Author Archives: Mae Anderson

Amazon Says ‘Prime Day’ Will Be Annual Event

Amazon says its “Prime Day” sale led to a sales surge and “hundreds of thousands” of new signups for its $99 annual Prime loyalty program. The company said it plans to make the sale an annual event.

Tied to its 20th anniversary, Amazon promoted Wednesday’s sale for weeks by saying there would be more deals than during the busy winter holiday shopping season. Read More

Apple Pushes Digital Wallet with Apple Pay

Apple is betting that people want to pay with a tap of the phone rather than a swipe of the card. The technology company on Tuesday introduced a new digital wallet service called Apple Pay that is integrated with its Passbook credential-storage app and its fingerprint ID security system.

The announcement came as Apple introduced several new products including a new, larger iPhone 6 and a watch. Apple Pay is designed to let iPhone 6 owners use their smartphones to pay for purchases at brick-and-mortar stores as well as online via apps. Read More

Smart Spending: Buy these items after Christmas

It’s December, the malls are bustling and “Sale” signs are everywhere. Good time to grab the deals? Not so fast. Savvy shoppers should realize that some items are actually a better deal after the holiday season. As long as it’s not something that has to be under the tree on Dec. 25, here’s a look at purchases best made in the new year. Read More

Smart Spending: Back-to-school shopping 101

The back-to-school shopping season is kicking into high gear, but stores have been pushing it for a month. They’re working hard to get parents to spend, spend, spend on notebooks, computers, clothes and other student needs. Read More

Smart Spending: Spring cleaning for fun and profit

The ritual of spring cleaning can bring lots of poetic benefits: spiritual renewal, charitable donations, a clutter-free lifestyle. But it also can be a way to save money — and even make a dollar or two. Here’s how to get the biggest bang for your buck out of this annual ritual. Read More

Retailers report 4th consecutive month of gains

Warmer weather and an earlier Easter enticed shoppers into stores for spring merchandise in March, helping retailers post strong sales gains for the month.

Discounter Target Corp., department store Macy’s Inc., clothier Gap Inc. and Victoria’s Secret parent Limited Brands Inc. posted double-digit increases that beat Wall Street analysts’ expectations. . . . read more Read More

Smart Spending: Shopping at convenience stores

Always helpful for last-minute necessities, convenience stores and chain drug stores offer good deals on a surprising array of other merchandise too.

Trading on their late hours and handy locations, they’ve always boosted prices on necessities, but the recession has made the stores more savvy about other inventory too . . . read more Read More