| Dec 5, 2014
| 8:10 AM
For years now, we've heard a steady drumbeat of forecasts suggesting that mobile devices are going to play an increasingly crucial role in every step of a shopping expedition, from browsing and couponing to purchasing.
In the five-day shopping bonanza...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 11:30 AM
More than half of Illinois residents plan to shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday this year—and 63 percent of them say they don't stick to their budgets, compared with just 55 percent nationwide.
That's according to a new survey from BMO Harris...
| Nov 16, 2014
| 6:00 PM
While J.C. Penney prepares to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and Kohl's and Macy's plan to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving for the Black Friday rush, small retailers are making plans of their own.
During the 2013 holiday season, 45 million people...
| Nov 16, 2014
| 3:29 AM
RIP, Black Friday? The shopping holiday, now on respirator, may soon be dead.
Thankfully, lining up outside stores in the wee hours the day after Thanksgiving to save a few bucks only to get trampled is likely a thing of the past.
| Nov 18, 2014
| 12:54 PM
I'm jumping ahead just a bit, but I know some of you like to plan ahead for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So take some time to browse before you shop and stay ahead of the curve and the crowds.
Black Friday is Nov. 28, 2014.
Looking to plan your...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 2:08 PM
The Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce's annual Jingle Bell Mingle is set for Dec. 2 at The Gallery, and will provide holiday shoppers a "one-stop" location to get some gift-buying done. The event, which Chamber staffers call "shopping local with...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 8:15 AM
If you go into travel-planning mode as soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over, knock yourself out with these 10 hotel deals coming up over Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
No need to leave the house to book a $99 room at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego or a...
| Nov 23, 2014
| 5:43 PM
Two years ago, Victoria Wilen ramped up online sales for her Kernel Encore popcorn shop with a colorful website and social-media strategy.
The effort paid off. The Orlando company now ships popcorn across the country, even to Iceland and England.
| Nov 24, 2014
| 4:11 AM
Those who would rather choke on a wishbone than forgo pecan pie for Thanksgiving Day sales or venture into the Black Friday madness might be happy to hear that next weekend's deals may be just the tip of the iceberg.
"The 2014 holiday season is...
| Nov 23, 2014
| 6:38 PM
Shop online now or wait until Black Friday? Hit the lines on the morning of Black Friday or wait for Cyber Monday?
As retailers bombard shoppers with holiday promotions, it can be hard to determine the best savings plan of action.
Take all of the...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 12:40 PM
Brick-and-mortar retailers aren't the only ones having all the fun this holiday shopping season.
Cyber Monday — the Monday right after Thanksgiving when online retailers offer exclusive promotions — is gaining momentum every year as shoppers...