According to USAToday, during the recession Americans were buying more chocolate, shoes, cheaper wine, and Spam. Sounds like a strange party.
The article is from May of 2009 in the heart of the recession. I think it’s interesting to compare then with now. Are we still buying like we’re in a recession?
I don’t know about you, but I have been buying more of that good-for-your-heart dark chocolate with about 70% cacao. It’s really good. Not that cheap, but hey, it’s health food! Chocolate and lipstick were selling well as little indulgences in 2009.
I also bought more shoes than usual this year. The article says we bought more running shoes, but I suppose that includes any kind of tennis shoes. I’ve paid more attention to getting shoes that are good for taking lots of walks. I also bought some nice sandals on sale because it’s hard for me to find comfortable sandals. You have to buy shoes eventually, so when I find a decent sale on good ones I tend to stock up a bit. My favorite source: www.SierraTradingPost.com (no affiliation).
I don’t drink wine that much, even though red wine is supposed to be good for your heart. Bringing a bottle of wine is still a good hostess gift. I do enjoy a beer now and then. We’ve been buying brands that are on sale, so that’s kind of on trend.
I am not a fan of Spam, no matter what they say about it. I know it’s very popular in some parts of the world and considered a great hostess gift there. I don’t care for processed meats very much. I’d rather go vegetarian in most cases. Canned beef stew and canned chili were also popular according to the article. I remember in college heating those in my popcorn maker! Now I’m happy to make my own. I freeze the leftover chili for a quick meal.
The article said people were postponing purchases of large appliances and cars in 2009. I read the other day that people are buying large appliances again, but I don’t know about cars. Could be another sign we are coming out of recession or are already out. I see cars on the road with unfixed crumpled bumpers and plenty of rust holes.
How about you? Have you followed any of these recession trends? Click the title of this post to link to USAToday for more of these trends in May, 2009. What trends have you noticed now? Do you think we’re still in a recession or not?