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.…

Christmas creep: how early is too early?

It seems Christmas creeps into our lives earlier and earlier every year. The decorations have been up at some stores for weeks. This year, Target is already launching holiday ads and we haven’t even hit Halloween. So, what can we expect this shopping season? I predict aggressive marketing and sales. Stores are fighting for every…

Turn plastic gift cards into mobile money

Did you get a gift card for the holidays? Instead of burying it in your wallet, how about burying it an app on your phone? Some plastic or paper gift cards can now be converted into mobile versions. There are apps that allow you to store a gift card’s information or some businesses like Target…

Free batteries at Blockbuster on Christmas Day

Batteries can break anyone’s budget especially if you have kids. They’re a big frustration for parents fed up with how much they spend and how often they replace the batteries. Blockbuster is giving away free batteries in stores on Christmas Day. If there’s one left standing in your neighborhood, it may be worth stopping by…