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Automatic Gratuities May Be Headed Towards Extinction in 2014

A new IRS ruling has caused much frustration amongst restaurant owners and servers, and could possibly end a practice that's bugged many restaurant patrons for years. At the center of this controversy is the automatic gratuity, that compulsory charge that many eateries tack on to your bill when you dine with a large group of people.

Blow into the Windy City with These Chicago Travel & Entertainment Deals

Chicago is a favorite vacation destination for many because it has the glamour and attractions of a large metropolis and that friendly, down-to-earth Midwest vibe. There's something for everyone in Chicago — theater shows, cool music venues, and countless dining options, whether you'd like to try dishes from famous chefs or you want a classic Chicago hot dog and deep-dish pizza (no matter what Jon Stewart says). So pack your bags! We're going to Chi-town.

The Dos & Don'ts of Holiday Tipping

The issue of holiday tipping has left many folks wondering how big (or small) a tip to leave (or not leave) as part of the yearly ritual of playing Santa. To get a handle on holiday tipping etiquette, we talked to a few experts and found out that by following a few simple guidelines, you can spread extra holiday cheer to the folks with whom you interact every day without going broke.

Gifts That Give Back: Buy 1, Give 1 and Other Matching Gift Programs

Gift-giving is in full swing. And for most of us it means following the time-honored tradition of wrapping and unwrapping tokens of appreciation. But this year, such gift-giving is taking on additional meaning. Retailers like Warby Parker, Toms, and Threads are offering customers the opportunity to not only shop for themselves or their loved ones this year, but also for the less fortunate — at no extra cost. These buy one, give one programs will not only satisfy your desire to do good this holiday season, but they're also great alternatives to giving a family a goat.

Black Friday 2013 in Review: Walmart's Best-Selling Deal Was a 29-Cent Towel?!

Everybody take a deep breath: Black Friday has come to an end. While there are still some Cyber Week sales to consider, we can at least close the book on Black Friday 2013. And as we do so, we've got some amusing tidbits (Did you know that one of the hottest deals of the week was a towel?) as well as some major gripes to share.

Knock Out Your Entire Holiday Shopping List This Black Friday

Rather than sleeping through the busiest shopping week of the season — not to mention all the potential savings — and likewise, not to waste any more time thinking what to buy your nearest and dearest, we've put together the ultimate Black Friday gift guide! From secret Santas to significant others, here are some of the best Black Friday deals that will make great gifts and keep you on budget.

The Perfect Remedy for Black Friday Overload: Pets in Thanksgiving Costumes!

As humans, we glean an inordinate amount of amusement from dressing our animal companions in costumes ranging from the cute to the bizarre. We'll take any occasion — the arrival of spring, the holiday season, and of course Halloween. Thanksgiving is no exception. These are our 11 of our favorite pets that have gone all-out to celebrate Thanksgiving.

2013 Thanksgiving & Black Friday by the Numbers

Black Friday is so close we can practically taste it! But before we charge out the door on Thanksgiving, we want to pause for a minute and think about what this all adds up to. We've crunched some big numbers in the lead up to this major shopping event, and think this is a great space to talk about Black Friday by the numbers.

Stores Will Use Deals to Control Crowds This Black Friday

We've all heard the Black Friday horror stories about out of control crowds. But is it really dangerous to head to the store on Black Friday? What steps are retailers taking to protect customers and employees during the shopping holiday? Read on to see how merchants will try to maximize safety — and profits — during the Black Friday season.

The Extreme Prepper's Guide to Completely and Utterly Avoiding Black Friday

Some people have convinced themselves that it'll never happen; that it's all hype. But Black Friday is coming ... and it's coming soon! Have you made plans for how you're going to survive a direct strike from Black Friday? If you're an anti-consumerist, Buy-Nothing-Day believer with any hope of surviving Black Friday, you'd best enact some of these Black Friday preparations, STAT.

How to Win Black Friday: Shopping Strategies (and a Helpful Comic Strip!)

Here at DealNews, we like to say that every day is Black Friday. But that doesn't mean that Black Friday itself isn't an important deal day — there's a reason people camp out in the cold and trample each other for these sales! You don't have to suffer like them, though. By employing a few Black Friday shopping strategies, you can snag all the best Black Friday deals without the hassle of crowds and frostbite.

There's a Reason No One Stands in Line Outside Drugstores on Black Friday

Black Friday isn't just about tech and clothing. Joining the shopping frenzy is your neighborhood drugstore. But is making an early bird trip to the drugstore really something consumers should plan on for Black Friday? We combed through the Black Friday drugstore ads from Walgreens, Rite Aid, and a leaked ad from CVS to find out.

The Latest Black Friday Ads, News, and Shopping Advice

Black Friday can be really overwhelming, but don't panic: Here at DealNews, we spend all year preparing for Black Friday so you don't have to. Our Black Friday hub is the only place you need to go for all the latest info. So get comfy and then get clicking, deal-seekers; you've come to the right place.

Walmart Black Friday Ad: The Crazy TV Prices We've Been Waiting For

We've already sorted through some interesting Black Friday ads, but finally, the big names for the holiday are making an appearance; Walmart, our second-best retailer for Editors' Choice Black Friday deals, has released its full Black Friday ad. And judging from the promotions below (which include some amazing TV deals and discounts on Apple products), we're pretty optimistic about what's to come for 2013.

Spoiler Alert: You Can't Binge-Watch Amazon’s New Original Series

Most of us at DealNews have stayed up late to watch just one more episode of Breaking Bad or devoted an entire rainy Saturday to catching up with The Walking Dead. And thanks to streaming TV services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, the common practice of "binge-watching" affords viewers the ability to view back-to-back episodes of a series — sometimes taking in entire seasons of addicting TV shows within weeks. So then why is Amazon debuting new episodes of its original series on a weekly basis?

How to Get Your Car to 200,000 Miles

Whether it;s a source of aggravation or pride (or likely a bit of both), owning a car requires significant investment to keep it in tip-top shape, especially if you're planning on driving it for 200,000 miles. However, there is a payoff: from zero car payments to far fewer cosmetic repairs to worry about once the car is past the 100,000 mile mark, maintaining an automobile is a rewarding endeavor. Just make sure to follow this sound advice.

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