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Small Change: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Mastering the Lingo of the Recession

WalletPop has compiled a list of key terms in the new recessionspeak -- after all, a new economic reality requires a new language to describe it, don't you think? Some of the terms you're probably familiar with, especially since we've...

By Ylan Mui  |  July 10, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Consumer News , Ylan Q. Mui  
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The Perils of Online Shopping

I have to shop. It's my job. Ok, let me refine that: I have to browse for work, justifiable research for a retail reporter like myself. I don't have to buy anything. The problem is that I tend to browse...

By Ylan Mui  |  July 10, 2009; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Consumer News , Ylan Q. Mui  
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Recession Means Christmas in July

I've covered retail for four years, and there is invariably at least one story about retailers trying to start the Christmas season early. But by early, we usually mean September or October. Now that we're in a recession, "early" for...

By Ylan Mui  |  July 9, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Share Your DIY Projects

Do you DIY? Retailers tell me that they've seen a spike in the number of people looking to tackle projects on their own -- whether it's manicuring their own nails or painting a room. Seed sales have skyrocketed as shoppers...

By Ylan Mui  |  July 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bargains , Consumer News , Ylan Q. Mui  
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Are You Spending Less?

Consumers are growing more worried about the economy and plan to cut their discretionary spending in the next month, according to Discover’s U.S. Spending Monitor. In June, 35 percent of consumers said they expected to spend more on household expenses...

By Nancy Trejos  |  July 8, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Dating on a Budget

Dating is hard, particularly when you are on a budget. A nice dinner for two in this town can cost you more than $100. That’s a lot to ask of someone who is paying down debt or has been laid...

By Nancy Trejos  |  July 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Tweeting about Credit Cards

If there's one thing I've learned in my year and a half of covering personal finance, it's this: It's not easy getting people to talk about their finances. Not so on Twitter, apparently. In this economy, people seem to have...

By Nancy Trejos  |  July 7, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Free Fun in D.C.

I had been thinking of going up to New York to see my family this past long weekend but decided to stay put so that I could save some money. I ended up spending much of the weekend hanging out...

By Nancy Trejos  |  July 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Teenagers Get Summer Employment

The job market is not so bleak for at least one part of the population: teenagers. According to an analysis of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data by consulting firm Challenger, Gray &Christmas, Inc., employment among 16- to 19-year-olds...

By Nancy Trejos  |  July 6, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Do You Save or Spend at Costco?

In your effort to save money, you’ve probably gone out and signed up for a membership at a warehouse store such as Costco or Sam’s Club. True, such stores do have great bargains. But have you ever found yourself at...

By Nancy Trejos  |  July 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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