Online shopping is pretty awesome - you can do it in your PJs, you don't have to wait in line and there are no perky sales clerks trying to get you to sign up for a store credit card. Many shoppers agree the biggest downside is paying for shipping. But on December 17, more than 1,000 online retailers will offer free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. It's called Free Shipping Day. But is it really a good deal?
UPS expects to deliver more than 500 million packages worldwide this holiday season. On December 20, their busiest day, UPS will deliver more than 28 million packages which means drivers will drop off more than 300 packages per second. Planning to mail some of your Christmas gifts? These tips will save you time, money and hopefully get your gifts to their destination before December 25.
You've hung the stockings, decorated the tree and baked some cookies, but is your mobile phone ready for Christmas? Bring some holiday cheer to your Smartphone with these fun, free holiday apps.
As much as we all want to be the best gift givers, sometimes we fall short. We buy the wrong size, choose the wrong color or just flat out fail to find something good. But if you shop from a retailer with a friendly return policy, even if your loved ones don't love their gift, they'll receive less of a hassle this holiday season when they go to return it.
Not in the mood to thread popcorn for your Christmas tree garland? Don't worry, there are lots of options for decorating your living room spruce this year. Jazz up the old Christmas tree with some handmade ornaments.
A real Christmas tree: $46. Christmas dinner: $49.48. The cost of tradition: priceless. But while you may not be able to put a price tag on celebrating the holidays with loved ones, budgeting for those traditions makes sense. Here's a rundown of what you can expect to pay for the most popular Christmas traditions this year.
Feel like getting your hands dirty this Hanukkah? Here are some simple yet fun food and decor ideas to make your Hanukkah more handmade this year.
Put some cheer in your loved ones' mailboxes this holiday season with a beautiful photo Christmas or Hanukkah card. The price of stamps may be going up, but the cost of cards is dropping with these hot Christmas card deals.
Need to keep your kids entertained? Whether it's a snow day or simply a December Saturday, keep little hands busy with these easy holiday craft projects. Most require items you probably already have around your home and we promise they're cute enough to display without creating clutter.
Homemade gifts are a great option for several reasons. First, they're unique and that makes them more special than something you can find at 15,000 shopping malls across the country. Secondly, handmade gifts can be more inexpensive than store bought versions. And finally, when you choose one of these homemade gifts you'll have them done and wrapped long before you could make it through the checkout line at Walmart.
Holiday office parties may have been shelved for a couple of years due to the economy, but they're making a comeback. Don't get too excited-- it's not an excuse to relive your college days. Instead use the office holiday party to advance your career with these rock star moves.
Even with Black Friday bargains and Cyber Monday specials, gift giving is expensive! According to the National Foundation of Credit Counseling, millions of Americans avoid shopping because they're afraid they'll go into debt. One way to cut costs is by trimming down your holiday gift list. Here are some tips for taking people off your list without coming across like a Grinch.
Hoping to click your way through your holiday shopping list this Cyber Monday? With so many deals on virtually every retailer's website, it can be hard to keep up with the best bargains and sales. Enter Twitter-- a great tool for scoring special Cyber Christmastime deals.
Online retail shopping is expected to jump by 15 percent compared to last year, according to Forester Research Inc. Shoppers will spend more than 68 billion, making a large portion of purchases on Cyber Monday. Wondering where you can go to spend as little of your hard earned money as possible? Check out these Cyber Monday shopping stops.
Each year a whopping 40 percent of all the food in the US is wasted, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. That's an estimated waste of $165 billion worth of food annually. Farms, grocery stores and especially households are responsible for a huge portion of the waste. American families toss out between 14 and 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy. Make a commitment to transform your Thanksgiving leftovers for less food waste this year.
Gone are the days when finding out about Black Friday sales meant waiting for a newspaper stuffed with ads. Now stores leak their specials days, or even weeks, before the big day. And lucky for us that means we can identify the best deals well in advance of Black Friday.
Thanksgiving is mostly known for two things: eating and being thankful. According to a new survey, 55 percent of guests bring the Thanksgiving host a gift, with nearly eight in ten choosing to bring food. Show your appreciation for the Thanksgiving foodies in your life with one of these culinary-inspired presents.
Cyber Monday may be a great day to score deals, but it's also a popular time for scammers to steal identities. Plenty of shoppers already feel leery about their online security. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, within the past year one in four Americans has received notification that a portion of their personal information was compromised by a data breach. So if you plan on deal hunting this Cyber Monday consider these tips for warding off online predators.
While big box retailers have Black Friday, Saturday is all about small business. According to American Express, last year more than 100 million people supported small businesses in their communities on Small Business Saturday. Get in on the action with these tips for promoting your business on Small Business Saturday.
With guests to entertain and a turkey to baby-sit, pulling together an entire Thanksgiving feast in one morning may seem impossible. Thankfully there are lots of dishes you can prep ahead of time. With these affordable make-ahead recipes for Thanksgiving you may actually get to watch a little of that parade everyone always talks about.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the most beloved shopping days for scoring deals. A new survey found that 71 percent of shoppers believe they'll find the best holiday bargains during Thanksgiving weekend. Newspaper ads are no longer the only tool available to help you uncover the best deals. Check out these helpful apps for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping.
Holiday weight gain may seem like an annual tradition, right up there with eggnog and Christmas lights. One of the first things many of us eliminate to make room in the schedule for wrapping presents and attending parties is our workout regime. Here's some great news-- you don't have to go to the gym. Check out these five free workouts you can easily incorporate into a busy holiday schedule without leaving home.
Not only is preparing a Thanksgiving meal a whole lot of work, but it can be expensive dinner. In fact, a new survey found that one in ten have said no to hosting the annual turkey dinner because of the cost, which for half of Americans tallies to somewhere between $101-$300. There's no doubt, food costs have increased this year. But according to the experts, it can still be an economical feast.
Budget-friendly massages, half-price meals and discounted salon services are all popular daily deal offerings. Scoring these bargains for yourself is easy, but what if you want to give a Living Social or Groupon as a gift this holiday season? Here's what you need to know before you buy.
Coupons, door busters and free gifts with purchase are all great ways to save money on Black Friday. But there's another money-saving tool you may not have used before-- price matching. It can be a tricky tactic, especially when crazed cashiers are dealing with impatient shoppers, but if you know how to work it, price matching can save you even more cash on Black Friday.
Selling stuff on Craigslist is a great way to generate some Christmas cash. But there are plenty of grinches prepared to scam you or steal from you. Avoid scams and crime while using Craigslist by being aware of what crooks are doing.
Forty-six percent of consumers will hit brick and mortar stores this holiday season with millions of bargain hunters heading out for some Black Friday shopping. While Black Friday is mostly known for its incredible deals, it's also known for creating quite the frenzy. If you plan to venture out for some post-Thanksgiving gift buying, here are a few tips for keeping the fun in Black Friday.
Millions of people are victims of Hurricane Sandy. Some lost their homes, others lost their lives. In the wake of this unprecedented weather event, do your part to help those caught in Sandy's path.
Initial damage estimates from Superstorm Sandy add up to $60 billion, according to TIME. Roughly a third of the tally is in property damage. For those spared by Sandy, now is a great time to revisit your homeowners insurance and prepare for a future storm that may strike.
Do you dread the idea of joining the herd of parents hunting down this holiday season’s hottest toys? Do you fear being forced to visit store after store only to find empty shelves instead of what’s on your child’s wish list? Here’s a new way to make sure the hottest holiday toys are under your Christmas tree.
Beauty may only be skin deep, but the deals at Sally Beauty go much deeper than that! Now is the time to get stocked up on must used beauty products, including hair care, skin care, tools and more, as coupon code 555264 will slash 25% off an entire order of $50 or more. Just be sure to use it before it's ending on 05/23/2013. As an extra bonus, these orders of $50 or more will also ship free.
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