Thursday, November 29, 2012
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week we're talking all about electronics. It's the season of giving and chances are, you probably have some fancy technology to cross off your holiday shopping lists. Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about Blue-ray players, iPads, smartphones and television sets, but we needed a little help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts: If you have a technology related questions, ask below in our comment section and one of our experts will answer! If you consider yourself a …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The National Retail Federation released its annual holiday shopping forecast. Americans are shopping earlier than ever, the survey shows, which could lead to a 4.1 percent increase in national sales.
Accustomed to pinching pennies thanks to years of economic downturn, holiday shoppers this year will look for ways to cut corners, comparative shop online and even plan to travel less, if not at all, the National Retail Federation said in its annual shopping forecast for the Christmas season. On average, the NRF expects holiday consumers to spend $749.51 on holiday gifts, decor, greeting cards and more in 2012. That's more than the $740.57 shoppers actually spent in 2011. And before you think Patch is reporting on the holiday season, think again. According to the survey, nearly half of Americans say they've begun holiday shopping before Halloween—12.3 percent of those surveyed before September; 7 percent during September; and 22.1 percent…
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Chesterfield Patch has gathered a list of ten gift ideas for those with big hopes.
- Laura Ng
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Gifts can have a way of reviving dreams. A few Christmases ago, my significant other gave me a magnificent grand piano. It was a gift unlike any I had ever received. I was a competitive pianist for years as a teenager, but the only times I'd ever even touched a grand piano was during competitions or at a concert hall. Then suddenly, there was one in my living room, its flawless, polished black wood gleaming. For about five years, I actually stopped playing the piano all together. There were so many negative connotations that I associated with it. To make a long story short, my now-estranged mother would threaten me with shame as a child: shame if I lost, shame if I messed up in front of her friends, shame if I gave any indication that I …