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Her Financial Goal: Cutting Back on an Online Shopping Habit

Everyone has things they want to improve about their financial lives -- and we at DailyFinance are no exceptions. So we asked money expert Jean Chatzky for advice on how to reach our goals. Today: An real estate reporter with an online shipping habit.

What Price Will Retailers Charge You Online? -- Savings Experiment

One of the best things about shopping online was how easy the Web made it to compare prices so you could be sure you were getting the best deals. Not anymore: Now, many companies are using your personal data to decide what prices to offer you for their products.

Think Online Retailers Charge Us All the Same Price? Think Again

One of the best things about shopping online was how easy the Web made it to compare prices so you could be sure you were getting the best deals. Not anymore: Now, many companies are using your personal data to decide what prices to offer you for their products.

Target to Match Prices of Amazon, Walmart.com Year-Round

Target announced a bold new price-match program Tuesday, promising to give customers the same deals they find on online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart.com. The new policy is similar to the one Target tried during the 2012 holiday shopping season.

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.

Holiday Retail Sales Growth Weakest Since 2008

U.S. holiday retail sales this year grew at the weakest pace since 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession. In 2012, the shopping season was disrupted by bad weather and consumers' rising uncertainty about the economy.

Struggling Best Buy Deletes Email Option From Customer Service

Best Buy is in a tailspin, but its new CEO, Hubert Joly, has been touting a plan to revitalize the consumer electronics retailer's fortunes through an emphasis on great customer service. So why, we wondered, did it just eliminate one of its customer service contact options?

Missed Free Shipping Day? You're Not Out of Luck Yet

Monday was Free Shipping Day, and if you're not done with your holiday shopping, you could be forgiven for thinking you'd missed out on your last chance to get free shipping on gifts. But don't fret: There are still ways you can dodge those pesky shipping fees.

Every Day Is Free Shipping Day -- Now, How About Free Returns?

Monday was Free Shipping Day. So is Tuesday. In fact, every day is. No, not officially: The official event is Dec. 17, the last day retailers will guarantee a pre-Christmas delivery. But so many retailers always offer ways to get free shipping, they need a new gimmick -- like free returns.

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.

The Christmas Shopping Battle: Early Winners and Losers

The battle for your holiday spending dollars is well under way, and it's not too soon to start handicapping 2012's likely winners. Some may be obvious (like Amazon), but others may surprise you. Here's how the holiday shopping season is shaking out across the retail landscape.

Last-Minute Cyber Monday Deals: Experts Pick the Day's Best Offers

The clock is running down on Cyber Monday, and there are so many deals available, it's easy to get so overwhelmed you miss the good ones. Let us help: We checked in with the experts at the top deal-hunting sites and asked for the absolute best buys they'd found. Here are their picks.

Get Free Shipping on Cyber Monday, and the Other Days, Too

Today is Cyber Monday, when retailers offer tons of great deals online. Just one problem: Mostly, they'll mean having your purchases shipped, and customers hate shipping costs more than any other part of e-commerce. Here are the best ways to dodge those pesky shipping fees.

5 Things You Shouldn't Buy on Black Friday

According to the National Retail Federation, 147 million Americans plan to shop on Black Friday weekend, because that's when they'll get the best deals. But that's just not always so. For these five types of purchase, you'd be better off skipping the post-Thanksgiving stampede.

Happy Holidays: You've Been Hacked!

It's never a good season to leave your online accounts vulnerable to hacking attacks or theft. And when the holidays roll around, the scammers aren't taking vacation: They're boosting their efforts just as you already face extra risks.

Target Responds to Backlash Over Thanksgiving Night Opening

Target is pushing back against complaints that its 9 p.m. Thanksgiving opening is ruining the holiday for its employees. It's hardly the only retailer making the move, an online petition singling out Target at Change.org had 228,000 signatures as of Friday morning.

Staples Gets a Surprising Roommate: Amazon.com

Amazon has been rolling out a fleet of lockers for its customers since late last year -- a way to buy from the online retail king without having your item shipped to your home. Now, in an unexpected partnership, it's about install some of those locker banks inside Staples stores.

Walmart Tests Limited Same-Day Delivery of Online Orders

Walmart is testing same-day delivery of televisions, toys and other general merchandise bought online in a few U.S. markets as it tries to find new ways to keep up with competitors and to attract busy shoppers this holiday season.

Online Shopping (and Fraud) Likely to Soar This Holiday Season

When it comes to holiday shopping, there's one trend you can count on every year: Online sales will grow like gangbusters. But whether you're on a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone, it's important to remember that buying online carries extra risks of identity theft and fraud.

Amazon's Sales Tax Advantage May Soon End in Massachusetts

In a move designed to level the playing field for local retailers on the cusp of the make-or-break holiday selling season, Massachusetts is maneuvering to collect state sales tax from e-tailing behemoth Amazon.com, according to the Boston Herald.

Sales Taxes for Online Retailers Move Closer to Reality

Brick-and-mortar retailers have long complained that e-commerce sites enjoy an unfair advantage since they don't have to collect state sales taxes, allowing them to offer lower prices. The Marketplace Equity Act would change that -- and it's gaining momentum.