Odd Spending

Black Friday: Fast and Frenzied

The end of Thanksgiving week represents the high point of American consumption — a purposefully designed fast and frenzied shopping atmosphere at stores all over the country. And that’s exactly how many shoppers like it.

Why Dirty-Looking Money Makes Us Spend More

In a finding that gives a whole new meaning to the term “money laundering,” researchers found that people are driven to spend old or grimy bills more readily than newly-minted ones. In a forthcoming article in the Journal of …

The Booming Business of “Divorce Parties”

Feather boas, sashes, tiaras… no, it’s not a beauty pageant. It’s not even a bachelorette party, although between the giddiness and the flowing Champagne, that would be an easy mistake to make. Party planners and manufacturers …

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