Now that we’ve got Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, a lot of us (ahem!) less organized folks still have some shopping to do (there ARE still twelve days left until Christmas, FYI…).
Granted, if you’re reading this blog, we’re preaching to the choir. You’re clearly well versed in the world of using coupons and educating yourself before you take the plunge on any major purchases. But it’s the holidays, so we’re thinking of others here, people.
How do we reinforce our own exemplary shopping habits amongst friends and loved ones? HOW?
As July 4th, 2010 approaches, it’s time to commemorate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But as the barbecues burn out and the fireworks fade, it’s good time to contemplate the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis: freedom of speech, assembly, religion, etc.
But despite the many liberties that living in the U.S.A. affords us, financial freedom remains elusive to many. No doubt our American “bigger is better” consumerism has contributed to that state. If you’re using Savings.com coupons and reading our personal finance blog, you’re probably very interested in money management. So when it comes to spending, saving, debt and investments, how far along are you in reaching the goal of financial independence?
A couple of weeks ago, Derek mentioned a Lifehacker story about what people buy online vs. in stores as a part of his weekly roundup of favorite finance news. It was quite an illuminating post since I would have guessed online shopping accounted for a much higher percentage of total retail sales.
As it turns out, the numbers are a bit misleading since the data represents 2007. Certainly in the last couple of years e-commerce has seen significant growth–in fact, in 2009 online sales were 6% of total retail vs. 3.2% in 2007. And according to Techcrunch, e-commerce grew by 11% in 2009 vs. 2.5% increase for retail sales overall.
Obviously, we’re spending more and more time shopping online…
This Sunday everyone in the U.S. (with the exception of the lucky souls in Hawaii and most of Arizona…) will “Spring forward.” Yup, it’s that time of year again when we set our clocks ahead one hour (before you go to sleep on Saturday night…) and wake up an hour earlier the next morning.
In our never-ending attempt to get to know our Savings.com Community better, we’ve offered up a variety of interesting polls and quizzes. A couple of weeks ago readers had the chance to test their money etiquette skills. We’ve explored saving strategies, saving styles and saving sins.
If you haven’t had the chance to take these quizzes, take ‘em now! It’s not just a way for us to get to know you better–but an opportunity for YOU to get to know you better as well. And it’s fun!
This week’s quiz was inspired by the imminent return of one of my favorite shows, LOST. A show where the fan base is so rabidly dedicated to watching, re-watching, dissecting and discussing its every moment that the President of the United States preempted his State of the Union address just so it wouldn’t interfere with the LOST season premiere.