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September Is the PERFECT Time to Buy These 9 Things

Thanks to the overlap of Labor Day, summer clearance, and back-to-school sales, September is a great time to buy everything from clothes to TVs. So while the end of summer may be upon us, the best deals of the year are only now just beginning.

What to Expect From 2016 Labor Day Sales

Labor Day is just around the corner, and stores are going to close out the summer with some of their hottest deals on apparel, electronics, and shoes. We crunched the numbers and landed on some predictions for what you can expect to save during Labor Day this year.

Amazon Fire TV vs. Fire TV Stick: Which One Should You Get?

Amazon isn't the biggest name in streaming devices, but has two worthwhile options. We break down the details to help you find out whether the compact Fire TV Stick or the more expensive Fire TV has the features you need.

Everything You Need to Know About Traveling With Pets

Whether you want to take your dog camping or sail the world with your chicken, traveling with pets can be fun. However, there are a lot of things to consider, from method of transportation to finding dog-friendly wineries. Here are some tips to help plan a safe and fun vacation with your pet.

You Don't Even Need a Membership to Save Money at Costco

Warehouse clubs let customers buy in bulk for a lower cost, but those savings are generally only available to members. While Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's pride themselves on offering many great deals, we're here to help you save on the membership itself.

The Top 5 Geekiest Picks From ThinkGeek's Clearance Sale

At ThinkGeek, a selection of clearance items are currently marked up to 80% off. To help you find some new toys, we've chosen five fun items from the sale that you didn't even know you needed.

Did Your Local Sears Or Kmart Just Close?

In late July, Sears shuttered almost 80 Sears and Kmart stores across the country. Read on to see if your store was affected (and tell us if you care).

11 Essential Things to Know Before Buying a Used Car

Not only are used cars expensive, but buying one is stressful. You want a good deal on a safe and reliable vehicle that won't cost a lot of money in repairs. To ensure that you make a smart purchase, read up on these 11 things you should know before buying a used car.

Sleep Smarter With Our Pillow Buying Guide

You spend a third of each day in bed, so it makes sense to invest in a pillow that provides you with quality, restful sleep. Here are some things you should know about pillows before you start shopping for a new one.

Top 10 Designer Handbags You Can Actually Afford

Designer handbags are one of the first big investments for many a fashionista. But a single purse is unlikely to be appropriate for every situation. Luckily, Last Call is cutting up to 75% off a selection of handbags, with prices starting at $6.

Don't Have a 401K? Check Out These 3 IRAs Right Now

You should be investing in your future right now, whether your company offers a 401(k) or not. Read up on the huge benefits of saving early, and the pros and cons of the three main types of IRAs.

3 Steps to Save on School (and Work) Lunches

With school lunches typically only costing $2 to $3, is there really a way to save? You bet! We'll show you how to make your kid's school lunches without spending too much time or money — and maybe you'll save on your own lunch as well.

If You Want a Cheap iPhone, Wait Until September

If you're thinking of buying a new iPhone right now, don't do it! You could save a small fortune by delaying that iPhone purchase until September, when Apple is set to unveil the next models. We'll tell you when and how far the iPhone prices will fall, so you can get an idea of whether it's really worth waiting.

Pennsylvania 'Netflix Tax' Could Become an Expensive Trend

More people are turning to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video as an alternative to cable services. But in Pennsylvania, a 6% sales tax will now apply to digital goods, including streaming and downloads.

9 Essential Tips to Save on Higher Education

College and grad school are unavoidably expensive, but there are ways to lessen the burden. From maximizing your financial aid to seeking out underutilized scholarships, these are the best ways to save on an education.

Top 10 Picks From the Editors' Choice J.Crew Sale: Perfect for Summer Weddings

Wedding season is in full swing, which means your sense of wardrobe fatigue probably is too. But fear not — J.Crew is taking an extra 60% off select final sale items and an extra 40% off all other sale styles, so we've rounded up 10 picks to keep your family looking spiffy this summer.

10 Things You Didn't Know Amazon Alexa Could Do

Everyone knows Amazon's Alexa excels at useful jobs like playing music, making grocery lists, and giving weather forecasts. But you're missing out! We browsed the app's extensive Skills section to find 10 things you didn't know Alexa could do.

6 Ways to Get the Most From End of Season Clearance Sales

Sort the trinkets from the trash when shopping end of season clearance sales by playing the discerning consumer, hitting the fitting rooms, and nerding up on product reviews.

National Coffee Day Is Coming: Freebies From Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts

This September 29, some of our favorite stores will take advantage of National Coffee Day to promote fair trade brews and offer free cups of the good stuff. Here is where you can expect to find freebies!

How to Hack a Free Honeymoon Using Rewards Points and Miles

Savvy couples can use their wedding to get a free honeymoon. The trick? Aligning your choice of reception venue with a hotel's loyalty program. Here's how you can finance your dream honeymoon with rewards points and miles.

Can Anyone Compete With Amazon Prime?

Walmart and Best Buy have begun the daunting task of trying to beat Amazon Prime at its own game. But what exactly do their new services offer, and can they stand up to Amazon's bevy of extras? Let's look at how they compare.

5 Affordable Colleges You Might Not Know

The bills for tuition, textbooks, and more pile up faster than you can say "red tape at the registrar's office." To help you fight future student loan debt, we've compiled a list of five colleges with the lowest cost of living around.

Here's Why You Should Think Twice Before Using Tire Sealant

If you're stuck with a flat tire, sealant can offer a quick fix to get your car up and running again. But using it can have drawbacks. Before plunking down some cash for a can, weigh the tire sealant pros and cons.

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

Tax-free weekends are finally here! These prime shopping days are great for back-to-school gear, but also so much more. Here, we've rounded up a list of the 17 states celebrating and all the items eligible for serious savings.

5 Reasons You Should Choose Dublin Airport as Your Gateway to Europe

Reduce the complications and stress of traveling to Europe by entering through Dublin Airport. Even if you don't plan to visit Ireland, it may still be worth your while to fly into this English-speaking, euro-using hub.

10 Luxurious Picks From 6pm's Coach Sale

When you hear Coach, what comes to mind? A 90s TV show featuring Craig T. Nelson, or the luxury brand that makes leather goods that you wish you had more of? If it's the latter, rejoice — 6pm is taking up to 75% off a selection of Coach shoes, bags, apparel, and accessories, with prices starting at $17.99. We've selected 10 pieces to help you pad out your Coach collection.

7 Tricks to Get the Best Rates on College Textbooks (and How to Rent Them)

Buying textbooks for college can cause some major sticker shock, but it doesn't have to. We've got some of the best tips to save on college textbooks, plus the top rental sites so you don't have to live on ramen.

Is the Amazon Tap Worth Buying?

Amazon expanded its speaker range this year with the Tap, a portable Bluetooth speaker that uses the Alexa voice assistant. Learn more about the Amazon Tap, how it compares to similar speakers, and whether you should consider buying it.

6 Reasons You Need This UPS My Choice Premium Membership Deal

If you do a lot of online shopping, chances are UPS is a significant part of your life. It's time to consider a UPS My Choice Premium 1-year membership, now available for $10. Why is it worth the investment? Here are six reasons.

These Are the Dos and Don'ts of Back-to-School Shopping

Back-to-school season is an expensive time of year for parents. From detailed budgets to spending on quality, here are 14 dos and don'ts to help you make the most of your back-to-school budget this year.

Bid High & Prosper: 10 Star Trek Collectibles That Are Beyond Amazing

Star Trek Beyond is finally here, and there's nothing like a new Star Trek movie to make us want some cool merchandise. Check out 10 weird and wonderful Star Trek collectibles that you can find on eBay.

7 Ways to Get the Best Currency Exchange Rates While Traveling

With all of the expenses that can pile up while traveling abroad, you want to get the best exchange rate so you don't get ripped off before you've even spent a penny. Here are seven ways to get the best currency exchange rates while traveling.