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VIDEO: Unnecessarily Censored April Buying Guide

We gave the "unnecessary censorship" treatment to our latest TV appearance! Come and find out what the best things to BLEEP in April are! (It's 100% SFW, we swear.)

Tennessee Has the Highest Combined Sales Tax: How Does Your State Rate?

As the battle rages on between state governments and online retailers who refuse to collect taxes, some states have more to lose from the missing revenue stream. So which residents might be more prone to ordering online to circumvent sales tax?

VIDEO: Can You "Like" Away Your Right To Litigation?

Recently, General Mills (makers of Cheerios and Toaster Strudel) modified their legal policy so that if a customer "likes" them on social media, or downloads an online coupon, that customer gives up all rights to take legal action against the company! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if companies have the right to have such a clause.

The Best Days To Travel And Buy Airfare May Surprise You

A report by Hopper surveying ticket prices may give new insight on your bargain hunting. Hopper looked at popular domestic and international ticket searches since January 2013 to figure out the best days to book, the best days to travel, and how much you can save.

Wallet Pwned: You Won't Play 26% of the Games in Your Steam Library

A recent study shows that millions of gamers are buying games they don't want from Steam, with about 26% of games never even being loaded. Because Valve's Steam store has captured a staggering 75% of the global market for PC games, this means that the vast majority of PC gamers have probably wasted their money on an unwanted game at some point. Read on to see where these ignored games are coming from, and why we keep buying them.

VIDEO: How Much Private Info Do You Trade For Goods and Services?

This week, Google updated its terms of service to explicitly state that it does, in fact, scan emails to more accurately target ads to users. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss the benefits and detriments of trading private information for goods and services.

You'll Never Believe How Much Twitter and Nike Paid for Their Logos

This infographic tells the story behind the world's most famous logos, including the subliminal messages that brands are trying to convey. Plus, we bet you'll never guess how much it cost Twitter and Nike to score their now-iconic images.

How to Tell If Pet Insurance Policies Are Worth the Cost

Though they may seem confusing, the right pet insurance policy can make the difference between a $1,000 or $100 vet bill. Compare, research, and know that alternatives do exist.

53% of Walmart Shoppers Prefer Amazon to Walmart.com: What's the Deal?

Walmart may be the world's largest retailer, but when it comes to online shopping, the megastore lags behind the competition — even with its own customer base.

The Year of the Hack: What to Do About the Heartbleed Bug

Thanks to Target and the "Heartbleed" vulnerability, 2014 is shaping up to be the Year of the Hack. So what is Heartbleed, and what should you be doing about it?

I Guarantee It: Companies That Still Offer Amazing Warranties

Some companies are still offering legitimate warranties that you can take to the bank. These products might cost more, but that might be worth it for the real promise that they will be repaired, replaced, or refunded at any time.

7 Ways Warehouse Clubs Make You Spend More Money

You may go to a warehouse club like Costco with a shopping list and be determined to stick to it, but how often do you leave with more goods than you expected to buy? We dug into the psychology of warehouse clubs and found the seven ways they prey on your wallet.

Amazon Now Lists Metacritic Scores: Is This a Buyer's Boon or a Critical Error?

Amazon recently began listing Metacritic scores on its video game product pages, all but starting a riot in the gaming community. Proponents claim the change will help shoppers avoid wasting money on awful games. However, Metacritic critics point out that the site's grading system is controversial at best, misleading at worst. What does all this mean for the budget-minded gamer?

Supreme Court: Airlines Can Boot Whiny Frequent Fliers

Frequent fliers, watch out, because the airlines offering these benefits now have the Supreme Court's permission to drop you from their loyalty programs at will.

Budget-Friendly Instruments with the Best Value for Newbie Rockers

Ready to start rocking in your garage on the weekends? (Hey, we all need an outlet.) Here are some top picks for great gear that won't cost a ton.

Rumor Roundup: Lindsay Lohan Passed on The Avengers? Google Wireless?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Lindsay Lohan, Google, 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!

Play Ball: Where to Find the Best Prices at Major League Ballparks

Since we're always thinking about the bottom line here at DealNews, Opening Day has us seeing dollar-hued baseballs. So just what will it cost you to enjoy a major league game?

How Much Does it Cost to Create Captain America?

If it weren't for the high cost of vibranium, it really wouldn't be that expensive to create another Captain America. Find out how much money it takes to create, clothe, and feed your very own super soldier!

SNL Dreams Up a Hilarious New Use for Jos. A. Bank Suits

Saturday Night Live has dreamed up a new use for all those BOGO suit offers from menswear retailer Jos. A. Bank. In a hilarious mock advertisement, SNL touts these suits as a cheap alternative to paper towels.

This Is How Brick-and-Mortar Stores Are Trying to Hook You

Stores are constantly developing ways to get your hooked, from dressing rooms that text selfies to your friends, to racetrack layouts that let you charge through the aisles. Here's how your favorite retailer is getting you to buy and come back.

Think Your Taxes Are Bad? History Says You Have It Easy!

Taxes. They're a bummer, right? Well, it turns out they used to be much, much worse. So, as you put off filing your taxes, read this brief collection of historical taxes that are worse than yours.

16 Free and Cheap April Fools' Day Pranks

There are two types of people on April 1: Pranksters and suckers. Want to be a prankster, but don't have the money to pull off an elaborate April Fools' Day gag? Check out our list of cheap pranks that you can pull on your friends with no money down!

Senate Report Blames Target for Not Preventing, Stopping Data Breach

A new Senate report accuses Target of making mistakes and missing the warning signs that could have prevented last year's massive data breach. With more governmental investigations underway, lawsuits in the works, and public opinion (and revenues) sinking, Target's problems may just be beginning.

The Dollar Store Is Kicking JCPenney Out of Your Local Mall

Due to the recession and the rise of Internet shopping, department stores are suffering, and shopping malls are full of vacancies. But discount stores are booming — and filling some of the empty space.

Movie Theaters Will Begin Testing Out 'Discount Days'

Film fanatics might have reason to rejoice in 2014, as it looks as if there may eventually be a way to pay less for movies that doesn't entail rolling into a theater before 10:30 am. The president of the National Association of Theater Owners announced this week that the organization will offer discounted admission on select days of the week.

VIDEO: Are the Days of Cable TV Numbered?

With the rumor of an Apple-built cable box and news that both Sony and Microsoft are going to offer original programming, it seems like now, more than ever, everyone is trying to re-invent TV. Inside, we discuss if this is the beginning of the end for cable television.

What an Apple + Comcast Partnership Could Mean for Streaming TV

The country's biggest cable company and one of its biggest tech companies may make a deal. While there are few confirmed details to go off of, what might this relationship entail, and what does it mean for streaming content?

Celebrities Have Worse Tax Problems Than You!

If you hate your taxes, just imagine how celebrities feel, since they make way more money than you do! In fact, their hatred and avoidance gets many of them in trouble with the I.R.S. for failure to pay! We're serving up a list of the worst celebrity tax scofflaws.

American Airlines Is the Quickest to Respond to Customers on Twitter

Social media makes it easier than ever to make our customer service frustrations public, and it's especially popular with travelers who are experiencing grievances while flying. So if you're stuck in an airport with very little to do, which airlines are the most likely to respond to your pleas on Twitter?

Why Store Closings May Actually Be a Good Sign for Retailers

Earlier this month, Radio Shack & Staples announced plans to close hundreds of stores and focus on building their .com sales. Is this shift merely a result of a each outlet's woes? Or do such tactics point to something greater on the digital side of things?

VIDEO: We Made Our Own Muppet (and It Only Cost Us $15)

Not being able to face forking over a ludicrous $15 to see Muppets Most Wanted in theaters, we instead built our own Muppet puppet. We think you'll agree that the results are ... astounding?

Face the Music: A Pandora Price Hike is Coming Your Way in May

Pandora has had a rough week. On Wednesday, a federal judge said that Pandora would be subject to a higher royalty rate than traditional radio stations. That's bad news for Pandora subscribers, as the service announced Tuesday that it will be raising its subscription fees for the first time in May.