| Oct 12, 2012
Layaway is illogical. Almost nobody should use it for holiday gift purchases this year.
That stark stance is sure to rile fans of layaway. However, taking a critical look at layaway might get you thinking differently about your money and shopping...
| Sep 14, 2012
"To every thing there is a season," says a passage in the Bible and, much later, lyrics to the hit song, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" made famous by the 1960s folk-rock band The Byrds.
It's also what smart spenders say.
Amazing seasonal discounts are available...
| Jan 24, 2013
Christmas has finally arrived for 12-year-old Lauren Villano, or at least the dinosaur skeleton portion of the holiday.
The Berwyn girl can thank her grandfather's persistence for the prehistoric gift.
Brian Sternberg said that when he ordered the 3-...
| Dec 22, 2012
| 8:17 PM
You've heard of black Friday, and cyber Monday -- well today is "Super Saturday."
That's because it's one of the busiest shopping days of a year.
The national retail association predicts 73-percent of us still have shopping to do.
It's the final...
| Dec 9, 2012
Pretzels, tattoos, and gambling can save the U.S. economy. In "By the Numbers: How Americans Spend Their Money," Lucas Reilly reports that in 2011, Americans spent trillions shopping for all sorts of sine qua nons: $550 million on pretzels, $96 billion on...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 6:44 AM
Americans mailing cards and packages coast to coast will hand over more than 658 million pieces of mail Monday to the United States Postal Service. The USPS has already seen a 20 percent surge in business compared to last year.
"We’re very happy...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 1:23 PM
Andrew Luck reigns supreme—and jersey sales back that up.
MainGate Inc.—the company that handles Colts merchandise—said that 67 percent of all Colts jerseys sold this year feature Luck’s name and number. Luck’s #12 jersey is...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 3:18 PM
It's official. Final numbers on Cyber Monday online retail spending are in. Sales not only beat last year's but set an online record.
Ecommerce sales on the Monday after Thankgiving reached $1.47 billion, a 17 percent jump compared with Cyber Monday...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 5:39 AM
While it used to be a very common holiday tradition, sending Christmas cards -- whether the goofy family photo type or the long, dull "how my year went" variety -- seems to have gone out of style.
But, further research reveals that although the influx...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 5:13 PM
The classy Christmas at the Ritz holiday luncheon Saturday benefiting Chapman University attracted a sold-out crowd, raising nearly $190,000. The 26th annual celebration is produced by the Women of Chapman support group, this season chaired by the...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 9:56 AM
Just when you thought the frenzy of Cyber Monday and Black Friday shopping was over, Macy's said it would expand its tradition of staying open 24 hours a day on the weekend before Christmas.
Starting Dec. 21 at 7 a.m., most...