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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

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.

'But Wait, There's More!': Reviews of 8 'As Seen on TV' Products

The product choices on late night infomercials are as copious as the number of cable channels these days, whether they claim to keep you warm on the couch or get your shoes on and off with ease. Here we present a roundup of eight products that live up to all the pitched promises — or don't! And if you're moved to buy something yourself, rest assured: satisfaction is guaranteed (so we've been told).

Bring on the App-etizers: Top 10 Apps for Drink and Dining Deals

A great meal never goes out of style, so we're back with another list of the top smartphone apps for finding food and drink deals. From Happy Hour and food truck trackers, to an app that finds deals at the best local restaurant options, here are our top picks.

Would You Sell Your Personal Data for Profit?

Retailers have long been paying top dollar to search engines and others to get a peek at your browsing habits, and you can see the evidence in the ads that pop up later on. But Personal BlackBox is developing a way for consumers to bottle their online and retail activity to sell.

How 'Frozen' and the World Series Will Affect Your Shopping This Fall

If you're a retailer hoping to cash in on unpredictable events like sports championships or costume trends, it becomes something of both a science and a gamble. To find out how different kinds of stores work the stocking game year round — and how shoppers can benefit — we spoke with a retail expert to get the inside scoop.

8 Foods That May Spike in Price This Fall — Including Bacon?!

Back in May, we reported on eight foods threatened by summer price hikes. And unfortunately, the season's change won't necessarily bring relief. Now, we took a look at eight foods in for possible price hikes this fall. Maybe you should think twice about eating them, lest they eat into your wallet and leave an orange-sized hole in there. (Speaking of oranges...)

7 Celebrities Who Are Pretty Serious About Collecting Things

The fact that Johnny Depp collects dolls probably won't surprise you, but the picture of him holding them might. Read on for more on Depp's obsession, as well as a full list of our favorite (and sometimes surprising) celebrity collectors.

Empty the Garage, Fill Your Wallet: 7 Tips to Super Charge Your Garage Sale

If your closets hold abundant junk, your garage spills over with stuff, and those toddler clothes no longer fit your pre-teen, you're a prime candidate for staging a yard sale or garage sale. We spoke with a personal finance expert to get tips on staging a profitable and stress-free garage sale.

Why Do Big Retailers Like Best Buy Have Storefronts on eBay and Amazon?

A few years ago, a store with a website was considered cutting edge. But today, brick-and-mortar stores are opening "storefronts" on host retailers like Amazon and eBay. We turned to former Microsoft exec and Indix founder Sanjay Parthasarathy to get some answers on the retailer-marketplace phenomenon.