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Shopping Malls: A Suburban Renaissance?

Posted on 11/19/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesSince the mid-20th century — with the rapid rise of the suburbs — shopping malls have been a big part of American life. In the ’80s and ’90s, malls became veritable town centers: giving us a one-stop shopping destination, bringing in the biggest and busiest restaurant chains, and serving as an after-school playground for our teenagers. And for many years, malls were an integral part of our culture — as evidenced by the prominent role they played in cult classics such …

Rent to Own? It Could Cost You Big Time

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAs the holiday shopping season gets under way, you may be tempted to buy that fancy flat-screen TV, a laptop with the latest technologies or a stylish sofa to replace the one your cat uses as a scratching post. (I’m talking to you, Indy). To pay for that big-ticket item, you may be tempted by rent-to-own deals in department stores that now offer them, like Kmart and Sears, according to a Bloomberg report. , rent-to-own deals usually take advantage of …

Use ‘Slice’ to Keep Track of Online Shopping

Posted on 12/6/2012 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyI love discount online shopping.  In fact, some days I worry I’m addicted to it. I’m a member of the popular deep discount  “members only” clothing and home goods websites Gilt Groupe, Rue La La, Haute Look and One Kings Lane.  I say “members only” with a smile, because anyone who signs up becomes a member. Every day, and twice a day during the holiday shopping season, these sites send me emails highlighting items that are discounted 50 percent or more. …

News To Know: You’ve Got Ads

Posted on 12/9/2008 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

TechnologyRetailers are increasingly using technology to try to reach consumers with news of sales and promotions.