The Luxury Bag vs. the Unemployed Reporter

Financially, things have not been going well for me since July 17, 2014, when I was laid off by the newspaper where I worked for eighteen months. That’s 10 months without full-time work, folks. Recently my unemployment ran out. In January my father died. I’ve had two sprained ankles for I don’t know how long. It’s kind of been a mess.

What Is It Like To Go Luxury Shopping In Sweats

Some high-end salespeople will be courteous even if you’re in sweatpants, but don’t count on it.

Plus-Size Shops Vs Plus-Size Shoppers

Fear-Based Spending vs Hope-Based Spending

Weed Sells Like Hotcakes! Who Knew?

“Buy American”: Savvy or Sentimental?

The Most Surprising Thing About The Fault In Our Stars (According to My Closet)

Inventor of Mother’s Day Absolves You of Buying Stuff

Because I am the best daughter in the world, this is about the time every year where I look at my calendar, curse myself for procrastinating, and then wonder who invented Mother’s Day, anyway. Well, according to Mental Floss, Mother’s Day was invented by Anna Jarvis in 1908, as a way to memorialize her own mother, who had herself invented a thing called Mother’s Friendship Day during the Civil War, as a way to bring together moms from both the Union and the Confederacy. OK FINE.

Moving From Fast Fashion to a Few Quality Pieces

Thoughts While Considering Buying a Bag of Dried Cranberries

Oh look a bag of dried cranberries.

Regrettable Impulse Buys: Trader Joe’s Edition

Purchased items that may or may not exist at Trader Joe’s.

Why Do We Tolerate Whole Foods-ian Pseudoscience?

Michael Schulson writes for the Daily Beast, questioning why many of us are eager to dismiss the pseudoscience of Creationism but politely tolerate, or even choose to passively half-believe, all the dietary pseudoscience around health food and products sold in places like Whole Foods.

Shopping at Actual Stores Still Beats Shopping Online

Data from the Commerce Department shows that a large majority of our shopping is still done in brick and mortar stores even if it feels like online retailers like Amazon have grown tremendously in its 20 years of existence (is Amazon a Millennial?). It also looks like we’re not that into ordering groceries online—maybe because we like things as fresh as possible and also see with our own eyes the produce and cuts of meat we’re going to put into our bodies before we buy it, though I’d be interested in hearing of people’s experience of ordering booze from the internet.

Letting Go of Our Loyalty to Certain Brands

How brand loyal are you?

’90s Cool Kids Clothing Not Selling Well Today

It’s Fashion Week in NYC, and New York magazine issue is all about the things we wear and the businesses that sell them. One particularly interesting piece comes from Matthew Shaer, who reports about Abercrombie and Fitch’s struggle to keep up in today’s market where “fast fashion” sells.

The Tricks Shoppers Pull

Reporters at the Los Angeles Times look at various tricks shoppers pull at department stores, and how retailers are addressing them.

Purchases Made in Hope of Self-Improvement

Stuff I bought that I love.

Things I Bought That I Didn’t Use

Bought it, didn’t use it.

Supermarket Tricks

Reader’s Digest put together a list of supermarket tricks we all fall for (here is a link that will save you from having to click through a 50-slide slideshow), and a lot of it is interesting! I did not know the thing about the cakes, for example, and I’ve definitely bought cakes straight out of the display case many times. I have never ditched anything at the checkout lane though.

Questions to Ask Yourself While Shopping

Youth Radio took on the question of: How do you know if you have a shopping problem?