The Unpredictable Consumer Strikes Again

This summer, American parents are expected to spend $34.4 billion, or about $661 per child, on back-to-school shopping, according to a Deloitte survey. A big portion is going toward fashion: apparel sales are predicted to jump by 18 percent from the same period in 2021. It’s a 180-degree turn from last year, when parents splurged on laptops and other technology, while clothing spending remains roughly flat. In 2022, their kids may not need another new tablet, but they’ve outgrown last year’s shirts, shorts and sneakers.

The unusually unpredictable back-to-school shopping season is just the latest example of how the pandemic has radically changed what people want to buy, and when. Last year, consumers abruptly dropped their sweatpants obsession for going-out clothes and work-from-home wardrobes. Now they’re splurging on travel, luxury goods and children’s clothing.

Retailers are still catching up — and bracing for more surprises this fall.

Inflation is

Report: Philadelphia Phillies Shopping for Playoff Caliber Starter, Tyler Mahle and Noah Syndergaard Trade Deadline

According to the great Jayson Stark of The AthleticThe Philadelphia Phillies are placing more emphasis on their pursuit of a playoff-caliber starter.

Tyler Mahle and Noah Syndergaard are explicitly mentioned within the context of Stark’s tweet, but there is reason to believe the Phillies could also look at arms like the Marlins’ Pablo Lopez, Giants’ Carlos Rodon, Red Sox’ Nathan Eovaldi, and more of the potential frontline arms prior to the August 2 deadline.

Any of the aforementioned arms would be a big get for the Phillies, shoring up their rotation for what looks to be a playoff push. Plus, in Tyler Mahle’s case, they would be able to reunite him with his former assistant pitching coach from Cincinnati in Caleb Cotham.

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Stark also went on to detail what has become a relatively public stance for the Phillies of late: they’re not looking to move their

I’m a shopping pro – Target’s three basic wardrobe items starting at $2 to help you look expensive every single day

A SHOPPING spree isn’t necessarily in order when you’re trying to find ways to dress like a million bucks.

A TikTok influencer and shopping expert explained three basic wardrobe essentials to make you look expensive every day.

TikTok influencer theshoppingbestie said you don't have to spend a lot to look expensive

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TikTok influencer theshoppingbestie said you don’t have to spend a lot to look expensiveCredit: TikTok: theshoppingbestie

Jacquelyn Fricke, who goes by theshoppingbestie on TikTok, modeled in her latest video how to look expensive.

She shared with her 109,000 followers her “fashion formula.”

She said investing in some basic pieces is the key to “look expensive.”

She found her basics at Target starting at $2.

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1. Tanks

Jacquelyn said the first item to buy is a very basic undershirt.

This can be a t-shirt, cami or tank.

It’s a great layering piece.

Target has several starting as low as $2.

2. Pants

The next item in order to look expensive is a

Watch Walmart Employee “Maneuver” Shopping Carts Into Rivian R1T

As the number of Rivian R1T pickup trucks delivered to customers across the US increases, we’re starting to see more videos caught by the vehicle’s Gear Guard Video system.

Working similarly to Tesla’s Sentry Mode, Rivian’s Gear Guard uses the vehicle’s cameras to record a 360-degree view of the R1T when the owner is away. Gear Guard Video activates whenever someone is less than a foot (0.3 meters) away from the truck, so it goes without saying that the system sends many false alarms to owners.

However, in this particular case, Gear Guard had every reason to activate and start filming as a Walmart employee hit a Rivian R1T’s rear quarter panel with a long row of shopping carts he failed to keep under control.

After checking out the damage done to the electric truck—a pretty extensive one as the video uploaded on YouTube by the Rivian owner shows—the employee

Back-to-school shopping pricey from inflation. How are parents coping?

  • After two stressful, pandemic school years, parents looked forward to a normal year.
  • But instead, they’re dealing with a different stress: inflation.
  • Already squeezed by high food and fuel prices, parents now struggle with higher back-to-school costs.

Far fewer parents this year said they can afford their kids’ back-to-school shopping without any issues, likely a result of rising inflation and the end of the pandemic stimulus checks.

Just 36% of the 2,178 US parents surveyed said they can afford their kids’ back-to-school shopping, down from 52% last year, according to a recent Morning Consult surveywhich also found that more than 37% of parents this year are stressed about back-to-school shopping – up from 32% last year.

Last year, parents benefited from stimulus checks and advance child tax credit payments, which have lapsed, and savings amassed during the pandemic.

“Now, these savings are being depleted as the burden of inflation