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How To Beat The Holiday Blues

How To Beat The Holiday Blues

The song lyrics tell us to be merry and jolly. The grocery stores beckon with the fixings for home-baked treats. The mall is filled with shoppers hurrying about with bags of gifts. Television and social media are filled with toys, ...

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Give Up Your Privacy For “Free” Services

Give Up Your Privacy For “Free” Services

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” said Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman in 1975. Updating this phrase today would go something like, “There’s no such thing as a free anything.” More specifically, when a business offers you something ...

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Retailers Wake Up to “Forever Frugal”

Retailers Wake Up to “Forever Frugal”

Retail industry analysts are finally embracing the same reality millions of Americans have been living for years. The good old days of easy spending are gone, and they aren’t coming back. Instead, consumers who were burned in the days of ...

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The Return of Layaway

The Return of Layaway

Way back in the days before credit cards, if you didn't have the money to buy something, you could put it on layaway. With diligent payments, the desired item could be yours as soon as the final payment was made in full. Discovering that consumers saving up for things and paying cash was counter-productive to a culture of impulse shopping and entitlement, most stores gradually discontinued their layaway programs over time. Credit cards and store cards became the preferred payment method.

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