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Good Question: Why Do We Spend Less On Father’s Day?

Father’s Day is this Sunday. But unlike moms, dads shouldn’t expect to be showered with gifts. The National Retail Federation finds Americans are expected to spend $7.4 billion less on dads this Father’s Day than they spent on moms for Mother’s Day.

06/12/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Like Getting Flowers?

This Mother’s Day, Americans are expected to spend an average of $163 on mom. According to the National Retail Federation, 81 percent of people will send cards and 66 percent will give flowers. Sweaters, books, CDs, gardening tools, a day at the spa and brunch rounded out the list.

05/07/2014

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Final Holiday Shopping Weekend Attracts Bargain Hunters, Procrastinators

With weather not posing a problem, shoppers flocked to their neighborhood malls and stores on Saturday to finish or, in many cases, begin their holiday shopping. According to retail analysts, Saturday is expected to be the busiest shopping day in the shortened season. And with just three days remaining until Christmas Day, many are finding deep discounts as retailers try to trim inventories. And it’s not just people getting presents under the tree. Leah Goldade of Lulu and Luigi’s Pet Boutique says business is brisk.

12/21/2013

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Early Bird Deals Add New Tradition To Turkey Day

Turkey Day has become a story of two birds: the kind you eat and the early kind. With fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, stores like Target, Best Buy and Toys R Us opened on Thanksgiving night.

11/28/2013

Halloween Child

6 Ways To Save $ On Halloween Candy, Costumes & More

Did you know Halloween is the second most expensive holiday for consumers, behind only Christmas? Yep. Didn’t think so. In fact, the National Retail Federation said the average person is expected to spend more than $75 on decor, costumes, and candy.

10/15/2013

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Electronic Devices A Major Chunk Of Back-To-School Spending

There are plenty of summer days still ahead, but retailers are already eyeing the fall return to classrooms and to campus. A new survey shows that for about one in four families, back-to-school and back-to-college shopping is already underway.

07/22/2013

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Is Father’s Day As Important As Mom’s Day? Doesn’t Seem So

Five days away from Father’s Day, many families don’t have any plans yet — or gifts. Dads don’t seem to get quite the attention that Moms do. This year, people said they planned to spend an average of $168 on Mother’s Day, compared with only $120 on dad, according to a survey in Forbes magazine.

06/11/2013

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Get Creative For Your Mother’s Day Gift

No matter your age, finding mom that perfect present can be tricky. Patina in Uptown has a little something for every mom. Manager Kim Cook says the top trends this year include orange and yellow purses, neon scarves and chunky jewelry. “Mother’s Day for the Patina stores is second in line to Christmas,” Cook said.

05/11/2013

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Wait, How Much Will Be Spent On Pet Halloween Costumes?

It’s not just kids who will be showing up at your door in costume this Halloween.

10/10/2012

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Day After Xmas: Time For Returns And Gift Cards

Legions of shoppers took to the malls Monday (the day after Christmas) to return unwanted gifts, deplete the balances on gift cards and look for post-holiday deals.

12/26/2011

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Retailers Hire Up As The Holiday Season Approaches

More jobs this year than last year: That’s the headline at several Minnesota department stores that say holiday hiring is already underway.

10/10/2011

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