Americans purchase more even as net worth shrinks

Dec 9, 2011
From July to September, American families purchased more, even as their net worth shrank faster than it has at any time since the worst of the financial crisis.

The argument against thrift

Nov 25, 2011
Author James Livingston discusses why he's against thriftiness, and how more spending would benefit our economy and souls.
A man swipes his credit card. In a new book, author James Livingston argues that consumer culture is good for the economy, the environment, and your soul.
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To buy or not to buy refurbished?

Nov 17, 2011
Marketplace's Nancy Marshall-Genzer looks at the pros and cons of buying refurbished items, as she shops for a new (or refurbished) phone.

High oil prices could hurt consumer spending

Nov 16, 2011
Consumer sentiment and spending numbers have been inching higher in the last few weeks. But the ongoing high price of oil could put a cap on that growth.

Retail analysts say consumers are dipping into savings

Nov 15, 2011
NPD Group analyst Marshall Cohen says if debt deal isn't reached, consumers could pull back because of "distractions." But consumers will shop early -- and online.

Suffering from discount fatigue

Sep 16, 2011
With a plethora of deals websites like Groupon out there, it's possible you may never have to pay full price for anything again. But comedian Kristina Wong is tired of all the discounts.

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