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Princess And Batman Costumes Top Halloween Shopping ListsIt's time to start planning for Halloween, and the results are already in for this year's most popular costumes.
Families Spending Less On Back-To-School ShoppingIt's the middle of July, but some families have already started their back-to-school shopping. Spending has grown 42 percent in the last decade. But this year, families plan to cut back.
Good Question: Why Do We Spend Less Money On Father's Day?According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $13 billion on Father's Day this year. It seems like a lot, but it is just a fraction of the $21 billion we were expected to spend on Mother's Day.
Survey: Americans To Spend $4B On GraduatesStudents all over the country are putting on their caps and gowns and getting ready to say goodbye to school. And their loved ones are preparing to spend big bucks to congratulate them. A National Retail Federation survey shows Americans are planning to spend a whopping $4.77 billion on graduation gifts this year.
Stores Swamped With Post-Christmas ShoppersFriday is the second-busiest shopping day of the year. Jenna Roering's birthday isn't until Dec. 30, but she's picking out her birthday gift with her mom early at Rosedale Center in Roseville. "My mom said there's a lot of sales the day after Christmas, so we came here today," Roering said.
Make Holiday Returns Easier By Following These TipsWe all know that it's the thought that counts. But sometimes you get a gift that you just don't know what to do with! Instead of letting it sit in a closet, many of us will opt to head back to the stores or mall to return said gift.
Good Question: What Should You Do With Unwanted Gifts?One of the most awkward parts of the holiday season is that moment when you unwrap a strange gift and try to act like you love it.
Expect To See A Lot Of Disney Characters This HalloweenSometimes the scariest thing about Halloween isn't Halloween at all. It's the cost of those costumes. Americans will spend about $7.5 billion on tricks and treats, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Most people will spend around $78, with most of it going towards a costume.
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.
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.
Final Holiday Shopping Weekend Attracts Bargain Hunters, ProcrastinatorsWith 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.
Early Bird Deals Add New Tradition To Turkey DayTurkey 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.
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