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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Best and Worst Buys of February 2014

By Cameron Huddleston





Boats, coats, TVs and more are on sale this month


JewishWorldReview.com | Several big-ticket and seasonal items are on sale in February. So if you've been thinking about purchasing any of these things, now is the time to buy. Hold off on jewelry, luggage and smart phones, though, for a month or more to get a better price.

What's on sale now ...

Big-screen TVs. Now that 2014 models have been announced, retailers are trying to clear out 2013 inventory. Dealnews.com expects prices on some 55-inch HDTV models to dip as low as $500 and prices on some 3-D HDTV models to fall below $700. For more, see 6 Great TVs at Great Prices.

Boats. Winter is the off-season for boating in most parts of the country, which makes it a good time to find recreational boats on sale at boat dealerships. It's also a popular time for boat shows, which can be good places to get a deal, according to personal finance site CreditDonkey.com. But the Boat Owners Association of The United States cautions that if the dealers at the boat show are actually located hundreds of miles away from you, you might not be getting such a good bargain if you don't have easy access to their service shops when repairs are needed.

Home goods. Linens and home goods typically are marked down during January white sales. But you'll also find these items discounted as much as 70% to 80% during Presidents' Day sales at major department stores on or around February 17, according to CreditDonkey.com.

Mattresses. Look for discounts of up to 60% on mattresses during Presidents' Day sales, according to Offers.com.

Tax software You'll see deals on tax software up until the April deadline, but the best discounts last year were in February and March, says Louis Ramirez, senior features writer at dealnews.com. For instance, TurboTax Basic, which sold for $39 in January 2013, dropped to $21 in February. The Deluxe and Premier versions dropped to $35 in March from $55 in January.

Winter apparel. Retailers are marking down outerwear and cold-weather clothing an extra 30% to 60% on top of clearance prices that already are 70% off original prices, according to dealnews.com. Stores such as Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor Loft, Express, Gap, Ralph Lauren and Urban Outfitters are having particularly good sales, according to dealnews.com.


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WAIT A LITTLE LONGER TO BUY ...

Jewelry. Because jewelry is a popular Valentine's Day gift, you won't find it deeply discounted until after February 14. Some of the best jewelry sales of the year are in March, when discounts reach as high as 80%, according to Offers.com.

Luggage. Hold off on luggage purchases until spring, when retailers mark it down because the busy holiday travel season has subsided and the summer travel season hasn't begun. Look for discounts ranging from 20% to 70%. Another good time buy luggage, according to CreditDonkey.com, is fall.

Smart phones. Prices should drop on current smart phone models after new models are announced later this month at the Mobile World Congress -- an international phone convention in Spain -- and during events in the spring, according to dealnews.com. So wait a few months for discounts to appear on previous-generation smart phones (or to get the hottest new phone).

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Cameron Huddleston is an online editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.



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