Layaway, a payment plan established by some retailers which allows purchasers to put items aside until they are fully paid off, is making a comeback from many larger retailers, especially for the holiday season.
Layaway was a popular method before credit cards became easily obtainable and commonplace. Now consumers, armed with the knowledge of the dangers of credit cards, can practice financial discipline with the help of retailers such as WalMart, Toys R Us, and Sears, which have all put layaway payment programs in place.
While the practice of layaway does have costs for the retailer, as they must keep track of payments and hold the items within the store until they are paid off, a small fee is charged in order to make up for any losses. Likewise, consumers may cancel their payments, however they will be subject to fees.