Meet Brent Shelton

Brent Shelton is an online shopping expert and media relations specialist for Brent has 17 years of B2C marketing experience, analyzing online shopping behavior, retail trends and personal finance strategies, bringing awareness to the latest money-saving trends and tactics for journalists and consumers alike. Apart from his national PR and media relations duties, Brent authors FatWallet's monthly "What to Buy " series which forecasts the best times of year to buy things, and why. He also authors the Consumer Trends blog in the FatWallet Newsroom featuring current online shopping trends, Black Friday Predictions and FatWallet media.

Brent is a husband, father and passionate dog owner. He's also the guitarist for Mana Kintorso, singer/songwriter, craft brewer and designs concert posters in his spare time. Follow Brent on Twitter @brentsheltonnow, Google+ and Newsle, or visit "FatWallet In the News".

Unplugged: Best Power Tool Combo Kit


Lithium Ion Batteries Are Awesome… Shun those Evil Cords! There’s little argument lithium ion batteries are the leading reason cordless power tools are so in demand. Versus years of Ni-Cad batteries with limited performance, lithium offers ample power, long run times and fast charging in a much smaller, lighter footprint–the real workhorses in newer cordless combo tool kits, which are… 

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Best Things to Buy in May


MAY SAVINGS TIPS! May brings an abundance of  savings opportunities, especially on big ticket items like laptop and tablets for mom (or yourself), summer vacation packages and hotel bookings, appliances, mattress sets and more. Mother’s Day spending has grown to be one of the top 5 sales events of the year (for more than just moms) and Memorial Day sales feature a week… 

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Travel Study Shows Vacations Are Trendy – Infographic

Travel Study

Survey Says: Most Americans take vacations and book well in advance The new annual Vacation survey (*TNS Global) reveals 81% of Americans go on vacations (91% for those who +$75k/year). That means 19% (supposedly) say they NEVER go on vacations and that number jumps to 22% for males and a whopping 39% for those that earn… 

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Going Mobile: Smartphones and Wearables Lead Charge [INFOGRAPHIC]

Smartphones and Wearables

The Madness of March brings Electronics Deals A new study from reports that consumers plan to buy more electronics this year, as well as spend more money. In fact, 3 in 4 will buy some sort of new electronics product this year with smartphones and wearables leading the charge as buying electronics from a mobile device will… 

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Top 10 Black Friday Deals: Laptops

laptops BF

The PC market was expected to decrease 6% this year, but analysts are now reporting it will only decline 3.7%.  If PC makers want to compete with phones and tablets this Black Friday, they will have to lower their prices, and they are doing just that! Laptops are a huge hit on Black Friday, and… 

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What to Buy in September: 2014 Shopping Trends

September Shopping Trends and Sales

Best time of year to shop clearance and shop early! When is shopping early, smart? Waiting for “after clearance” clearance can produce the absolute lowest price, but settling for what’s left will sacrifice selection, and most likely quality. This is where jumping on Labor Day sales and summer clearance deals on the bigger ticket items… 

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