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How's the Holiday Economy Doing?

By (view all posts by Dealman)
at 11:41AM Monday December 14, 2009
under Newsworthy

Every year at this time there are both prognostications and assessments about how eager shoppers have been over the holiday season.  This year didn't portend to be very positive, given the state of the economy and all the news stories about the same.  In some way, it's self-fulfilling: with a bunch of news reports saying "The economy's terrible!  People aren't going to shop!," it's no surprise if some people think, "Yeah, I guess I won't shop either...

But something's happened this Christmas season, and hopefully this means good things for the economy overall. From NPR - Reports Point to Brighter Holiday Season:

Despite reports from retailers that sales were sluggish going into the holiday shopping season, the Commerce Department reported that retail sales rose 1.3 percent in November ? up from a revised 1.1 percent in October and much higher than economists had predicted...

November's retail sales report includes crucial figures from Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the kick-off for the holiday Christmas shopping season.

So good news overall.  What about the online shopping universe? Growing or shrinking?  Could it be accounting for the uptick in spending this holiday season? Read More »

On the Third Day...

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 8:56AM Monday December 14, 2009
under GiveawaysStaff

On the third day of the contest, Savings.com is giving away...a $100 gift card from our friends at Zales.

Zales has a nice selection of Gifts under $100--any of which would be more welcome than three French hens... Read More »

On the Second Day...

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 10:42AM Sunday December 13, 2009
under GiveawaysStaff

On the second day of the contest, Savings.com is giving away...a $50 gift code for Shoes.com courtesy of our friends at...you guessed it--Shoes.com!

Who couldn't use a new pair of shoes?  Well, other than Imelda Marcos or Carrie Bradshaw anyway... Read More »

On the First Day...

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 8:35AM Saturday December 12, 2009
under GiveawaysStaff

On the first day of the contest, Savings.com is giving away...a $500 Home Depot gift card!  Mucho gracias to the folks at Home Depot for providing us with this awesome kick-off to the giveaways.

That sure beats a partridge in a pear tree any day.  Unless you're fond of partridges.   Or really, really like pears... Read More »

Herding Cats: Our Favorite Savings Stories for the Week of December 6th

By (view all posts by derek70x7)
at 5:14PM Friday December 11, 2009
under Stuff We Like

Burning questions lie ahead in this week's financial roundup: What industries are still posting big numbers despite the recession? Does going green make you more prone to "moral licensing"? What should I eat for dinner?

Just kidding about the last one. Read More »

All I DON'T Want for Christmas

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 4:21PM Friday December 11, 2009
under Holidays

Lately we've been posting a number of holiday gift ideas posts: top electronics gifts, beauty gift sets, wine gift ideas and even ways to give and be green.

Today's post, however, is on what NOT to give.  Columnist Amy Dickinson has been posting a list of gifting faux pas on Twitter which inspired me to poll my Savings.com co-workers on their holiday horror stories to come up with some ideas to remove from your holiday shopping lists. Read More »

The Red Envelope Please...

By (view all posts by WiscoVixen)
at 12:13PM Friday December 11, 2009
under GiveawaysStaff

Thanks to our friends over at Red Envelope, one of our lucky members is going to be able to spruce up a wall in their home very soon. A week ago, we announced that we'd be giving away the Deluxe Wall Gallery Frame from Red Envelope to one of our members. All they had to do to enter is add a photo that represents them to their Savings.com profile page and comment on the contest announcement blog post to let us know they'd done so.

We got 23 entries, and out of those 23, a winner was chosen. Drumroll, please...

And the winner is... Read More »

Savings.com Presents Twelve Days of Giveaways

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 10:45AM Friday December 11, 2009
under GiveawaysStaff

While two turtledoves and a partridge in pear might seem romantic to some, they don't quite seem like the most practical of gift ideas. After all, it's bound to be a recipe for disaster if you've got drummers drumming, ladies dancing and lords a leaping all at the same time!

That's why we at Savings.com decided to put our own twist on the "Twelve Days of Christmas." Read More »

Keeping Next Year's Resolution

By (view all posts by Yasarh)
at 5:07PM Thursday December 10, 2009
under Loose Change

After surveying a slew of different web sites trying to figure out a New Year's Resolution, I noticed that every single one of them had "getting in shape" or "losing weight" in the top three.  Also, after doing some thinking about my old New Year's Resolutions, I realized I've never actually followed through with any of them (and I'm sure you haven't either).  These two completely independent events have convinced me to give the Savings.com community a chance to actually follow through their goals of getting in shape. 

Here are some tips that will help you actually keep your New Year's Resolution: Read More »

The 411 on Refurbs

By (view all posts by GuyCopes)
at 11:08AM Thursday December 10, 2009
under Money Saving Tips

In the spirit of the holidays, with thoughts of re-gifting already in our heads, I want to have a quick chat about something sort of related to that topic.

Refurbished electronics.

With the rising cost of electronics and the rising decline of the economy running neck in neck in the race to claim every cent we have, many people are taking a used car approach to buying the latest in cutting edge technology. I used to b e an anti-refurb guy myself. But after a couple of good experiences I have changed my mind...somewhat.

With a few caveats and simple guidelines perhaps you too will find that iPod of your dreams on the cheap, sitting pretty in the used-but-just-like-new pile. Read More »

Your Holiday Face

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by MBones)
at 3:03PM Wednesday December 9, 2009
under Shop Smarter

This Holiday season, put your list aside for a bit and get some gifts for the one person you can always count on...you! Give yourself the gift of glamour with a few choice goodies from Benefit, one of my all-time favorite beauty lines. As always, we've got scores of ways to help you save on your little beauty splurge; this is Savings.com after all. Read More »

Best Store You've Never Heard Of: HandHeldItems.com

By (view all posts by dstearns)
at 12:40PM Wednesday December 9, 2009
under Featured StoreStaff

This week at Savings.com, the Featured Store is (are you ready?) HandHeldItems. Tada! Bet you can't guess what they sell, either. Actually, you probably can.

There goes that surprise...
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