consumer behavior


The good and bad of rising consumer debt

Feb 19, 2014
Consumer debt is up, particularly among young adults. Is this a good sign?
Posted In: debt, consumer behavior, young adults

Looking at no pay for four days, consumers may cut back

Oct 4, 2013
It’s day four of the government shutdown. For the 800,000 furloughed workers, that’s four days without income.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, consumer behavior

Should services be taxed like goods?

Aug 9, 2013
As states struggle to raise revenue, should services be subjected to a sales tax like goods?
Posted In: sales tax, consumer behavior

June retail sales up, but not over

Jul 15, 2013
Retail sales ticked up 0.4 percent in June but came in below analyst expectations.
Posted In: Retail, consumer behavior, Federal Reserve

Middle-class parents weigh the costs of getting their kids ahead

Jun 14, 2013
Is spending to give your kids a leg-up worth it? How much would you be willing to sacrifice?
Posted In: consumer behavior, children, middle class

Inside the minds of mindful consumers

Jun 14, 2013
Mindful consumers put their money where their morals are, but it's not an easy task for those with limited financial resources as two of our listeners reveal.
Posted In: consumer behavior, mindful consumption

For middle-class parents, raising children becomes a consumer arms race

Jun 10, 2013
Trying to give your children an advantage in growing up makes consuming a competition. When everyone has a tutor, a trainer or a special baseball bat, you can't help but keep up.
Posted In: consumer behavior, children

A Saturday shopping trip leads to some big questions

Jun 10, 2013
A Saturday shopping trip started out fairly innocently... and ended with some big questions about our consumer economy and whether it is sustainable long-term.
Posted In: consumer behavior, consumer spending

As gas prices rise, consumers take their foot off the pedal

Feb 22, 2013
The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is up to $3.78, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
Posted In: gas, gas prices, consumer behavior, Retail

How packaging impacts what beverages we buy

Sep 24, 2012
A familiar scenario: You're thirsty. You walk into the store to buy something to drink. But you're not exactly sure what you want, and you're inundated with choices.
Posted In: beverages, packaging, consumer behavior