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Avoid Bargain Blunders with Savvy Savings

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by MBones)
at 4:04PM Wednesday December 2, 2009
under Shop Smarter

As sales abound this holiday season, it's easy to score some savings, but what makes a deal a real steal?

Informed shopping.

A low price is alluring, but something's gotta to be useful and fantastic for it to be a real bargain--otherwise it's just cheap.

Here are a few ways to shop smarter for your fashion and beauty needs, and avoid bargain blunders.

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Best Store You've Never Heard Of: Jones Soda

By (view all posts by dstearns)
at 2:32PM Wednesday December 2, 2009
under Featured StoreStaff

Back in 1987, Jones Soda was just a simple distributor of other brands' products, known for picking winning beverages in a market overly saturated with more gimmicks than quality non-alcoholic drinks. Quickly learning what sells and what flops, the company launched its own brand of WAZU Natural Spring Water in 1995 and the now legendary (so says we!) Jones Soda in 1996 with 6 glorious flavors to titillate the tongue and seduce the senses.

Today, Jones Soda is known as the Featured Store at, a valiant gladiator in the arena of soda savagery. All hail Jones Soda! Read More »

15 Ways to Extend Your Laptop Battery Life

By (view all posts by shopokey)
at 1:16PM Wednesday December 2, 2009
under Shop Smarter

Laptops tend to lose their charm quickly when you're constantly looking for the nearest power outlet to charge up.  How do you keep your laptop battery going for as long as possible?  Here are fifteen easy ways to do so:

  1. Go easy on the PC demands: Passive activities like email and word processing consume much less power than gaming or playing a DVD.  If you've got a single battery charge, assign your priorities wisely.
  2. Get yourself a more efficient laptop: Laptops are getting more and more efficient in nature to the point where some manufacturers are offering all day long batteries. Picking up a newer more efficient laptop to replace an aging one is usually a quick fix.
  3. Prevent the Memory Effect: If you're using a very old laptop, you'll want to prevent the "memory effect." Keep the battery healthy by fully charging and then fully dischargin
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The Great Tree Debate: Real or Fake?

By (view all posts by coupiedoll)
at 11:06AM Wednesday December 2, 2009
under Holidays

For those of you who don't yet have your tree up, all those beautiful fern trees currently for sale on your city's sidewalks may be calling your name. But are they the best choice for the environment? Read More »

4 Quick Tips for Maintaining Your Sanity This Holiday Season

By (view all posts by GuyCopes)
at 1:54PM Tuesday December 1, 2009
under Holidays

So you're staring at lists, checking them twice. You're stuck on just what to give those both naughty and nice. But mostly you just want the holidays to be over because the stress of which party to go to, whose house to visit first, and what to do about the puppy that just won't stop drinking the Christmas tree water is driving you just a tad cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

Ah, yes--'tis the season to be stressed out!

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Wine Gifting The Impossibles

By (view all posts by HSimas)
at 9:33AM Tuesday December 1, 2009
under Shop Smarter

Some people are just impossible to buy for. Whether it's a co-worker, an in-law, someone you don't know that well but want to get to know better, or someone you don't know that well and would prefer to keep it that way, the list goes on and on.

What to do about these impossible-to-buy-for people? Buy wine! At the end of the day, almost everybody enjoys a nice glass of vino.

Read on for my gift suggestions for the previously un-giftable. Read More »

Let Savings Little Helpers Help You This Holiday Season

By (view all posts by WiscoVixen)
at 4:58PM Monday November 30, 2009
under Holidays

Alright, you've made your holiday shopping list. Now begins the herculean task of finding the best deals for the items on your list. With all of the shopping resources out there, how do you know if you're really getting the very best deal on your purchase?

Fear no longer, Holiday Shoppers! Today, unveiled its new holiday shopping program: Savings Little Helpers. Read More »

What Exactly is Cyber Monday?

By (view all posts by Dealman)
at 12:28PM Monday November 30, 2009
under Shop Smarter

Some people new to the world of e-commerce might not be all that familiar with Cyber Monday.  Is it just an invention of retailers to get people to shop all on one day?  Is it a made-up holiday like The Simpsons' Love Day in order to unload a bunch of products?  Actually, Cyber Monday is a real thing and does for internet shopping what Black Friday does for brick and mortar shopping.  It's the biggest shopping day of the year for online merchants, so it very much lives up to its name. should most certainly be your Cyber Monday headquarters.

That said, Cyber Monday was definitely drummed up to amp up people's enthusiasm for shopping - an invention of the National Retailers Federation.  If you haven't heard of that, it's a totally legitimate outfit - it contains over 1.6 million U.S. retail establishments with more than 24 million employees and sales of $4.4 trillion.  So, yeah: legit.
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Get What You Want this Holiday...And Save Some Money Doing It

By (view all posts by WiscoVixen)
at 3:53PM Friday November 27, 2009
under Money Saving Tips

We've all been there...sitting in front of a loved one at present opening time, faking a smile and excitement when you unwrap a heinous hand-knit sweater with a giant dog pattern on it. Okay, so I just took a trip back into my childhood a bit there for that example. Perhaps it's more like getting a a type of perfume you're not a fan of or a bathrobe that's at least two sizes too big. Whatever the case may be, there's a way to remedy this ill-advised gift giving while at the same time helping your loved one save money on your gift!

This year, instead of trying to rack her brain to think of something I might like, my mother asked me to put together a list of links to the exact products I want for Christmas, including what size and what color I'd like. I thought this was a splendid idea, and I took it one step further. Read More »

Herding Cats: Our Favorite Savings Stories for the Week of November 22nd

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 10:54AM Friday November 27, 2009
under Stuff We Like

This week's selection of posts is in honor of Thanksgiving--and what we're very thankful for here at is our super savvy DealPros.  Many of them have been contributing excellent holiday shopping tips and ways to survive Black Friday here at the blog. 

If you missed their words of wisdom, here's a chance to revisit with a sampling of some of the recent posts: Read More »

Video Game Picks for Kids

By (view all posts by Yasarh)
at 9:02AM Friday November 27, 2009
under Shop Smarter

Santa knows if you've been naughty or nice.  If you've been naughty you're going to get a lump of coal.  If you've been nice, he's going to give you something really awesome.  In lieu of making toy trains and firetrucks, the elves are working hard on bringing you some great video games this holiday season. 

Here are just a few that are sure to make the kids with coal jealous: Read More »

The Creative Zen V

By (view all posts by GuyCopes)
at 12:55PM Thursday November 26, 2009
under GiveawaysStaff

This week I'd like to take a moment to talk a little about Creative's very cool flash-based MP3 player, the Zen V. This is a high capacity player with a simple design that fits comfortably into your pocket or the palm of your hand. Here I will break down the specs that make this a pretty cool buy this holiday season. Read More »