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Top 10 Tips to Bag a Bargain
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Black Friday Thursday

shopping bags Retailers are not making it easy for shoppers this year. Some stores are opening at 6 am, 6 pm or 8 pm on Thanksgiving, some at midnight in some states, and others not until Friday morning. And both Walmart and Office Max are staggering the release of their doorbusters, hours apart, so multiple trips to the store may be necessary. Here are our tips to bag a bargain on Black Thursday and Black Friday.

5 Secrets of Frugal Grocery Shoppers

Shopping Cart It is always a challenge to find good, healthy food at bargain prices. Through a variety of new apps and old-fashioned techniques like buying "day old" baked goods, you really can cut your grocery bill.

Who's Got the Fastest 4G-LTE Cell Data Service?

cellphone Remember when "www" stood for world wide wait because of slow Internet connection speeds on slow modems? With 4G-LTE service (the newest and fastest current protocol) now available on all four major carriers, which one delivers the fastest speeds? Surprise, according to the WSJ it is AT&T! For a second opinion, here are city by city results from PC Magazine's tests.

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Top 10 Android Cellphones + Review of the Apple iPhone 5S

Black Friday will be a great day to buy a new smartphone, with some of the top models selling for less than $1 with a new two-year contract. Here are the top 10 Android phones and a buying guide to help you choose the right cell phone or smartphone. And for Apple iPhone lovers, here is a comprehensive review of the new iPhone 5S (just don't expect deals on it next week except at Walmart).


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Mouse Print* -- Kleargear.com: Complain About Them, Get Dinged $3500

mouse print A online seller of novelties and geeky items found itself in the spotlight last week, when a local TV station revealed the company was charging customers $3500 if they posted negative comments online about them. We show you how they tucked this nasty provision into their terms of service. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Bargain of the Week

Sears Friends and Family Sale - Save 5-15% Extra

Online only and only until 10am Eastern time on Tuesday, Nov. 19, Sears is running their Friends and Family sale where you can save an extra 5-15% off sale prices in many categories. Some items, like a Whirlpool 25 cu. ft. french door refrigerator, are already Black Friday priced (at $999.99), so you'll beat that price by 10% or $100. Combine with ebates offer below, and save an additional 6%. Combine with Sears card and (maybe) get 10% back in points.

Get Back 1% - 27% on Your Online Purchases

If you haven't joined Ebates, now is the perfect time to save on most of your online holiday shopping. When you go through their site to your favorite stores like Amazon, Macy's, Kohl's, Walmart, and hundreds of others, you get back between 1% and 27% of your purchase by check every three months. If your rebate is not at least $5.01, it carries over to the next period. Sign up today! ++

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Top Toilet Paper and Paper Towels

Consumer Reports tested dozens of toilet paper and paper towel brands and came out with some winners (and losers). Bounty's really expensive DuraTowel won by a landslide, and a Walmart brand came in first place in the toilet tissue category.


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