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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

While we may take air conditioning for granted, it's generally an expensive luxury. With these tips on how to choose an air conditioner and maximize its effectiveness, you can keep those AC costs under control.

You Won't Believe How Much You'll Save Thrift Shopping for Clothes

If Macklemore is to be believed, then going to the thrift store for solid deals on clothing is a practice worth extolling in song. That's because these stores frequently offer wares in exceptional condition. So just how much can you save with secondhand clothing?

5 Common Warranty Pitfalls (And How to Avoid Them)

If warranties are supposed to protect you when the products you purchase fall apart, then what are you supposed to do when the warranty falls apart? Here are five strategies to help you deal with common warranty problems.

7 Holiday Expenses (and Their Thrifty Alternatives)

Even if you've already finished your holiday gift shopping, you still might need to ask Santa for a new wallet due to other holiday expenses. Here are seven holiday expenditures you'll want to watch as closely as NORAD tracks reindeer.

Which Dyson Vacuum Is Right for You? We Compare 5 Top Models

Which Dyson vacuum might be right for you? Of the 21 available, here we look at five different models and price points, taking into consideration their features, specialized uses, and overall coolness as objets d'art of cleaning.

5 Affordable Colleges You Might Not Know

The bills for tuition, textbooks, and more pile up faster than you can say "red tape at the registrar's office." To help you fight future student loan debt, we've compiled a list of five colleges with the lowest cost of living around.

Takin' It Squeezy: 4 Great Juicers at Every Price Point

Whether you're looking to make some fancy green juice or a simple glass of OJ, you can find lots of fans of these juicers. Check out our guide to find which juicer is right for you.

Hip, Hip, Puree: The 4 Best Blenders for Every Budget

No matter how you shake it, chop it, pulse it, or whip it, finding the right blender at the best price is as simple as pushing a button. Here are four blender models to consider, with a smart option for every budget.

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.
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