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How to Get Comfortable, Affordable Women's Shoes That Last for Years

The priciest shoes aren't always the best for your feet. From heels to boots, we show you how to find great footwear at every price point.

The Future of Xbox Could Have a BIG Impact on Your Wallet

The Xbox E3 panel introduced two new consoles, as well as cross-platform gaming. And as it turns out, Microsoft is trying to make you choose between price and power. Read on to find out why.

20 Things NOT to Buy Your College-Bound Student

College is expensive, and not just because of tuition! Here's a list of items you should not buy your matriculating student as they head back to school. Your kid might not thank you when you say no, but your wallet will!

Will the Brexit Vote Affect the Cost of European Travel? 4 Things You Need to Know

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union will upturn the global economy and redraw international borders. We take a look at what that means right now for tourists headed to the UK and EU, from favorable exchange rates to potentially terrible new travel barriers.

What to Expect From 4th of July Sales in 2016

The 4th of July is a great time to stock up on in-season summer staples. In previous years, we've seen summer clothing, swimsuits, and patio furniture receive deep holiday discounts. Read on to find out how much you'll save, and where you'll see the best deals.

9 Kitchen Tools That Are Completely Useless (or Totally Useful?)

How valuable is a garlic press? Or an asparagus steamer? Here, we make the case for (and against) purchasing controversial kitchen tools. See if you agree!

7 Things to Buy in July (and 5 Things You Should Defintely Skip)

In the gulch between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you might think sales are hard to come by, but the opposite is true. Shopping heats up in July, with stores offering everything from rare discounts on in-season apparel to desperately needed air conditioners.

10 Must-Have ThinkGeek Items for Any True Nerd

We rounded up ThinkGeek's 10 best-selling items for 2016, featuring weird watches, glowing hoodies, and a whole lotta Star Wars stuff. Trust us: These items will have you reaching for your credit card faster than you can say, "Han shot first."

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

There are 17 states with tax free weekends this year, mostly (but not entirely) for back-to-school shopping. We've made a list of when and where you can take advantage, and all the things that will be eligible for savings.

10 Amazing 'Independence Day' Collectibles for the Super Fan

Independence Day: Resurgence debuts this weekend, and if you're as excited as we are about the sequel to the 1996 film, then check out our list of the best ID4 collectibles found on eBay. They show the extent of the movie's pop culture saturation, from toys to gadgets to enormous pinball machines!

The 10 Best Things to Buy With That Amazon Prime Now Coupon

Amazon is taking $10 off first-time Amazon Prime Now orders of $20 or more. Believe it or not, that's one of the best dollar-off coupons we've seen from the mega-retailer in years. This coupon yields some fantastic deals on household necessities.

Microsoft Drops the Price Even Further for the Xbox One

When Microsoft recently dropped the price on the Xbox One, we speculated that prices could drop even further around the holidays. Turns out, we didn't even have to wait that long.

How Credit Cards and Student Loan Debt Are Linked (and 5 Ways to Manage Them)

Many people with credit card debt also have student loan debt. Read on as we explore this relationship, and offer five tips for managing your debt with a minimal amount of stress.

9 Things to Consider When Buying a Kids Backpack for School

Back-to-school season will be here before you know it, and finding the right backpack should be a priority. The right fit and features can mean the difference between comfort and pain all year, for everyone from first graders to seniors.

3 Ways to Make Your Time at the Airport Less Terrible

Passengers thinking about the 4th of July holiday weekend still have time to upgrade their airport and flying experience — and avoid those long security lines. Here are three ways to make your next air travel experience more comfortable.

You Can't Update to the New Apple OS if You Have These Devices

Since Apple's big keynote a few days ago, there's been a lot of talk about iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. But if you're excited for update in the fall, check out this list first — your current device might not be eligible.

How to Try Amazon Echo's Alexa Before You Buy

Amazon has released a free browser version of of its voice-activated personal assistant, but it's not intended to recreate the full Echo experience. We'll show you how to test out Alexa before you drop $130 or more.

Here's Why We'll Be Listing GearBest Deals Again

After numerous complaints, we chose to stop listing GearBest deals to protect our readers from frequent order problems. But after contacting the store and finding reasonable solutions, we're ready to start listing its deals again — but not without some serious precautions.

10 Adorable Things to Buy at the Editors' Choice Children's Place Sale

Summer is here, which means kids are out of school and probably no longer fit in last year's wardrobe. Luckily, The Children's Place is taking 50 to 60% off sitewide, which is the best discount we've seen this year. Plus, it means you can get lots of items for under $2. Here are our top picks from the sale.

10 Things You Need to Know About Apple's Big Event This Week

Though there was a notable lack of new hardware, Apple crammed a ton of info into its WWDC 2016 keynote. Here are 10 of the most stand-out things from the presentation, including an OS update and an Apple Music revamp.

8 Easy Ways to Save on a Beach Vacation

Summer is prime beach time, but a trip to the shore can be expensive. Here are our eight best tips for stretching your travel dollars.

15 Things You Can Always Get for Free

There are few things more thrilling for a deal shopper than getting something for free. Happily, with a little patience and creativity, you can almost always find things ranging from music to a month of Amazon Prime being given away for nothing.

When Is Amazon Prime Day 2016? What to Expect and When to Shop

We're hoping Amazon has learned from last year's mistakes. Look for discounts on electronics and apparel, coming sometime in mid-July.

Rumors: Is Samsung Working on a Flexible Smartphone?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about iTunes, Goonies, bendable phones, and more? Neither are we! That's why we put all the latest speculations from the internet into the Rumor Roundup!

Top 10 Cheap Summer Travel Destinations for 2016

This summer brings good news for travelers on a budget. Thanks to relatively low gas prices and a strong U.S. dollar, you'll be able to get more vacation value for your money, both domestically and internationally, from NYC to Lisbon.

7 Things to Consider When Buying a WiFi Range Extender

If your home Wifi has deadspots and you can't reposition the router, a range extender to could make a huge difference. But whether you're paying $25 or $150, consider these factors to make sure you're getting a Wifi extender that works with your network, and is right for your needs.

8 Free or Cheap Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer

Summertime can be tough on parents' wallets. With a bit of creativity, you can keep your children happily occupied and your bank account intact. Here are eight budget-friendly ways to have fun with your kids this summer.

Help Us Out: Take Our Summer Vacation Survey!

The summer travel season is upon us, and we want to know: Are you taking a vacation this summer? Will you travel far or stay local? Will you vacation with family or friends, or are you setting out solo? Will you spend more or less on your vacation this year, compared to last year?

Take our summer vacation survey now, and help us gather information for a future blog post!

Don't Sweat It! 9 Tips for Getting Air Conditioning on a Budget

Americans spend $11 billion a year cooling their homes. But with these tips on how to choose an air conditioner and maximize its effectiveness, you can keep those costs under control.

3 Kinds of Ice Cream Makers: Which Is Best for You?

An ice cream maker makes it easy to whip up ice cream any time the craving strikes. And since these gadgets require a relatively small investment, why not grab one before summer really heats up? Read on to learn about ice cream makers, what they cost, and five brands to consider.

Microsoft Just Dropped the Price on the Xbox One, But There's a Catch

Microsoft recently announced a price drop for the Xbox One. However, if you think this is a great time to buy a new console, that's not necessarily the case.

11 Tips for Buying at Yard Sales and Selling on eBay

If you're a yard sale newbie but want to become the next great American Picker, you're at a disadvantage. You don't know the intricacies, and a great many of them can only be learned through experience. Here are 11 things we wish we'd known when we first started hitting yard sales.