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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 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.

Guide to Buying a Computer Tablet

tablet One of the hot product categories again this holiday season is computer tablets. With so many choices, so many brands, so many operating systems, what's a buyer to do? Here are a few buying guides to help you get the tablet that is right for you. Guide 1 from NBC, Guide 2 from Engadget, and reviews of top tablets from PC magazine. Lastly, this review picks the two best small tablets that beat the iPad Mini.


Travel Hacking: How to Get Free Flights and Hotel Rooms

airplane The author of a new book on free travel offers tips on how to accumulate huge amounts of frequent flier miles, sometimes relatively painlessly, so you can travel the world for free.

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Mouse Print* -- TSA Pre-Check: A Pleasant Surprise in the Fine Print

mouse print It is not often that good news is lurking in the fine print. But, if you are traveling this holiday week, you may be getting a free pass to the express line at airport security. We'll show you the magic words inconspicuously printed on your boarding pass. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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Celebrate Small Business Saturday with $10 Back from American Express

If you spend $10 or more in one transaction on your covered American Express card (most of their personal credit cards, but only their Serve prepaid card) at a participating small business on Saturday, November 30 (Small Business Saturday), American Express will give you a $10 statement credit. Caution: You must pre-register your card at ShopSmall right away, and check to see which small businesses are participating.

Preview the Black Friday Sale Circulars NOW

Don't wait until Thursday to find Black Friday sale circulars in your newspaper. You can preview them now at and .

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Small Appliances Deemed a "Best Buy"

Consumer Reports hand-picked some small kitchen appliances like blenders, coffeemakers, and toaster ovens and awarded them a "best buy" rating.

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