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You're Not Getting What You Think You Are: 10 Products That Come Up Short

Whether it's complicated billing, poor or misleading labeling, or mountains of fees, there are a lot of ways you can end up getting less than you thought you were buying. Here are some of the most common instances where you might not be purchasing exactly what you expect.

Apple Now Accepts Cracked iPhones for Trade In

A cracked or damaged iPhone used to mean shelling out for a new screen, or a whole new phone. But now, Apple is helping those with broken phones skip repairs — by moving straight to upgrades.

9 Unexpected Wedding Costs That Can Blow Your Budget

Unexpected wedding costs, like gratuities, taxes, and pre-wedding trials and tastings, can sideswipe even the most prepared of planners. We broke down the hidden expenses.

iTunes Radio Done for Good

Apple has discontinued iTunes Radio in favor of moving users to Apple Music. If on-demand streaming is your thing, you're going to have to pay for it.

Circuit City Is Back From the Dead

This spring, consumers might be surprised to see a familiar name in electronics stores return. Circuit City, thought to be just a relic of the 90s, is coming back.

These Airlines Will Let You Cancel Your Flight to Avoid the Zika Virus

If you've made travel plans to South America, Mexico, or another nearby region, you've probably been keeping an eye on the spread of the Zika virus in those areas. You might also be contemplating whether or not you should cancel your upcoming trip. But can you do so without incurring a fee?

Ask an Editor: When is the Best Time to Buy a TV?

Our readers asked, and we're answering! November is undoubtedly the best time of year to purchase a new HDTV. But keep in mind, new models are typically released early the following year.

How to Find Men's Dress Shoes That Will Last for Decades

Men's dress shoes can be amazingly expensive — but spending on quality can actually save money in the long run. We took a look to see how men can get the most quality for their dollar at any price point.

17 Super Bowl 50 Commercials Already Generating Buzz

While many people enjoy watching football, plenty tune in just for the most entertaining part of the Super Bowl broadcast: the commercials. At $5 million for 30 seconds, these spots are already making waves.

What to Expect From 2016 Presidents' Day Sales

Year after year, we've noticed that Presidents' Day weekend offers better bargains on a larger variety of merchandise than its more popular rival, Valentine's Day. Though we're still a few weeks away from both events, you can never be too prepared. That's why we've created this guide to help you get set for 2016 Presidents' Day sales.

The Top 10 Ways You Could Be Leaving Money on the Table

Even the most financially responsible among us may "leave money on the table" every day without knowing it. Take a look at these top 10 ways we miss out on money before you lose another cent.

When Should You Hire a CPA to Prepare Your Taxes?

With all the ways to get your taxes prepared, you might be wondering if you should hire someone or do them yourself. We'll help you figure out what the differences are between tax preparers, when to call in a CPA, and how much it's going to cost you.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Every Type of Woman

Don't celebrate your Valentine's Day with gifts from the seasonal aisle at your local grocery store. Skip the boring chocolates and cookie cutter stuffed animals, and get your lady something she'll really enjoy.

4 Things You Might Consider Renting — And Whether You Should Buy Them Instead

Have you ever been in a conundrum when it comes to renting vs. buying something? With new technology and better information, the decision to buy or rent changes. So here's a guide to help you decide whether buying or renting is best for you in four common situations.

Microsoft Wants You to Upgrade to Windows 10 (Now)

Windows 10 is not a bad operating system, but longtime Windows users are often reticent to switch to the latest OS. Unfortunately, PC users' days of playing the waiting game are running out. Read on to see why you should be more concerned about Windows 10 compatibility.

7 Ways to Keep Your Money Secure While Traveling

The recent Hyatt Hotels payment systems hack was another reminder that our money is never truly safe anywhere. Luckily, there are helpful ways you can protect your money when touring at home or abroad. Consider these seven tips to keep your credit cards and personal finances secure the next time you travel.

10 Funniest Twitter Accounts for Shopping Nerds

Brands like Charmin and Taco Bell have used humor as a powerful marketing tool on the social network, but some lesser-known accounts are bringing the lolz as well. We rounded up some of our favorite shopping-related Twitter jokesters, and hope you find them as amusing as we do.

Rumor Roundup: A New Paper Mario? Star Wars on TV?

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

Valentine's Day Gifts for Every Type of Guy

Society spends a lot of time telling guys how to "wow her", when Valentine's Day come around, but no one seems to offer up many suggestions for guys. But we're going to fix everything that's wrong with Valentine's Day! Here's our no-fail list of Valentine's Day gift suggestions that are sure-fire ways to make your man happy (in a totally SFW way).

Amazon Canada Sometimes Charges 20% Less for Blu-Rays Than Amazon USA

Amazon may be the biggest (and most popular) online retailer in North America, but its currently facing some pretty stiff competition — from Amazon Canada. A weak Canadian dollar means savings for US customers, and we've seen some of the biggest price differences in Blu-ray box sets.

Ask an Editor: How Can I Save on a Trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park?

Our readers asked, and we're answering: Our travel editor says head to Yellowstone National Park in early June and consider an escorted tour package, so that you can sit back and enjoy the majesty of the landscape.

Super Bowl 50 Survival Guide: 9 Ways to Save on This Year's Party

Even if you don't care about the actual game, throwing or attending a Super Bowl party is an annual ritual. If you're opening up your home to friends, family, and neighbors, here are nine ways to save money on your Super Bowl party.

5 Super Cool Ways That Technology Is Changing the Way We Dress

Whether it fits in your ears or graces your feet, we've got you covered from head to toe. Here are five instances where tech is changing the way we outfit ourselves in the 21st century.

New Apple Watch in March! (Just Kidding, It's Just Bands)

Back in December, reports that Apple would release the Watch 2 in March made some hold off on buying a first-gen model. Unfortunately, new reports point to a Watch 2 release in the fall — which means it might be time to jump on a deal.

How to Hack a Free Flight This Year With Rewards Points

If you're new to points and miles, our guide is here to help you understand the basics of the credit card "hacking" game, and formulate a strategy for earning at least one free flight to the destination of your dreams this year.

What to Expect From Valentine's Day Deals

If there is any holiday that preys on pocketbooks, it is perhaps this one. That said there are deals to be had if you plan ahead and know what to look for and when to look for it.

Shop Wisely With These 6 Great Store Credit Cards

You have to be diligent in how you use and pay for the purchases you make with a store credit card, if you want to realize the greatest savings and benefits. To ensure you get the most out of your shopping trips, here are six of the best store credit cards available.

Did You Buy A "Hoverboard" From Amazon? Get a Refund!

Known by many different names — though "hoverboard seems most ubiquitous — these misnamed personal vehicles were at the top of all the holiday gift hype lists. And then the fire reports started rolling in. Lucky for consumers, Amazon is taking the initiative to offer easy refunds for those purchased on their site.

Buyer Beware: This Store Is Canceling Orders Left and Right

Complaints for TigerDirect experienced a sharp increase in the last month of 2015. The most common issue is orders being canceled without notice or refund.

POLL: Are You Still Willing to Eat at Chipotle?

With nearly 500 people having gotten sick, Chipotle is taking drastic measures to win back business. Will you take free food from a chain that's experienced bad press for months now?

Mobile Shopping on the Rise: What Stores Do You Shop on Your Phone?

The convenience of shopping on smartphones has become an undeniable trend. Its widespread appeal is made apparent by the sheer volume of holiday sales that were completed on mobile devices in 2015. Are you making the most of mobile shopping?

6 of the Best Credit Cards for Cashback

Some cardholders prefer to earn cash that they can use toward any purchase they choose, whether it's the electric bill, dinner, or a travel expense. For consumers that like cash back rewards cards, these are six of the best credit cards for cash back that are currently available.