Bargains

Top 25 Bargains at Dollar Stores

Dollar stores offer savings up to 90 percent on all kinds of household goods. But not everything is cheaper than at grocery, drug and specialty stores.

12 Ways to Dine Out on the Cheap

By joining restaurant loyalty clubs and taking advantage of online coupons, you can save a lot of money on a night out dining with friends.

Best Things to Buy in September

In addition to finding the best deals on holiday presents and Thanksgiving airfare, September is also the ideal time to buy items you'll need next spring.

Why You Can't Resist Daily Deals

Groupon may have experienced growing pains, but the daily deal site's business model is gaining purchase -- and so are its shares.

Brand Name vs. Store Brands: How to Get the Best Bargain

Supermarkets stock dozens of options for any given food item, and if you're trying to save money, generic or store brands usually offer a better deal -- but not always. So, which products will get you the most bang for your buck?

Outlet Stores Are In: Their Shift from Overstock to Au Courant

Outlet stores have come a long way, baby. No longer mere repositories of last season's cast-offs, factory stores are now among the healthiest retail sectors, hawking new, trendy items made expressly for them. Credit the recession for the change -- and for more reasons than you'd expect.

Outlet Stores Are In: How They Went from Overstock Bins to Au Courant

Outlet stores have come a long way, baby. No longer mere repositories of last season's cast-offs, factory stores are now among the healthiest retail sectors, hawking new, trendy items made expressly for them. Credit the recession for the change -- and for more reasons than you'd expect.

Lowest Prices? That's Amazon, Not Walmart, Say Value Shoppers

When it comes to currying favor with America's value shoppers, Amazon is eating Walmart's lunch. The world's largest retailer has seen its low-price rep decline over the past 2 years, while the world's largest e-tailer has soared, according to an online survey.

Leap Day Deals: Snag These 'Once in 4 Years' Offers

Shoppers often leap at opportunities to snatch up bargains or freebies. And companies are banking on that impulse in light of Leap Day, which comes but once every four years. Here's a handful of the leap year promotions you'll find today.

J.C. Penney Says 'No Sale': Cuts All Prices, All the Time

J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40% so shoppers will no longer have to wait for a sale to get its lowest prices. The move is intended to take the guesswork out of shopping by offering customers fewer sales and more predictable pricing.

Fast-Food Joints Stepping Up Menu Bargains in January

Fast-food companies face a two-headed monster after every New Year%u2019s Day: Diet resolutions and empty wallets. So purveyors of burgers, tacos, fried chicken and the like are getting aggressive, which means means a solid month of gooey, cheesy, melty deals.

Why Dollar Stores Are Hotter Than Ever (Even for the Rich)

Dollar stores are luring a lot more consumers these days, and their rock-bottom prices aren't the only reason: The chains have undergone major makeovers in recent years, sprucing up their dingy digs and adding better merchandise.

How to Buy Great New Year's Eve Bubbly for Less

After what 2011 has done to our finances, it can be hard to justify shelling out big bucks for a bottle of French Champagne for New Year's Eve. But if the idea of toasting in 2012 with a cheap sham leaves you pained, don't worry: There are plenty of superb sparkling options out there that won't bust your budget.

How to Get Great Deals from Desperate Retailers

The holiday season has been strong for retail sales overall, but some chains have still found lumps of coal in their stockings. And as the holiday season winds down, what's bad for retailers may be good for you.

How to Avoid 2011's Spending Traps in 2012

In 2011, shoppers were hot -- sometimes too hot -- for bargains, and a little too sensitive to the day's financial news. Savings gurus Jean Chatzky and JB Orecchia weigh in on the year's major spending pitfalls, and how to dodge them in 2012.