| Aug 21, 2013
| 8:01 AM
It’s only August, but retailers such as Wal-Mart and Toys R Us are already getting a jump on what is expected to be a difficult holiday season.
On Wednesday, discount giant Wal-Mart said it would bring back its layaway program this year after last...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 3:02 PM
There are plenty of reasons to lie awake at night: The electric bill. The ecological disaster that is the Canadian tar sands. Freaky twists of fate. Mortality.
But the thing that wakes me in a cold sweat lately is both simpler and more chilling —...
| Apr 14, 2013
Last summer Kelly Bruski went to the store with her sons to buy a birthday gift for her boyfriend.
When the boys, now 6 and 9, chose a magnet desk toy called Buckyballs, "I saw they were really picking out a gift for themselves," said Bruski, a sales...
| Jul 3, 2013
Now begins the annual flurry of press releases that I'll be getting in advance of the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). With each news item, I'll be feeling twinges of regret for not being able to attend this year. (Cue the sad trombone.) I'll be...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 1:59 PM
If Barbie looked like an average 19-year-old girl, she’d have shorter legs, a thicker waist and a rear end to make pop star Demi Lovato proud.
When Lovato saw photos this week comparing a more realistic doll, a model created by independent...
| May 28, 2013
Tuesday, May 28 Hope you had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! Of course, having yesterday off makes today feel like a Monday... We had perfect weather for all of the Memorial Day remembrance events. It's so important to take a moment and honor those who...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 7:05 AM
You will find no irony, no satire, no cynicism inside Bear and Bird Boutique and Gallery during Friday night’s opening of the exhibit “The Little Golden Years.”
The show, subtitled “Modern Artwork Inspired by Our Favorite...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 3:08 PM
We had a nice visit last week with some friends at Moravian Hall Square, a retirement home in Nazareth.
They were interested in On The Cheap and had all sorts of questions.
They wanted to know how On The Cheap began, which tip saved the most money,...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 5:05 PM
After 15,000 years of humans domesticating dogs, a new study shows the bond formed between a canine and its owner may be close to the one shared between a baby and his or her parent. CBS Reports.
Called the "secure base effect," the phenomenon occurs...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 3:33 PM
When Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat owners Lori and Mike Curtin locked up at 5 p.m. Friday, they cried.
"We put our life into this business, and we're just tapped out," said Lori, 40. "We can't do any more."
The store's website encourages customers to say...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 3:20 PM
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Toys "R" Us, alleging the company broke the law when staff at its Columbia store refused to provide a sign-language interpreter for a job applicant who is deaf.
The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S....