| Jun 3, 2014
| 11:56 AM
Father's Day, the smallest of the American gift-giving holidays, is expected to bring in just $12.5 billion this year -- a "blip on the retail sales radar," the National Retail Federation said.
Mother’s Day spending, by comparison, was estimated...
| May 10, 2014
| 2:52 PM
It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while we are reminded that trying to help people save some money can have the unintended consequence of making some people really mad.
It happened when we shared banana man's tip for peeling bananas to make...
| May 13, 2014
| 6:29 PM
U.S. shoppers sat on their wallets in April despite the lure of warm spring weather and the late Easter holiday, leaving retail sales stagnant as other economic indicators improved.
A gauge of retail sales ticked up 0.1% last month from the month...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:30 AM
It's no secret that we Americans can be a nation of dim-bulbs when it comes to spending our money, which we so often do in breathtakingly stupid ways. During 2012, for example, we spent $11.8 billion -- yes, billion with a "b" -- on bottled water. That...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 2:30 AM
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but as usual I've managed to irk Mrs. Funny Money. And, since I'm a practical guy, I blame my boy, Funny Money Jr. or, as I call him, Li'l Money ('cuz that's all he leaves us).
The boy's role is that last...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 2:30 AM
As you're double-checking your holiday shopping list, tack on a reminder to read each store's return policy before making your purchase. Some retailers are feeling a little less generous when it comes to returns. Such stingier policies are intended to...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 4:06 PM
Spoiler alert: There's a really good chance you'll get a gift card for Christmas.
That's not a news flash from the North Pole. It comes instead from the National Retail Federation, which estimated in a recent report that more than 80% of shoppers will...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 4:32 PM
At this time of year, as Morstein's Jewelers fields calls from shoppers trying to make the Christmas Day deadline, third-generation owner Sonny Morstein finds himself asking the same question.
"This is probably over 45 years of saying, 'Why are they...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 12:48 PM
As 2013 comes to a close, so will dozens of tax breaks that save companies billions of dollars in tax liability.
Congress has allowed 55 tax breaks to expire but will likely restore many of them, retroactively, in the coming months, the Associated Press...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 8:19 AM
Online sales swelled 10.3% this holiday season compared with the same period in 2012, with massive surges in mobile use, according to the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.
During the fourth quarter, mobile traffic made up nearly 35% of all online visits,...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 12:37 PM
Indoor malls may have a limited lifespan, according to Rick Caruso, owner of Southland centers including the Grove in the Fairfax district and the Americana at Brand in Glendale.
In a Sunday keynote speech to some 4,000 people at the National Retail...