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7 Ways to Cut Down on Holiday Gift-Giving

As the holiday gift-giving season approaches, we often are filled with a sense of dread: How will we ever find the perfect gift for everyone on our list, the time to finish our shopping and the money to pay for all the stuff we need to buy? Some Americans...
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FedEx Sees Record Holiday Shipments on Rising Retail Sales

CHICAGO — Package delivery company FedEx (FDX) said Monday that it expects to see a record number of shipments during this year’s busy holiday season, driven by rising retail sales and a jump in e-commerce. The Memphis-based company said it expects to handle 317 million shipments between Black...
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Walmart Tweaks Discount Strategy for Holiday Season

Walmart Stores (WMT) said it would offer fewer “this weekend only” short-term deals during the holiday shopping season while discounting thousands of items for 90 days as it seeks to entice customers by being more consistent on pricing. The retailer also said it was launching a new mobile...
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To Wait – or Not to Wait – for Black Friday Deals?

Christmas is still about eight weeks away, but retailers and many shoppers don’t seem to care. Holiday shopping is in full swing. Gone are the days when shoppers waited until Black Friday, once revered as the biggest shopping day of the year, to hit the stores and snatch...
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10 Savings Tips for Holiday Shopping

Christmas is weeks away, but many consumers are already prepping for the annual holiday spending extravaganza — and they may be on to something. Retailers, to be sure, are revving up the profit engines and setting their sights on Black Friday, traditionally the single biggest shopping day of...
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7 Best Rewards Credit Cards for Holiday Shopping

From presents for the kids to special food for family get-togethers, holiday traditions have the potential to put a significant dent in your wallet. However, you can take the sting out of that spending by earning rewards for every purchase. Rewards credit cards come in many flavors, with...
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Smartwatches for all kinds this holiday season

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — If you’re looking for a device to track your fitness, alert you to incoming messages and occasionally let you buy stuff with a scan or a tap, there’s no shortage of computerized wristwatches to choose from. Over the past several months, I’ve tested numerous...
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Oops! 6 Holiday Costs We Forget to Budget For

The National Retail Federation predicts that the average spending on food, gifts and other holiday costs this year will reach $805.65 per person, just slightly higher than last year’s average of $802.45. Whether you’re planning to spend more or less than average, forgetting to factor in extras like...
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