Shopping can be a form of relaxation, an entertaining way to spend time or even a hobby. But it can turn into an expensive habit. Whether you sometimes give in to a weakness for designer handbags or brand-name shoes, here are three ways to help you manage the urge to spend. Pick the tactic that … Continued

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In the world of online shopping, often buyers will purchase an item only after they see that other people also like it. And the easiest way to find out consumer sentiment? You guessed it: reviews. Many online purchases are based on careful consideration of star ratings and product reviews left by complete strangers. Some 82% of … Continued

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Online ads are like salespeople. Sometimes they’re helpful — and sometimes they trail you while you shop, make suggestions, “check in” on you, and all but shove you to the checkout. Those online ads “chase you around the internet,” says Neeru Paharia, associate professor of marketing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. They get … Continued

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