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Americans say they won't give up life's little luxuries

Consumers consider items such as gourmet coffee, jeans and shoes luxuries they won't give up, according to a survey.
Published: February 14, 2013

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Coffee, jeans, shoes still selling

Despite economic uncertainty, there are certain items and services consumers refuse to live without.

Little luxuries like gourmet coffee, new jeans and shoes are some items Americans won't cut back on, according to a new survey conducted by BIGinsight and published in the February edition of STORES magazine, the official magazine of the National Retail Federation.

On-demand video streaming and upgraded mobile devices have found staying power in recent years, and consumers are more inclined to give up high-end jewelry, maid services and magazine subscriptions, the poll found.

“Economic ups and downs have an irrefutable impact on Americans' spending habits that extends well beyond gas and groceries and over the past five years, many consumers have had to rein in spending as fiscal woes plagued budgets,” STORES Editor Susan Reda said. “The most recent findings suggest that consumers are loosening the grip they've had on their wallets — though admittedly just slightly.”

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