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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:

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.

Black Friday Is Losing Its Luster As a Shopping Event

Here's the scoop on the holiday shopping season: Fewer people will camp out in front of stores before Black Friday this year in hopes of scoring hot deals on the "it" gifts. Instead, they'll use smart phones and tablets to comparison shop for the best prices, according to Accenture's latest survey.

Do You Really Want Walmart on Your Facebook Wall?

Shopping at Walmart is your guilty pleasure, but would you share with your Facebook friends which store in the chain is your very favorite? The world's biggest retailer hopes you will, and it's launching more than 3,500 store-specific Facebook pages to connect shoppers with what's happening in their local aisles.

NRF Forecasts a So-So Holiday Season for Retailers

The National Retail Federation is forecasting a less cheerful holiday season for America's stores, which means shoppers can expect to scoop up big discounts as retailers work harder to get cash registers ringing. But if you want the hottest gifts, you might want to buy early.

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.

How to Save Money at Summer Music Festivals

Summer music festivals offer a fun way to hear the country's best bands, but between tickets, travel, food and accommodations, they aren't cheap. So we asked directors and promoters of some of the summer's top events for their favorite penny-pinching tips for festival-goers.

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.

Gas Discounts and Diets: More Fuel-Saving Tips

Our first collection of readers' gas-saving suggestions looked at methods to help you cut Next, we covered methods for squeezing extra miles out of every tank. This time, DailyFinance looks at discounts and other ways that drivers can actually pay less for each gallon of fuel.

Ease Pain at Pump With Gas Station Credit Cards?

The average American family will spend about $825 more for gas in 2011 than it did in 2010. But for every pain there is a pill, and in this case, a partial cure for the fill-'er-up blues may be to sign up for a gas station credit card.

How to Cut Your Car Insurance Costs

If you're looking for clues about what impacts your car insurance rates, check in the mirror -- it's mostly about you. And while there are some parts of your personal profile that you can't change, for many of the items that affect your premiums, you're in the drivers seat.

Save Cash on Weekend Activities

Students tired of spending weekends at the same frat parties and local bars can take advantage of online deals to spice up their leisure time....

December Sales Will Warm Merchants' Hearts

Shoppers didn't disappoint merchants, buying presents at both low- and high-end prices, from jewelry to shoes. Most analysts predict sales will show year-over-year increases of 3% to 4% on Thursday, when major chains post December figures and holiday totals.

Retailers' 15 Most Annoying Habits: Readers Speak Out

Of course, retailers need to fight for every dollar. But the tactics they use to get customers to spend extra are clearly wearing thin. Our readers griped about nearly 350 sneaky ways stores aggravate them, especially when it comes to promotions, sales and discounts.

Getting Smarter, Retailers Beat Expectations

Despite heat waves, penny-pinching parents and a weak job market, stores posted generally solid sales in August. They benefited from a sharper focus on inventory control, giving locals stores more say in merchandising and by using well-timed promotions.

Yelp Goes Groupon: Who Will Win in Local Deals?

Watch out, Groupon: Local reviews site Yelp has begun rolling out weekly deals in a number of cities. While the group buying site has a big leap on Yelp, there are many reasons why the latecomer could bridge the gap quickly.

How Shopkick Aims to Kick Off a 'Geo-Retailing' Revolution

Shopkick has generated a lot of buzz recently for its smartphone app that combines location-based features with shopping. Soon, Shopkick hopes, when you walk into any of hundreds of retailers, their app will alert you to deals at that store, and reward you with 'Kickbucks' just for being there.