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Folks weren't kidding when they said they were going to make a budget this holiday season. A recent survey by BIGResearch found more than half of Americans sticking to their budget this holiday season.
So you're short on cash this holiday season, but you're not the knitting type. Hey, you don't have to cancel Christmas! DIY isn't just for knit scarves and tins of sugar-dusted prunes, you know. There are thousands of great gifts you can make right from your computer. How about a video scrapbook or an origami peacock? Here are a few ideas to get you clickin' this Christmas.
U.S. retailers are going to be pulling out all the stops this weekend — the last weekend before Christmas — with everything from jaw-dropping markdowns to round-the-clock openings in a last-ditch attempt to save the season.
Looking for that perfect gift for the gadget lover who has everything? Beyond the iPhone and Wii, here are 10 of the coolest gadgets this holiday season. Everything from a solar-paneled laptop bag to a washable keyboard and — wait for it — a touch-screen universal remote.
There may be a recession going on but don't look for signs of it in the toy aisle: There may still be mom-to-mom combat for the hottest toys — that is, if you can even find them. Click here to find out what the hottest —and most elusive — toys are this year.
As holiday travelers prepare to go over the river and through the woods for the holidays, more folks are looking for ways to avoid airline fees for checking extra baggage. This has been a boost for United Parcel Service's business.
If you're an avid online shopper, your email inbox is likely stuffed with discount offers as online retailers gear up for what will likely be the busiest shopping day of the holiday season.
From that TP dispenser with the old guy holding his nose to Jesus action figures, there’s a lot of really weird stuff out there and it’s a fine line between stupid and cool. Here are 12 of the weirdest gift ideas. Check 'em out, then you decide: Are they stupid or cool?
The luxury sector is usually resilient during economic downturns but this one is so severe, it’s taken luxe retailers — and their stocks — with it. So, does that mean it’s time to add a few baubles to your portfolio?
More shoppers hit the stores over the Thanksgiving weekend than last year and they spent more, according to the early numbers, but with discounts already up to 70-percent off, margins are getting crunched like a candy cane being eaten by an impatient child.
Is your wilingness to "deck the halls" linked to the economy? A look at the "Christmas Tree" indicator.
The retailer Syms has long said, "An Educated Consumer Is Our Best Customer", but in these times where shoppers are looking to stretch their budgets, it looks as those most people are becoming educated customers.
Sweet deals inspired shoppers to hit the mall this weekend, but it doesn't look like the buying binge was enough to save the holiday season. But what's the outlook for investors beyond that. CNBC talked with two retail analysts to get their take.
Online retailers are rolling out the deals for "CyberMonday," and Blue Nile, an online jeweler, is no different.
The price of gallon of gasoline may be going down but, whew! Have you seen the price of true love? If swans a swimming and lords a leaping are on your shopping list this year, brace yourself: You're in for the most expensive Christmas ever!
With the early signs pointing to a lackluster start to the holiday selling season, many are wondering how low retailers can cut their prices.
Online retailers realize two things in this tough holiday season: They've got to get to customers earlier and longer. So, they started rolling out the deals early to beat their rivals to the punch.
Customers turned out to the stores and malls this Black Friday, but the analysis so far indicates that there were fewer of them than last year. And those shoppers who did show up were far more selective, looking for the best bargains, in this competitive holiday season.
Worries about the consumer and the economy have investors on edge about the retail sector. Nevertheless, CEOs from some leading retailers are remaining upbeat.
Amazon's holiday strategy is simple: Low prices. And, while it may not beat itself this year — the online retailer logged 42 percent sales growth in the fourth quarter of 2007 — the 12 to 15 percent sales growth expected this year will likely crush the competition. Ready. Set. Click!
Jewelry is expected to see renewed interest over the next few weeks.
Less than a month into Obamacare's second open-enrollment season, the HHS says "we're off to a solid start."
The Thanksgiving weekend traditionally is a very important retail holiday, but despite growing momemtum in the U.S. economy, shoppers seem to be more reticent this year.
A series of high profile cyber attacks has created huge economic opportunity as businesses look to fend off future attacks.
Whether you're young and just getting started investing or moving closer to retirement, factoring in age will keep you ahead of the game.
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