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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

Buy, Sell, Score: 8 Examples of Classic Consumer Flips

Flipping isn't just for homes any more. From Pez to iPhones, these items resold for a big profit.

Facebook Wants You to Talk to Stores Through Its Messenger App

This week Facebook unveiled Businesses on Messenger, a service that allows stores to send order updates and customer service messages via the Messenger app. But the benefits for consumers are unclear, and only two stores are currently on board. Will it catch on?

Brow Plucking and Milkshakes?: 8 Weird Retail Combinations

Guitars and BBQs? Milkshakes and brow waxing? Some stores have an odd idea of what inventory makes sense to sell together.

8 Reasons You Might Want to Skip Off-Brand Items

Sometimes brand names are all hype. But other times, they can bring safety, customer service, resale value, and more compared to knock-offs. Before you buy, take a look at these potential off-brand concerns to see if you'll be happy with the final purchase.

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

Want to astound your office pool with a perfect 67-game bracket for March Madness? The odds are — astronomically — stacked against you. But we've reached out to a college math professor for tips on how to get as many right as possible.

Beer Spending is Up: 8 Stats for St. Patrick's Day

Collectively, we'll spend $262 million on beer this year! (Let's hope it's not entirely consumed by the 2 million people attending the parade in New York.) That and more stats are in our ~!St. Patrick's Day by the numbers guide!.

Turning the Other Chic: 8 Little Luxuries for Under $100

Fountain pens, watches, even fancy toilet paper: you don't have to break the bank to treat yourself. These 8 luxury items are all affordable, and totally unnecessary.

Get These 8 Things to Help Prepare For Emergencies

With much of the country under snow (including some regions that barely see an inch), now is a good time to review what you need to prepare for unexpected extreme weather, car breakdowns, and other emergencies.

8 Foods That Will Be More Expensive This Spring

Eggs, fine wine, and grapefruit are just a few of the foods that could increase in price this spring. But there are some alternatives.

5 Retro Products That Are Hot Again (And What They Cost Today)

It's fun to take a look at the vintage items that have come back against all odds, and get an idea of what they're worth today as opposed to back in the day. Here we present five examples of doin' the time warp, retail style.