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Food expiration dates mean less than you think

Food expiration dates mean less than you think

Did you know that the expiration dates found on foods have nothing to do with safety? Moreover, did you know that there are no uniform federal standards for using (or not using) those dates on packaging? Yikes! [ More ]

Watch out for these recently recalled products

Watch out for these recently recalled products

Defective products can threaten your health and safety. Read about the latest product recalls, including Ford and Lincoln vehicles, Whalen tool chests, and Kroger sorbet. [ More ]

The quicker picker upper is the best paper towel

The quicker picker upper is the best paper towel

Our most recent paper towel tests have us excited, because a new product has emerged as the best paper towel. But you'll pay a premium for them. [ More ]

Sink your teeth into these Tax Day freebies

Sink your teeth into these Tax Day freebies

Today is the deadline for filing your income tax. And while no one likes paying taxes, we all love getting free stuff. To make Tax Day a little more bearable, a number of businesses—many of them restaurants, because we all need a little comfort food—are giving away something for nothing (or close to it). [ More ]

Wipe your data from electronics before recycling

Wipe your data from electronics before recycling

As we discuss in our May issue, you can recycle your old electronics—cell phones, tablets, computers, TVs, and more—and even get some cash back (if they're not too old) from companies like Amazon, Glyde, and NextWorth. But before you cart off that box of old gizmos, protect yourself by wiping your personal data from these devices. Here's how. [ More ]

With Ideeli, the clock's ticking on the best deals

With Ideeli, the clock's ticking on the best deals

Ideeli, which is owned by Groupon, sells sample and overstock designer merchandise for up to 70 percent The catch? Sales and merchandise are timed, most lasting less than 48 hours, so speed is the name of the game. Every day at noon, a new sale begins, and it’s first come, first buy. [ More ]

Hungry, grumpy? Steer clear of the supermarket

Hungry, grumpy? Steer clear of the supermarket

Do you really buy more food if you shop for groceries while you’re hungry? According to a new study, the answer is no. But if you do shop for food while hungry—or if you’re in a bad mood—you are more likely to buy junk food and make other unhealthy food choices. [ More ]

It's been a busy week for automotive recalls

It's been a busy week for automotive recalls

Defective products can threaten your health and safety. Read about the latest product recalls, including Evenflo convertible car seats, Lenovo ThinkPad batteries, as well as Toyota, Mazda, and Volkswagen vehicles. [ More ]

Serving ham for Easter? This one is the best

Serving ham for Easter? This one is the best

If you’re still shopping for a delicious main dish to feed a crowd this Easter and you want something really special, check out mail-order hams. Our taste testers sampled bone-in, spiral-cut hams from popular retailers such as Honeybaked, Harry & David, Hickory Farms, and Omaha Steaks. [ More ]

Free Ben & Jerry's ice cream and other goodies!

Free Ben & Jerry's ice cream and other goodies!

Today is the best day of the year to eat ice cream because it’s when Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops hand out free ice cream cones. Want more free stuff? We collected some of our favorite freebies for our first-ever ShopSmart Bargain Finder special issue. Read on for a sampling of online freebies! [ More ]