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Netflix Is Raising the Price of Its Standard Streaming Plan

Netflix announced today that it will increase the price of its standard streaming plan for new users, as well as current subscribers after a one year grace period. Will you change your plan?

Americans Will Spend $6.9 Billion on Halloween This Year

We've already told you about how to save on your Halloween spending, but now we want to look at how all that spooktacular celebrating will go down. And so straight from the DealNews Crypt, we present our 2015 Halloween by the numbers.

Black Friday Beauty 2015: Amazon Will Offer Big Discounts on Drugstore Brands

Did you know that we see a big surge in beauty and grooming deals around Black Friday? Even if you like to wait until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, there's really no better time to stock up on these popular gifts.

Can You Guess How Much These People Paid for Their Costumes?

With Halloween almost here, we wanted to know what it takes to make an awesome costume. How much time and money would one have to invest, in order to impress one's friends? Last year, we went to New York Comic Con to interview cosplayers to find out!

Why You Should Say No to Layaway (And What You Should Do Instead)

The promise of layaway is alluring. What you would have to pay in cash — or put on a credit card, hoping to be able to pay it off when the bill comes — you can string out with regular payments over a couple of months. So what's the catch? Here's what to watch out for with layaway programs.

What to Expect From Black Friday Airline Deals, Hotel Sales, and Vacations

If you're planning a vacation in the future (and who isn't?!), then it might be worth waiting for the Black Friday period to book. The popular shopping season will include big discounts on airfare, hotels, and even vacation packages, with savings of up to 90% off. Here's what you can expect to see this year.

Apple Black Friday 2015: iPads Will Be the Big Doorbuster, First Deal on the Apple Watch

While some Apple fans may think the only way to purchase iDevices is at full price, the truth is that the majority of Apple products will see various discounts, especially on Black Friday. But before you spend a dime at the Apple Store, check out our Black Friday predictions to find out how you can get Apple items at a fraction of the cost this year.

Busted! These Are the 14 Biggest Myths About Black Friday

Every year, savvy shoppers find deep discounts online and in stores on Black Friday. But are all the deals great? Do you have to shop online to find them? Read on for our list of the 14 biggest myths about Black Friday.

What is Black Friday All About? When, Why, and How to Shop!

As the holiday season gets closer, you may start hearing the term "Black Friday" more and more. But what is it all about? Here are all the answers to your questions about shopping's biggest day, from history to significance, to how to make it work for you.

Staples Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving This Year

While most retailers scramble to open as early as possible on Thanksgiving Day, Staples has announced it will close its door for the holiday. Is this the start of a new trend?

The 10 Best Coupons of the Week: Bon-Ton, Macy's, Microsoft Store, Groupon

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. Take $50 off a $100 order at Bon-Ton, score free shipping at Macy's, and save $100 on select Microsoft Store orders.

Amazon Will No Longer Sell the Apple TV or Chromecast to 'Avoid Confusion'

Amazon just gave Apple and Google an unexpected punch in the gut. The online retailer announced that later this month it will ban sales of the Apple TV and Chromecast media players. With the holiday season just weeks away, will Amazon's tough stance have a negative affect on deals?

The First Black Friday Ad of 2015 is Here!

It's a good thing we just posted our Black Friday predictions, because the very first Black Friday ad is here! To kick off the holiday season, reading retailer Half Price Books released its 2015 Gift Guide — and the first page includes a brief mention of the store's Black Friday promotion.

Black Friday Video Games 2015: Xbox One & PS4 Bundles Will Offer the Best Value

Statistically speaking, you're probably shopping for a gamer this holiday season. Are you finally ready to drop some cash on a current-gen console? Will you fill your cart with 2015's hottest AAA titles? Or perhaps fill your hard drive with PC game downloads? No matter what your gaming goals are this Black Friday season, we've got the predictions to keep you — and your budget — happy.

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

From alternative treats to homemade decorations, these Halloween tips will scare your neighbors and not your wallet.

10 Recent Indie Horror Movies to Stream on Netflix

These 10 lesser-known fright flicks will have you ready for Halloween in no time; and with a Netflix subscription, they won't scare your wallet.

13 Things You Probably Pay Too Much For

Even deal-hunting pros like us are guilty of sometimes missing opportunities to save. From batteries in bulk to discounted gift cards, these deals are almost always available.

How to Save Money at eBay

Want to save money at eBay? Read our guide to find out what kind of sales you'll find at this popular auction marketplace.

10 Ways to Save Up for a Black Friday Doorbuster TV Deal

You might need a little more room in your budget to make some big purchases during the great Black Friday sales. Dining in, cutting cable, and more will help you save.

Black Friday Shoes 2015: Even Luxury Brands Will Go on Sale!

We tracked all kinds of shoe sales all the way back to 2011, and we're ready to take the mystery out of your Black Friday shopping with our 2015 predictions.

Black Friday Media Streaming Devices 2015: Big Discounts on Roku & Fire TV

Media streamers have gone from luxury items to near-necessities. Expect to see modest deals on the latest Apple TV this Black Friday, while the Roku and Amazon Fire TV will have bigger discounts.

Black Friday Home Goods 2015: Appliances & Kitchen Deals Will Shine

It's time to look at Black Friday's most hotly anticipated category of consumer products: light bulbs! Okay, so purchases for the home might not be the sexiest things to buy during this monster shopping season. But you could potentially save hundreds on some big ticket items, including vacuums, washing machines, power tools, and kitchen appliances.

Black Friday Laptop Deals 2015: You Won't Believe How Cheap Prices Will Get

As we approach Black Friday 2015, you may be wondering: How much can I expect to pay for a laptop this November? Fortunately, there will be price points for every budget. Bargain bin models will drop to eye-popping prices of $99 to $149, but even beefier mainstream systems will be unbelievably cheap this year.

Black Friday Smartphones 2015: 7 Ways Deals Will Be Completely Different This Year

With wireless carriers making the move to no-contract plans, what we know and can predict about smartphone pricing during this Black Friday season is in flux. The smartphone landscape hasn't just changed — we're on a whole new planet! Here's how this might affect deals this Black Friday.

Black Friday Toys 2015: Star Wars Toys Are Far, Far Away!

TVs and fancy electronics get most of the attention as Black Friday doorbusters, but toys are big news, too, because everyone's stocking up on holiday gifts. You and your kids can have a very merry holiday, if you know where to find the best toy deals during the Black Friday season and beyond.

Here's Where You Can Score Free Coffee Today!

Today is National Coffee Day, and many of our favorite coffee shops are celebrating with free cups of Joe throughout the day. Here's where you can get your caffeine fix, sans charge.

Apple TV vs. Fire TV: Which Streaming Media Player Should You Buy?

Apple and Amazon have both just introduced updates to their popular streaming boxes. If you're not in either ecosystem yet, deciding between the two could come down to details like price and gaming ability.

Target Gives its Employees Fitbits, Can Monitor Their Fitness Progress

Target offered employees a free Fitbit in exchange for taking part in a team competition for charity. But wellness at work is a growing trend, and not everyone loves it.

VIDEO: Would You Text Walmart for Directions to the Doritos?

During TechCrunch's most recent Disrupt Hackathon, a group of coders put together a text-bot that will answer your questions about the wherabouts of items in your local Walmart. In this video, our panel of experts discuss if such a service is even necessary.

Land of the Freebie: The 10 Best Cities for No-Cost Vacation Fun

Traveling isn't cheap, but fun can be. Whether they offer museums, festivals, or natural beauty, these cities are the best for free activities while you visit.

Avoid the Thrift Store: 10 Things You Should Never Buy Used

Buying secondhand items is often a great way to save money. However, some purchases can end up costing you more in the long run — or even pose threats to the health and safety of you and your loved ones. We compiled a list of things that should always be bought new.

Don't Get Taken for a Ride: How to Do Your Own Bike Tune-Up

Proper chain oiling, rust removal, and more can prolong the life of your bike and make your ride smoother. But some things should be left to pros at a repair shop.