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Pretend You Aren't Allowed To Return An Item To Avoid Buyer's Remorse

Retail return windows are a handy bit of insurance in case you decide you don’t want something you bought. However, when you’re at the checkout counter, it’s probably better if you pretend you can’t return it.

Ask LH: When Should I Trust Online Reviews?

Dear Lifehacker, I know a lot of online reviews can be fake, and others are just written by angry people. How can I separate useful reviews from crappy ones? I don’t want to avoid something good because someone lied, but I don’t want to throw my money away either.

Overspecced Laptops Are A Waste Of Money

The average retail price for a Windows laptop is about $600, but PC manufacturers are building laptops that cost even thousands of dollars more than that — hoping you’ll fall for premium features you might not need.

How Outlet Stores Trick You Into Thinking You're Getting A Great Deal

Factory outlets are supposed to be places where you can get great deals on brand name clothing, but they aren’t always what they seem. This video explains how some outlet stores are ripping you off, and some red flags to watch out for.

Copy Me That Is A Free, Excellent Meal Planner That Works On Every Device

Some of the best meal planning apps are no longer available and others aren’t free. Copy Me That is an awesome alternative, combining recipe management, meal planning, and shopping list generation.

Why Shopping Baskets And Reusable Bags Actually Make You Buy More Junk Food

You may not know it, but supermarkets cast very subtle spells on you to make you buy more junk. Your shopping behaviour can even change whether you’re using a shopping basket (versus a cart), or even if you bring your own reusable bag. Here’s why.

Look For Waist Extension Tabs For A More Comfortable Suit

When you’re buying a suit, you want one that fits perfectly, not just right now, but for the long haul. For your next suit, look for a waist extension tab for a more comfortable — and adjustable — fit around your waist and crotch.

Cheap Clothes Are Too Expensive: Buy Quality Instead

Quality clothes last longer for the money you spend, they’re more comfortable and they make you look and feel pretty good while you wear them. Best of all, you can find quality anywhere. It comes down to buying less mediocre stuff and using that money on a few nice things that last forever.

What To Look For When Choosing A Leather Bag Or Carry-All

When you buy a bag, especially a leather one, you want it to be water-resistant, not to leak, and to wear well without seams splitting and tearing, or too much wear. This video from the folks at Saddleback Leather is honest about their vested interest, but has more than a few tips for choosing quality when you shop.

What Are The Busiest Days For Christmas Shopping?

CommBank has compiled transaction data from December 2014 to show the quietest and busiest shopping periods over the month. If you still haven’t done your Christmas shopping, this graph can help you to avoid the Christmas rush. And if you work in retail, use it to prepare for the storm…

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