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Layaway is back in style

The calendar just flipped to September, but already retailers are trying to cash in on holiday spending. Walmart released its top toy list, and is launching its holiday layaway program today. Layaway used to be popular in the 80s and 90s. I can remember my family using the program. It’s making a comeback as retailers…

The joys of the season

I am a big online shopper, trying my best to avoid the stores during the busy holiday shopping season. However, my husband insisted we spend some time window shopping at the mall while enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. I reluctantly went. We pulled into a parking space farthest away from the mall.…

“Thank you for your business”

What a week of contrasts — thankfulness and greed. Just hours after we finished our Thanksgiving meal with family and gave thanks to all we have in our lives, people lined up to rush into stores to grab a good deal. Some people fought to get what they wanted. Thanksgiving has become Black Friday or…

Survival guide to Black Friday week

The much anticipated Thanksgiving week has arrived. Get the aspirin ready if you’re travelling or planning to shop. Put the scale away and get the beer ready if you’re planning to be lazy and watch some football and eat. Don’t expect the hype over the shopping season to end next week. There’s a lot at…