High season for “grocerants”

Juggling kid’s camps, sport clinics and summer school schedules makes this high season for “grocerants,” those combination grocery stores and restaurants that are popping up all over.

More than merely expanded delis, grocerants offer a full menu of ready to eat meals that rival those of fast casual locations. Upscale grocerants even offer waiters and sushi chefs.

Grocerants offer fast service, with prices that are often lower than nearby restaurants.


Has your child finished assigned summer reading?

The last week of July is often the panic point for students who have one or more books left to read before school starts. Unfortunately, too many kids are turning down some great reading by using the abbreviation, tl; dr, or “too long, didn’t read.”

Encourage your child to experience the joy of losing himself in a longer book. Share a book you loved when you were your child’s age. Or read aloud before bedtime, even if he’s an independent reader.

Parents who share their love of reading might never hear their child decline a book by saying, “tl; dr.”

Cord “Cutter” or Cord “Never”?

Both “Cutters” and “Nevers” are cable-free households, but kids in all kinds of households are glued to screens this summer.

Looking at screens, not reading books, have become the default activity. Research shows children are spending an average of five hours on electronic devices everyday.

Five hours: just imagine how many trees a child could climb, pictures she could draw or times he could cannonball into a pool in that amount of time.

Lead transparency?

Lead contamination in school drinking water continues to cause headaches for administrators this summer.

Although an increasing number of districts have done lead testing and starting remediation, some parents still aren’t been notified about progress in dealing with the problem.

In some schools, lack of routine testing means lead in water often isn’t discovered, or only discovered by chance.

Where’s the transparency?

Binge effect downaging

The teen trend of hunting for binge-worthy TV is aging down to tweens.

Entertainment execs have used serialized storytelling to fuel the summertime activity. Longer stories result in deeper engagement by viewers.

And of course, digital tech means those screens go everywhere.

Peak time for frugal moms

The back-to-school shopping season is a favorite for price-conscious moms.

These frugal shoppers buy crayons and other school supplies in bulk. They’re ready to fill backpacks next month and holiday stockings in December. Colored pencils and erasers make great party favors year round.

Smart shoppers who maximize the deals available now, feel less pressure when Black Friday and Cyber Monday roll around.


We’ve moved into the second-biggest retail season of the year: back to school. (BTS)

The two key factors in purchase decisions are students’ desire to look “cool” and discounts.

What started last year has really geared up now: location-based messages so deals pop up when you’re in the store – sometimes in a specific section of the store – in real-time.

Saving money is a big deal considering the average household spends more than $600 on back to school. But don’t let dad shop: he’ll spend 37% more than mom.