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Suggestions for a Less Stressful Shopping Season
The 2013 holiday shopping season is set to be the shortest on record. With just 26 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, six fewer than last year’s 32 days, consumers will undoubtedly be seeking easy and efficient ways to still get their shopping done. In order to make the most of your shopping trips, here are a few simple tips from the professional at Hamilton Place Mall:
Have a shopping list. Taking a few minutes to actually write out what you need and who you’re shopping for can save both stress and over-spending. It will also save you time, especially if you’ve written down information such as sizes and color preferences. Don’t forget to list the people who will receive holiday tips such as the babysitter, dog groomer, mail and newspaper carriers or hair stylist. This will also help you manage your holiday budget. But you may also want to have a few “surprise” gifts that are generic in case you forget anyone or someone drops by with a gift for you during the holidays.
Be comfortable. Wear comfortable shoes to keep your feet happy during your shopping trip. If possible, leave your bulky winter coat in the car.
Shop during the week rather than on the weekend. Generally, fewer people shop during the week as compared to the weekend. Also, malls are places where people socialize as well as shop. With school in session during the week, you’ll find fewer families in the mall at that time.
Shop early in the day rather than later in the day or evening. Remember the saying, “The early bird catches the worm.” The same applies to shopping. In the mornings there are generally fewer people out. That means fewer crowds, faster service and time to browse a bit more when making gift selections.
Shop with somebody. This is a good idea unless the person you’re shopping with is the person you’re shopping for! Nevertheless, time goes by faster when you’re shopping with someone. Plus, you have somebody to talk to, to share gift ideas with and to help make color and size decisions.
Make multiple shopping trips rather than an all-day shopping marathon. This will require a bit more planning, but can help preserve your strength, stamina and sanity in the long run. There are numerous methods to use in following this suggestion such as shopping for all the members of a particular family or purchasing children’s presents on one trip and adult’s presents on another trip.
Map out your shopping trip. When planning a trip, you wouldn’t dream of driving off without having looked up directions on your phone or the internet. Why should shopping be any different? If you know what you want to purchase and where you can find it, half your battle is won.
Don’t forget the gift receipt and gift wrapping. In order to ensure that the recipient can return or exchange an item, make sure the sales associate includes a gift receipt with your purchase. At Hamilton Place Mall you will find Kids on the Block gift wrap stations located on the upper level by Customer Service and on the lower level by JCPenney.
Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance or directions. In order to make room for holiday and seasonal merchandise, stores sometimes have to reconfigure departments or sections. This can be confusing to a customer who regularly shops that store. As a result, a great deal of time can be spent “searching” for merchandise and the searching can lead to frustration. Why not simply ask a sales associate for assistance?
THINK SAFETY - One final suggestion regarding shopping – at any time – but particularly during the holidays, is to keep safety in mind at all times. Know where you place your credit card or checkbook after a purchase. Don’t keep large amounts of cash in your wallet or purse. Take in just want you need to spend and come back later. When getting money from an ATM, don’t let people crowd you too closely. When taking purchases to your car, lock them out of sight in the trunk rather than exposed in the back seat. Finally, let somebody at home know you’re going to be shopping, your destination, route and estimated time of return.
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BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets steadied today after a sharp sell-off the day before.
There was a dearth of corporate or economic news for traders to digest and an insipid performance on Wall Street gave little direction either.
Most indexes were modestly higher after declining Monday on weak Chinese trade figures that reignited fears of a deeper slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy.
Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose slightly, remaining at just above $101 a barrel.
The dollar gained against the euro and fell against the yen.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Inventories and jobs news are the subjects of today's government economic data.
The Commerce Department releases its report on wholesale trade inventories for January this morning. December's report showed businesses increased stockpiles at the slowest pace since last summer. The 0.5 percent December increase followed healthy gains of 1 percent in November and 1.1 percent in October.
Also this morning, the Labor Department releases its job openings and labor turnover survey for January.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The job outlook is looking up for the second quarter.
ManpowerGroup's quarterly Manpower Employment Outlook Survey of employers' intentions to increase or trim back their workforce found a net increase of 13 percent.
The workforce solutions company says 19 percent of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed anticipate increasing staff levels. ManpowerGroup's Chris Layden says it's "the strongest second-quarter hiring intention since the second quarter of 2008." And Layden says expected staff reductions of four percent were the lowest in the survey's history.
Layden says the survey found a positive outlook in all 13 industry sectors, especially engineering and technology. He says the survey found that "95 percent of employers were having difficulty finding engineers."
According to Layden, the survey shows nationwide growth and "points to a little steadier job market."
BEIJING (AP) -- China's central bank governor has said Beijing might finish the process of easing controls on interest rates within two years and market forces will set the pace for use of its tightly controlled currency abroad.
Zhou Xiaochuan spoke at a news conference during the annual meeting of China's legislature, at which communist leaders have announced plans to make the economy more market-oriented and productive.
The central banker said ending controls on rates paid by banks to savers would be the last step in easing interest rate controls. He said he expects that to come in one to two years.
Zhou said the central bank wants market forces to determine the pace at which China's yuan is used for international trade and investment.
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DENVER (AP) -- In the world's first accounting of a recreational pot industry, Colorado officials say the state has made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, the first month of sales.
The tax total reported Monday by the state Department of Revenue indicates $14.02 million worth of recreational pot was sold. The state collected roughly $2.01 million in taxes.
The state legalized pot in 2012, but the commercial sale of marijuana didn't begin until January. Washington state sales begin in the coming months.
The taxes come from 12.9 percent sales taxes and 15 percent excise taxes. Voters approved the pot taxes last year. The first $40 million of the excise tax must go to school construction.
Colorado has about 160 state-licensed recreational marijuana stores, though not all were open in January.
DALLAS (AP) -- The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange that recently collapsed in Japan has filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection to shield itself from a lawsuit seeking to repay thousands of people whose digital currency is now missing.
The U.S. filing made in Dallas late Sunday supplements a bankruptcy petition that Mt. Gox submitted in Japan at the end of last month.
Mt. Gox was once the world's largest exchange specializing in bitcoins, but now finds itself in a financial mess after losing about 850,000 bitcoins valued at $473 million, according to court documents.
Although it's based in Tokyo, Mt. Gox is opening a bankruptcy case in the U.S. in an attempt to delay a recent federal lawsuit filed in Illinois on behalf of all U.S. residents burned by the exchange's abrupt demise.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Chemicals maker DuPont says its first-quarter results could be hurt by extended cold weather and winter storms in North America and turmoil in Ukraine.
DuPont also says uncertain farming conditions may affect its results. The company did not quantify the effect of those factors.
FactSet says analysts expect DuPont & Co. to earn $1.68 per share in the first quarter.
For the full year, DuPont says those factors will be canceled out by greater global industrial production, lower agricultural expenses, and the execution of its business plan. The Wilmington, Del., company is still forecasting adjusted income of $4.20 to $4.45 per share.
Analysts expect $4.33 per share, on average.
Shares of DuPont rose 11 cents to $67.35 on Monday, then slipped 69 cents in after-hours trading.
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