disposable clothing

Disposable Clothing: Are there Circumstances Where it Makes Sense to Buy it?

Has anyone else noticed the disposable clothing lines available at most retailers? These are the toilet paper-thin (and we’re not talking the quilted kind) shirts you can see your fingers through. There’s American Eagle, then there’s the…
mystery shop

Retail and Manufacturer Competition: When Consumers Lose

The general understanding is that the more retailers and manufacturers in the marketplace the lower the prices for consumers will be due to fierce competition that leads to price slashing—lots of companies fighting over too few dollars. This…
mystery shop

Mined Consumer Purchasing Records Used in Court

I would venture to say that all stores who have loyalty card programs have a privacy policy where they reassure consumers that our information will not be sold or shared with third parties. When you sign onto search engine reward programs, you…
smart stores

Smart Stores: Consumer Monitoring in Exchange for Your Information

At a Walgreen’s cash register the other day a catalina printed out along with my receipt. I got excited, as these are normally for products that I use. However this time the catalina was $4 off on any (1) Stoppain® Pain Relieving Product.…
direct selling

Direct Selling: The Potential to Increase Your Bottom Line and Your Cupboards

Visualize this scene: I am sitting with my sister at a Tupperware rally (aka, a revival for consumerism). There are streamers, there is glitter all over the berber carpeting, and there are spray-tan women with microphones. As an early-twenty…

Frugal is In Vogue After the Recession

This is a guest post from Squirrelers who blogs about helping you save, protect, and grow your hard-earned money. Do you consider yourself to be a frugal person? If you enjoy reading about frugality, and living happily and responsibly within…