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10 Things You Should Throw Away Right Now

Throwing something away isn't always a bad thing. In fact, hanging onto old stuff could make you sick. From filters to medicines, we're rounding up the household objects you should remove or replace today.

Sports Authority Store Closing Sales Are Finally Here, But Don't Bother Shopping Them

Sports Authority filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection a few months ago. Now, despite its best efforts, it's closing every one of its stores. This means the liquidation sales are finally here, but that doesn't mean they're worth it.

10 Cool & Crazy X-Men Collectibles You Need to See

While we wait for X-Men: Apocalypse to hit theaters, let's celebrate the many merchandising blitzes from the X-Men's long and storied history. Here are 10 mutant marvels found on eBay, representing some of the best (and weirdest) X-Men collectibles out there.

Use These 3 Hotel Booking Sites to Get Bonus Airline Miles When You Travel

Savvy travelers may want to use these three hotel booking websites for their next trip, because they'll get free airline miles in the process. But before you reserve your next room, know what you'll give up by gaining frequent flyer miles, the sites' important differences, and whether any one hotel booking site outshines the others.

The Top 10 Most Future-Proof College Degrees

Which degrees are the most future-proof? That is, what majors are the least in danger of being made irrelevant by technology? Take a look at our list of the top 10 college degrees that stand up to the job market.

The 10 Best Coupons of the Week: Aeropostale, Victoria's Secret, Macy's

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.

5 Ideas for Bridesmaid Gifts That Don't Suck

After all the hard work, tears, and taffeta, your squad deserves the very best bridesmaid gifts. We waded through the customized trash and boring bling to find only the gifts that will help you win back your friends after you've gone full Bridezilla.

Rumors: Is Wireless Charging Coming to the iPhone?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple iPhones, The Sims, English food, and more? Neither are we! That's why we've put all the latest speculations from the internet in one place, the Rumor Roundup!

TiVo Just Debuted New Models, But Are They Even Worth Buying?

TiVo is still hanging around, but hemorrhaging subscribers. With a proposed merger on the horizon and plans to release new models this year, we look at whether TiVo is still worth your money.

Grounds for Excitement: Find the Perfect Coffee Grinder for Your Budget

After scoping out various brands and price points, we've come up with four coffee grinders that can help you concoct caffeinated (or decaf) bliss. Which one is best for you? Grab your favorite mug and read on.

5 Once-in-a-Lifetime Vacation Ideas (You Can Actually Afford)

No matter whether you're a seasoned traveler or a total homebody, we all have a once-in-a-lifetime trip on our bucket list. Planning such a trip though requires some big decisions — especially when it comes to finding a travel service you can trust. Inside, we've compiled a list of the best travel agents offering luxury travel packages at a discount.

Goodreads Now Tracks Deals on Your Favorite Books

Goodreads just made it easier to feed your reading habit on a budget. The site announced that it will send emails with deals for the books on your "Want to Read" list.

Fund At Your Own Risk! PayPal No Longer Protecting From Crowdfunding Fails

Starting June 25, PayPal isn't going to protect you from questionable crowdfunding decisions anymore. Purchase Protection will no longer be available for projects of this nature, meaning if you invest in a campaign that fails, you're out of luck.

Memorial Day Sales for 2016 Have Already Begun! Here's What You'll Find

Although summer doesn't technically begin until June 20, most people consider Memorial Day to be the official start of the season — and of course you can expect of a bevy of Memorial Day Sales. Find out what you should plan to buy this weekend with our guide.

Yes, You Can Still Be Sued for Negative Yelp Reviews

A couple in Dallas is being sued for the second time by a pet-sitting business because they left a 1-star review on Yelp. Now, this lawsuit has many speculating on whether controlling reviews means controlling free speech.

Why Stores Still Won't Accept Your Chip Card (and What You Can Do to Pay Safely)

Many businesses still aren't equipped to accept purchases from chip-enabled debit or credit cards. Here's why it's taking stores so long to accept chip cards, what it means for consumers, and how you can shop safely in the meantime.

4 Great Deals for Brave Shoppers on Friday the 13th

Many people see Friday the 13th as a day to avoid doing anything, including shop. However, their caution can be your gain! Thanks to the tentative nature of those customers, some businesses offer discounts to bring in shoppers brave enough to try their luck.

Your Costco Credit Card is About to Change for the Better

Costco has long had American Express co-branded club cards, but now it's making a switch to Visa. We look at how this will affect rewards, and how else you can pay at this warehouse store.

5 Money Talks You Need to Have Before Marriage (and 4 Ways to Start)

Talking about money long before you say "I do" will put your relationship on the path to a solid financial foundation. Here are four steps to get the pre-marriage money conversation going, and five financial topics to discuss once you want delve deeper.

18 Things You Need to Start Freshwater Fishing

If you've ever wanted to try your hand at angling, there's nothing stopping you except acquiring the right equipment. For all the joy the hobby provides, the startup expense is rather minor. Read on for our list of all the fishing basics to consider.

Cord-Cutters Rejoice! Hulu is Planning an Online Cable-Style TV Service

Hulu is developing a cable-style online TV service. If successful, it's likely to have a massive appeal to cord-cutters, and could change the way viewers receive their cable TV.

Barneys Warehouse Will Now Accept Returns

Barneys Warehouse is finally instituting policies like those of other outlets, and offering returns on apparel items — with a few catches.

This Chinese Knock-Off Is So Obvious It's Funny

A new Chinese company, Uncle Martian, is drawing fire after unveiling its logo. With striking similarities to a big-name sportswear brand, it seems as if they're not even trying.

After the Price Increase, is Class Pass Still Worth it?

In New York and other cities, rates for the ClassPass fitness service recently increased by 50% to 60%. Given these price hikes, is ClassPass still worth it? We'll go over the plans, prices, and alternatives to help you decide.

We Tested JetBlue's 'Nap Pods' and They Were Only Sort of Weird

JetBlue recently installed four free MetroNaps EnergyPods, reclining chairs with retractable domes, at JFK International Airport. Are these "nap chairs" worth your time? We tried to sleep on the job to find out!

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.

6 Quick Ways to Speed Up Your Internet Connection

It's more than just a nuisance: A slow connection delays work, leisure, and many parts of our lives now. Check your hardware and consider some downloads that could help speed up your internet.

10 Strange & Totally Awesome Captain America Collectibles

While we wait for the debut of Captain America: Civil War, check out 10 of the best — and strangest — Captain America collectibles ever made, including a Mr. Potato Head, a gumball-dispensing belt buckle, and more. Let this romp through Captain America's retail history get you even more amped up!

11 Historical Mother's Day Gifts That Are WAY Better Than Yours

Will the gift you give your mom this Mother's Day go down as one of the all-time greatest? Probably not. Check out these historically great Mother's Day gifts, from Greek gods to Elvis.

5 Simple Ways to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Identity theft can ruin your credit and worsen your financial well-being, even when you've been diligent with your money matters. Take these five steps to protect yourself now.

DIY Home Improvement is Blowing Up! Get the Most Out of It

Homeowners are going shopping, and that's a big shot in the arm for DIY home improvement as a business. Here's look at how that trend is playing out nationwide.

Rumors: Is a Solo Han Solo Video Game Coming Soon?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple iPhones, Han Solos, virtual realities, and more? Neither are we! That's why we put all the latest speculations from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!