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Did you do more shopping in 2012 than in the previous year?

L.A. Times 2013/01/15 18:00:00
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Economic prognosticators spent the end of 2012 fretting about looming spending cuts and toxic tax increases. Consumers, however, spent it shopping.

Retail sales across the nation rose 0.5% to $415.7 billion in December as Americans put fiscal cliff worries on the back burner and went on holiday buying sprees, according to the Commerce Department. The increase was the second since November’s 0.4% bump.

“The fiscal cliff debate weakened confidence more than it weakened actual spending as December sales finished the year in decent fashion,” Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a report Tuesday.

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  • Drageona 2013/01/15 19:18:02
    No
    Drageona
    +4
    Most of my shopping is done on line , can't stand crowds and uncontrollable children. I stay out of the malls and larger stores as much as possible. I even grocery shop at night when the little monsters are at home and in bed. .

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  • Bibliophilic 2013/01/17 16:51:31
    Yes
    Bibliophilic
    Online shopping yes
  • Rdtourist 2013/01/17 14:38:22
    Yes
    Rdtourist
    Yes, but shopping is not buying, shopping is visiting in a mall of largish store or stores out of boredom or as an alternative to trying to find a place to relax since parks are now almost too dangerous to visit.
  • Cleaver62 2013/01/17 13:59:02
    No
    Cleaver62
    Nope... I might have more money but as I get older I find myself going to the store less and less often. It is becoming a chore rather than a pleasure.
  • Resp 2013/01/17 03:48:52
    No
    Resp
    I was so broke that I couldn't eve shoplift!
  • Tylurr 2013/01/17 01:02:58
    No
    Tylurr
    +1
    I've been broke all year. I work for rent and sometimes computer parts.

    I don't mind. My computer's turned out to be amazing, and I've made a little money. Just nowhere near as much as I had.
  • wildcat 2013/01/17 00:58:27
    Yes
    wildcat
    yes, much more
    some of it even on line
  • strawberry 2013/01/17 00:55:31
    Yes
    strawberry
    +1
    I received so many Target gift cards in 2012; Mother's Day, my birthday, Christmas; must have spent a few thousand dollars in Target.
  • mm61675 strawberry 2013/01/17 20:29:19
    mm61675
    +1
    I will be like that this year @ Walmart haha I got 2 christmas gift cards from friends and then 4 from different friends for my birthday a week later LOL
  • strawberry mm61675 2013/01/18 07:39:41
    strawberry
    I really like getting gift cards.
  • harasnicole 2013/01/16 23:55:21
    No
    harasnicole
    Unless you count buying textbooks and the subsequent school supplies, no. I didn't buy much of anything in 2012 or 2011.
  • Harley Squiggles the God \(... 2013/01/16 23:04:02
    No
    Harley Squiggles the God \(#o#)/
    I don't know.
  • kat 2013/01/16 22:48:05
    No
    kat
    +1
    However, the bulk of my shopping did occur between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Willow 2013/01/16 22:47:48
    Yes
    Willow
    Had more money to do so.
  • Rhi-ot. 2013/01/16 19:48:17
    Yes
    Rhi-ot.
    +1
    I got a job so more spending money, first purchase of the year were two pairs of Prada sunglasses :)
  • El Prez 2013/01/16 19:23:45
    No
    El Prez
    Just about the same!
  • KymHollow 2013/01/16 18:08:13
    No
    KymHollow
    Nothing really changed my shopping habits X)
  • Eyedunno 2013/01/16 16:29:15
    Yes
    Eyedunno
    Yes, but it's because I was a grad student in 2011.
  • JohnT 2013/01/16 16:28:00
    No
    JohnT
    We have always shopped on what we need not what we want. It keeps things in perspective on spending. My wife is famous for walking around the store with something than putting it back and saying I don't really need that.
  • jacktown kid 2013/01/16 15:56:43
    No
    jacktown kid
    did less shopping
  • ..::localeye::.. 2013/01/16 14:41:12
    Yes
    ..::localeye::..
    I don't really shop but we spend a good amount on travel...last year we did a lot of traveling.
  • Flowers 2013/01/16 14:29:03
    No
    Flowers
    I had less money to work with this year
  • Professor Wizard 2013/01/16 14:26:20
    Yes
    Professor Wizard
    In 2011 I purchased 1 gun.

    In 2012 I purchased 3 guns.

    In January of 2012, I plan on purchasing 3 more guns, before my government tells me I can't buy those kind of guns.
  • alex 2013/01/16 14:07:36
    Yes
    alex
    Buying a house requires a lot of stuff.
  • Doreen 2013/01/16 07:12:17
    No
    Doreen
    Can't spend more if you do not get more money. It was more like less shopping.
  • twhiting9275 2013/01/16 06:45:05
    Yes
    twhiting9275
    0.5% isn't a lot. I'm betting my spending increase was a bit more than that last year, and it looks to keep going up this year ;)
  • fish 2013/01/16 06:36:21
    Yes
    fish
    +2
    But that is not because of any improvement in the economy, only improvements in my own personal finances. My child getting older, spending less on daycare. Slowly getting some debts paid off. More money for me. Yeah!
  • twhitin... fish 2013/01/16 06:45:47
    twhiting9275
    it really is a nice thing to be able to afford to spend more on yourself ;)
  • fish twhitin... 2013/01/16 06:48:35
    fish
    +1
    Tell me about it! My next goal-to save up enough to go to some fancy spa for a massage and a facial and some exotic butt rub exfoliant, preferable given by a muscley man named Julio!
  • Mamaknows 2013/01/16 05:47:27
    No
    Mamaknows
    +1
    Read this and tell me the last unemployment numbers were not messed with!
    http://www.amosweb.com/cgi-bi...

    Everyone is BROKE...higher gas prices....higher taxes...higher food costs....and VERY few jobs.

    NOW it seems all the employers are making 28 or less hours a week the FULL TIME...
    http://www.wowt.com/home/head...

    so no I spent much less and will have even less to spend this year:(
  • s2k 2013/01/16 05:29:21
    Yes
    s2k
    Just a little more
  • Chris 2013/01/16 04:48:53
    No
    Chris
    +1
    Shopped much less, saved more.
  • Jlmpatro 2013/01/16 04:36:24
    No
    Jlmpatro
    +1
    Was good that purchases increase. would be a good indicator. But I can not increase this year !
  • jody.cotton3 2013/01/16 04:34:22
    No
    jody.cotton3
    +1
    nope,,my budget was cut almost in half,,,,so shopped less,,
  • Fannie 2013/01/16 02:58:31 (edited)
    No
    Fannie
    +3
    Under control, and hand made. crafting
  • Watermusicranger 2013/01/16 02:14:08
    No
    Watermusicranger
    +1
    Less Buck for the bang
  • Sister Jean 2013/01/16 01:40:16
    No
    Sister Jean
  • L1 2013/01/16 00:05:45
    No
    L1
    +2
    I did not...
  • AJ 2013/01/15 23:46:13
    No
    AJ
    +2
    I don't think so....
  • Kigan 2013/01/15 23:21:25 (edited)
    No
    Kigan
    +2
    A little less, if anything, given how the economy continues to struggle despite the rose colored glasses we are expected to wear. There just wasn't as much money.

    2013 might be even less, given that many people are finding their raises (if they got one - I checked over my mother's paycheck, applied her raise and the new taxes, and she lost money weekly) only softened the blow as the increase in taxes reduced income.
  • Jimbo 2013/01/15 22:09:45
    Yes
    Jimbo
    +2
    Much more. 2012 was a great year for us.

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