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15 Gift Ideas Under $25 for the Guys in Your Life

Posted on 12/1/2015 9:37 EST

Finding fitting and reasonably priced gifts for the men on your list -- from a husband or boyfriend to fathers, sons, brothers, and friends -- is no simple matter. Here are 15 ideas, each costing no more than $25, that deserve a place under the tree or in a Christmas stocking. There are options for foodies, hikers, hipsters, beer lovers, gamers, techies, and more. Read More

10 Defensive Shopping Tactics

Posted on 12/1/2015 8:46 EST

One of the best ways to save money at the store is to be prepared. Especially during the holidays, it's easy to be swept into a shopping frenzy –- the desire to give the perfect gift, the pull of big discounts, and even the holiday music piped into stores can spark overspending. Adopt this list of 10 defensive shopping tactics before heading to the store. Read More

10 Gifts Under $25 for the Mixologist

Posted on 12/1/2015 8:45 EST

From small-batch bottles of booze to specialty bar tools, the accouterment of fancy cocktails has made its way from the bar to the home. Aspiring mixologists will raise a glass to these 10 festive gifts under $25. Read More

What to Buy and What Not to Buy in December

Posted on 12/1/2015 8:00 EST

Holiday shopping is starting to get serious, and everything appears to be on sale. But savvy consumers know that seemingly ubiquitous discounting doesn't necessarily make this the best moment to make a purchase. What then, should consumers buy in December? Read More

10 Gifts Under $25 for Wine Lovers (Besides Wine)

Posted on 11/30/2015 10:06 EST

What better way to spread holiday cheer than with wine-related gifts for the oenophiles in your life? Whether you're buying for a casual sipper or a hard-core aficionado, there are plenty of budget-friendly options. Here are 10 favorite wine accessories (and a few wines) priced below $25. Read More

10 Gift Ideas Under $30 for the Women in Your Life

Posted on 11/30/2015 9:02 EST

Strapped for cash and looking for a unique gift for your wife, girlfriend, mother, or sister this Christmas? These 10 gift ideas for women each cost less than $30. And don't fret about the low price. The items featured here convey thoughtfulness and deliver on quality. Before heading out shopping, think about what she enjoys doing in her spare time and go through the list to find a match. Read More

10 Easy Ways to Give to Charity Without Spending an Extra Dime

Posted on 11/30/2015 8:02 EST

The holiday season is upon us, and many are feeling the stress of shopping, cooking, entertaining, and other obligations. Charitable giving can weigh on the minds of people who want to help but are strapped for cash or time and unsure where to start. Here are 10 ways to spread the giving spirit this holiday season -- and a reminder to do a little research before giving. Charity Navigator evaluates and ranks charities on a variety of criteria, such as accountability and transparency, fundraising efficiency, and program expenses. GuideStar makes it easy to find nonprofits' financial statements, annual reports, and tax forms. Read More

Weekly Update: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals, and more

Posted on 11/27/2015 15:39 EST

There's still time to score big Black Friday discounts galore. We've compiled dozens of the best ones, along with a gift guide. Those with the stamina to shop through the weekend can take advantage of Cyber Monday, which starts at least a day early at many retailers. Also new this week: how to make the most of holiday shopping. Read More

25 Holiday Gifts to Buy on Cyber Monday

Posted on 11/27/2015 10:44 EST

The National Retail Federation estimates that 127 million consumers shopped last year on Cyber Monday, when retailers offer Black Friday-like deals online. Although the discounts typically are not as big, shoppers can still save money on Christmas presents while avoiding the crowds and cold. Cyber Monday (Nov. 30) has become Cyber Week at some retailers, with deals going live as early as Saturday and extending to Dec. 5 in some cases. Cheapism.com has compared sneak previews and retailer ads to narrow down the top Cyber Monday deals for 25 popular gifts. Read More

57 Top Cyber Monday Deals

Posted on 11/27/2015 8:38 EST

Retailers lure holiday shoppers into stores and online with Black Friday deals, and they don't want the spending to stop when everyone heads back to work after the Thanksgiving weekend. Cue the next round of sales: Cyber Monday. In 2014, ComScore reported that Cyber Monday was the biggest online shopping day ever, with more than $2 billion in sales from desktop computers alone. Shoppers may be able to sit at a computer instead of fighting a crowd, but they can't sit back if they want the best Cyber Monday deals. Some retailers, such as Best Buy, are offering online "door buster" sales (limited time or quantity). Many of the top deals this year go live over the weekend, and some are already available. Read More

24 Top Wines for Less Than $10

Posted on 11/25/2015 13:38 EST

Wine doesn't have to be expensive to be good. In blind tastings, people often prefer mid-priced wines to stuffy, hard-to-appreciate premium-priced wines. Certainly spending a lot of money on a bottle does not guarantee you will enjoy it -- and that's the most important part, regardless of price. Read More

Top 73 Black Friday Deals

Posted on 11/25/2015 13:20 EST

Updated Nov. 25, 2015. Read More

25 Top Holiday Gifts to Buy on Black Friday

Posted on 11/25/2015 10:01 EST

For every big-ticket item on Christmas shopping lists, dozens of "door buster" sales compete for shoppers' holiday dollars. To be sure you're getting good value, match up the gifts on your list with these top Black Friday deals, from TVs to tablets to toys. (Supplies are limited, and store hours may vary by location.) Read More

21 Stores That Won't Be Open on Thanksgiving Day

Posted on 11/25/2015 9:43 EST

"Black Friday" deals are no longer confined to Black Friday. While families feast and enjoy time together this Thanksgiving, many of America's largest retail brands will open their doors to lure shoppers with early sales. According to a National Retail Federation survey, about a third of consumers shopped on Thanksgiving in 2014 (many online). In a few states, though, so-called blue laws prohibit stores from opening on holidays. And some companies push back against the pressure to start the retail season early, likely seeing an opportunity to burnish a family-friendly image. Here are 21 stores that close on Thanksgiving so workers can stay home and enjoy the holiday. Read More

10 Hot Holiday Gifts and How to Get Them for Less

Posted on 11/25/2015 8:30 EST

Every year there are a few gift requests that make their way onto just about everyone's holiday shopping list. The scramble to buy one of these hot Christmas gifts before the shelves empty leaves little time to figure out how to get a must-have item for less. But by shopping around, seeking out cheaper alternatives, and applying some smart holiday shopping tips, anyone can save money on the most sought-after gifts this year. Read More

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