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Marbella: Layaway returns at Walmart, at just the right time

In the annals of holiday nostalgia, it's hardly up there in "Christmas Carol" territory. Still, the news that layaways are back has me feeling less Scrooge-like than I usually do when the holiday spend-a-thon season approaches. Major retailers like Walmart, you might have seen, are bringing back or expanding their layaway programs — those old, pay-by-installment plans that went by the wayside when credit cards became all too common. I'm not really a layaway type myself, but I'm glad it's made a comeback anyway. Somehow, it seems like the right time for the layaway to have a moment, on any number of levels. For one thing, a layaway is a paying forward...