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American Express, Twitter Team Up to Offer Daily Deals

American Express is making a bid to bring cardholders its own version of Groupon-like daily deal offers, joining forces with Twitter in an attempt to turn America into a "couponless nation." The program will undoubtedly offer good discounts -- but can it last in the long term?

Retailers Push Back Against Extreme Couponing Trend

Memo to extreme couponers: Some retailers, particularly supermarkets and drugstore chains, are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore. To save their bottom lines, they're setting limits on just how much all your coupon cleverness can save you.

Frugal Nation: Which Cities Are the Most Coupon-Crazy?

Midwestern and Southern shoppers just love their digital coupons. West Coasters -- not so much. Learn what else a survey of U.S. cities' online coupon usage revealed -- and which super-frugal state had three cities in the top 25 list -- and two in the top 10.

Guess Who Clips the Most Coupons?

You might think that less wealthy households would be more active coupon users than their affluent counterparts, but you'd be wrong. The folks at Coupons.org recently released some startling data on trends in coupon usage in America. Here's what they found.

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.

7 Doorbuster-Free Ways to Save Big on Black Friday

Black Friday, the Super Bowl of the holiday shopping season, is upon us. Deal pros cut through the barrage of bargain-hunting tips with a pared down -- and doorbuster-free -- list of simple ways to save during the shopping blitz.

14 Veterans Day Freebies for Those Who Served

As a salute to those who have served our country, on Friday, many restaurants and other businesses are offering freebies to active military and veterans for Veterans Day. In many cases, you'll need military ID or proof of service; other deals apply to civilians too. Dig in and enjoy. That's an order!

Has the Groupon Model Jumped the Shark?

Groupon's IPO was a rousing success, but its business model still may be an endangered species. Facebook, restaurant reviews website Yelp, and dining reservations leader OpenTable have all bowed out of selling prepaid vouchers for area merchants at steep discounts in recent weeks. Here's why:

Is the Internet Killing Your Favorite Restaurant?

Running a restaurant has never been easy, but it's getting harder to succeed these days for eateries that shun the social couponing and new media games. A decade ago, all you needed was a strong concept, a healthy strategy and a few ads in the local paper, but the Internet has changed everything.

IPO's Over: So Now Should You Invest in Groupon?

After Groupon's IPO release on Thursday and its bumpy first day of trading Friday, it's time for ordinary investors to think hard about whether we really want to take the plunge on the coupon company. DailyFinance offers a few expert opinions about whether this daily deal is a winner.

Dump Groupon? Five Sites That Might Save You More

Do you really need Groupon or LivingSocial? If you answered "yes," you're among a shrinking minority. Really, Groupons are meant to entice us to try things we otherwise wouldn't. Couponing, though, is how smart shoppers cut costs on what they already buy, and these five sites can save you a bundle.

Most Expensive Groupon? The One You Forget to Use

As Groupon prepares for its IPO, here's a gentle reminder to the company's original public investors: the bargain buyers. If you don't redeem those Daily Deals -- and many of us forget to after we buy them -- they're just money down the drain for you, and pure profit for the company.

Bagging the Best Deals at the Grocery Store

When it comes to saving money on groceries, using coupons can cut your bill in half. But in this fast-paced digital age, who has time to find the deals? We've consulted the coupon experts to help you save money on food without giving up your social life.

Today's Groupon Deal: 40 Percent Off Groupon Itself

It's fitting that Groupon -- the daily deals leader that at one time was valued as high as $20 billion -- is finally gearing up to go public at a discount. Its IPO will give it a market capitalization of less than $12 billion. The flash sale specialist is also selling fewer shares to the public, a move that will make it easier to pull off this deal in this iffy climate.

Lotto Winners Would Keep On Clipping Coupons

Maybe winning Powerball isn't the financial lifeboat it's cracked up to be. A whopping 96% of shoppers would continue to use coupons even if they won the lottery, according to a survey released Monday by the deal publisher Redplum.com.

Back-to-School Shopping: Buyers Get a 'C' for Careful

Even before Hurricane Irene interrupted back-to-school shopping, the nation was cautious about spending for the new semester. A teetering economy is affecting the purchasing choices of 75% of families with school-age children, and 70% say they plan to spend the same or less as last year.

Best Deals on High-Quality Back-to-School Clothes

If you're still looking for last-minute back-to-school clothing deals, Cheapism.com has done your homework for you. The review website perused hundreds of items at the nation's biggest retailers to find the best made -- and best priced -- kids' clothes.

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.

The Groupon Backlash Has Begun

Daily deals services are multiplying even faster than savings-hungry consumers can track them. But this business model is deeply flawed: A significant fraction of those who purchase a deal never even redeem their coupons, meaning these so-called "promotions" are failures, for shoppers and retailers both. And merchants can suffer when deals are redeemed.

A New Way to Save: Extreme Gift Carding

If you're looking for a simple way to save on everyday purchases, consider an option you may have only looked at when shopping for others: gift cards. Many retailers and websites offer them at a discount, which translates into instant savings when you redeem them. And there are other saving tricks too ...

Walmart Pushes 'Free' to Lure Customers Back

It may be the world's largest retailer, but Walmart really needs to juice up its U.S. sales, which have been a glaring weakness in its quarterly result. Its solution for drawing customers back to its stores: More coupons, more promotions and and more free samples.

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.)

Are Group Deal Sites Costing You Too Much Time?

A penny saved, they say, is a penny earned -- which explains the popularity of group-buying websites. But they also say that time is money, which is why you may be feeling like the daily slog through all those discount deals is becoming more trouble than it's worth. But there are ways to keep the bargains and take back your inbox.

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.

CVS Coupon for $5 Off $40

Grab a CVS coupon for $5 off a purchase of $40 or more when you "like" the company's Facebook page. Click on the Special Offers tab and enter your...

Makeup Coupon for 20% Off at Ulta

Use this makeup coupon for 20% off your entire purchase at Ulta through Apr. 9, 2011. Plug in Ulta coupon code 12005 to get the discount. The makeup...

How Being Too Cheap Can Cost You a Fortune

Being frugal is smart, and these days, it's fashionable too. Sometimes, though, it just doesn't make sense to be a Scrooge: Going too far in your attempts to save can have financial consequences that leave you significantly worse off. Here are nine ways you shouldn't cut corners.