Yes, You Really Are Seeing the Same Black Friday Deals Every Year

Yes, You Really Are Seeing the Same Black Friday Deals Every Year

From one year to the next, the bulk of the Black Friday sales are more or less the same as they were the year before. And before you get upset, this is actually not a bad thing—if we know that certain items and categories will be marked down by the same amount every year, it makes it a lot easier to make up a holiday shopping list and realistic budget.

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4 Ways Peer-to-Peer Lending is Changing the Game

4 Ways Peer-to-Peer Lending is Changing the Game

Peer-to-peer lending isn't a new concept, but in the past decade, it's really taken off online. Peer-to-peer lending connects people with a little extra cash with those in need, a process which is infinitely better -- both for the consumer and the economy -- than other options, like taking out a payday loan.

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5 Tips for Avoiding Online Shopping Scams

5 Tips for Avoiding Online Shopping Scams

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, many consumers are opting out of the mall experience, and choosing to play Santa on their laptops, tablets and mobile devices. According to the National Retail Federation, nearly half of all holiday shopping in 2015 was done online, and that number is only expected to grow in 2016. But while shopping online is convenient, it can also make you an easy mark for scammers.

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5 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom (for Under $100)

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom (for Under $100)

My husband and I just bought our first house together, and we're currently in the middle of some serious DIY renovations. Last month I wrote about our kitchen upgrades: we put in some new tile, painted our cabinets and installed some new hardware I scored at Overstock for just $40 total! Next up? The bathrooms.

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Starwood and Marriott are Merging. What Does This Mean for Your Loyalty Points?

Starwood and Marriott are Merging. What Does This Mean for Your Loyalty Points?

It's official! After a few weeks of limbo pending approval from China, Starwood and Marriott are officially merging. What remains to be confirmed is how Marriott and Starwood's loyalty programs will be combined. Starwood's loyalty program is much loved by its members -- myself included -- and many people in the travel world are worried about what this merger might mean for this very popular program.

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3 Ways to Save on a Munich Oktoberfest

3 Ways to Save on a Munich Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest, the annual German celebration of beer and fun, is in full swing now on Munich's Theresienwiese. The festival is running until the first Sunday in October, and if you're looking to get in on the action -- either this year or in 2017 -- here are my tips for saving money on the beer-soaked trip of a lifetime.

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I Bought a Mattress Online — And You Should, Too

I Bought a Mattress Online — And You Should, Too

Ten years after buying my pillow-top mattress, a decade of sleep had compressed the fluff into a distinct valley in the center. When I started waking up with back pain and stiffness every morning, prompting some serious side eye from my chiropractor, I knew its days were numbered.

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The Lowdown on Layaway: 6 Stores Offering Payment Plans for the Holidays

The Lowdown on Layaway: 6 Stores Offering Payment Plans for the Holidays

We're not huge fans of layaway here at Brad's Deals. While it might seem like an easy way to finance holiday fun, it means paying extra money for things you could buy for less upfront.

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Samsung is Recalling the Galaxy Note7. Here's What to do if You Own One.

Samsung is Recalling the Galaxy Note7. Here's What to do if You Own One.

The lithium-ion battery on the popular phablet can overheat and catch fire, causing serious burns and property damage. Here's everything you need to know to get a refund on your phone, and keep your family safe from unexpected phone fires. 

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8 Things You Should ALWAYS Buy Generic

8 Things You Should ALWAYS Buy Generic

It's easy to be wooed by the pretty packaging and name-recognition of branded items at the grocery or drug store. Sure, it costs a bit more than the generic stuff, but that's gotta mean it's better, right? Wrong.

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