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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

50 Ways to Make Most of Holiday Shopping

Posted on 11/23/2015 9:02 EST

Holiday shopping isn't just the usual mall scene decked with boughs of holly; it's a whole lot crazier. With many so things to buy and so many people crowding the aisles, skill and patience are mandatory. The following 50 tips for savvy shopping should help consumers save money, time, and sanity this holiday season. Read More

When the Stores Open for Black Friday 2015

Posted on 11/23/2015 8:00 EST

Black Friday sales have kicked off earlier and earlier in recent years. The holiday creep has reached the early-morning hours of Thanksgiving Day, which might rightly be called Gray Thursday (although laws in a few states do not let stores open on Thanksgiving). Alternatively, consumers can succumb to tryptophan and enjoy nearly a full night's sleep before launching a shopping spree in the wee hours on Black Friday. Customers arrive well before the stores open to ensure they get the best Black Friday deals before supplies run out. For some retailers and some items, this means getting in line hours before the doors open or a sales event begins. Shoppers can map out their strategies with this roundup of when many major chains open (hours may vary at some locations). Read More

Weekly Update: Black Friday Deals, Cheap Thanksgiving Recipes, and more

Posted on 11/20/2015 16:39 EST

With Thanksgiving and the official start of the holiday shopping season creeping up next week, we've published a slew of posts about Black Friday, turkey dinner, and gift ideas for the frugal shopper. Be sure to check in next week for the latest and best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Read More

11 Holiday Gifts to Buy at Costco, Sam's, or BJ's

Posted on 11/20/2015 9:26 EST

Holiday gifts can be bought almost anywhere these days, but Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's Wholesale Club are some of the best places to stock up. They offer Black Friday sales, but shoppers don't have to wait for "door buster" events to find good deals. Cheapism.com visited several warehouse clubs to scope out gift-buying opportunities. Read More

Enough With the Stuffing: 10 Ways to Use Stale Bread

Posted on 11/20/2015 8:00 EST

A staple for many cultures dating back thousands of years, bread is still one of the most beloved foodstuffs. As with any food staple, cooks have devised ways to use bread that's past its prime by drawing on local culinary traditions. Some recipes were born of hard economic times, others of sheer experimentation. Regardless, the result is scores of recipes built on the foundation of stale bread. Here are 10 ideas besides stuffing that squeeze every penny out of every loaf and slice. Read More

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