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CVS, Good for Public Health and Good for Shareholders

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

CVS/pharmacy announced on February 5, 2014, that it would pull tobacco products from its stores by October. The benefit of improved heart health, reduced chronic burden of disease, and household economies saving money on the direct cost of cigarettes? Priceless.

How I Paid Off Over $50,000 Of Credit Card Debt

Grayson Bell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Money
Grayson Bell

I took my debt by the horns and rode it right out of my life.

Let's Grow Wall Street and Main Street Together in 2014

Frank Islam | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

We have an economy that is currently distributing income and benefits quite well to about 20 percent -- especially to the top 1 percent -- but an economy that is doing little for the middle class and below -- the 80 percent.

U.S. Economy Shows Solid Growth

AP | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter on the strength of the strongest consumer spend...

Yoli Ouiya

How To Go From A Conventional Hoarder To A Conscious Consumer

HuffingtonPost.com | Yoli Ouiya | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

According to a Nielsen’s Global survey, 46 percent of global consumers agreed they would be willing to pay more for goods and services from companie...

Meet the Man Behind Wearable Computing

Jason Grill | Posted 03.25.2014 | Technology
Jason Grill

Wearable computing dominated CES 2014; however, no one really talks about the man we all owe a round of applause to for this revolution and movement to wearable computing and technology. That man's name is Scott Wilson.

The Rise of the Subscription Economy

Kyle Hutzler | Posted 03.10.2014 | Business
Kyle Hutzler

A profound shift in consumers' spending habits, in which goods are repackaged as services, is well underway and has the potential to fundamentally reshape the rhythm of the American economy. It also raises profound questions for the impact it will have on economy.

My New Year's Resolution: Stop Impulse Buying "As Seen On TV"

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 02.25.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

These days, if an "As Seen on TV" product comes on the TV, my husband will throw his body in front of the TV, shielding it from my view like he was protecting his child from a searing missile.

What If There Were No Ads

Tom J. Hidvegi | Posted 02.15.2014 | Media
Tom J. Hidvegi

What if the advertising industry were to take immediate action henceforth and stop making advertisements as of today? Finally, shoppers will be able to decide where to shop and what to buy in a clean undisturbed, commercial-free universe.

8 Ways To Prevent Unnecessary Spending

SaveUp | Posted 02.09.2014 | Money
SaveUp

If you're trying to save money, but can't seem to stop yourself from spending on indulgences, here are a few tips to help fake self-discipline. Baby steps!

How Can We Reclaim the Holiday Season From Corporations?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 02.05.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

Kids need to play. It is vitally important to their development. But they don't need to play with Elmo or a hunk of plastic that recites the alphabet with a twang or a drawl. Kids need to play with us and with each other and all alone.

Stores Use New Technology To Obsessively Track You

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a big question for marketers: What kind of a buyer are you? And, as important, what are you willing to pay? In the search ...

How One Small Retailer Combats Showrooming

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

From monthly shoe-tying clinics that are booked solid months in advance to a fashion show that doubled as a school-supplies drive for local schools, t...

Want To Help The U.S. Economy? Get Hitched

Posted 11.11.2013 | Weddings

Want to do your part to help America's economy? Get married. A recent Gallup poll says that married Americans spend more money than their single c...

Actress Ashley Bell Takes a Stand Against the Horror of Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Monica Engebretson | Posted 12.31.2013 | Entertainment
Monica Engebretson

With informed compassionate consumers and incredible celebrity supporters like Ashely Bell, we can send a clear message to the cosmetics industry that horrific animal tests need to be exorcised.

Being Rich Begins by Thinking Like the Rich

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Siebold

Learn to let go of the middle-class thinking of the masses, while simultaneously learning to embrace how rich people think. In a matter of months your entire perspective will begin to shift, and you'll begin seeing the world through the eyes of millionaires.

The Psychological Price Tag of Government Shutdown

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 12.24.2013 | Business
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The agency doors are open and Washington has returned to a more normal state of dysfunction. What has 16 days of darkened offices, empty parks, and a powered off panda cam cost?

From Corporate Greed to Social Need: How Big Ass Brands Will Save the World

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Merry Carole Powers

How can we transform business into a force for good and in doing so, solve some of the toughest problems our planet and the people on it are currently facing?

Halloween 2013 Trends: Consumers Expected to Spend $6.9 Billion

Anca Dumitru | Posted 12.13.2013 | Business
Anca Dumitru

Adults are ready to pay for their children's costumes $1.4 billion, while lavishing their pets with outfits that factor in for $330 million.

Why Hybrid Cars Are Really Becoming Popular Among Older Drivers

Posted 10.11.2013 | Fifty

Automakers, take note. When it comes to cars, older consumers are just as concerned with keeping up appearances as their younger counterparts. And the...

Woe Is Us (and It Shouldn't Be)

John Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
John Friedman

This downward spiral must stop, and only we can stop it. We cannot sit around and wait for "someone else" to fix the problem -- not government officials nor can advocacy groups. The difference we want is the difference we can make.

The Nightmare at the Branding Party

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 12.03.2013 | Business
Merry Carole Powers

You don't want to be the brand having that kind of conversation that sends people looking for the nearest exit or delete button or channel changer, do you?

Innovating for TV and the Internet: Is This What Consumers Want?

Russell J. Sapienza, Jr. | Posted 11.24.2013 | Business
Russell J. Sapienza, Jr.

When it comes to digital TV and Internet services, today's consumers have a dizzying array of features and options. But what do consumers and small business owners really want from their Internet and digital TV providers?

How Your Native Language Shapes Your Health and Spending Habits

Annabelle Buggle | Posted 11.12.2013 | Weird News
Annabelle Buggle

Yet just as we must learn a language, it seems the language itself may train us: to focus on one area of life and disregard another, to acquire and practice a new skill while putting others on the back burner, to prioritize the present or prepare for our future.

Don't Be a Back-to-School Spendthrift -- Pop Some Tags at the Thrift Shop Instead

Frida Berrigan | Posted 10.31.2013 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

This back-to-school season, the average U.S. household will spend $634.78 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics. My husband Patrick and I, however, did not keep up with the Joneses on this one and our credit rating thanks us for our miserliness.