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Holiday shopping

Consumer confidence boosts holiday spending budgets

A National Retail Federation survey found participants planned to spend more than $1,000 this holiday season, on...

December 16, 2018 1:00 am


Finding the perfect gift, just in time

The jubilation I recently felt at Barnes & Noble stemmed from a moment months ago, when my son flipped to the back cover of a favorite...

December 15, 2018 3:50 pm


Gift receipts hit-or-miss at local retailers

Don't forget to ask for a gift receipt.

December 15, 2018 1:00 am


Avoid major pitfall of parking

When you’re done shopping, head back to your car and get the bags of items you purchased inside and everyone is buckled up, back up...

December 12, 2018 7:20 pm


Play kitchens, other household toys have stood test of time

Educational toys have always been popular with parents over the years. Having a component of learning during play can be an important...

December 9, 2018 1:00 am


Company provides big bows for big gifts

See if this sounds familiar: I'm with a group of people at someone's house. Maybe it's a holiday with family. Maybe it's friends...

December 8, 2018 4:50 pm


To wear or not to wear: Bulky winter gear can be a drag

Christmas shopping can be quite uncomfortable.

December 8, 2018 4:40 pm


In giving, remember what you take for granted

Toilet paper and towels, pillows and bed sheets, sweaters and underwear. These essentials aren't usually what you think of when you...

December 8, 2018 1:00 am


Gift receipts always a nice touch, just in case

Don't forget to ask for a gift receipt.

December 5, 2018 9:00 pm


When shopping, remember those in need

It's not just about donating your spare change or the feasting and caroling and gift-giving we enjoy this time of year. It's also about...

December 1, 2018 7:10 pm


Don't fall for every retail gimmick

Retailers have a job to do, and that includes displaying their inventory in enticing ways. I get that. But I just don't like the idea of...

December 1, 2018 7:10 pm


Average spending between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday down, but for reasons

Numerous organizations have reported spending for the five-day period beginning on Thanksgiving and ending on Cyber Monday, but we're...

November 28, 2018 5:10 pm


Big box stores filling Toys R Us void

When Toys R Us shuttered this year, my husband and I lamented that our 3-year-old will grow up without the experience of shopping at a...

November 25, 2018 10:50 pm


Don't forget local small businesses in your holiday shopping

Small Business Saturday. It's a thing.

November 23, 2018 1:00 am


Employers urged to be conscious of employee safety during holidays

The federal agency tasked with overseeing the safety and rights of workers says the busy holiday shopping season is no time to be...

November 21, 2018 9:30 pm