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Are you spending more money on discretionary purchases than you did a year ago?



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Updated: October 24, 2012 6:09AM

“I would say yes. I’m graduating from college in December, and I’m thinking about what stuff I’ll need. It makes more sense to buy it now than when I won’t be sure where I’ll live or if I’ll have a job.”

Isaac Niblack,

“I am spending more because there are better deals out there now. More thrift shops have opened lately and more stores are offering sales. I cook all my own meals, so I’m spending some money on kitchen stuff.”

Laura Ketchum,

“No. The economy is not where it should be. I think it will take a year or two to recover if Mitt gets into office. If he doesn’t, we’ll still be in a spending freeze. When I do buy things, I shop locally.”

Jennifer Rittenhouse, Geneva

“My wife and I are spending more because we’re newly retired, but we’re being cautious. We like to shop and get the best deal for the buck.”

Bob Sniegowski, Frankfort

“I just bought my baby a crocheted pumpkin hat, but overall I’m not really buying more than I did last year – not because of the economy, but because more of our income has to go to the baby now.”

Allison Oswald, with 3-month-old Nicholas,
Glendale Heights

“I’m spending less in other areas so that I can spend more on my baby. The economy has nothing to do with it.”

— Kristin Dean, with 3-month-old Henry,
St. Charles

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