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Top 5 iPhone Apps for Black Friday

By DealPro(view all posts by bargainbriana)
at 12:42PM Wednesday November 25, 2009
under Shop Smarter

If you are headed out shopping with an iPhone on Black Friday--or any other day this holiday season--you need to check out these apps to help you save even more.

  1. TGiBlackFriday: Browse ads, check popular deals, and create your own list.
  2. $ Checkout: Figure your final cost after all discounts, coupons and sales tax.
  3. Amazon App: Compare store prices to the Amazon store quickly.
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The Low Down on Drugstore Bargains

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by MBones)
at 11:32AM Wednesday November 25, 2009
under Shop Smarter

At the Save Up in San Francisco, I had the good fortune of meeting Claire from Saving Money Plan.  She's a blogger, philanthropist and she really knows how to score a great deal at your local drugstore.  I interviewed her for some tricks and tips for scoring freebies and what to do with the products you don't need.  Read More »

HP Laptop Giveaway Winner

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 10:47AM Wednesday November 25, 2009
under GiveawaysStaff

We had almost 1,200 entries for the HP Laptop Giveaway and now it's time for the results.

According to our survey:

  6.4%  Usually check Twitter for Deals
22.8%  Occasionally check Twitter for Deals
70.8%  Don't check Twitter for Deals

  7.8%  Usually check Facebook for deals
31.2%  Occasionally check Facebooks for deals
60.9%  Don't check Facebook for deals

15.2%  Usually check favorite blogs for deals
36.1%  Occasionally take advantage of deals found on blogs
48.7%  Don't look for deals on blogs

Oh wait--those aren't the results you were waiting for? Read More »

My 2 cents for Black Friday (from a DealPro)

By (view all posts by CherieTsang)
at 9:59AM Wednesday November 25, 2009
under Shop Smarter

Hey Readers!

Black Friday is coming up!! This is probably one of the most exciting days of my life each year. This is the time where I stock up on clothes, shoes, and accessories. Black Friday is the day where I do all my Christmas shopping!

So everyone has their own method to get deals--whether it is collecting coupons, bookmarking those online deals, "Becoming a Fan" on Black Friday deal pages on Facebook--or even just signing up for newsletter on updated Black Friday lists.  And believe me, I'm one of them. Signing up for newsletter is great because you get an email when a store listing is released. And you get to compare which place has an item for a cheaper price. 

For me personally, I already know what I need to buy. So when I go into a store, I just go in, get the item(s) and get out and move onto the next store. But before I can even go to the store, I do a little research here and there online. Read More »

Trudie Styler Warrior Yoga DVD

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 2:23PM Tuesday November 24, 2009
under Product Review

Our friends at Gaiam gave us a screener of this yoga DVD to test out.  Since I've been practicing yoga for almost ten years, I was very excited to try it out.   I generally go to class twice a week and practice once a week at home, so I thought it would be great to add a different yoga routine to my repertoire.

After going through the DVD workouts several times, here are my thoughts: Read More »

Best Ways To Avoid The Madness of Black Friday

By (view all posts by GuyCopes)
at 12:14PM Tuesday November 24, 2009
under Special Events

So, it's almost here. The day that has become synonymous with deep discounts, massively long lines, and normally mild mannered shoppers completely losing their minds. That's right, I'm talking about the latest and, to some, greatest of U.S. Holidays...Black Friday.

For me it has become a day to stay at home or look for alternative ways to enjoy the day. Now, don't get me wrong, I love a good deal. But Black Friday has become that day that turns every mall in America into some lost scene from the movie Dawn of the Dead. It's just too much chaos to deal with in-person. So join me in giving in to the post-turkey daze and just saying no to the zombie hordes running wild through the aisles of your local Wal-Mart.

Here are just a few ways you can spend those 24 hours away from the madness of the shopping center. Read More »

How to Save on Black Friday Shopping

By (view all posts by Dealman)
at 2:25PM Monday November 23, 2009
under Shop Smarter

Why do people do it?  Line up on a cold Friday morning to get their holiday shopping done.  It really seems like a relic of the pre-internet age.  Of course, this could seem a little is obviously internet-based--but there is no longer an overwhelming need to hit the sales early in-store because so many deals can be found online.

At the same time, Black Friday isn't just about saving money--just as Thanksgiving isn't just another meal.  For some people, shopping the deals on Black Friday is a tradition.  To each his or her own because to wake up at the crack of dawn and tussle for merchandise with hundreds of other people doesn't seem entirely relaxing, especially when there are simple alternatives. Read More »

And the Total Foot Massager Winner is...

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 11:56AM Monday November 23, 2009
under GiveawaysStaff

We got almost two hundred comments for our Total Leg and Foot Massager giveaway.  But unfortunately only one lucky winner will experience the bliss that is this awesome product compliments of our friends at FootSmart.

And the winner is... Read More »

A Holiday Toast for Non-Drinkers

By (view all posts by kristinpeoples)
at 10:27AM Sunday November 22, 2009
under Holidays

It's the holiday season. Read More »

Only 20 Swagbucks for a $5.00 Alice Gift Card!

By (view all posts by thefrugalfind)
at 8:37AM Sunday November 22, 2009
under Shop Smarter

It's not too late to jump on the Alice wagon!  My order has shipped and should be here today, there are some great deals everyday on Alice--it's truly going to change the way I shop.

Here are the highlights of
  • Free Shipping All the Time!
  • Same prices or better than your local store!
  • Earn a $10.00 Credit when you spend $50.00 (and it doesn?t have to be in one transaction!)
  • $5.00 giftcard for only 20 Swagbucks!

Here is the deal, sign up or login to your Swagbucks account and with only 20 swagbucks, you?ll be $5.00 richer on  You will have to wait until Swagbucks emails you with your code, and yes DO WAIT, because the code is only good for new accounts.  Shop around on A

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Herding Cats: Our Favorite Savings Stories for the Week of November 15th

By (view all posts by derek70x7)
at 4:01PM Friday November 20, 2009
under Stuff We Like

While Stella usually indulges my laziness by combing through the financial blogs and picking out our weekly roundup on her own, I thought I'd try something new this week and scrounge around for them myself. The result of this was lots of sports-related stories! Read More »

It's Not Christmas Until...

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 2:41PM Friday November 20, 2009
under Polls/Quizzes

Although we're one week away from Black Friday and the "official" kick-off of the Holiday season, for many of us it's not really Christmas until we watch our favorite holiday movie or TV special.  Over at TVCrunch, they've got a pretty comprehensive schedule of Holiday specials, so you can make sure you don't miss out on a beloved Christmas story.

I've listed a few of my best-loved programs.  See if yours is among them: Read More »