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7 Ways to Go Broke

Barry Choi | Posted 03.24.2015 | Money
Barry Choi

Finding tips to save money is easy, but what are the things that make us go broke? If you're doing any of the following you might already be on the path of financial destruction.

'Twas The Day After Christmas

Shruti Eva Saini | Posted 02.25.2015 | Business
Shruti Eva Saini

It's a common emerging theme -- unleashing products for a holiday in an accelerated non-sequential order (with so much Christmas stimuli in stores in November I often found myself wondering what happened to Thanksgiving) -- but who is causing and reinforcing this trend?

Consumed By Our Consumer Society

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

Impulse buying has none of these elements -- you see it, it sings to you, you want to possess it, you might deliberate for a few seconds about the fact that you don't really need or maybe you cannot really afford it, and then you buy it anyway because practical factors don't really play a part in the decision.

Will Pope Francis Put His Institution Where His Values Are?

David Morris | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
David Morris

When he personally delivers his message on January 1st, I trust the Pope will point out that there is no other institution more capable of generating a "mobilization comparable in size to that of the phenomenon itself" than the one he himself leads.

Smart Shopping: How to Spend Money and Feel Great Long-Term

Miriam Ava | Posted 02.15.2015 | Money
Miriam Ava

By now most of us have realized and put into practice that saving and investing money is vital to achieving financial fitness; so then, what's the smartest way to spend the money you choose to spend?

Restoring Lost Purchasing Power With the ShopAmerica Gift Card

Al Lewis | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Al Lewis

Imagine if a simple, free, government initiative could noticeably raise almost everyone's standard of living, at essentially no cost to anybody... and reduce the federal deficit at the same time. It's called the ShopAmerica Gift Card and here's how it would work.

4 Startups You Need to Know to Increase Customers Spending

John Rampton | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
John Rampton

One effective way to boost online sales includes encouraging shoppers to buy additional items which might be of interest to them based upon what they are viewing on your website.

The Race to Zero: Time to Rethink 'Discount' Mentality

Gregg S. Lipman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Money
Gregg S. Lipman

Leading with low prices cheapens your brand. Sure, people will rush out to buy your product, prompting a spike in sales. But at the same time, customers will be so focused on price they will lose sight of the intrinsic value in paying full retail price.

Are Those TripAdvisor Reviews Reliable?

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 01.25.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

Some reviewers feel entitled and use the reviews to extract or obtain freebies from the hotels. Commenters who have a low number of reviews or a pattern of posting numerous harsh or auspicious reviews are dubious.

Are You the Average Thanksgiving Consumer?

Ishani Banerji, Ph.D. | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Ishani Banerji, Ph.D.

This Thanksgiving the average consumer will probably be shopping online on Friday for apparel items at retailers where they already shop frequently. Does that sound like you?

So What Are You Going to Be for Halloween?

Ishani Banerji, Ph.D. | Posted 12.30.2014 | Money
Ishani Banerji, Ph.D.

Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in the U.S. Not surprising then that consumers are expected be spend a considerable amount of money (to the tune of $7.4 billion!) on Halloween-related expenses this year.

Is Bigger Always Better?

Kait Sawyer | Posted 12.21.2014 | Hawaii
Kait Sawyer

With the holidays just around the corner and gift giving at the forefront of my mind, I'm making a conscious effort this year to buy and create thoughtful gifts for the most important people in my life. Don't worry, I will still make time to browse the Target ad on Thanksgiving Day.

I Want It NOW, But I'd Rather Not Pay for It

Ishani Banerji, Ph.D. | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Ishani Banerji, Ph.D.

Millennials are notorious for seeking instant gratification. Might this mean that they would be more likely to opt for one of the faster shipping methods? When I looked at the data comparing millennials to non-millennials, I didn't find substantial differences.

As E-commerce Grows Around the World, China Leads

John Burbank | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
John Burbank

In terms of online purchase intentions, China is clearly several steps ahead of the rest of the world. But we believe what is happening in China will quickly happen elsewhere.

The Evolution of Grocery Stores

Minnesota Historical Society | Posted 11.15.2014 | Home
Minnesota Historical Society

Remember when grocery stores used to look like this? Perhaps not, as this photograph is from 1935. In the absence of big-box stores, supermarket cha...

Be Confident, But Be Thrifty

Terry Savage | Posted 11.12.2014 | Money
Terry Savage

Are you feeling better about the economy? The rest of America is becoming more optimistic. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment reached...

Rejecting Consumerism: On Losing And Letting Go

Leora Novick | Posted 10.26.2014 | Travel
Leora Novick

As an avid traveler, I pride myself on my sense of being in the moment with each new journey and destination. Yet the second my camera, the proof of "how much fun I was having" was lost, I became inconsolable. It forced the unpleasant question of the motivation behind my travel.

AmazonSmile: Shop 'Til You Drop and Feel Good About It

Renee C. Herrell | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Renee C. Herrell

Online shopping provides consumers an opportunity to shop 24-hours a day, 7 days a week -- and now they can "do good" around the clock. Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer, is making the next move in online giving.

More Bad News For Target

Reuters | Posted 10.20.2014 | Business

Aug 20 (Reuters) - Target Corp reported a 62 percent drop in second-quarter profit and cut its full-year earnings forecast as it resorts to price cu...

You Get What You Pay For and Other Life Lessons of Rarely Putting Yourself First

Amanda Magee | Posted 10.11.2014 | Women
Amanda Magee

Every time I buy something that doesn't make our lives easier or make one of us experience a lasting sense of pleasure or contentment, I'm wasting and socking away fuel for future resentment. I am ready to end the cycle.

Is There Any Help for Consumers?

Harlan Green | Posted 09.21.2014 | Money
Harlan Green

"It's the Consumers, Stupid," is an oft-repeated mantra being echoed currently by Internet advocates who want to keep Internet access free. But there's a more important reason to worry about consumer health

Zach Carter

Improving Economy Means Less Slack In Men's Waistbands

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Economists have been looking at people's underwear for decades and this year things are looking good. Gross, you say? Perhaps, b...

If Business Leads, Will Consumers Follow?

John Friedman | Posted 09.13.2014 | Business
John Friedman

I first met Andrew Winston on the book tour for Green to Gold and have peripherally been connected with him over the last eight years. Since that best-selling book, a lot has changed in our world and our understanding of the issues it -- and we -- are facing.

Selling to the Grays

Renee Fisher | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

In other words, we are predictable and we are dependable. In the world of advertising, we are either a big yawn or a big question mark.

The Toilet That Thinks You're Done When You're Not and Other Stupid Annoyances That Lose Customers

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Lenore Skenazy

Customers are picky, prickly, and ever ready to jump brand if they feel someone isn't feeling their pain. A customer who can't find the right answer in the FAQs, or discovers gum under the table at the fancy restaurant can quickly become a fugitive.