How the COVID-19 economy is changing Americans' spending habits

Post-lockdown spending sprees are looking a lot less likely.
Americans won't be racing out to spend money as lockdown restrictions ease, early indicators suggest.
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What people are (and aren't) spending money on during the coronavirus outbreak

Feb 19, 2020
Forgoing the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities means spending less money on partying and spending a lot of time indoors.
A vegetable stand in Wuhan City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Resident Tian Changxing said vegetables are in short supply in the city.
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Consumer spending rises, along with consumer debt

Aug 30, 2019
The U.S. Commerce Department delivered new evidence on Friday that the American consumer is helping to fuel economic growth.
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CFPB is taking a fresh look at bank overdraft fee rule

Jul 2, 2019
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is reviewing a 2009 rule that regulates how banks charge customers who overdraw their checking accounts.
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From fresh food to a new backyard fence, it's spending season

Jun 12, 2019
A look at consumer prices as our listeners get ready for summer.
Kelsey Sprowell of Iowa City, Iowa, chose to build this fence with her family to save money.
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How are you managing your retirement fund?

May 10, 2019
Tell us what you're doing with your retirement savings.
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Senate rejects rival Democratic, GOP plans for reopening government

Jan 24, 2019
The Democratic plan received one more vote than the Republican proposal.
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Gender-specific toys mean more revenue for toy makers

Nov 26, 2018
One growing trend in toy-buying is so-called gender-neutral playthings – toys that don’t reinforce gender stereotypes like trucks for boys or dolls for girls. But those stereotypes appear hard to shake for both toy makers and consumers. Click the audio…
A child rides a 'Morfboard Scoot & Skate' at a 'Dream Toys' event to unveil the top twelve toys this Christmas on November 14, 2018 in London, England. 
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Feeling pressured? Americans pushed to overspend this holiday season

Nov 20, 2018
New survey finds nearly half of Americans feel pressured to overspend on gifts.
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Expanding airports are banking on local retailers to add value

Nov 6, 2018
Terminals in major cities are undergoing renovations and relying on the allure of local shops to keep travelers spending.
A band entertains travelers at the Orlando International Airport.
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