s and 90s gave us more Ghostbusters goodies than we could ever hope to collect! We pored over eBay to find some of the best (and weirdest) Ghostbusters memorabilia, from things you probably had, to things you never knew existed. Enjoy!

How to Really Erase All Personal Data From Your Laptop, Tablet, or Phone

Selling or giving away a device is economical, but shouldn't become an opportunity to lose private data. Short of destroying the processor (which will definitely hurt the resale value), here are the best ways to totally delete the data on your laptop, tablet, or phone.

Amazon Prime Day Is Here! We're Rounding Up the Best Deals All Day

The store announced this year's Prime Day, as well as details on a week-long series of discounts. While information about what exactly will be on sale is still unknown, we're making predictions based on years past.

We Want to Know! What Do You Think About Prime Day 2016?

Prime Day is here again! Last year, Amazon promised the event would have more deals than Black Friday. There was a lot of disappointment surrounding Prime Day 2015, but this year it's supposed to be better. So we want to know: what do you think of this year's Prime Day deals?

6 Back-to-School Items You Should Wait to Buy

Last year, the average family with children in grades K-12 planned to spend about $630 on back-to-school shopping. If you're looking to save money on the annual ritual, wait to buy these six back-to-school items until after school starts.

Even if You're Skipping Prime Day, You Should Still Shop on July 12

Amazon's Prime Day is July 12, and while it's exclusive to Prime members, many other stores are hosting noteworthy sales that are open to everyone.

How to Get the Best Deal on a Laptop for College

If you pay full price on a top-of-the-line rig for your student, you'll likely be paying hundreds more than you have to. Find out what you need, and when and where the discounts are, in our guide to back-to-school laptop deals.

Ask the Experts: How Can I Lower My Internet Bill Even If I'm a Heavy Streamer?

Cord-cutters are looking for cheap internet that's still fast enough to stream TV. We asked industry experts to see what they recommend, and present five ways you can reduce your internet costs if you don't have cable.

Prime Day Strategy Guide: How to Make the Most of Amazon Prime Day

Prime Day last year was crazy successful, to the point where it broke Amazon's Black Friday records. With even more deals set to make an appearance this year, we've got the best strategies to make sure you actually get your hands on the goods.

The Ultimate Guide to Backpacks for College Students

While prepping for college, don't forget the importance of buying a supportive backpack that'll keep you pain-free. From cushioned straps to storage capacity to warranties, here's what you need to know.

5 Annoying Things Travelers Do That Drive Us Crazy

With the summer travel season here, it's a good time to remember your travel manners. We cover five things annoying travelers do that drive the rest of us nuts (including some that could cost you time and money while away), and offer tips to help you avoid being "that guy" when you're on vacation.

10 Picks With Personality From J.Crew's Final Sale

If you're the type that enjoys livening up a day at the office with your attire, then you should know that J.Crew is cutting an extra 60% off select styles right now. Here, we've rounded up 10 items from the sale that range from the understated to the impossible to ignore.

Verizon Plans are About to Get More Expensive, but at Least You'll Get More Data

Verizon's prices are going up, but it's also increasing the amount of data for each plan. Existing customers won't be forced into these new plans, but will these adjustments be enough to persuade new customers to switch?