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8 Ways to Get HBO for Free (or Cheap)

Ready to start binge-watching your favorite HBO shows? Here's all the places where you can find free trials, free content, and discounted subscriptions — as well as everything you need to know to get started.

Touchdown! This Football Fan Gear Is on Clearance at Dick's

People love fall for many reasons, including the return of football season. If that speaks to you, then check out the clearance fan gear at Dick's Sporting Goods, which is marked up to an extra 60% off. We've found nine ways to rep your faves.

T-Mobile Will Pay for Your Netflix

Recently, T-Mobile announced that it's giving new and existing customers a present: free Netflix! But is it a good deal? Here's everything you need to know.

Black Friday Predictions 2017: Inside Info on the Most Likely Doorbusters!

It might seem early to be thinking about Black Friday, but smart shoppers know that preparation and budgeting are the keys to taking advantage of the sales.

So how good will the prices be? Will they actually be worth waiting for? We took a close look at deal prices throughout the year, as well as trends from Black Fridays past, and made 2017 Black Friday predictions for just about every item you might want to buy.

Treat Yourself to These Kitchen Goodies From Sur La Table's Sale

It's a good time to add to your kitchen collection, as Sur La Table is taking up to 50% off a selection of small appliances, cutlery, cookware, food, and cooking tools during its Anniversary Sale. Here are 10 kitchen "extras" worth checking out.

These Retailers Are Helping the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Looking for ways you can donate to victims of Hurricane Harvey? Lots of retailers are uniting to help affected communities across southeast Texas and Louisiana. Check out our list of sites where you can go shopping for a great cause.

6 Best Travel Credit Cards for Small Businesses

You can't expect just any travel card — especially one designed for consumers — to give you what you need as a small business owner. Here's what you should know if you're considering a travel credit card that's designed for businesses.

The 7 Best Cash Back Credit Cards

Cash back credit cards are among the most popular because they can help you earn hundreds — even thousands — of dollars on purchases you'd make anyway. We've rounded up seven great cash back credit cards to help you pick the right one for your needs.

Shop 10 Top Picks for Fall at J.Crew Factory

It's time for the Pantone fall colors to shine! If you're missing a certain shade, head to J.Crew Factory, where pieces are up to 60% off until September 11. We've pulled an example of every color, so you'll be set for the season.

This Bad Food Habit Could Be Costing You $2,000 a Year

Planning for dining out can help you save money, stick to your budget, and enjoy those meals without guilt. Here are nine ways to save when eating out.

Did Prices Drop at Your Local Whole Foods?

Amazon recently entered the grocery game, acquiring Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. And the online giant is wasting no time when it comes to slashing prices.

Starbucks' Online Store Is Closing! Here's What to Buy

After October 1, the Starbucks online store will be out of business. Until then, many products will likely experience significant markdowns. We've rounded up seven items to pick up ASAP if you want them before the shop shuts down.

8 Rad Moto Jackets Under $250 From This Wilsons Leather Sale

Now is the time to stock up on leather, before prices rise as the mercury drops. Especially since Wilsons Leather is taking an extra 40% off men's and women's outerwear. We've picked out eight moto jackets for you to consider before the sale ends.

10 Times Packaging Went Overboard

We all know the drill: reduce, reuse, recycle. But why aren't our favorite online retailers on board? We found 10 examples of ridiculous packaging that prove it's time for retailers to rethink how products are shipped.

Target's Labor Day Home Sale Is Full of Cool, Functional Pieces

Target takes up to 30% off a selection of furniture, patio items, and home goods during its Labor Day home sale. We've rounded up eight pretty sale items that could totally qualify as necessities, so you can shop without guilt.

7 Ways to Save on College Textbooks (and How to Rent Them)

Some college charges can't be avoided, but textbooks don't have to be one of them. We've rounded up our seven best tips to make sure you don't overpay on textbooks, as well as ways to avoid purchasing them.

The Biggest Savings from Lowe's Labor Day Sale

Lowe's is discounting thousands of products during its Labor Day sale, including tools, lighting, and bathroom fixtures. We've picked out seven of the best-discounted items, so you can easily finish your shopping before the sale ends August 30.

9 Retro School Supplies That'll Make You Totally Nostalgic

'Tis the season for back-to-school shopping, and we've put together a guide to yesteryear's school supplies. If you spent your days worrying about standardized tests in the '80s and '90s, these nine retro collectibles will seem mighty familiar.

8 ThinkGeek Sale Items to Make Your Dorm Room Feel Like Home

If you don't know how to turn your college dorm room into a space you'll actually like, it's time to check out ThinkGeek's Back to School Sale, where you'll find products for up to 83% off. We've chosen eight items to strengthen your dorm decor game.

Connecticut Is the Last State to Offer Tax Free Shopping This Year

It's back-to-school season! Connecticut is taking a week to exempt clothes and footwear from sales tax, giving shoppers an opportunity to save on essentials before the new school year.

7 Unexpected Costs of Being a College Student

A college education is full of hidden costs you may not plan for. Beyond the expected price of tuition, housing, and books, you'll find plenty of fees and other expenses that weren't in your budget.

Should You Give a Credit Card to a College Student?

Deciding whether to send your child off to school with a credit card in their wallet can be tough. To help you make up your mind, we go over the good and bad aspects of a student having a credit card, and offer tips for working around the pitfalls.

This Backcountry Site Is Taking Up to 93% Off Summer Gear

Stock up on summer clearance gear at Steep & Cheap, a site run by Backcountry that's currently taking up to 93% off apparel, outdoor items, and accessories as part of its semi-annual sale. We've picked out eight summer staples to buy while things are hot.

What Is Tuition Insurance and Do You Need It?

Just as you would protect your home or car purchase with insurance, you can get tuition insurance to protect your investment in education. We answer all your questions about tuition insurance, from what it covers to whether it's worth getting.

7 IKEA Price Drops You Need to Know About

IKEA is a magical land of affordable home goods and tasty Swedish food. And it's just gotten a little more magical by cutting at least 20% off and as much as 40% off a selection of items. Here are picks for several rooms in your house.

Texas and Maryland Both Have Tax Free Shopping Soon

It's back-to-school season, and Texas and Maryland created tax free days to give residents a break on school essentials. If you're a resident of these states, then prepare to start shopping this weekend.

It's Time to Replace Your Basics at Hanes' Clearance Sale

Raise your hand if you're still harboring clothing that's past its expiration date. Now navigate to Hanes to get up to 75% off items in its clearance section. We've scoped the deals and selected six basics you probably needed to replace anyway.

15 Top College Degrees for Return on Investment

When you're spending thousands to get a college degree, you want to be sure you're getting a good return on your investment. Let's look at the 15 college degrees that are most likely to pay off in the long run.

Upgrade Your Camping Experience With REI's Clearance Sale

If you like to have a few creature comforts along while camping, it's time to check out REI's clearance section. It takes up to 84% off a selection of clothing, accessories, and gear. We've picked seven items that make camping a little more comfortable.

A LOT of States Have Tax Free Shopping This Weekend

From August 4 to August 6, several states will be exempting back-to-school items from sales tax. This weekend, shoppers in Iowa, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia can save on a variety of things.

10 Things That Are REALLY Hard to Throw Away

Batteries, pesticides, and motor oil, oh my! Here's 10 of the most obnoxious things to throw away — and tips on how to do it.

Score a Full Nike Workout Ensemble for $100

While Kohl's cuts up to 80% off a selection of Nike apparel, shoes, and accessories, it's actually possible to build an entire workout ensemble for a C-note. We've put together men's and women's 4-piece getups that add up to about $100.
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