| Nov 28, 2011
| 7:20 PM
If you didn't buy anything during the holiday weekend, you were one of the few. Between Cyber Monday and Black Friday, this has been an encouraging start to the holiday shopping season.
The numbers are already in and this year, Cyber Monday was the...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 5:19 AM
At shoppers fingertips are such brands as Apple, Puma and Prada. Luxury items that experts say could be counterfeit.
Bonnie Burgett buys a lot of high end, designer items online and said she’s always on the lookout for fake goods that she says...
| Oct 12, 2012
Layaway is illogical. Almost nobody should use it for holiday gift purchases this year.
That stark stance is sure to rile fans of layaway. However, taking a critical look at layaway might get you thinking differently about your money and shopping...
| Sep 14, 2012
"To every thing there is a season," says a passage in the Bible and, much later, lyrics to the hit song, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" made famous by the 1960s folk-rock band The Byrds.
It's also what smart spenders say.
Amazing seasonal discounts are available...
| Jan 24, 2013
Christmas has finally arrived for 12-year-old Lauren Villano, or at least the dinosaur skeleton portion of the holiday.
The Berwyn girl can thank her grandfather's persistence for the prehistoric gift.
Brian Sternberg said that when he ordered the 3-...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 6:30 PM
In Christmases past, if you were hot for the hottest holiday gifts, you had to plow your way through store doors in the morning blackness of Black Friday.
Then came Cyber Monday, when you could land an even better deal shopping online while casually...
| Dec 9, 2012
Pretzels, tattoos, and gambling can save the U.S. economy. In "By the Numbers: How Americans Spend Their Money," Lucas Reilly reports that in 2011, Americans spent trillions shopping for all sorts of sine qua nons: $550 million on pretzels, $96 billion on...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 6:44 AM
Americans mailing cards and packages coast to coast will hand over more than 658 million pieces of mail Monday to the United States Postal Service. The USPS has already seen a 20 percent surge in business compared to last year.
"We’re very happy...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 1:23 PM
Andrew Luck reigns supreme—and jersey sales back that up.
MainGate Inc.—the company that handles Colts merchandise—said that 67 percent of all Colts jerseys sold this year feature Luck’s name and number. Luck’s #12 jersey is...
| Nov 25, 2012
Chicago entrepreneur Joshua Hernandez's newest startup is testing a service that allows people to snap a photo of a clothing item they covet and, via their mobile phone, request a version of it from area boutiques.
Walk.by uses the photo to query its...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 7:51 PM
Many locally owned businesses hope Black Friday shoppers will get their second wind for Small Business Saturday.
It is right between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and a chance for shoppers to support local business.
"Small Business Saturday is a...