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What Happens to Prices When a Store Closes?

Is one of your favorite retailers shutting down for good, or closing some of its brick-and-mortar locations? Learn how store closing sales affect prices and stock, and how you can be a smart shopper during these events.

Here's the TRUE Cost of Attending Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Every year, the Big Easy puts on "the biggest free party on earth." Here's an idea of what it actually costs to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and some insider tips on how to save money.

What Is Jet.com and How Does It Work?

Jet.com is like other shopping sites — but not. It uses various options to offer lower prices, and all the choices can be confusing. Here's how Jet.com works, and how you can save money by taking advantage of the company's pricing model.

Has Your Vizio Smart TV Been Spying on You?

The FTC announced recently that Vizio was to pay $2.2 million in fines for tracking and sharing private data without its customers' consent. If you've bought a Smart TV from Vizio since 2014, you might be affected.

15 Fun Things to Do With Your Gal Pals This Galentine's Day

Created on the show Parks and Recreation, Galentine's Day is an excuse to get your gal pals together and have fun. Check out these 15 Galentine's Day ideas for you and your crew to try out this February 13.

10 Legendary Super Bowl Commercials (and Do These Ads Actually Work?)

Advertisers know there is no bigger spotlight for their product or service than the Super Bowl. Check out 10 of the most successful Super Bowl commercials of all time, and a discussion of whether these ads actually get you to buy stuff.

The 9 Coolest Super Bowl Bets of All Time

Millions will tune in to Super Bowl 51 to cheer on their teams, watch the ads... and to see who will win a local bet! Here are nine of the best Super Bowl bets by public figures, whether weird, creative, or just hilarious.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Every Type of Woman

Your time is running out! Whether you're looking to save or splurge, we've got Valentine's Day gift suggestions to suit just about any gal.

Here's All the Ways You Can Watch Super Bowl LI

Given the many ways people receive television programming these days, you might be wondering exactly how you're going to watch the Super Bowl. Here are your options!

Should You Get the New Amazon Prime Credit Card?

The new Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card offers rewards not only when you shop at Amazon, but on other everyday purchases as well. Here's everything you need to know about the new card, so you can decide if it's right for you.

Is Your Local Macy's, Sears, or Kmart Closing?

This year Kmart, Macy's, and Sears are all shuttering dozens of locations nationwide. Check out our list of stores that are closing — and find out which retailers might be next on the chopping block.

Another Airline Drops Carry-On Bag From Basic Fare

Following in United Airlines' footsteps, American will offer new budget fares that come without overhead bin usage, and other restrictions.

HTC Released New Phones! Here's What You Need to Know

HTC just unveiled its new flagship phones, each boasting a bunch of new features. From AI to missing headphone jacks, get the scoop on the new Ultra and Play phones.

American Apparel Shuttering Stores After Sale

Following filing for bankruptcy, hip clothier American Apparel has been sold and will be closing all of its stores. Can you get discounted clearance goods before they disappear forever?

Super Bowl LI Survival Guide: 9 Ways to Save on Your Party

We don't know yet who will be playing, but we do know this about Super Bowl LI: You'll have to throw a sweet party, and soon. Here are nine tips to make sure your shindig is fun and affordable.

You Need These 8 Items From Northern Tool (Even If You're Not Handy)

Anyone can benefit from the Northern Tool Ultimate Inventory Reduction Sale, regardless of your building skills. Check out these eight items for $10 or less that you should pick up before the sale ends on February 21.

What You Need to Know About the Craftsman Sale to Black & Decker

Sears is selling its Craftsman hardware brand to Stanley Black & Decker. The deal will switch up the way the iconic brand is manufactured, marketed, and sold. We lay out the changes and what they could mean for prices, warranties, and more.

How to Find Deals on Silly and Fun Holidays

Stores slash prices for holidays both official and informal now, flooding your inbox with coupons for everything from Groundhog Day to Star Wars Day. Here's how to find deals during lesser-known holidays.

Hulu Will Soon Offer Live TV for Less Than $40

Hulu has teamed up with CBS to bring some of the network's live shows to the streaming service, offering cord cutters a compelling new option. Considering that the package includes Hulu's catalog, it's clear that Hulu intends to be a serious contender in live streaming.

9 Awesome Things You Can Do With a Drone

If you're going to spend a lot on a new drone, you'll want to get the biggest bang for your buck. Whether you're new to the hobby, or just thinking about buying your first model, check out our list of nine cool things to do with a drone.

The Amazon Echo Is Sold Out Until the End of January

This Bluetooth-speaker/voice-activated personal assistant was Amazon's hit of the Christmas season, and it won't be back in stock until the end of the month. But there are several alternatives, and maybe even a few stores where you can still find it.

12 Must-Read Personal Finance Books for a Better 2017

There's no substitute for the wealth of information found in a tome written by a successful person with a specialized point of view. Each of these 12 books is a personal finance classic because the concepts within stand the test of time.

How to Watch Golden Globe-Nominated Films and Shows

The 2017 Golden Globes are coming up on Sunday. Want to brush up on the movies and TV shows that are contending for the big awards? We've compiled this viewing resource so you can know where to watch some of this year's nominees.

These 13 Foods Aren't What You Think They Are

With the recent discovery that wood pulp was being used as a filler in grated Parmesan cheese, you might be wondering what else you're inadvertently eating. Here's a list of 13 foods that are often mislabeled, misnamed, or simply misunderstood.

VIDEO: Our Champagne Taste Test Finds the Best Bubbles for Your Buck!

It's almost New Year's Eve, so you're probably in the market for a nice bottle of champagne. Is there a sparkling wine that's good and a good price? Find out in our video taste test!

How to Get One Extra Month of Amazon Prime for Free

If you're a Prime member and a receive a late delivery, you're entitled to a free 1-month extension of the service. We've tested it out multiple times, and so have our readers!

9 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget in 2017

Want to eat healthier and save more money in the New Year? Contrary to popular belief, those two things aren't mutually exclusive. We rounded up a few tips to help you get started on your 2016 resolutions.

7 New Year's Resolutions That Will Save You Money

Most sites will tell you to quit smoking or stop buying Starbucks every day if you want to save money in the new year. Here are seven different New Year's resolutions for you to consider, all of which will save you money in 2017.

What Can You Do If a Christmas Gift Doesn't Arrive in Time?

You've finished your holiday shopping and just need to wrap up the gifts once they're delivered. But what if the packages don't arrive by Christmas? Here's what to do about those delayed or lost items.

No Christmas Gift? This I.O.U. Is Better Than Nothing!

You know everything will be cheaper after the holidays, but you have a horde of greedy family members all demanding gifts on or before Christmas. Fear not! Use our handy I.O.U. as a festive "get out of jail free" card.

Top 5 Things to Buy During the 2016 After Christmas Sales

If you're a last-minute Christmas shopper, there's one type of sale you may not be considering: the after-Christmas sale! Here are five particularly good product categories to watch for on December 26.

Holiday Shopping Hours 2016: Find Out When to Go for Last-Minute Gifts

Still have some gifts to buy this week? Find out what hours stores will be open each day.
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