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.
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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… )
For the last 10 years, Animal Planet has been counter-programming the biggest football game of the year with the cutest football game of the year. If you've never seen The Puppy Bowl, you can check out highlights from last year's game, but the premise is simple: Build a miniature stadium and fill it with puppies and chew-toys. Turn on the cameras and watch a panoply of adorbs unfold. This year 38 baby dogs will romp around while a parakeet "reports" from the sidelines via twitter (@MeepTheBird). Breaking up the "play" is a kitten halftime show headlined by Keyboard Cat (!) who will be playing Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" (!). During this show, 29 baby cats will take the field and be aww-inspiringly cute. This year, we've also been promised penguin cheerleaders (!) and special appearances by Lil Bub (!). Folks, outside the finale of Twin Peaks, this is quite possibly the most bizarre moment on broadcast television that you will ever see.
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But half of the fun of a Super Bowl party — or any football or sports party — is the tailgating experience. (Nope. NOT making a TAILgating joke. Nuh-uh.) You know, the food, the fun, the be-costumed and face-painted zaniness! But how exactly does one tailgate for the Puppy Bowl? Let's find out together!
There's always one weirdo who shows up for a football game in a clown wig and face and/or body paint, so why should your pets be exempt from all the dress-up hilarity that we seem to equate with cheering on our team? We won't suggest painting your dog (it'll probably be a nightmare to clean out of its fur), but costumes are equally as fun. In fact, this Cheerleader Dog Costume ($15.99 with free shipping via Amazon Prime, a low by $3) is also harmless on your wallet. (Though, the harm it may cause to your dog's mental health is only something that you and your licensed pet psychologist can determine.) ( Continue… )
February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's certainly not lacking in savings. You might not score as big of a discount as you would prefer on a Valentine's Day gift, but this month you'll find deals on several necessities like winter coats and tax software. We've sorted through the DealNews archives of sales, coupons, and daily deals to find out what the best and worst things are to buy in February.
V-Day Deals Won't Shine, But Savings Will Be Sweet
Since many Valentine's Day gifts are at their most in-demand during the first two weeks of February, the discounts on these items are generally pretty modest. However, that doesn't mean you should give up and pay full-price for things. At the very least, look for coupons at value-driven jewelry sites like Netaya, ICE.com,Limoges Jewelry, and Ross-Simons, or lingerie stores like Victoria's Secret; last year we found 20% off coupons at VS and Frederick's of Hollywood during the first week of February. Even department stores are worth sorting through, if you can find a storewide shopping pass that applies to V-Day worthy goods. For example, last year Macy's offered several extra discounts in the lead up to February 14.
And if you don't have a date to shower with gifts, buck up: You can still get something out of the holiday through the various freebies we tend to see from restaurants and food chains like Starbucks and Qdoba. However, these offers tend to veer in the "buy one, get one" direction, which may be a bummer if you're going solo.
Prepare for Presidents' Day Sales
The best part about a holiday weekend isn't necessarily the day off, but rather the inevitable sales. You can expect quite a few Presidents' Day sales during the upcoming 3-day weekend, and they'll take as much as 85% off on a plethora of apparel, as well as tools, bedding, and furniture. Some retailers tend to offer deeper discounts on existing sales, while others will lean towards modest coupons (likely an extra 20% to 30% off) that are applicable sitewide. Look to clothing and department stores for a big Presidents' Day sale push. ( Continue… )
Amazon's incredibly popular streaming and shipping program, Amazon Prime, may soon see a price hike of $20 to $40. Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak mentioned increasing the subscription cost (currently $79 per year) during the company's fourth quarter earnings call, according to The Verge. While it's important to note that nothing has been finalized, a price increase would obviously have serious implications for the rumored 20 million Prime members (Amazon has never officially confirmed the number of subscribers).
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Should the price hike go into effect, then those 20 million people would be giving Amazon (at worst) $119 per year to pay for unlimited 2-day shipping. Shipping costs have been haunting Amazon lately; non-Prime members saw a rate hike last year, and now must buy $35 worth of stuff to qualify for free shipping. And everyone must spend at least $25 to offset the shipping costs of the smaller "Add-on" items. Looking at this trend, the Prime rate hike has been a long time coming. ( Continue… )
This month, Nintendo presented its abysmal 2014 Wii U sales forecast to the collective laughter of Xbox and PlayStation fans. We've decided to show our Nintendo solidarity/pile on the criticism with a roundup of five Editors' Choice console gaming deals. Pick Nintendo's side by taking advantage of lower prices on titles like Scribblenauts Unmasked, trade in your old Nintendo games for a $20 PlayStation credit from Amazon, or let your Wii U gather dust when you score an Xbox One bundle for as little as $520.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Downloads for Nintendo Wii U
Store: Nintendo eShop
Lowest By: $15
Is It Worth It?: Haters gonna hate, but you love your Wii U and you're proud of it. Do your part to perk up Nintendo's flagging sales by downloading Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate from the Nintendo eShop on your Wii U. "Targeting, camera controls, item management, and certain attack controls can all be mapped to the touchscreen interface and moved about to suit you," Gamespot's reviewer said, referring to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's integration of the Wii U's GamePad. "This interface is never intrusive, or mandatory, but it's a subtle and welcome use of the hardware."
If you're rocking the 3DS, the Nintendo eShop also offers downloads of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS for $19.99. (To purchase this game, click the "download" link and then scan the on-screen QR code using your 3DS.) Tied as the lowest price we've seen, it's also $12 below a physical copy of this game. ( Continue… )
With the Academy Awards just over a month away, we’re gearing up for the celeb-infused night by binging on 2013's cream of the crop silver screen offerings. Lacking in Jordon Belfort’s millions however, we mortals must do our best to scrimp and save in order to afford the luxury of a trip to the movies at a time when theater prices are sky rocketing. Fortunately there are ways to save at the box office that make indulging indulge in Hollywood’s finest affordable. ( Continue… )
As football fans clamor for the arrival of Super Bowl Sunday, where the Seattle Seahawks will face off against the Denver Broncos, you may be surprised to know that it's not too late to buy a ticket to see the game in person — and that it's the most affordable Super Bowl in years. This isn't to say that a trip to the Super Bowl is a budget buy, but with ticket prices as low as $585 on TiqIQ, it's shaping up to be the least expensive Super Bowl since 2002. But why are prices bottoming out?
Cold Weather on the Horizon
Super Bowl XLVIII will take place on Sunday, February 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This is an outdoor stadium in the northeast, with temperatures predicted to be in the 30s come game day — it's the first time the Super Bowl has been played outdoors in a cold weather city.
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Though meteorologists suggest snow isn't on the agenda for this Sunday, it's also not outside the realm of possibility — and either way, the weather will definitely be cold. Even for the NFL's biggest game, outdoor seating in that weather — especially for the premium prices Super Bowl tickets tend to go for — doesn't appeal to everyone.
While lower demand has led to lower prices for outdoor seating, prices for the stadium's club seating, which includes access to indoor lounge areas, has remained relatively high at $2,000 and up. For the more luxurious all-indoor suites, prices are hitting record highs — the lowest prices start around $470,000 and only go up from there. And as game day closes in, you probably won’t be able to find any at all. ( Continue… )
Lenovo Yoga 8 32GB 8" Tablet
Price: $199 via coupon code "USPYT861116" with free shipping
Lowest By: $100
Is It Worth It?: The Yoga 8 is a perfect choice for users looking for a compact touchscreen experience. The Yoga 8 is a better choice than its larger sibling, the Yoga 10, according to PCMag. "Both use the same design, same display resolution, and same processor ... but the [Yoga 8's] display is sharper and its design is even more comfortable in the smaller form factor." Coupon code "USPYT861116" drops it to$199, shaving off $100 and making this the cheapest Yoga 8 32GB tablet we've seen.
Features include a built-in kickstand, an MTK MT8125 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 8" 1280x800 IPS touchscreen LCD, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, rear and front-facing cameras, and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).
Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 16GB 7" WiFi Android Tablet
Store: Direct Source Liquidations via eBay
Price: $89.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $49
Is It Worth It?: If your old tablet can't keep up with your media consumption, step up to this refurbished Kindle Fire HD. A full $49 under the price of new unit, $90 is the best price we've seen for this Kindle Fire model. Prime members will get the best experience from this tablet, having access to Prime Instant Video and the Kindle Lending Library.
The Kindle Fire HD also features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 7" 1280x800 IPS LCD, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 802.11a/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Dolby Digital Plus audio, and Fire OS 3.0 (Mojito). No warranty information is included. ( Continue… )
Guys, it's time to retire those shoes — you know, the ones that are literally falling apart? To help you move on, we've rounded up the best men's shoe deals of the week. Embrace a pair of Lands' End boots for $99 off list, get an extra 20% off some Clarks shoes, or save $17 on a pair of Nike trainers.
Lands' End Men's Ultimate Hiker Boots
Store: Lands' End
Price: $39.99 with $8 s&h
Lowest By: $99
Is It Worth It?: If you wore out your old shoes stomping through the woods, then you'll want to upgrade to the Lands' End Ultimate Hiker boots in Black or Earthen Brown. Knocked down to $40, you'll save $99 on these Editors' Choice hiking boots. Don't let their street-chic style fool you, these boots were made for the trail. Their breathable leather construction and padded collars will keep you comfy, while their gripping rubber outsole will keep you stable. These boots come in sizes 8 to 13, although not in all size/color combinations. ( Continue… )