Holidays

9 Cheap Ways to Celebrate July 4th

If you're buying food, drinks, decorations and festive outfits, Fourth of July parties can get expensive fast. Here are some tips to keep costs in check.

Save on Last Minute Hotel Rooms

When it comes to booking hotel rooms for the holidays, it pays to wait until the last minute. Here's how to get maximum savings when you travel.

Save on Gifts That Keep on Giving

If you still have holiday shopping to do, consider buying a gift that keeps on giving. Here are three great ideas that will bring joy to your loved one all year long.

How to Save on Stocking Stuffers

Holiday stocking stuffers aren't usually expensive, but if you have a lot of people in your family, they can really add up. Here are some tips on how to get the most for your money on small gift items this holiday season.

Budget-Conscious Christmas Party Tips

If you're planning on throwing a holiday party, there are ways to do it without breaking the bank. Get tips on decorations, serving suggestions and more to make sure you save on your soiree.

Save When You Send Holiday Cards

Holiday cards are a great way to show someone you care, but with postage prices at an all-time high, it pays to find a cheaper way to send your greetings. Here's how.

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Buys

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great times to get deals. Here are some tips on how to navigate the bargains on each day so you can get the most out of your holiday shopping.

Gourmet Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you want to maximize your Thanksgiving meal, find a few creative ways to use your leftovers. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

Now's the Time to Book Holiday Travel

Traveling during the holidays can come at a premium. Use these tips to ensure that you get the lowest prices for flights and travel during Christmas and New Year's.

U.S. Stock Markets Closed on Presidents Day

The global economy is a perpetual motion machine, but U.S. stock markets do take breaks: In addition to the weekends, there are nine holidays on which the stock exchange is shuttered. Here's the list for 2013, as well as the surprising history of Presidents Day.

Initial Jobless Claims Rise, But Distorted By Holidays

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the winter holidays likely distorted the data for the second straight week. The Labor Department says weekly applications rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 372,000 in the week ended Dec. 29.

In Defense of Online Shopping (Delia Ephron, Listen Up)

Screenwriter Delia Ephron did not have a merry online Christmas shopping experience at J. Crew. But rather than complain about the company's customer service, she turned an op-ed column in the New York Times into a wide-ranging indictment of online shopping itself. Here's why she's wrong.

Free Shipping Day Is Today: The 10 Best Deals You'll Find Online

Today is Free Shipping Day, and almost 1,600 retailers are offering shipping deals to online shoppers. It's also the last day they'll guarantee regular delivery by Christmas Eve. We asked the folks behind Free Shipping Day to share their 10 favorite deals of the day: Here are their choices.

Don't Wait Until Super Saturday: This Weekend's Best Deals

Next weekend brings Super Saturday -- the last Saturday before Christmas, and one of the busiest shopping days of the year. If you don't want to get stuck in the mob scene, you should finish your shopping sooner -- like now. To help, we've rounded up some of the best deals on offer this weekend.

The 8 Hot Toys Your Kids Really Want This Holiday Season

While it's been a while since we've had a toy craze on the level of Furby or Tickle-Me-Elmo, there are certainly some in-demand toys this holiday season. Here are eight of the hottest -- the ones you should probably buy before it's too late, if it isn't already.

How to Pick the Perfect Gift Cards This Christmas

U.S. shoppers will buy $110 billion worth of gift cards this year, and nobody's complaining about it: Gift cards are the most-desired present of the season. But you still have to pick the right gift card for each recipient, so we asked plastic experts for their best advice.

The 4 Rules of Regifting: Etiquette Guru Explains When It's OK

Regifting: Lots of us do it, and many of us feel a bit guilty about it, even though polls show people are generally OK with receiving regifts. But does regifting really pass the holiday season etiquette test? We asked Jodi R.R. Smith of etiquette consultancy Mannersmith.

Holiday Shopping Calendar: Your List of the Best Days to Buy

Black Friday has been around for decades, but in the last several years, the holiday shopping season has gained a number of additional "special" shopping days. So if you're looking for the right days for deals, (or when to avoid the crowds) here's a run-down of all the retail deal days worth knowing.