While you might associate February with deals on Valentine's Day fare like chocolates and flowers, most of this month's sales will occur around Presidents' Day. Considered to be the first major sales day of the year by the retail industry, Presidents' Day boasts a ton of promotions on everything from clothing to computers. But are any of these sales actually worth your time? We combed the DealNews archives from 2012 and 2013 to see what kind of discounts you can expect from this year's Presidents' Day sales.
Presidents' Day Comes Early, Stays Late
Although the Presidents' Day holiday only occurs on Monday, February 17 this year, the sales could eat up nearly the entire month. In 2012, we saw the first Presidents' Day sale on February 11. Last year, Bass Pro Shops started its Presidents' Day sale on February 5! Most merchants will begin their sales the Friday before Presidents' Day, and carry them through the weekend until Monday. That said, we saw the last Presidents' Day promotion of 2012 on the Friday after the holiday, and the last sale of 2013 happened on the Sunday after the holiday. If these trends hold, this year you can easily expect to be shopping Presidents' Day sales for about a 2-week period. ( Continue… )
Ladies, Valentine's Day is still far enough away that you might not have solid plans. But whether you end up on the arms of your love or out partying with the girls, you can look and feel fabulous by checking out our roundup of the week's best health and beauty deals. Give yourself one of these Valentine's Day gifts: a fresh face with a new set of makeup brushes for $28, be confidently kissable with a free bottle of Scope, or flaunt your baby blues with Maybelline eyeshadow for just $2.
Beaute Basics 24-Piece Cosmetic Brush Set with Case
Price: $27.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $10
Expires: February 13
Is It Worth It?: Hey, we've all had breakups, but that's no reason to stay home on Valentine's Day! Take a shower, put on uncomfortable shoes, and go belt it out at karaoke. But before you do, give your face a once-over with this brand new set of 24 makeup brushes. The kit includes an assortment of eyeshadow, face, and lip brushes made with birchwood handles and natural and synthetic fibers and a handy soft makeup case to store them all in. Broken heart = mended. ( Continue… )
Let's face it: No one wakes up in the morning with a burning desire to buy everyday necessities like pet food, toilet paper, batteries, or diapers. And yet, when you're out of them, your entire world can come to a screeching halt. Many of these goods are so essential, we'd run out of the house bleary-eyed at 3 am to replace them.
When you're in a rush, a savvy shopper's commitment to buying discounted goods goes out the window, and it's easy to pay too much because you can't wait around for a deal. Therefore, it's cheaper and easier to stock up on these items when you don't need them — and we've got the data from the DealNews archives to prove it! We've rounded up a collection of items that you should always buy when you see a deal, even if you're still fully stocked at home. Read on to see how you can save over $200 with a little advance planning.
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Potential Savings: $10 on laundry detergent, $6 on dishwasher detergent
If cleaning supplies aren't on your list of necessities, you either live in a dorm room or in a cave (and are apparently stealing WiFi from a nearby Starbucks). Still, even the average person probably doesn't think about purchasing these household supplies until they run out. However, you'll save an average of $10 on laundry detergent and $6 on dishwasher detergent if you buy in bulk ahead of time.
Potential Savings: $9 on toilet paper, $27 on paper towels
Fact: There is never good time to run out of toilet paper. It's all that separates us from the animals! Paper towels, conversely, may seem to be a less urgent purchase, but a minor kitchen spill can quickly turn into a Messapocalypse if you're out of Bounty or Brawny. The only defense against a dearth of paper goods is proactive bulk-buying. In the last three months, we've seen an average savings of $9 on toilet paper multi-packs. Buying your paper towels in bulk is even better; you'll save $27 on average. ( Continue… )
Nine months may seem like a long time, but that baby will be here before you know it. Gearing up to become a parent is an expensive process, so we've taken the liberty of gathering the week's bestbaby item deals to help you out. Get $33 off a Graco car seat, score a Playskool Rocktivity Arch at $45 off, and save $53 on a Baby Cargo stroller.
As many shoppers are now aware, Target experienced a massive security breach between November 27 and December 15, 2013, with the personal data of up to 110 million customers having been compromised. In January, Neiman Marcus experienced a similar hack and in the weeks since, various expert reports have suggested that even more stores are currently also at risk. This has left many consumers wondering: How have so many retailers been hoodwinked by hackers? And is there any truly safe way to pay for goods outside of cash? To help better understand the changing credit card landscape consumers are facing, we've laid out all the details on what information might have been at risk and explore the various ways consumers can shop online and remain secure.
Both Financial & Personal Information Stolen
Using a software called BlackPOS developed by a Russian teenager, hackers corrupted Target's Point of Sale devices (credit and debit card readers) in brick-and-mortar locations. The hackers were able to capture personal data immediately after a credit card was swiped, according to Brian Krebs, the security blogger who originally broke the story. The data was then stored in a repository within Target's own internal system, which, the company recently revealed, hackers were able to by stealing vendor credentials.
Target initially confirmed that up to 40 million credit and debit card accounts had been compromised. The information stolen included everything stored directly on a credit or debit card's magnetic strip: account number, cardholder name, and expiration date. It also included encrypted CVV data, which is used to confirm in-store purchases. (CVV data is not the same as the 3-digit CVV2 code found on the back of your card and used to verify online purchases.) ( Continue… )
While we wait for this year's crop of tablets to come to market, many previous-generation models are seeing their lowest prices ever. With that in mind, today we're highlighting five Editors' Choice tablet deals. Read on to see Amazon's best Kindle Fire sale yet, an all-time price low on Lenovo's Yoga 8, and $50 off the Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows tablet.
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Kindle Fire HD 16GB 8.9" WiFi Tablet
Price: $189 with free shipping
Lowest By: $51
Is It Worth It?: The 8.9" Kindle Fire HD may lack the HDX's better-than-1080p display and quad-core CPU, but this previous-gen tablet is still an excellent choice for those looking for a media-centered experience — and it's available at a fraction of the HDX's cost. Prime members will reap the most benefits from this tablet, having access to features like Prime Instant Video and the Kindle Lending Library.
The Kindle Fire HD also features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8.9" 1920x1200 (1080p) IPS LCD, 16GB of internal storage, 802.11a/n wireless, Bluetooth, Dolby Digital Plus audio, and Fire OS 3.0 (Mojito).
If you'd rather get your hands on a current-gen Kindle tablet, there's never been a better time. Amazon is taking $30 to $40 off a selection of Kindle Fire tablets, including the 7" and 8.9" HDX models. Better yet, all items receive free shipping. With prices starting at $189, we've never seen a better sale on these tablets from Amazon. ( Continue… )
Whether you like to lace 'em up, zip 'em up, or pull 'em on, for some of us there's just something magical about stepping into a pair of boots. Today we're celebrating this singular footwear with the week's best boot deals. Save $64 on a pair of Born boots, get an extra 20% off Ralph Lauren boots, and score some Lands' End hiker boots at $99 off.
Franco Sarto Women's Dover Boots
Price: $59.90 with free shipping
Lowest By: $25
Is It Worth It?: Sexy and flattering, the Franco Sarto Dover boots in Black or Moka are the quintessential knee-high boots. A $25 price low at $60, these boots feature a 3.25" heel, a 14" boot shaft, zippered closure, and subtle stretch. They're available in most sizes from 5.5 to 11, although not in all size/color combinations. ( Continue… )
Though it's not an official holiday, Valentine's Day is still a big day for many retailers. And while we'll see discounts on everything from roses to jewelry, not every promotion is worth your time or money. To separate Cupid's hits from his misses, we researched past Valentine's Day sales to help you purchase your significant other the right gift at the right price.
Search for Coupons Before Buying Jewelry
Nothing says "I love you" like diamonds and gold. At least that's what retailers want you to believe. Last year, jewelry was among the first items discounted in the weeks leading up to February. Naturally, this year you can expect more jewelry deals with the first Valentine's Day sales appearing this week. Amazon kicked things off last year with a sale that took up to 87% off select jewelry.
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In the two weeks leading up to the big day, you can also expect to see sales from ICE.com, Blue Nile,Szul, and Zales with discounts ranging from 20% to 85% off. Some stores like Tiffany and Kay Jewelers will offer free or expedited shipping. But for maximum savings, we recommend using stackable coupons to further increase your savings. Limoges Jewelry, for instance, has traditionally taken off between 20% to 25% off marked down jewelry via a stackable coupon; last year Zales also took $40 off orders of $200 or more with one of its coupon codes. So while you'll see plenty of standalone Valentine's Day sales from the majority of jewelers, it's the sales with stackable coupons that offer the best value. ( Continue… )
Can you imagine shopping from the comfort of your home and not having to wait two days to receive your purchases? Or how about shopping in-store ('cause sometimes that's fun, too!) and having someone else whisk your purchases home for you? For many consumers, same-day delivery is like a dream come true, but in fact, it's a reality in select cities across the country. And what many people don't realize is that same-day shipping doesn't always mean paying crazy shipping and handling fees. Check out these eight retailers that are proud to offer same-day delivery and see how they stack up against one another.
Shipping Method: Local Express Delivery
Cost: $8.99 per shipment + $99 cents per item; Prime members pay $3.99 per item
Cutoff Time: Order as late as 12 pm (varies by city) for delivery by 8 pm ( Continue… )
Whether you'll be watching the game or just the commercials, this week's best HDTV deals are bound to make your TV the center of attention. We've rounded up three king-sized HDTVs for under a grand along with two smaller 42" sets for just $350.
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Vizio Razor 60" 120Hz 1080p WiFi LED-Backlit LCD HDTV
Store: Best Buy
Price: $799.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $68
Is It Worth It?: Not long ago the thought of owning a 60" TV was out of the question for most of us. Today, with many 60" sets comfortably under $1,000, it's not completely impossible and the 60" Vizio E601i-A3 is a prime example. Large in everything except price, PC Mag calls it a "great choice for a big HDTV," despite its modest black levels. Features include built-in WiFi with support for VIZIO Internet Apps, a 120Hz refresh rate, LED backlighting, and four HDMI ports. ( Continue… )