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The joys of the season

On December 12, 2012

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. I couldn’t believe the shortage…

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Holiday shopping procrastinators may save more on toys

On October 26, 2012

When to buy your holiday gifts? We have one friend who is done with her Christmas shopping. Others will start and finish it on Black Friday. Could it pay off to push back your shopping? Dealnews analyzed the top toys from last year and their sale prices. The site found procrastination may pay off. This weekend, the holiday marketing begins….

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Christmas creep: how early is too early?

On October 16, 2012

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 last dollar. The consumer friendly…

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Turn plastic gift cards into mobile money

On December 29, 2011

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 allow you to store the…

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Free batteries at Blockbuster on Christmas Day

On December 19, 2011

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 to take advantage of the…

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Free Shipping Day is Friday

On December 12, 2011

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping, why not wait a little longer and save on shipping. Friday, December 16th, is Free Shipping Day. More than 2,000 merchants will offer free shipping and guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve. During the holidays, whether you buy on the designated Free Shipping Day, or when it’s convenient for you — shipping is something…

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Book holiday travel now and expect to pay more

On October 12, 2011

Gas prices might be down at the pump, but airfares are not falling. Be prepared for sticker shock if you haven’t booked your holiday travel yet. Travel agents say flights are up 12 to 15% over last year. There are fewer flights so they’re fuller and more expensive. For a story for NewsChannel 5, we met passengers at Cleveland Hopkins…

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Free shipping day, but you may still pay to ship

On December 17, 2010

It’s the long-awaited free day of shipping. The problem is, hundreds of retailers attached strings to orders to qualify you for free shipping.  More than 1000 retailers gave consumers free shipping on all orders including American Eagle, L.L. Bean, and Nine West. However, hundreds of others like Brookstone, Macy’s, and Sears require a minimum purchase for customers to get free shipping. Some…