I went to the mall after work today. Target was bustling, but the rest of the mall was dead. In fact, there were several shops that were closed. I couldn't tell if they were closed for good, closed early, closed for the season (one was an ice cream shop), or what. In any case, I figure that closed shops are not a good sign of the economy. I was there to return a couple of items and I had no intention of buying more stuff, but there was a shoe sale and I need new shoes. No, really I do. I need more dress shoes for work, both for wearing with dresses and pants. Lucky for my pocketbook, nothing fit or was available in my size. Not good for the store or the economy.
Mom's not helping the economy either. When I was home, she thanked me again for the pants I gave her...about 20 years ago. Honestly, I can't remember when I gave them her so I'm just guessing. (Hey J, do you remember?) Mom hasn't bought new clothes in years. She wears the hand-me-downs from anyone who'll give them to her, no matter how they fit, lol.
As for grocery shopping, we struggled to spend $20 so we could take advantage of the some of the loss leader coupons. I think the six-pack of water for me put us over the top. She's got a fridge/freezer full of food so I'm not sure where it all comes from. Basically, I'm just saying that as much as I like shopping, don't depend on us to stimulate the economy.