Sears brings layaway back -- but with a catch
A few months back, before the economy began to nosedive, lots of overconfident retailers did away with layaway. But now it's back, as store chains like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Burlington Coat Factory realize that some of us need a little help to be able to provide holiday cheer for our families. On Thursday, Sears joined them, reinstating it in time for Christmas.
But there's a catch, Mommas.
First the details: You'll need to put at least $15, or 20 percent down, for the items you want. Also, since Christmas is only about 40 days away, you have to have everything paid off by Dec. 23. The offer is good at all Sears. Sears Essential, Sears Hardware and Sears Grand stores. Read all the rules here.
Now here's the catch: One of the big ticket items that many people would like to put on layaway is home electronics. But Sears won't let you put those big-screen TVs, DVD players, cell phones or computers on layaway. Meanwhile, though, sister store Kmart has been running commercials about its layaway program, and home electronics seem to be on the list that you can pay off on time.
Mommas know that we'll do anything to make the holidays happy for our kids. Maybe this will begin to make filling their stockings a little easier.
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-- Sherry Robinson