Some of today's hot items will be outdated or obsolete in a few years.
Bargain hunters should champion the early adopters, who buy new gadgets at top price as soon as they are available and lower the prices for the rest of us who wait awhile.
While we may pant over your iPad, we will lord it over you when we pick up one of your refurbs for a steal or get a next-generation model that's monumentally better, and pay less than you did for your new one.
But there are some gifts on display this holiday season that will make losers of all of us. They are hot now, but technology cycles are so fast that these gadgets and gizmos are destined to be doorbusters today, and doorstoppers tomorrow.
We have traveled with the Ghost of Christmas Future to find out which of this season's big sellers are in for a final hurrah.
You've learned how to cook, but can you cut up a whole chicken?
Inspired by this post by Eating Well on The Huffington Post, I thought I'd share a few ideas on what we do to save money on food without even noticing.
My No. 1 way to save money is learning how to cook. You might have a hectic schedule and be exhausted at the end of the day, but push yourself to prepare a nice meal. You'll get to enjoy it, expand your knowledge about cooking, and eat better than ordering it from some fast-food place.
You won't be good at it in the beginning, but over time your skills will improve and you'll enjoy it even more.
Use a leftover calendar. The No. 2 tip by Eating Well was to minimize waste.
So far there's no clear leader in the annual race to be the 'must-have' toy.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us maneuver to win the hearts, minds and credit cards of holiday toy shoppers.
Wal-Mart staged a pre-emptive strike on Target over the weekend, slashing some of its prices to within a few cents of Target's. But, hoping to be a moving target, Target is putting about half of its 2,000 toys on sale this year, double last year's number.
Google and 3 airlines offer a deal. You might be able to get a cheap flight this week, too.
Here's a holiday gift from Google Chrome, AirTran, Delta and Virgin America: free GoGo in-flight wireless service on flights Nov. 20 to Jan. 2.
This is the second year that Google has offered a free wireless promotion. This year's promotion adds two additional airlines (AirTran and Delta) but doesn't include the airport Wi-Fi freebie from last year.
GoGo charges $4.95 for one short flight or $11 for 24-hour access, so the deal could save you $22 on a long round-trip flight.
For the first time in its long history, the retailer will be open for part of Thanksgiving Day.
This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.
Sears is taking over turkey day. For the first time in the 85 years the retailer has operated stores, it will open its doors on Thanksgiving.
According to Sears spokesman Tom Aiello, the retailer will be open from 7 a.m. until noon on Nov. 25 to offer customers more "options" for holiday shopping.
Forget spending time with family watching the Macy's parade or roasting the bird.
Consumers can search database of payments made by pharmaceutical companies to health care providers.
While the project includes only seven companies, or about one-third of the market, it still provides an important look into the relationship between doctors and the pharmaceutical firms.
Consumers can search the data to check whether their doctors have received money.
What's better than a Segway tour? A deeply discounted Segway tour, that's what.
I've written before about social buying, the act of getting deep discounts on products and services through the power of bulk buying. In this case it's $20 gift vouchers to a Scottsdale restaurant for $10 apiece.
Nearly half of cell phone users with contracts said they would consider switching whenever the early-termination fee is no longer a factor.
A constant source of irritation for cell phone customers is the two-year contract, and a hefty early-termination fee if you break it.
So perhaps it's not surprising that a new survey of cell phone customers suggests that one in five consumers with contract-based service -- an estimated 24.6 million American adults -- is likely to switch in early 2011 to less expensive unlimited prepaid wireless service with no early-cancelation penalty.
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