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  • Kids and Money: Gift-card swaps give value to unwanted presents

    A well-intentioned uncle sent your eight-year-old a Toys R Us gift card for Christmas. But rather than Transformers or Legos, your youngster really wants a nice leather basketball from his favorite sporting goods store. Call this an opportunity to...
  • Pump up the holiday jams

    Pump up the holiday jams
    It's Christmastime! Can't you hear the music? As I wander through retail stores for my various shopping needs, I notice that the standard rotation of acceptable pop music jams has been updated to include holiday music. And not just any holiday. It's...
  • More anxious retailers will open earlier on Thanksgiving

    More anxious retailers will open earlier on Thanksgiving
    The annual retail arms race is invading Thanksgiving with a vengeance. Instead of a Norman Rockwell tableau of family gathered round the turkey, a more fitting image this year might be Americans rushing out to bag bargains. On Monday, Wal-Mart, Target...
  • Fast-food workers across U.S. rally for $15 hourly pay

    Fast-food workers across U.S. rally for $15 hourly pay
    LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK — In the aftermath of the recession, hundreds of workers in low-wage industries have tried to call attention to how difficult it is to survive on the minimum wage. Thursday might have been their biggest effort yet. Fast-...
  • News-Press Editorial: Real-time shops put their stock in Glendale

    As it typical at this time of year, economists have been keeping a keen eye on retail sales across the nation and making forecasts about just how well they believe retailers will fare during the final weeks of 2013. Jitters abound because the calendar...
  • Shop savvy: How to save money on the holidays in 2013

    Shop savvy: How to save money on the holidays in 2013
    While the state of the economy remains debatable, shoppers will continue to be conservative with their Christmas budgets, retail analysts say. And that means more bargain hunting. Here are some tips from deal-finding experts and local savvy shoppers...
  • Holiday-season retail sales look bleak, Morgan Stanley predicts

    Holiday-season retail sales look bleak, Morgan Stanley predicts
    Count on coal this Christmas. That's what researchers at Morgan Stanley are saying in the first major forecast of a decidedly dour holiday season. Retailers hoping for a respite from a year of so-so shopping can instead expect the worst Thanksgiving-to-...
  • Halloween party-goers hire pro makeup artists to perfect their costumes

    Halloween party-goers hire pro makeup artists to perfect their costumes
    Christina Murphy wanted her Halloween party to be epic. Rooms were given ghoulish themes. Everything was cobwebbed. Each light bulb was switched out into autumn colors. She even hired a professional makeup artist for herself and guests. Murphy...
  • Tomato cages make scary decorations

    Last year, we got a great tip from Joann Dove in Salisbury Township about how to turn tomato plant cages into outdoor Christmas trees. The holidays will never be the same. It was a long time ago, but that column prompted a great response from Cathy...
  • Uncertainty of future shutdown could dampen holiday spending

    Uncertainty of future shutdown could dampen holiday spending
    Though the federal government shutdown ended last week, the economic impact is likely to be felt in Maryland for months, dimming prospects for a robust holiday shopping season. With Congress funding the government only through Jan. 15 — raising...
  • Decorate your lawn with jug-o'-lanterns

    Last week Cathy Woolley in Allentown showed us how to use tomato plant cages to make ghosts to decorate your lawn for Halloween. But what if you don't have a garden or you don't have any tomato plant cages? You're probably feeling like you've been...