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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.

Holiday Shopping Alert: The Best Deals Are Ahead

Attention holiday shoppers: Don't feel blue if you missed Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Retail analysts say the best deals are yet to come, with discounts growing deeper as Christmas draws nearer.

8 Survival Rules for Black Friday Shoppers

Switch on the TV or open the newspaper today, and you'd think there was only one day a year to get bargains: Black Friday. But if you're not careful, the year's most-hyped shopping day can be filled with traps. Here's how not to get bamboozled.

Black Friday Shopping Tip: Do It In Your Pajamas

Here's some Black Friday shopping advice: Stay home. Ditch the stores, crowds and lines, and shop online, where the deals often eclipse what you'll find in stores, says Brad Wilson, CEO of Bradsdeals.com. So where are the big bargains on shoes, electronics, jewelry, apparel and home goods? Read on ...

Don't Resort to Crime to Cover Your Wedding Costs

Desperate for cash to pay for their wedding, a Pennsylvania couple allegedly stripped more than $7,000 worth of copper from utility poles and sold it. We all know how expensive weddings can get, but there are better solutions than crime -- among them, these tips for cutting down wedding costs.

Macy's, Target to Start Black Friday at Midnight

Setting a new holiday shopping tradition, Macy's and Target will swing open their doors at midnight on Black Friday for the first time ever, giving shoppers a jump start on door-buster sales while offering an implicit challenge to their fellow retail brethren to follow suit.

Can Basketball Fans Score During NBA Lockout?

After the strife-torn NBA cancelled the first two weeks of the basketball season, we wondered: Would this mean any financial relief for fans? Somewhere in the war between the wealthy players and owners, are there savings to be found for the ordinary people who spend money on NBA tickets and gear?

Analysts: Santa's Bag Will Be Filled With Bargains

Consumers can expect a holiday shopping season heavy on promotional offers as stores offer sweet bargains on all manner of products amid a still-sluggish economy -- good news for buyers of tablet computers, smartphones and video games, all predicted to be big gift items this year.

Target Gets an Early Jump on Cyber Monday

Target is getting a head start on the biggest online shopping day of the year. The cheap-chic discounter sent out an email blast on Sept. 26 touting "Cyber Monday in September." "Lucky You. These Cyber Monday deals couldn't wait until November. Better hurry," coos Target.com.

New Site Lets Shoppers Name Their Own Deals

Popular daily-deal sites, such as Groupon and LivingSocial, work with businesses to offer group discounts for shoppers. New site oBaz, which launches Tuesday, wants to reverse the model by enabling shoppers to ask for what they want.

5 Strategies for Saving Year-Round

I'd been waiting for a biggish freelance check for a while and making lists of things my family needed when the money came it. So when I got it, I...

Americans' Top 12 Ways to Cut Their Spending

That box of store-brand cereal is looking more tempting to a lot of Americans: A new Harris poll lists buying generic as the top way consumers are cutting back on everyday expenses. What other methods are we using to stretch out our budgets, and how much more frugal are we getting? Read on ...

How to Score Cheap Baseball Tickets This Summer

Between the growing secondary market (i.e. online scalping sites) and the burning desire of baseball teams to lure fans back into the stadiums, it's easier than ever to catch some major league bargains. DailyFinance has your guide to where the deals are.

Getting the Best Memorial Day Shopping Deals

On Memorial Day weekend, retailers pull out all the stops to move fresh merchandise, and if you play your cards right, you can get some great deals. But even though it's the semi-official start of summer, you'll want to do your homework first. (Don't worry, you can cheat off of DailyFinance's personal finance columnist, Regina Lewis.)

Airfare Bargains: How You Can Land One This Summer

Airfares are still on the rise, and the experts don't expect them to descend any time soon. But if you're flexible, sociable and Web-savvy, you could still land a bargain deal on a flight this summer.

When the 'Daily Deal' Is No Deal at All

Everyone loves to save money, and group-buying websites like Groupon and LivingSocial make it seem so easy. But they also make it easy -- and very tempting -- to buy more than you need, things that you don't, and coupons you'll never redeem. But you can tame your group-buying habit.