The Journal Gazette

Will unicorns remain hot trend, or will 2019 usher in next big obsession?

Looking back on this holiday shopping season, one thing has struck me clearly - it has been great to be a geek this year. I have a 6-year-old niece who is obsessed with unicorns, ...

December 29, 2018 1:00 am

Retail stores already making shift to Valentine's Day

I suppose it was inevitable, to start seeing heart-shaped boxes of sweets in late December. On the day after Christmas, due to a mix-up involving both the time and location for a ...

December 27, 2018 10:30 pm

You may want to reconsider buying after-Christmas "advance" gifts

Most years, when planning end-of-year expenses, I've not only had a Christmas shopping budget, but also an "After Christmas" shopping budget. I try to finish my holiday shopping b ...

December 26, 2018 1:00 am

Shopping in store can present mobility challenges

Call me old-fashioned – I prefer to shop in stores rather than online. But I understand the appeal of shopping online, especially for my mom. She suffers from multiple scle ...

December 23, 2018 1:00 am

Not done shopping? Gift cards abound

This post is for all the last-minute shoppers out there. Hey, no judgment from me. I've been in your shoes more years than I'd like to admit. It's crazy scary how fast the first t ...

December 22, 2018 1:00 am

Shopping around can get you best price might be a formidable competitor when it comes to low pricing, but one purchase I’ve made this holiday season proves brick-and-mortar retailers can win the game. ...

December 22, 2018 1:00 am

Shopping safety begins with online purchases

So, I hope that by now everyone is on the lookout for porch pirates – the bums who steal deliveries from people's porches. If you're not home during the day, it's a good id ...

December 21, 2018 1:00 am

Gift cards truly make the best last-minute presents

This post is for all the last-minute shoppers out there. Hey, no judgement from me. I've been in your shoes more years than I'd like to admit. It's crazy scary how fast the first ...

December 20, 2018 7:50 pm

Bypass obvious questions for better retail connections

I wouldn’t pull something from a shelf if I weren’t interested.

December 19, 2018 1:00 am

Consumer confidence boosts holiday spending budgets

A National Retail Federation survey found participants planned to spend more than $1,000 this holiday season, on average. Wow! How do I get my name on their gift lists? That soun ...

December 16, 2018 1:00 am

Gift receipts hit-or-miss at local retailers

Don't forget to ask for a gift receipt. Experience tells me, year after year, the odds are about 50-50 that the sales clerk at checkout will think about it for you. I am surprised ...

December 15, 2018 1:00 am

Finding the perfect gift, just in time

The jubilation I recently felt at Barnes & Noble stemmed from a moment months ago, when my son flipped to the back cover of a favorite book and asked for a related title. That ...

December 15, 2018 3:50 pm

Avoid major pitfall of parking

When you’re done shopping, head back to your car and get the bags of items you purchased inside and everyone is buckled up, back up and pull out. Or pull forward and pull out.

December 12, 2018 7:20 pm

Play kitchens, other household toys have stood test of time

Educational toys have always been popular with parents over the years. Having a component of learning during play can be an important tool in helping children grow. STEM toys have ...

December 9, 2018 1:00 am

In giving, remember what you take for granted

Toilet paper and towels, pillows and bed sheets, sweaters and underwear. These essentials aren't usually what you think of when you think “Christmas present.” And yet, ...

December 8, 2018 1:00 am