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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.

A New Deal: Could PayPal Out-Coupon Groupon?

There's a new daily deals player, and it's a company that's near and dear to your virtual pocketbook. And if you think the online coupons sector is too saturated for a fresh entry to make a dent, you're ignoring a few important things about PayPal.

Alec Baldwin Wants You to Buy Zynga

You can't buy this kind of free publicity! Alec Baldwin was booted from an American Airlines flight last week, after the politically charged and occasionally enraged actor refused to stop playing Zynga's Scrabble-clone Words With Friends when his commercial flight was ready to depart. What better omen for Zynga's upcoming IPO?

Forget the Fruitcake: Give Skydiving Lessons

Forget the material things %u2014 reindeer sweaters, clunky toys, stocking stuffers that end up as, well, stuff. How about a skydiving lesson, a spa pampering or a night at a cozy bed and breakfast This holiday season, a lasting memory is worth a thousand knickknacks.

Is Facebook Finally Ready to IPO?

Facebook may finally be ready to go public in the second quarter of 2012. At an estimated valuation of $100 billion, the social networking giant is probably no longer a ground-floor opportunity -- but could even that number be too low?

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.

Retailers Buff Up Rewards to Vie for Holiday Bucks

As holiday shopping season kicks into gear, retailers are going into overdrive in the battle for your bucks. And with daily deal web sites like Groupon and mobile shopping apps offering so many deals to online shoppers, the big stores are even more desperate to get you through the door.

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.

Groupon's Helicopter Deal: Too Soon After Tragedy?

Did Groupon's deal Friday for a Manhattan helicopter tour spin into bad taste? The email offer to New Yorkers comes just 10 days after a helicopter from a different company plunged into the city's East River, killing two tourists.

Going 'Groupon': Travelers Win, Brides Bombs

Everyone was hopping on the Groupon bandwagon last summer, including travel deals publisher Travelzoo, restaurant reservations provider OpenTable, and wedding planning specialist XO Group. But now that Groupon has been exposed as a dot-com speedster with a lack-of-profitability problem, investors have turned on the publicly traded coattail-riders.

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.

Don't Let Your Unused Groupons Go to Waste

Tens of thousands of group deals are purchased every day from sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, but between 18% and 22% aren't redeemed. All that spent-yet-unspent money is an opportunity for a secondary market, and a handful of websites are filling the gap, providing deal-holders a quick way to cash-out on offers they won't use.

7 Free Apps That Saved Us an Instant $68.14

You paid a lot for your iPhone, so why not use it to earn back some of that dough? Here are seven apps -- all free -- that can save you hundreds of dollars a year, on gas, groceries, and goods sold online. We took them for a test drive and slashed our shopping tab by nearly $70.

Macy's Doubles Down on Its Big E-Commerce Plans

Macy's is bullish on e-commerce. Online sales for the department store chain grew more than 30% in 2010, and it's investing heavily in infrastructure upgrades, such as e-commerce product fulfillment centers, to accelerate its transformation into an "omnichannel" retail company.

Groupon Files for Hotly Anticipated IPO

Fast-growing daily deal site Groupon on Thursday filed go public, the first step what will be one of the year's most hotly anticipated initial public offerings. The company estimated it would raise $750 million from new investors when it goes public, confirming weeks of speculation.

What Deals on Facebook Means to the Group-Buying Biz

Facebook dipped a big toe into the group-buying waters on Tuesday, launching a test of its Deals on Facebook service. But though it's coming late to the game, analysts and merchants say they won't be surprised if the social networking titan soon poses a viable threat to market leaders Groupon and LivingSocial.

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.

Group Buying Companies: Time to Take Stock

When will Groupon and Living Social go public...and how have the sites already changed the way older companies do business? With high profit margins leading to steep valuation, it looks like the group coupon market is poised to explode!

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....

Where You Should Invest in the Latest Tech IPO Wave

A new crop of tech IPOs are en route to the market, among them vacation rental website HomeAway, online radio site Pandora and business networking site LinkedIn. But how can you tell if these startups are worthy of your cash? Here are the four questions to ask before buying into an IPO.

Microsoft's Bing Dives Into Online Shopping

Microsoft has gained on Google in search engine rankings -- if only by a little. But it is taking advantage of the momentum by launching a new Bing shopping product for phones and computers.