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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

73 Top Black Friday Deals

Posted on 11/25/2015 8:20 EST

Updated Nov. 24, 2015. 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

After the Feast: 15 Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Posted on 11/19/2015 9:39 EST

Meals made from Thanksgiving leftovers are such a treat that some cooks actually make extra food to ensure that plenty gets packed into the fridge afterward. Yes, there are sandwiches to be made, but also a world to discover beyond that post-Thanksgiving staple. Everything left over can be used to make something else, from soup to dessert. And these recipes are all fairly easy -- because after putting together a Thanksgiving meal, no home cook has the energy to go through it all again. Read More

Do Stores Price Match on Black Friday?

Posted on 11/19/2015 8:58 EST

As shoppers line up and count down the hours before stores open on Black Friday (or on Thanksgiving, depending on the store), some will come prepared with ads -- but not from the stores where they are waiting. Price-match policies at some retailers promise to honor deals advertised by competing stores and occasionally online competitors, as well. Read More

Dress for Less: Where to Rent Party Clothes

Posted on 11/19/2015 8:14 EST

Ugly sweater parties aside, the holidays are filled with social outings that demand formal attire. But with wish lists in one hand and travel bills in the other, few people have much left in the budget for new duds. The solution may lie in a rental. Renting designer clothing for a special evening is an easy way to save a buck and still dress like a million. Read More

Thanksgiving Dinner: The Cost of Cooking vs. Takeout vs. Dining Out

Posted on 11/18/2015 9:24 EST

Thanksgiving is a time for friends and families to share a festive meal and reflect on their blessings. Along with that comes the expectation of a full-on turkey dinner, not to mention the stress associated with planning, spending, and cooking. But hosts have options besides preparing a meal from scratch: carry out from a commercial eatery or grocery store, organize a potluck, or dine at a restaurant. Believe it or not, the alternatives are easier on the wallet. In a comparative price check, Cheapism.com found that a home-cooked meal for eight rang up at $13.20 a person compared with $10 for restaurant takeout, $11.25 for grocery store takeout, and $11.99 for an adult restaurant meal. Read More

10 Online Sources for the Best Black Friday Deals

Posted on 11/18/2015 8:50 EST

Numerous websites promise to find the absolute best Black Friday deals this holiday season. But who has time to check them all? At Cheapism.com, finding those special bargains is a top priority, and we've come to rely on some tried-and-true sources. Here are 10 of the most reliable. Read More

12 Gifts Under $30 for Star Wars Fans

Posted on 11/18/2015 8:00 EST

With the latest "Star Wars" movie premiering a week before Christmas, themed toys and other items tied to the franchise will be hot holiday gifts this year. One toy, a BB-8 app-controlled Droid by Sphero, sold out within hours at many stores. It's back in stock, but the $150 price tag might scare more people than a wild rancor. Shoppers with modest budgets can choose among these 12 Star Wars gifts under $30 for the fans on their lists. Read More

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