The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Macy’s to Close Stores


The dire news in the retail sector just keeps coming and coming. Macy’s, one of the largest department stores in the country, announced that it will shut down at least 11 underperforming stores across nine states. Up to 960 employees might lose their jobs, though some will be considered for open positions at other locations. Stores in Los Angeles, West Palm Beach, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., and St. Louis are slated to shut down soon.

Macy’s December sales were 4 percent lower than a year ago, and down 7.5 percent during the combined November/December holiday period, leading to company officials lowering the expected per-share earnings of Macy’s stock for the 4th quarter.

I’ve never been a big fan of Macy’s, but started shopping there a bit more after they took over for Marshall Field’s in the Chicago area. I hate to see them closing stores, as it’s just another indication of how bad the economy is right now. I’m tired of all the gloom and doom these days… how about some good news for once?

New Scale

body-fat-scale My old digital scale finally gave out today. I tried changing the batteries and everything, but it wouldn’t turn back on, so I think it’s time to get a new one. The old one lasted almost 10 years, which is pretty good. I don’t mind retiring it at this point. Plus, I was having trouble with it way back in May, but it still managed to hold on for 8 months longer!

Anyway, I want a scale that can monitor body fat, like the one above. For the past year, I’ve been consciously trying to reduce the amount of fat I eat, and as a result, my body fat percentage has dropped by about 3%. That’s not an earth-shattering number by any means, but it’s something.

Since my old scale didn’t have the capability to measure body fat, I could only check my numbers when I went to the gym. I want to be able to monitor at home as well, so I know when to take diet pills, lay off the dessert, etc. I think if I can see my body fat percentage every day, it’ll motivate me to stick to my diet.

The scale pictured above is about $60, which isn’t too bad. I’m probably going to buy it next Friday when I get paid.