Marcelle and Ruby Go Shopping: A mother and daughter buy back-to-school duds that aren’t duds at all

Tricia Romano If there’s one thing about the new school year that kids love and parents don’t, it’s shopping for clothes. As children get into their tweens and teens, fashion and trends play a bigger part in their lives. But single mom Marcelle Karp, of New York City, satisfies her child’s sense of style without […]

Mom’s gear: Babba Cover

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By Colleen Diskin PRODUCT: Babba Cover “Airy” car seat sun-blocking cover MANUFACTURER: Babba Cover HOW MUCH: $50 WHAT: Chemical-filled sunscreens aren’t recommended for infants, so many parents resort to using ill-fitting blankets as a sunblock over strollers and car seats. This cotton cover is lined with a fabric that has an SPF/UV-blocking rating of 40 […]

Repeat birthday social experiment

The day had finally come. I had turned 18. I could legally vote and buy cigarettes — two things Americans do in dwindling numbers. A few birthday wishes came at school that day, and it was a great day. Until, that is, my best friend turned to me in pre-calculus and said, “Stop joking around.” […]

In brand name game, shorter seems better

Kevin Wilson Whenever I buy a generic product, I’m reminded of one of the final episodes of “Clerks: The Animated Series.” A bleeding man enters the convenience store and asks Randal, a clerk, if the store has Band-Aids. Randal informs the customer the proper term is “adhesive strips,” which leads coworker Dante to question the […]

Portales past: March 14, 1944

March 14, 1944: The Portales Daily News: Civilians in the area will soon be able to buy dried apples and currents, said Ted Tenorio, area supervisor of the WFA’s office of distribution.

Portales Past: March 13, 1910

March 13, 1910: A man who identified himself as F.H. Montgomery was looking to buy “two car loads of good mules.” He planned to be in Portales until March 15.

School shopping strategy required

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I decided to homeschool my kids again this year, but I also feel the back-to-school frenzy that sweeps Wal-Mart aisles across the country, if only because I buy supplies that school children use for the kids’ curriculum, co-ops and various classes. Like many other adults across the country, I get […]

Limited rental options lead military personnel to buy homes

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Senior Airman P.J. Canabal had a pretty clear notion of what he wanted when he got transferred to Cannon Air Force Base. The notion was to rent a house with another military member. But Canabal discovered rentals were a pretty difficult commodity at the very end of May. So, […]

Flea market scheduled

PNT staff The Elida Flea Market is set to operate 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15, at the Elida Town Hall on U.S. 70. Anyone can buy, sell or trade, and there is no fee for vendors. Information: elidafleamarket@yahoo.com.

Auto dealers hope incentives spur sales

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico U.S. automakers are rolling out payment protection plans to ease potential buyers worried about job security. But in eastern New Mexico, car dealers are optimistic that isn’t the key motivation for customers. “I haven’t had anybody who’s needed it, and that’s a good thing,” said Terry Wilcox, general manager […]

Jan. 24, 1980

A half gallon of high-protein milk sold for 99 cents, while 39 cents would buy a pot pie, and 25 cents would buy a 16-ounce cup of Coca-Cola at Allsup’s Convenience Store.

Shame you can’t buy common sense

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Have economic hard times avoided you so far? Well, they don’t have to, because there are plenty of investment opportunities for people with just too much disposable income. Perhaps you’ve seen the Snuggie, a fleece blanket that’s basically a robe, with arm holes and a hood. It’s $19.99 […]

Business feature: Store owner creates environment for expression

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Nicole Thompson said she opened her specialty imports store “Purple Myst” in Portales to provide residents with a slice of culture and the unique. Been there myself: Thompson said she always had to drive out of town to buy imported items.“My idea was that I was tired of having […]

Credit delays Freedom’s plans to buy out partners

By Jan Norman Freedom Communications Inc., the Irvine, California-based owner of the Portales News-Tribune, will put off plans to buy out its private equity partners until spring or summer because borrowing costs are too high now, Chief Executive Scott Flanders said Thursday. “The credit markets will drive the timing,” Flanders said. “The company is committed […]

Some things best left unchanged

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I set the flash up like normal. I stood in the same spots. I said hi to the same Greyhound Arena staff. For all intents and purposes, this was a normal basketball game for me. Except it wasn’t. It was the Harlem Globetrotters. It was the third time I’d […]

Six degrees of separation bad for shopping

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Kevin Bacon got me stirred up the other night about a problem I’ve known about for quite some time but still haven’t found an answer to — our society’s addiction to trying every flavor. Bacon, an actor who can be connected with any other actor through “six degrees of […]

Companies insult buyer’s intelligence

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I recently got a new computer, and I’ve lost a lot of sleep over the last week customizing it to my liking. The computer started up right out of the box and it was fast — and by fast, I mean the speed at which Time magazine ran away from […]

Holiday shopping stress wreaks havoc on emotions

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Before Christmas, I undergo a Jekyll/Hyde transformation, most noticeably when I buy presents. I call it my Christmas dichotomy. There is the happy Christmas self and my alter ego, the stressed out shopper. When I am cheerful, nothing alters my mood. Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it with […]

Laptop sparks new interest in technology

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist Computers, laptop, PalmPilots, BlackBerry phones, iPods, Mp3— technological devices are everywhere we turn. I am not sure what half of these “toys” can do, or what some of them look like. But I am an enthusiastic shopper. In my hands, technological devices become an opportunity to spend significant amounts of […]

Greeting card shopping proves stressful

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Columnist I had to go to a friend’s wedding recently, and it made me evaluate things in my life — such as, do I have decent prospects for a wedding of my own someday, and do I have decent pants to wear for such an event? The answers are no, […]