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Get What You Really Want! A Guide to Store Trade-In Policies

Now that the holidays are over, you can return unwanted gifts for store credit or even cash. Amazon, Gazelle, Target, and others all have trade-in programs, but rules vary.

5 Star Wars Destinations on Planet Earth That You Can Actually Visit

The Star Wars movie franchise has been captivating imaginations for nearly 40 years, partly because of the spectacular out-of-this-world landscape featured throughout the seven films. Hard as it may be to believe, Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor actually exist, right here at home on mother Earth! Transport yourself to a galaxy far, far away with this list of five real-life Star Wars locations.

8 New Year's Foods From Around the World to Bring Prosperity in 2016

Here in the U.S., chances are good that you're ringing in the new year with champagne. Other nations and cultures have other foods for New Year's. Here, we list a full menu of items that you'll need to consume in order to have a healthy, prosperous New Year around the globe.

What Does Refurbished Mean? How to Tell the Difference Between Not-New Items

Refurbished items usually mean great deals, with big discounts off a product's retail price. But it can be hard to figure out just what "refurbished" means. We'll walk you through the terms you're likely to run into when you buy refurbished, used, or anything that's not brand new, so you can make an informed buying decision.

Finally! The Beatles Catalogue Is Coming to All Major Streaming Services at Midnight

Although music streaming has grown significantly in popularity recently, there are still some notable holdouts in the music industry, including the Beatles. But that all changes tonight at midnight, when the Beatles' entire discography will drop on various streaming sites — which is especially good news for people who like free music.

We're Daydreaming About These 8 Super-Extravagant Celebrity Gifts

Among the land of extravagant gifts, some presents are so over the top that they make a Tesla look like its Hot Wheels equivalent. Here we present eight gifts that marked special occasions with especially noteworthy excess.

4 Tips for Getting Last-Minute Deals on Holiday Travel

At this point, it's extremely late to be booking a flight for Christmas. But if you haven't already bought your holiday plane tickets, don't freak out just yet! Here are four ways procrastinators can save money on last minute holiday air travel.

More Power to You: 6 Alternatives to Apple's iPhone Battery Case

Apple's new battery pack case for its iPhone 6/6s has left some longtime Apple fans less than impressed. For those turned off by the case's shortcomings, we've rounded up six alternative battery extension options.

Want to See Cuba Before It Becomes Overrun With U.S. Tourists? Now Is the Time to Go

American travel to Cuba has already increased by 50% in the past year, and that's only going to continue now that the nations have agreed to resume schedule commercial flights in 2016. So how can you visit Cuba before the flood gates are completely open?

Rumor Roundup: Appearing As DLC, Yoda Is? GTA Subscriptions?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Grand Theft Auto VI, Star Wars DLC, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest speculation from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Beyond Krampus: 10 Curious Christmas Traditions You Probably Didn't Know

With the holiday-horror film Krampus doing pretty well in the theaters, American audiences are getting a taste of Christmas lore from other lands. But oh, the world's Christmas traditions get way more bizarre than just a goat-monster who steals/whips bad children. Here, we've made a list (and checked it twice?) of interesting Christmas traditions from around the world!

Free Shipping Is Causing Delivery Delays This Holiday Season

Online shoppers are probably wondering why it's taking so long for their packages to get to them. True, there has been a fair amount of snow lately in parts of the country. Yet the biggest thing affecting faster deliveries seems to be retailers offering free shipping.

No Fees, Please: 4 Common Banking Fees You Should Never Pay

Americans pay a lot of extra fees. And most are charged for added conveniences or penalties for managing money poorly. Here's a roundup of the four most common, and unnecessary, recurring fees you're paying, and how to easily avoid them in 2016.

These Are the Toys You're Looking For: The 11 Coolest Vintage Star Wars Figures

It was no easy task, but here are what we consider the 11 coolest vintage Star Wars figures, mixing some of that galaxy's most popular characters with a few of its strangest aliens. How many of them did you have?

The Most Affordable Cities to Celebrate New Year's Eve This Year

We as a nation love celebrating New Year's Eve, with some 190 million people tuning in to watch the ball drop in Times Square. But with hotels hiking their rates 300% to 500% higher than their usual rate, it can be a tough time of year to stay within your budget. We went in search of New Year's Eve travel deals to make sure you're getting the biggest bang for your buck on the big night.

Gift Ideas for Him: Deals for Every Guy on Your List

Whether it's your dad, brother, husband, friend, or coworker, chances are there's at least one member of the less fair sex for whom you need to get a gift this holiday season. As such, we've rounded up a handful of this week's best Editors' Choice deals to help you cross them off your list. Even better, all will ship for free in time for Christmas so you don't need to even leave the house.

The Skinny on Credit Scores: 10 Signs That You're a Credit Superstar

Those with good credit scores are getting the best interest rates and terms when applying for mortgage loans, credit cards, and even car insurance. So, do you know how your credit score stacks up? Read on to find out why you should try to get as close to 850 as you can, and about 10 signs that you have good credit.

A New Apple Watch Is Coming: Should You Buy a Deal Now or Wait?

Rumor has it that the Apple Watch 2 will be unveiled in March, so should you bother scoring a good deal on an Apple Watch now?

Rumor Roundup: YouTube Getting Better Content? PlayStation 2 Games?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple Watch, PlayStation 4, YouTube Red, and more? Well, neither are we! *highfives* That's why we put all the latest speculations from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Amazon Gives Us a Peek at Actual Delivery Drones in This New Video

Two years ago, Amazon announced plans for drone delivery. Their first video since then shows a fancy flying machine capable of dropping off packages, but does not address other obstacles.

10 Darth Vader Collectibles That Will Bring You to the Dark Side

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens soon hitting theaters, we've scoured eBay for 10 Darth Vader-themed collectibles that you've probably never heard of. For a guy who spent most of his screen time being a rotten jerk, we sure do love the Dark Lord of the Sith!

When Is it Worth Paying for a Rewards Credit Card?

It can be difficult figuring out which rewards credit cards can provide the biggest bang for your buck, and whether those annual fees and expenses are worth the benefits you get. If you aren't yet sure whether you should pay for rewards credit cards, here are some things to consider.

The Most Dangerous Toys of 2015: Watch Out for Poo-Dough That Isn't Gluten-Free

Why chance ruining the holiday by getting your kids toys that will harm them? That's not very cheery and in the spirit of things! To make sure you don't spend Christmas in the ER, check out W.A.T.C.H.'s list of the season's worst toys.

10 Healthy Fast Food Items That Won't Break the Calorie Bank

As health food has become the go-to trend, it's no surprise that brands known for less-healthy fare are trying to keep up. What changes are your favorite fast food chains making to compete? And what can you eat at the drive-thru that's healthier than a quarter pounder with cheese?

Rumor Roundup: Amazon Instant Video Coming to Apple TV?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple iPhones, BlackBerrys, Consoles, and more? Well, neither are we! That's why we put all the latest speculations from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

3 Simple Rules to Protect Your Credit Score While Holiday Shopping

If you don't keep your credit score top of mind during the holiday shopping season, you could start the New Year with a dipping (or diving) credit score. Follow these three simple rules to protect your credit score during the holidays.

The Top 10 Board Games to Fuel That Festive Family Fight

Ditch the Monopoly and treat yourself or someone special to a trendy table-top board game, all without breaking the bank. These lesser-known titles have won top awards in the gaming industry, and are sure to liven up your holiday party or family night.

Will Apple Remove the Headphones Jack on the iPhone 7?

The iPhone 6s was just launched, but we're already hearing crazy rumors about the iPhone 7. Will Apple remove the headphone jack to make the phone thinner and force users to use the Lightning jack instead?

Black Friday 2015 Cheers & Jeers: What Store Had the Best Deals?

Before we can at last close the door on Black Friday 2015, we've got some amusing tidbits and major gripes to share. We polled the people in the trenches, DealNews' own writers and editors, and then consulted our deal records from the past week to come up with this year's list of Cheers and Jeers.

Do You Need Renters Insurance? What Is it and What Does it Cost?

If you rent, then renters insurance protects the contents of your home, whether you're living in an apartment or renting a house with a roommate. For most renters, we're pretty sure that having renters insurance is a good buy — but let's dig into exactly what it is, what it does for you, and whether you really need it.

Cyber Monday Roundups 2015: Maximize Your Workday Shopping!

Black Friday is over, but there's still sales to be found! The Cyber Monday deals have arrived, and we're picking out the very best ones. Feeling lost? You'll find all our latest roundups right here.

All the Cyber Monday Sales We Already Know About

This year, retailers are ditching caution and announcing their Cyber Monday sales before even Thanksgiving. Find out what to expect from Amazon, Walmart, and more!

Black Friday Roundups 2015: Never Miss Another Doorbuster!

The wait is over! The Black Friday deals have finally arrived, and we're picking out the very best ones. Feeling lost? You'll find all our latest roundups right here.

6 Songs That Will Get You in the Mood for Black Friday Week

Every year, Black Friday deals seem to roll around a little sooner, making the deal season last longer than ever before. And yet, there are still no traditional Black Friday songs. So, we've slightly modified six existing holiday classics to reflect the most wonderful time of the DealNews year.

10 of Our Favorite Balloons From Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade History

No matter what celebrities appear at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the real stars will be high up in the air, floating over giddy spectators with bright colors and scary bug eyes. Here are 10 of our favorite balloons from Macy's Parade history!

Top 10 Upcoming Black Friday Travel Deals

With the Black Friday buying frenzy fast approaching, we're expecting a record number of travel deals from major players like Expedia, TripAdvisor, and Cathay Pacific. We've selected the 10 hottest offers so that you can set your alarm and avoid missing out.

What to Expect From Black Friday Car Deals in 2015

With a big purchase like a car, doing your homework to make sure you get the best bargain can mean thousands in savings. However, as with any other bargain, you have to be careful about shopping on Black Friday. If you're car shopping this holiday season, let's go through what you can expect to find.

Stores Are Pushing Their Apps for the Holidays, and That Means Deal Perks for Shoppers

Stores are putting major emphasis on their apps for the holidays, and that means customers should be ready to reap the rewards. Here's a rundown of perks shoppers can get from Walmart, Target, and Amazon apps.

Top 5 Stores for the Best Black Friday Deals Online in 2015

Almost every major retailer has unveiled their Black Friday ad by now, and even a week out, some of our predictions have been blown out of the water by lower prices. We looked at last year's top deal performers, and see that they are already gunning for a repeat this year.

10 Ways Black Friday 2015 Will Be Different

If you're expecting retailers to rehash last Black Friday's strategies, you're in for a surprise. From holiday closings to an early wave of Black Friday doorbusters, here are the top changes you'll see this Black Friday season.

Hosting Thanksgiving This Year? 7 Ways to Save Money and Stay Sane on Turkey Day

Hosting Turkey Day can be tough. Here we offer our best tips for how to save while entertaining during Thanksgiving this year.

Best Black Friday Fitness Tracker Ads: Best Buy Goes for the Gold!

Is everyone realizing they want to be healthy, or are we all just excited for a new gadget? Either way, there sure are a bunch of fitness trackers available on Black Friday! Here's our picks for the best choices.

Jet.com Will Give You Money for Shopping In-Store on Black Friday

Jet.com is offering its members a different kind of Black Friday. It's calling November 27 "Purple Friday" and providing some real benefits to shopping in person instead of just online.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Black Friday

There's nothing trivial about Black Friday. Still, that doesn't mean you can't have a little free fun with some Black Friday trivia. Here are 10 Black Friday facts you probably didn't know — maybe because you were too busy shopping.

Best Black Friday Streaming Ads: Discounts on Brand New Devices From Apple, Roku, and Amazon

In the brief time that streaming devices have been "a thing", they've gone from a fun novelty to almost a necessity — and that means we'll see a lot of them this Black Friday! We've rounded up your best bets for nabbing a great deal on a Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, or Chromecast this year.

'I Bought 8 TVs at Once': Stories From People Who Have Camped Out for Black Friday

We spoke with two in-store Black Friday warriors to get the skinny doing the Black Friday line ritual right — and we heard some amazing stories in the process.

Toys "R" Us Black Friday Ad Analysis: Lots of Half-Price Toys, Discounts on the Fabulous 15

Toys "R" Us has finally stepped up its Black Friday game, releasing its ad a week earlier and actually offering deals worth noting. The store has slashed prices by about 50% and has even discounted a couple of its notorious Fabulous 15 toys.

Amazon Black Friday Ad Analysis: A 50" TV for $150, Because Why Not?

Amazon has finally delivered a Black Friday ad! And true to form, the megaretailer has opted to match prices rather than beat them — with the notable exception of some serious TV steals. Read on for our complete ad analysis.

Amazon Announces Black Friday Deals, Sale Starts on November 20

Amazon announced its official Black Friday sale today, and while our team is diligently uploading the ads and analyzing the offers, there are a few initial takeaways worth noting.

Free Money! Gift Cards and Credits to Spend on Black Friday

When you score a discounted gift card or nab a store credit, you're basically getting free money! And there's no better time to stock up on extra cash than the week before Black Friday. Maximize your savings with this roundup of all the best gift card and credit offers for retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Gap, and more.
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