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What Is an ‘Artisanal Mantry’ and Does Your Man Need One?

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 - by Leslie Loftis

  I like Martha Stewart, always have, even when her ideas were off the charts for difficulty of execution. She is willing to engage in self-mockery on that point, so it lessens the sting that I can’t do most of her projects myself. I can just enjoy her domestic artistry. Her branding, however, sometimes is […]

Genius! You Can Now Order Toilet Paper Directly From Your Toilet, Thanks to Amazon

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

With the Amazon Dash button, reordering your favorite consumable products has never been easier. Simply attach the new adhesive button to a handy location in your kitchen, laundry room — or bathroom — and press the button when you’re running low on a product. Voilà! Your order is placed instantaneously. No more emergency trips to […]

VIDEO: What’s More Sexist, Meghan Trainor Singing to Her Future Husband, or JCPenney’s Butt-Firming Jeans for Teens?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

You have to admit the retro stylings of YouTube star Meghan Trainor make for some catchy little tunes. But in her latest video, Dear Future Husband, the siren dons pinup-wear while scrubbing the floor of a 50′s kitchen and warning her husband he’d better compliment her every day and buy her jewelry. Contemporary feminists are in […]

Black Friday Tips for the Best Buy and Least Insanity

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Shop at the prime time. You can often get the same deals online starting Thanksgiving or earlier, so spare yourself the Friday pre-dawn credit-card riot. Stores are also often breaking their sales into Thanksgiving deals and Black Friday deals, hoping to snare customers with the best buys before the turkey has settled. However, the “pre-Black […]

A Guide to Black Friday & Holiday Shopping for Conservatives

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 - by Bethany Mandel

I love, love, love a good deal. I follow half a dozen deals blogs on Twitter (here’s my list, my secret weapon). And I pride myself on never, ever paying full price on anything. Black Friday is one of those days that usually isn’t worth getting out of bed for (or throwing on your skinny […]

What’s Good at Aldi? Test-Driving the German Import

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Striking fear in the hearts of every Walmart protester in the world, German discount chain Aldi is apparently taking over the globe. And they have begun taking over my neighborhood, so I had to investigate. I’m glad that I Googled the deep secrets of Aldi before heading over to the new store, which opened in […]

The New America: Shopping instead of Job Hunting

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 - by Helen Smith

I was not surprised to read that more unemployed people are shopping rather than job hunting: On the average day, an unemployed American is more likely to be shopping—for things other than groceries and gas—than to be looking for a new job, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only 18.9 percent of […]

The Most Comfortable Chair For Writers On the Go?

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

So back in February, I reviewed an extraordinary product from Sumo: the Gigantor, a premium beanbag large enough for the whole family, a replacement for a sofa. (Star Trek-obsessed household that we are, it was soon dubbed “The Tribble.”) Now Sumo has a new, portable product that also intimidates and challenges expectation: Is this new product […]

10 Ways to Have a Child on the Cheap

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 - by Bethany Mandel

Raising kids these days isn’t cheap. New calculations from the USDA estimate that for the average family in America, it costs $245,340 to raise a baby. Parents will tell you many things about raising kids — that it’s exhausting, life-affirming, fun and often overwhelming — but they will never tell you it’s cheap. Even the […]

Reality TV’s 10 Biggest Lies About America

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

10. Americans are all obese. From the messy buildup in the fat folds of Mama June’s neck (affectionately known to her children as “neck crud”) to Honey’s proclivity for bathing in mayonnaise, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo embodies the myth that everyone in America weighs a minimum of 300 pounds. One of the best episodes involves Mama […]

The 10 Best Hot Sauces

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 - by Bonnie Ramthun

There are thousands of hot sauces to choose from today, and most of them are terrible. They’re novelty items designed with an amusing label and name. The sauce itself is inedible, with inferior ingredients and so much capsaicin from the peppers you’ll blister your tongue.  A good hot sauce is a combination of great ingredients and a […]

1 Partridge in a Pear Tree: Last-minute Stocking Stuffers

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 - by Becky Graebner

Today is Tuesday, December 24, 2013—Christmas Eve.  If we were having a literal countdown of the “Twelve days of Christmas” song, we would receive “one partridge in a pear tree” today. Christmas is tomorrow… Here are some last-minute stocking-stuffer gift ideas: Men: Socks: Kirkland Merino Wool Blend Socks Cuff links:  Ion-Plated Stainless Steel and Carbon […]

9 Ladies Dancing: A Gift Guide for the Kings and Queens of Beauty Products

Monday, December 16th, 2013 - by Becky Graebner

Today is Monday, December 16, 2013.  If we were having a literal, backwards countdown of the “Twelve days of Christmas,” we would all receive “nine ladies dancing” today. Newsflash, there are only nine days until Christmas! Shopping procrastinators, overwhelmed list-makers, and confused uncles and aunts, listen up.  Although there is one fewer weekend in December […]

Kmart Takes Shaking Your Package to a Whole New Low This Christmas

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 - by Rhonda Robinson

Who still shops at Kmart? This advertisement is a pathetic cry for help. It’s even less effective than an 8 year old “acting out” to get his parents’ attention and then ending up with a time-out in the corner. Kmart is the commercial version of that kid. Once the darling of the American family, it […]

Rediscovering Washington, D.C.: Acting Like a Tourist and (Surprisingly) Liking It

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 - by Becky Graebner

The good and bad of living in a city that is a tourist destination is that all of your friends and relatives come to visit you (this is a pro, by the way).  The con of having such frequent guests is that you are expected to tour them around the city and D.C. metro area […]

Just One of Those Days

Saturday, September 15th, 2012 - by Pamela Weiss

Have you ever had “just one of those days”? If you’re old enough to be reading this, then of course you have unless you are a complete oddity of life. I recently had one of those days, and it turned out to be one of the roughest twenty four hours I’ve survived. It started off […]

The Sad Truth About Bad Bulbs

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 - by Stephen Green

STUDY: CFLs are bad for you. Daily Caller reports: Scientists concluded that CFL light bulbs can be harmful to healthy skin cells. “Our study revealed that the response of healthy skin cells to UV emitted from CFL bulbs is consistent with damage from ultraviolet radiation,” said lead researcher Miriam Rafailovich, Professor of Materials Science and […]

The Politics of Shopping

Friday, July 13th, 2012 - by Myra Adams

As Americans become more politically polarized will we choose to patronize or avoid a store, brand, product, or restaurant based on that corporation’s political activity? For example, if you are an active Democrat would you avoid Walmart if you knew that their corporate contributions lean towards Republicans? You could go to Target instead, but their […]

10 Secrets to Shopping the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 - by Bridget Johnson

Ah, being a woman rocks. Especially this time of year, when the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale rolls around. This morning, Angel cardholders received the email invitation to dive into the online sale early. Being a shopping ninja, I’ve learned some tips and tricks over the years to make the most out of this little-unmentionables bargain-a-thon. […]

Retail Stores Staff Up On Soldiers In Hopes of Forcing ‘Best Christmas Ever’

Friday, December 16th, 2011 - by Sunny

The recession hit most American business hard, in particular the real estate industry, but perhaps the second hardest hit was Big Retail. Retail sales growth was achingly slow over the past few years and this year is expected to be no different, in spite of a not terrible Black Friday that showed the corpse is […]

Seven Ways to Save an Extra $10,000

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 - by John Hawkins

When you work for yourself and don’t have the option of living paycheck to paycheck, you’re forced to start learning how to take better care of your money. There are some tricks that can help you out with that. Writing down every dime you spend for a month or using websites like Mint.com can give […]

A Neuroscientist’s Plea To US Retailers

Thursday, November 24th, 2011 - by Sarah Hoyt

Dr. Tedd Roberts generally approves of commerce and enterprise.  He is however disturbed by the ever-earlier opening trend on Black Friday: The frank truth is that lack of sleep produces many of the same mental effects as being drunk or high, and Black Friday will be staffed by employees operating on too little sleep.  The […]