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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

DIY Rockefellers: 4 Success Stories From Crafts Marketplace Etsy

The freelance and entrepreneurial economies face mighty challenges, but some sellers on Etsy have made DIY work to great advantage. Here, four successful business owners offer advice on persistence, finding a niche, and professionalism on the popular crafts website. Read on and hear the success stories behind four Etsy shops.

Bundled to Run: 8 Winter Workout Essentials

We've identified 8 pieces of clothing you'll need for outdoor winter exercise. Whether it's a balaclava to cover your face, or Merino wool base garments to wick away sweat, these items will keep you dry and warm in the coldest of conditions.

Smart Piggy Banks and Subterranean Beer Coolers: 8 Products to Change Your Life in 2015

Technology has produced some great breakthroughs, though some new wrinkles in the marketplace are so simple, you'll wish you'd thought of them yourself. Here we present eight new items that are either in stores now or on the way. So read on: We've got you inundated with the innovative.

Best of the Best: 10 Top Retail Items of Past and Present

Where do Pink Floyd and David Bowie rank in the Top 10 on iTunes all-time album sales list? Which film set Redbox on fire the fastest? The answers may surprise you, as they did us. Here we present our list of 10 bests in a variety of consumer categories: products to make you strum, sing, shoot, or sit with a sense of satisfaction — or, if you prefer, superiority.

Cold Comfort: 10 Clothing Items That Are Worth the Splurge

Complaining won't make the cold weather go away, though the right garments can certainly keep it at bay. Here we survey 10 clothing choices that will turn cold and frosty into warm and toasty. Hot cocoa is optional; just don't spill it on these fine specimens of anti-winter wizardry.

9 Things You Didn't Know About New Year's Eve

The year 2014 gave us lots to celebrate. The stock market rebounded, gas prices dropped, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6s, and the bargains kept on coming. Now with New Year's Eve fast upon us, you might well wonder, "What facts might elucidate our general understanding of this fine fete?" Well, that's what we wondered anyway.

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.