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Black Friday Trends and Tips

Posted on 11/25/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsBlack Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, seems to be starting earlier every year. First we saw stores opening to hordes of shoppers at 4 a.m. Friday, then at 3 a.m., a few years back. Now some big-box retailers aren’t even waiting that long. They’re opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day this year, hoping families will eat and run to the nearest mall. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter So what …

Shopping With Credit-Card Readers Attached to Smartphones

Posted on 11/12/2013 by |Technology | Comments

Money & Savings | TechnologyIf my friend Beth’s recent holiday buying is any indication, shoppers are in for a more-connected experience. Last week, my 82-year-old buddy wanted to buy a platter at her church bazaar. She was met with a “newfangled credit-card” gadget. “The salesgirl told me to slide my credit card through a little square thing attached to her phone,” Beth told me.  “She said it was safe, I did it, I hope it was ok.” That small device called Square is a …

The Man Who Invented Target

Posted on 07/9/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyFrom the time that F.W. Woolworth invented the five-and-dime store in the late 19th century, Americans have always been crazy about low prices. But it was Douglas J. Dayton and his family’s Target chain of stores who sold Americans on the idea that buying inexpensive wares at a discount store could be fashionable as well as frugal. When Target opened its first store in Roseville, Minn., in 1962, a newspaper ad announced: “Here’s news for people whose taste runs to …

Too Many Deals and Coupons? GeoQpon To The Rescue

Posted on 10/25/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyWho doesn’t like a great deal?  And now, it seems every store around has an app promising to put “deals of the day” at your fingertips.  So what’s a person to do?  Deal management is becoming a full time job. Enter the GeoQpon app.  It’s an up-to-the-minute aggregator of daily deals offered by ZIP code.  Users are only asked to enter their ZIP codes, no other personal sign up information, which triggers a display of hundreds of deals.  Deals can …