In some senses we've come a long way since the days of bartering grain for gold trinkets. But in many other, more primal ways, the machinery at work has always been the same. Case in point: a new study that's worked out why some of us are more confident in our purchases than others.
Fast-forward to 2012 and technology has indeed had a notable impact on how and what we eat. Not because it's changed the way we cook, but more because it's changed who we are, how we think, and opened up, literally, a world of options.
In any situation the easiest mental path is to do the same old thing, time after time. However, choosing instead to pause and pay attention, we discover new possibilities for taking care of ourselves and everyone around us.
If you've ever gone over budget, purchased a gift you later regretted or impulsively purchased a $25 Christmas tree ornament, you're not alone. Shopping under pressure is rife with physical and mental landmines. Follow these five tips for a performance edge in shopping.
Retail sales have remained relatively flat this year. But how people choose to spend is shifting from a fear-based bunker mentality to one that balances basic needs with small luxuries and indulgences.
Flash sale sites like HauteLook, Gilt Groupe, Rue La La and Ideeli are part of a new breed of retail that's busting budgets and rekindling a shopping frenzy in an otherwise more sedate consumer culture.
One thing you've come to expect when shopping is that you'll come home with most of the things you intended to buy as well as a few that you didn't expect to pick up. How can you protect yourself from this sudden desire to buy?