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These days with folks posting their every move on social networking Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter, it's hard to know where the lines of privacy are drawn.
With so many folks paying their bills online, or electronically through an automatic checking account deduction, it's hard to imagine that a good slice of consumers are still paying some of their bills in person.
As folks try to use the back-to-school shopping season as a barometer for the Christmas holiday season , one analyst, who was pretty sharp with his forecast for the 2008 holidays, has issued his preliminary read for the 2009 season.
Retailers are showing more signs of stabilization as the back-to-school season enters its final weeks, and that's going to be good news for profits in the sector.
The government's "Cash for Clunkers" program has shown that consumers are willing to bite at a good deal. And what's a better deal than trading in old, unwanted items to get a discount on a replacement?
Christina Cheddar Berk is editor of CNBC.com's Consumer Nation and chief trend spotter.
Courtney Reagan is CNBC's Retail Reporter.
Tom is a Senior Editor and Assignment Desk Manager for CNBC TV. He also writes about the business of beer for CNBC.com.
Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of "Fast Money."
Coordinating Producer, Squawk on the Street & Squawk Alley