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Lou Carlozo

Lou Carlozo

Lou Carlozo is an award-winning journalist who served for 16 years as a Chicago Tribune Staff Writer, Editor, writing coach and columnist. There he wrote the popular syndicated DVD column "On the Small Screen," and "The Recession Diaries," which covered personal finance. In 2009, he began working at AOL, rising to the rank of Managing Editor at the WalletPop personal finance site. Now he covers personal finance for the wealthy at Reuters Wealth, and is also the author of a journalism textbook. He lives in Chicago with his wife Amy and their two children, just a long fly ball from Wrigley Field. He also contributes to a number of national publications as a music journalist, including Downbeat and Christian Century, where he serves as lead music critic.

Lou Carlozo's Most Recent Blog Posts

Don't Sweat It! 9 Tips for Getting Air Conditioning on a Budget

Americans spend $11 billion a year cooling their homes. But with these tips on how to choose an air conditioner and maximize its effectiveness, you can keep those costs under control.

Grounds for Excitement: Find the Perfect Coffee Grinder for Your Budget

After scoping out various brands and price points, we've come up with four coffee grinders that can help you concoct caffeinated (or decaf) bliss. Which one is best for you? Grab your favorite mug and read on.

DIY Home Improvement is Blowing Up! Get the Most Out of It

Homeowners are going shopping, and that's a big shot in the arm for DIY home improvement as a business. Here's look at how that trend is playing out nationwide.

Lights, Camera, Auction: 5 Terrible Product Placements in Movies and TV

Hershey's pulled off a marketing coup when Reese's Pieces were featured in E.T.. But other companies haven't fared so well, from fast food chains to sneaker brands. Here's a look at the five worst attempts at product placement. (Spoiler: Poor Bing is on our list twice.)

60% of Americans Are Concerned About the Election's Effect on Their Finances

According to a recent DealNews survey, six in 10 people in the U.S. are worried about how the election will affect the economy and their own personal finances. We look at how these worries cut across all ages and levels of financial stability.

A Mathematician's 5 Tips for the Perfect March Madness Bracket

It's mostly the seeds. But how do you predict the occasional upset? A math professor and bracket expert tells us to look for tough win streaks while away — and to leave your irrational fan allegiances at the door.

No Surprise: Millennials Will Spend the Most on St. Patrick's Day

Like all festive occasions, St. Patrick's Day invites us to part with a little dough. What does that add up to, besides 18 zillion choruses of "Danny Boy"? Here, we present five mind-blowing facts about St. Pat's spending worthy drinking a toast to as you whip out that clover-covered credit card.

Free Candy & Car Washes: 8 Examples of Super Customer Service

Most tales of customer service stories are complaints, but what about the others? From lifetime service to enticing freebies, these companies lead in keeping customers happy.

5 Super Cool Ways That Technology Is Changing the Way We Dress

Whether it fits in your ears or graces your feet, we've got you covered from head to toe. Here are five instances where tech is changing the way we outfit ourselves in the 21st century.

Gust in Time: 4 Great Windproof Umbrellas With Lifetime Guarantees

Just one well-timed gust of wind can turn your umbrella into a tattered flag of surrender. But don't give up just yet. Here we take a look at four umbrellas made to withstand the wind, the rain, flying coins, or whatever Mother Nature chooses to dish out.