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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

Hands-On Amazon: 7 Tips for Becoming a Top Merchant on Amazon

Amazon houses a rich ecosystem of marketplace sellers that have clawed their way up to top seller status. But cashing in on the marketplace model isn't a matter of merely posting products. You've got to work it, though the question remains: How? We talked to some experts to find out.

The Humble Beginnings for 7 Famous Retailers

While it's possible today to start big, big, big with a bankroll of private financing, that's not exactly how many of America's iconic brands got off the ground. In an overwhelming number of cases — and with the seven examples listed here — humble origins preceded the evolution into something huge.

How Retailers Use Your Senses Against You

As you go on your shopping runs this ho-ho-holiday — whether at malls or on the Internet — you're probably not thinking much about the smells, colors and textures around you. But retailers certainly are, and their manipulation of these things can encourage you to spend more money.

Jingle Broke: 9 Hidden Holiday Costs & Their Affordable Alternatives

The holidays mean spending dough on a sleigh full of presents, but it doesn't mean you have to slay your bank account or credit balance in the process. You know what we mean: Green as a Grinch, dollar bills fly out of your pockets as you pay and pay and pay for all the extras. To avoid the burden of overspending this season, we recommend taking a look at these nine expenditures that offer wiggle room for extra savings.

Hot Dogs, Hardbodies, and Boxers: 8 Crazy Store Promotions

From the delightful to the debunkable, over-the-top marketing schemes speak (or perhaps scream) to the carnival barker in us all. Here are eight examples of product promotions that have made history, hysteria, or in some cases both.

A Psychologist Explains Why We Go Bonkers for Black Friday

To get behind our happy lack of reason for the season, DealNews spoke with Kit Yarrow, a professor of both psychology and marketing at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Here she explains the methods, the madness, and the marketing that goes into making Black Friday a mega event.

More People Than Ever Before Will Do Their Holiday Shopping Online

More people are turning to online shopping for the holidays, and a lot will peruse department stores specifically on Cyber Monday. To find even more facts and figures for November — like how many turkeys America will consume this Thanksgiving — read on!

Your Way eBay: How to Become a PowerSeller on eBay

Many people have flocked to eBay as a cool platform for hawking hot items, but how can you make your own wares stand out from the pack? We talked to two experts for some pointers on making the move to eBay PowerSeller.

Americans Will Spend $2.2 Billion on Halloween Candy This Year

Boooooo! That's an expression of discontent for a holiday without any numbers to define the consumer trends. But there's no need to get your Superman tights in a bunch. We've been stirring the cauldron night and day to deliver the digits to delight the demon shopper in us all.

5 Seasonal Coffee Drinks, Taste-Tested and Reviewed

According to a study on coffee drinking trends for 2014, 34% of Americans consume gourmet coffee beverages daily, up 3% from last year. So we took a look at five autumn beverages offered by national coffee and tea chains, concoctions both hot and cold — in more ways than one. Here's how they stacked up and went down.