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9 Things You Didn't Know About New Year's Eve

The year 2014 gave us lots to celebrate. The stock market rebounded, gas prices dropped, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6s, and the bargains kept on coming. Now with New Year's Eve fast upon us, you might well wonder, "What facts might elucidate our general understanding of this fine fete?" Well, that's what we wondered anyway.

Updated: The 20 Best After Christmas Sales: Fry's, Newegg, Nike, Williams-Sonoma

American After Christmas sales may not generate the same sort of Black Friday-esque furor that Britain's Boxing Day sales do, but this shopping holiday still boasts some pretty sweet deals in the States. To help you get the most out of your post-Christmas blitz, we've rounded up some very merry deals on electronics, clothing, video games, and decor. Read on to see the best After Christmas sales from Fry's, Newegg, Nike, Banana Republic, and Williams-Sonoma, among others.

So, You've Dropped the Ball This Christmas: VERY Last-Last-Minute Ideas

Is your favorite Christmas tradition forgetting to buy gifts for people? Do you find yourself without a single present for anyone you care about? Fear not! We've compiled a list of 10 last-LAST-minute gifts you can give to save your skin. Barely.

Didn't Buy Any Christmas Gifts? This Printable IOU is Perfect!

Being the problem-solvers that we are, we came up with the perfect solution to forgetting to buy a Christmas gift: a printable IOU! This festive "get out of jail" card is designed to be multi-purpose and cover a wide range of situations. With this little slip of paper, you will be saved from having to have gifts at the ready on December 25.

15 Clever Ways to Give Intangible Gifts

MP3s, streaming movies, online newspapers. Living in a digital world, as we do, is great. But come holiday time, it makes it hard to give these things as gifts. Are you supposed to wrap a confirmation email? BO-RING! To help you step up your game in these increasingly digital times, we now present 15 ways to add a lot more whimsy to giving an intangible gift!

Hands-On Amazon: 7 Tips for Becoming a Top Merchant on Amazon

Amazon houses a rich ecosystem of marketplace sellers that have clawed their way up to top seller status. But cashing in on the marketplace model isn't a matter of merely posting products. You've got to work it, though the question remains: How? We talked to some experts to find out.

Streaming of a White Christmas: 10 Holiday TV Specials Available Free or Cheap Online

With the temperature dropping and family and friends gathering close, what better way to pass the time than watching some seasonal programming? You don't need a cable subscription to enjoy your favorite holiday episodes from hit TV shows, since many are available online. So come all ye un-entertained, and enjoy some of our favorite streaming holiday TV specials.

5 Games to Look for During the Steam Holiday Sale

Steam's annual Holiday Sale means massive discounts for PC gamers. Since many of the best Steam Sale deals pop up only briefly, we've rounded up a few quality titles to watch for that will help fill your game library without emptying your wallet. You're likely to find these games, at these prices, and know that they're worth your time.

8 Stores That Will Upgrade Your Shipping for the Holidays

Don't feel like getting price gouged on shipping fees this holiday season? These 8 stores are offering free expedited shipping with deliveries just in time for Christmas. Just get your orders out by December 23rd at the latest to avoid any delays.

Rumor Roundup: Xbox Virtual Reality Helmet? Morgan Freeman is Ancient? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Is T-Mobile Right? Is 'Data Stash' Really Cooler Than 'Rollover'?

T-Mobile unveiled a new perk that allows users to rollover unused data from month to month. Except the wireless provider can't actually call it "rollover." That's fine though, because CEO John Legere claims that the current name, Data Stash, is cooler anyway. Readers, help us find the answer to this debate!

The Most Dangerous Toys of 2014: What to Get for the Kids You Hate

Why chance ruining the holiday by getting your kids toys that'll harm them? That's not very cheery and in the spirit of things! To make sure you don't spend Christmas in the E.R. check out W.A.T.C.H.'s list of the season's 10 Worst Toys.

After Christmas Sales 2014: Get Ready for the Year's Best Deals on Apparel

The year may be coming to a close, but the deals are still in full swing. For the best after-Christmas sales, start your shopping on December 23 (yes, we know that's not actually after Christmas), and look for deals on apparel, beauty, and tech.

VIDEO: Would You Pay a Monthly Fee to Use Windows?

The rumor going around is that the next version of the Windows operating system will be subscription-based. Either you'll pay a monthly fee to use it, or you'll pay a monthly fee for add-ons. In this brief video, our experts discuss the pros and cons of paying a monthly fee to use software.

What to Expect from Super Saturday Sales for 2014

The last weekend before Christmas is a heady, anxious time for shoppers. The so-called "Super Saturday" sales that occur during this time offer one last chance to score a deal on that perfect present. Super Saturday falls on December 20 this year, and we've searched our archives to give you all the data you need to prepare.

Beyond 'It's A Wonderful Life': 10 Streaming Holiday Movies You Probably Haven't Seen Before

Sick of hearing about Zuzu's petals for the millionth time? Do you think the flag pole scene in A Christmas Story is just endangering children at this point? Check out our list of 10 lesser-known holiday films, many of which can be found for free or cheap online.

14 Things That Will Be More Expensive in 2015

Love bourbon, bacon, and chocolate? Too bad. Those are just a few of the things you can expect to pay more for next year, thanks to droughts, increased demand, and, possibly, hipsters. Find out what else will be more expensive next year.

12 Things That Will Be Less Expensive in 2015

The Great Recession may have technically ended over five years ago, but that's probably a surprise to millions of Americans still worrying about their budgets. A modicum of relief is on the way in 2015, as prices fall on some popular goods and services. From cranberry sauce to a Kia sedan, read our predictions for things that will be cheaper in the coming year.

The Humble Beginnings for 7 Famous Retailers

While it's possible today to start big, big, big with a bankroll of private financing, that's not exactly how many of America's iconic brands got off the ground. In an overwhelming number of cases — and with the seven examples listed here — humble origins preceded the evolution into something huge.

Rumor Roundup: Mass Effect for New Consoles Only? Apple Watch in 2015? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple Watch, Mass Effect 4, Windows 10, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

57 Christmas Shipping Deadlines for 2014

The holidays are here and if you want to avoid last-minute trips to the mall, the time to shop is now. To help you spend as little as possible on shipping fees, we've collected cut-off dates for Christmas delivery at some of today's most popular retailers, and with deadlines as early as December 16, there's not a moment to waste.

14 Gift Ideas That Seem Expensive, But Really Aren't

During the holidays, it's natural to have the urge to splurge on gifts; after all, nothing is too good for our parents, siblings, spouses, and dear friends, right? But just because you shouldn't blow a bundle on them doesn't mean that you can't blow their minds. Here's how.

Buy This, Not That: 11 Holiday Gifts to Avoid (and 11 Awesome Alternatives)

Let's face it. There's always going to be that one person on your gift list who asks for bleeding-edge tech or the latest fashions. Giving in to the demands of these holiday budget hijackers can disrupt your entire present-buying mojo. But don't send in those donations to the Human Fund just yet; we've rounded up 11 awesome alternatives to in-demand items that provide a much better value for your dollar and your giftee.

Is it Finally Time to Buy a 4K TV? - UPDATE: Joel McHale Weighs In!

In the past, we've cautioned against buying an "Ultra HD" 4K TV because there was barely any content for it and they were still too expensive. A year has passed, so has the situation changed? In this video, our experts discuss if 4K TVs are now a smart purchase.

The 9 Hottest Holiday Gifts for 2014, According to Our Readers

We kept a close eye on our traffic statistics from Black Friday Week (when most people begin their holiday shopping) to see what you, our loyal users, were searching for the most. The results have a lot of predictable entries, but a few surprises as well. Read on to see DealNews' picks for the hottest gifts this holiday season.

How Retailers Use Your Senses Against You

As you go on your shopping runs this ho-ho-holiday — whether at malls or on the Internet — you're probably not thinking much about the smells, colors and textures around you. But retailers certainly are, and their manipulation of these things can encourage you to spend more money.

6 Things Not to Buy Before Christmas

December is a month traditionally cluttered with sales. While that may sound like a dream come true for some, it actually makes shoppers vulnerable to overspending, especially since many items will be considerably cheaper post-Christmas. We've compiled a list of things you should buy after the holidays.

Rumor Roundup: Star Wars Land? Stab, Guv'nor? Apple Stuff? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Star Wars, Assassin's Creed, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

A Debbie Downer Look at How the Holidays Can Go Wrong

If Chevy Chase taught us one thing in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation it's that the holiday season is fraught with unexpected danger! From cutting down the tree to carving the turkey, there are hundreds of things that could go wrong.

Black Friday 2014 Cheers & Jeers: What Store Had the Best Deals?

Everybody take a deep breath: Black Friday has come to an end. While there are still some Cyber Week sales to consider, and an onslaught of holiday promotions on the horizon, we can at least close the book on Black Friday 2014. Which retailers made the week awesome, and which just made the week more difficult?

Amazon Will Sell Its Own Line of Diapers, But Don't Expect Generic Brand Pricing Just Yet

Today Amazon announced that it will sell its own line of diapers, stepping into the world of house-brand products like Target's Up & Up line. But if you were hoping for much cheaper, generic-level pricing, think again.

'Tis the Season of Change: 10 Ways Holiday Shopping is Different in 2014

In addition to an extra day between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are some significant differences between this holiday shopping season and last year's. Here are some other things to keep in mind, whether you're buying last-minute gifts online, filling up your gas tank to travel, or considering a holiday gift for the mail carrier.