It's a great month to find deals on bedding, high-end coats, 2012 electronics and the largest big-screen TVs.
UPS, FedEx and the US Postal Service are all charging more. If you want the best rate, here's what to consider.
So what if you've missed the post-holiday sales? Attractive discounts can still be found.
Some new tech items drop faster in price than others after their debut at the Consumer Electronics Show.
How sweet it would be to make an online purchase in the morning and receive a package that afternoon. That's nearly instant gratification.
Expect worthwhile discounts on furniture, HDTVs and other pricey electronics, as well as appropriate gifts for Valentine's Day.
Get the most value from the cards you received by waiting until the items you want are at their lowest prices. Here's when to look for sales.
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