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Top 10 Tips to Bag a Bargain
Black Friday Thursday

shopping bags Retailers are not making it easy for shoppers this year. Some stores are opening at 8pm or 9pm on Thanksgiving night, some at midnight, and others at 5am or 6am on Friday. And both Walmart and Sears 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.

Best Places to Retire Under $40,000/yr

hammock US News has compiled a list of the best cities to live in when you don't have a huge retirement income. These are places with a lower cost of living, while still offering good medical care and cultural/outdoor activities.

10 Tips on How to Fly for Free

airplane This is the story of a man who figured out how to fly around the world for nothing by being bumped from overbooked flights and earning a million frequent flier miles in the process.


12 Things Not to Buy at the Holidays

With all the Black Friday hype just around the corner, Kiplinger suggests that there are better times of the year to buy certain things. Here are 12 things not to buy now.

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Mouse Print* -- Choice Hotels: That Room Safe Could Cost You

mouse print Hotels are taking a cue from the airlines these days and trying to stick customers with a variety of extra fees. A loyal Mouse Print* reader shares his tale of the "hotel safe scam" this week in Mouse Print*.

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Preview Black Friday Sales NOW

You don't have to wait until Thanksgiving Day to find out what will be on sale on Black Friday. Here are two links to the circulars right now: BFAds.NET and .

Sears Doorbusters Available Sunday, Nov. 18

In an unprecedented move, Sears is offering some of its Black Friday doorbusters to its Shop Your Rewards loyalty program members starting at 6pm Eastern time on Sunday, November 18. Good for in-store pickup only. See press release. Unfortunately, little at Sears this Black Friday is super duper.

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In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many consumers are asking about buying and maintaining a generator. Consumer Reports offers advice.

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