| Nov 30, 2013
| 2:44 PM
Even hard-core shoppers might not know the Saturday after Thanksgiving has an official retail-related name.
But scores of independent merchants in the Baltimore area did their part Saturday to get the "Shop Small" message out for the fourth annual Small...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Despite extra time to shop as more retailers opened for business on Thanksgiving Day, consumers spent less money this year during the first four days of the official start of the holiday shopping season, according to a survey released Sunday by the...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 6:29 PM
Cathi Mielke, a committed Black Friday shopper, got a slightly earlier start this year than in prior years.
"I like Black Friday shopping," the Carroll County resident said as she was leaving Best Buy in Bel Air Thursday night. "This is the first time I'...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 1:33 PM
Calling the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday, at least according to one explanation, came into being as a business term.
Its location on the calendar, coupled with it being a perfect day for people with the day off to do a little shopping, made it...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 4:49 PM
Consumers went in search of cyber deals Monday amid a barrage of emails and Web offers from retailers.
But Cyber Monday may be losing its significance as the biggest online day of the season, thanks to this year's earlier and more diluted kickoff to...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 9:08 AM
How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was great, thanks! Well, to tell the truth, it was just okay. No, it was tolerable. Yes, that's the word, tolerable. And totally predictable.
One day, I'm going to have the Thanksgiving nervous breakdown I've surely earned...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:56 AM
Many believe that in recent years the mega-merger of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons have conspired to make your life crazy. To make matters worse, this year Mother Nature and the calendar have joined the fray.
Just to make the holiday...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 2:27 PM
With a shortened holiday season punctuated by weekend winter storms, holiday shoppers in Maryland are feeling the pressure.
There are six fewer days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas than last year. And three Baltimore-area snowfalls in three...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 3:45 AM
There are many ways to get into the Christmas spirit: decorating the tree, hanging a wreath, baking sugar cookies, singing carols, and fainting at the sight of your credit card bill.
But there are lots of ways to get out of the Christmas spirit, too....
| Aug 9, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Organizers of Maryland's tax-free shopping week are aiming to give back-to-school buying in August the kind of boost that Black Friday gives to holiday spending each fall.
Now in its fourth year, the annual tax holiday gives consumers a break on the...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 11:47 AM
My oldest son turned 16 last month, and I took a day off from work to spend it with him. It was also my plan to get his learner's permit. I thought a trip to the Motor Vehicle Administration would make a great birthday present, and it would afford us some...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Retail sales will be up slightly this holiday season compared to last year, according to ShopperTrak.
The firm that measures store traffic is calling for a 2.4 percent increase in sales in November and December. That's a slower pace than last year, when...