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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 Features

Save the Planet, Treat Yourself: Earth Day Freebies 2014

April 22 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, an event that dates back to 1970. And on this day, the freebies and premiums pop up with the energy of spring bulbs bursting through once-dormant soil.

Budget-Friendly Instruments with the Best Value for Newbie Rockers

Ready to start rocking in your garage on the weekends? (Hey, we all need an outlet.) Here are some top picks for great gear that won't cost a ton.

This Is How Brick-and-Mortar Stores Are Trying to Hook You

Stores are constantly developing ways to get your hooked, from dressing rooms that text selfies to your friends, to racetrack layouts that let you charge through the aisles. Here's how your favorite retailer is getting you to buy and come back.

Why Store Closings May Actually Be a Good Sign for Retailers

Earlier this month, Radio Shack & Staples announced plans to close hundreds of stores and focus on building their .com sales. Is this shift merely a result of a each outlet's woes? Or do such tactics point to something greater on the digital side of things?

8 Tips to Make Sure You're Prepared for Emergencies

Early this morning, California residents experienced a 4.4 earthquake, and while there are reportedly (and thankfully) no injuries or major damage as a result, the news once again reminds us that accidents and disasters can come at any time. Because we can't control or predict when these events happen, we should all be prepared in case of emergency.

How to Avoid Identity Theft When Filing Your Taxes

Did you know that almost 1,000 Americans could become victims of identity theft when they file their taxes? Fortunately common sense and strategic measures can help cut the chances of this happening. We got an expert to give us some tips for making sure your Tax Day doesn't result in identity theft.

A Mathematician's Tips for the Perfect March Madness Bracket

Attention, Mathletes! You could win up to $1 billion of Warren Buffet's bankroll if you correctly assemble the winning men's NCAA March Madness bracket. All you need are some linear equations and weighted variables, says our bracketology expert.

Americans Will Rack Up a $255 Million Bar Tab This St. Patrick's Day

While it was St. Patrick who drove the snakes out of Ireland, even he with his mighty staff cannot cast off the hangovers set to occur on March 18. After all, Americans will reportedly spend an extra $10 million on beer this St. Patrick's Day.

Affordable & Fun Brainy Games Boost Cognitive Functions in Adults & Kids

Are you looking for fun ways to improve your brain power? We've assembled some tips for helping you get the most out of brainy games — to help you know what you’re buying, and help answer that most challenging of brain teasers: Can a game really improve one's brain power?

The Difference Between a Camry & a Civic? The Cost of Brake Repair

It's important to know which car models have the better shot of avoiding a bevy of mechanical issues. Inside, we've got the lowdown on the most common repair issues from a variety of sedans — and what those fixes will cost you in the long run.