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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

12 Things Not to Buy During the Holidays

By Anjelica Tan and Cameron Huddleston






JewishWorldReview.com | The deals on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, not to mention discounts throughout November and December, are tempting. But some potentially pricey items that may be on a family member's holiday wish list -- or that you may be thinking of buying for yourself -- are even cheaper if you wait. Here are 12 items you can score better deals on before or after the holidays.

BRAND-NAME BIG-SCREEN HDTVs
Yes, you'll find plenty of deals on off-brand HDTVs on Black Friday. But for the best prices on brand-name big-screen HDTVs (55 inches and up), you need to wait until a week or so before the Super Bowl, generally in late January or February, according to dealnews.com. Expect to see prices on 55-inch brand-name LCD HDTVs 10% lower than Black Friday prices. Sales are widespread because electronics retailers are competing to get consumers who are looking to upgrade their TVs before the Super Bowl into their stores.

FURNITURE
You might be thinking about sprucing up the living or dining room before guests arrive for the holidays, but you'll get much better deals on a sofa or table and chairs after Christmas. Furniture stores have clearance sales in January to clear out inventory before new styles are released in February. Many stores offer 0% financing along with discounts of up to 60%, says Brett Billick, senior director of Deals2Buy.com. Because new models often are released in August, too, July is another good month to get deals on furniture.

SKIS
You may want a new set of skis in time for a holiday ski trip, but the best deals are in March and April, as the ski season winds down and stores discount models from the past winter, says Stephen Regenold, editor of GearJunkie.com.

BICYCLES
The best time to get a deal on a bike is before the holidays. New models of bicycles arrive in the fall, so you can find discounts of about 25% on the previous year's models in September, says Luke Knowles, founder of FreeShipping.org. Usually bicycles don't undergo a major redesign every year, according to Bicycling magazine, so you'll be getting a good deal by buying the previous year's model if the new model hasn't been changed much.

CARS
Forget the notion of waking up on Christmas morning to find a new car in the driveway. Instead, think New Year's Eve (during business hours, of course) to get the best deal. Car dealers are in the mood to haggle and clear their inventory before year-end to make room for new models and earn manufacturer incentives. Looking for a used car? Hold off until April for the best deals. It's the month dealers tend to buy the most at auction, giving you the best selection.

CARIBBEAN CRUISES
A Caribbean cruise during the holidays might seem tempting. But travelers can sometimes save hundreds of dollars per person by booking a Caribbean cruise that sets sail in the spring rather than the peak winter and summer seasons, says Colleen McDaniel, managing editor of Cruise Critic. Plus, you don't face the threat of hurricanes if you take a cruise in April or May rather than during the Caribbean's other low season, fall. You can score some of the best cruise deals if you book at the last minute -- just don't expect the really cheap tickets to get you a stateroom with a view.


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LUGGAGE
If you need to replace a beat-up roll-on that's been tossed around too many times by airline baggage handlers, March is the best time to buy. Retailers mark down luggage because sales have slowed after the busy holiday travel season and haven't picked up yet for summer travel, says Brett Billick, senior director of Deals2Buy.com. Look for discounts ranging from 20% to 70%.

JEWELRY
A new piece of jewelry ranks high on many holiday wish lists. But high demand often means higher prices, so you may want to give your sweetheart a rain check and wait until after Valentine's Day to buy that pearl necklace or those diamond earrings, says Howard Schaffer, vice president of Offers.com.You'll find much better sales then than the meager markdowns that might appear around the holidays.

LINENS
Wait for January "white sales" before buying sheets, blankets, towels and the like. The tradition of department stores discounting linens in January started back in the 19th century. Now those sales have come to include all sorts of bed and bath products. Expect discounts ranging from 20% to 75%, according to dealnews.com.

PERFUME
Perfume sales tend to peak around Christmas and Valentine's Day. So retailers tend to discount perfume heavily after these holidays have passed. Knowles says consumers can expect prices to be slashed by as much as 50%, with the best sales at Web sites dedicated to perfume.

SUITS
Maybe you want a new suit for a holiday gala or something to freshen up your closet for the New Year. It's worth waiting until January, when spring collections hit stores and fall and winter suits go on sale. The same cycle happens in July, when the fall collections arrive and retailers discount spring suits.

BROADWAY TICKETS
You can get two tickets for the price of one to several popular shows during Broadway Week in January, which actually lasts two weeks. Some shows even offer the discount for up to four weeks, says Erich Jungwirth, chief operating officer of the Lyric Theatre (formerly Foxwoods Theatre), home to Spider Man Turn Off the Dark. January and February are good months, in general, to see Broadway shows because it's off-season and ticket prices tend to drop.

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