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Thanksgiving Shopping: Kmart to Stay Open 42 Consecutive Hours

It's a holiday. Why stay home?

Kmart will open at 6:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning and stay open late for your…

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Infographic: Countries with the Highest Customer Satisfaction

Find out which countries offer top-notch customer service

If you’re looking for a super-awesome customer service experience, you’re going to have to travel…

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Report Shows Amazon Offers Best Deal on College Textbooks

Save money on books by shopping online

Consumer Reports has determined that the first place students should shop for their textbooks. Find…

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Report: Late Auto Payments on the Rise

More consumers are paying their car loans late

If you’re late on your auto loan payment, you have some company.

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Infographic: Back-to-School Saving Tips

Here's how you can cut the costs this season

Check out ways you can cut costs for the back-to-school season.

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Infographic: Is the American Dream Still Alive?

What's your dream?

Some say the American Dream is not what it used to be

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Infographic: World’s Bestselling Products

Here's some fun consumer trivia

Consumers often stay loyal to one brand for many years.

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Window shop ahead of time

Once you’ve made your list of must-have items, find out which retailers carry them in the sizes you will need. Don’t wait until the day of to start your search for the perfect gift. One of the perks of shopping online is that you can window show 24/7 so get to browsing so you don’t waste time later searching a site with great sales for everything but what you’re looking for.

Consumer Tip of the Day: Diversify Online Shopping Sources to Find Deals

Website finds that Amazon may not be saving you money all the time

A recent report from Savings.com reveals that Amazon doesn’t always have the lowest prices, therefore,…

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Sample Sale: 5 Tips for Grabbing a Good Deal

Don't get stuck with what’s at the bottom of the bin

Check out this strategy for navigating a sample sale and finding great luxe for less.

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Tips for Keeping Shopping Under Control

Regain control over your cash

Close your wallet

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5 Reasons To Get Real With Your Holiday Spending

It's okay to believe in Santa Claus, as long as you never forget that he won't be paying your bills

Reminders to avoid financial choices that detract from the true spirit of the season

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The 5 Best Bargains for the Fall Months

Tips for getting seasonal deals

Fall is the best time to look around your home, assess your needs, and try…

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U.K. Mom Spends $25,000 on Child’s Wardrobe

Mom: What's wrong with wanting your son to look good?

Talk about ballin’ outta control.

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Eating clean may mean you have to stay away from soul food.

Tips for Eating Clean on a Budget

Buying healthy can be costly, use these tips to curb the expense

Eating clean can pay off large dividends in the long run.

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More retailers opening Thanksgiving Day for their blowout sales

A Reality Check for Black Friday

Shopping until you drop is not worth ruining your financial health—or if it is already poor, making it even worse.

Yes, a healthy amount of holiday spending will be good for our economy, and certainly…

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Quick Ways to Save Money at Thanksgiving

Save money and time this holiday season

Save money and time this holiday season

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Instant Gratification? Sure. But It’ll Cost You

If you're borrowing money on a credit card because you must have it NOW, at least know how much you're really paying.

If you knew the real price, you might think twice about paying it.

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African American and Latino Shoppers Use Mobile Shopping Technology More

Multicultural shoppers are outnumbering their Caucasian counterparts when it comes to making purchases on smartphones

Although smartphone use in the United States skews lower among African Americans and Latinos, a…

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How I Did It: Web Entrepreneur Makes Finding Right Products Online Easy

Founder of PlumPerfect.com talks e-commerce and tech-based businesses

Asmau Ahmed, founder of PlumPerfect.com, combines tech skills with love of online shopping for Web…

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How I Did It: Entrepreneur Takes Passion for Baubles to the Bank

Keena Williams invests in N.J. community with So Excessive Boutique

Young entrepreneur Keena Williams provides access to chic accessories in Newark, N.J., hometown as owner…

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From Black Friday door buster specials to pre- and after-Christmas sales, the start of the holiday shopping frenzy may soon engage your inner shopaholic—and leave you with a mound of debt by New Year’s. The average American is expected to spend a little more than $700 on holiday gifts and seasonal merchandise in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. Nationwide, sales are expected to reach $465.6 billion, putting retailers in the black.

If the shopaholic in you is ready to be unleashed, take steps to control your spending habits so you aren’t left in the red, with credit card debt and an empty savings account before the year is over. Here are some useful tips to control your inner shopaholic this holiday season. —Lynette Khalfani-Cox

5 Holiday Shopping Tips for Shopaholics

Don't get caught up in the craziness of the holiday shopping season, here are a few tips to stay on course

It’s holiday shopping season and shopaholics need be wary of falling into financial trouble. Here…

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How to Shop Safe & Save Money on Cyber Monday

Shopping from the comfort of your own home never sounded so good

When it comes to Cyber Monday you have to apply the same preparation and due…

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Despite being in an economic downturn, the United States has always been known as a consumer nation. With the holiday season fast approaching and some major retailers opting to push their Black Friday business hours up a few hours, American spending expected to reach $465.6 billion in the fourth quarter.

Bundle took a look at spending data calculated by the US government, using anonymous and aggregated spending transactions that were tracked from March 20120 to March 2011, to come up with the top 100 cities for shopaholic citizens in the US. Based on the data the national average for monthly clothes spending comes out to be $142.08. Here are the top 10 shopaholic cities in the US, ranked by the highest average monthly spending.

10 Most Shopaholic Cities in the US

These 10 cities will likely top the holiday shopping list this year

Despite the economic downturn, America continues to be a consumer society where spending is at…

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Michelle Obama was spotted shopping at a Target department store outside of Washington D.C. (Image: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Michelle Obama Undercover Shopping at Target

The first lady’s trip to Target is causing quite a stir

First Lady Michelle Obama sported a Nike baseball cap, sunglasses and a floral-print button down…

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Daisy Lewellyn, our Working Your Style host, broke down the fashion dos and don'ts for the professional man and woman. Here, she gives alternative looks for those dangerous don'ts featured in our video. If you're looking for looks like those, here are some inspired by the makeover segment, all available at Lord & Taylor. BE Polished! ---Janell Hazelwood

Working Your Style: Get the Look Inspired by Office Fashion Makeovers

Key office staples to give your office look a boost

Here are key pieces from our Working Your Style segment where we makeover office fashion…

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Power looks require power investments, especially when it comes to classic pieces that make up the foundation of a polished professional's wardrobe. As part of our BE Polished style series, we highlight key apparel and accessories that will ensure your office look is always on point. ---Sirita Wright

His and Hers: Fashion Classics for the Professional Closet

Style items no polished professional should be without

For the working man or woman, these fall fashion staples will ensure their look remains…

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The Right Way to Use Coupons for Big Savings

The process can be worth the time investment to cut costs

Here are four tips on how to work those coupon savings in your favor.

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Eating out. Those $5 foot longs, dollar menu meals, and $4 lunch specials at the Chinese restaurant might be cheap and quick, but it adds up over time. Start cooking at home and put what you would have spent on meals into your savings account.

8 Vices That Will Derail Your Budget

Most of the time, behaving badly will trash your cash

Most of the time, behaving badly will trash your cash

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Shopping Insider: What to Know Before Spending for Charity

How to get the best steals and deals for people who take shopping seriously

Throughout the year, you’ll see products in stores with various ribbons and logos on them,…

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Shopping Insider: Online Labor Day Deals

How to get the best steals and deals, for people who take their shopping seriously

The Labor Day holiday is once again upon us. If you plan to take a…

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Shopping Insider: Are You Addicted to Spending?

How to get the best steals and deals, for people who take their shopping seriously

Do you like to shop a little too much? Occasionally treating yourself to something…

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Shopping Insider: 5 Web Sources for Back-to-School Deals

How to get the best steals and deals, for people who take their shopping seriously

Summer will soon be coming to a close. It’s almost time to stay up late…

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Budgeting Insider: Style Savvy on a Shoestring Salary

Your guide to managing everyday finances

What better way to feed a love for fashion—without eating up your finances–than by incorporating…

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What the Future Holds for Consumers

In 40 years, �the customer is always right� will be more than a catchphrase

I remember how excited my husband and I were when we first ordered groceries online.…

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Amazing Savings

Secrets to scoring great deals on just about everything

Just because you’re keeping a close eye on your finances doesn’t mean you have to…

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An Action Plan for Black Friday

Tips to help you brave the crowds and get the best deals

While the holiday shopping season is in full swing, the “official” kick off is nigh:…

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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Before hitting stores, take the NFCC's Holiday Spending Quiz

Once again, it’s the time of year when pressure on consumers to do their part…

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Yeah, I Got It On Layaway. What About It?

I applaud the return of installment payments as a shopping option. There's just this one thing.

The buy-now, pay-later mentality of credit cards has been a major factor in reckless and…

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Your Back to School Shopping — Made Affordably Easy

Find the best deals through proper planning

There’s something about the August air that stirs a sense of uneasiness and excitement among…

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Stepping Away From the Frenzy

On keeping shopping simple and free of Black Friday madness

A truncated shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, combined with the absence of an “it”…

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You Don’t Have to Cancel Christmas, but…

Making a list and checking it twice could result in the best gift of all: a debt-free New Year.

The pressure has already started to get us to start our holiday shopping and spend…

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