Are you a pessimist?

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Registered: 08-06-2009
Are you a pessimist?
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 10:38am

Seems the "weak retail outlook" is all women's fault — because we're "pessimistic."

A report from Commonwealth Bank finds, according to Smart Company that women "are far more pessimistic about the economic outlook, with just 21% of women surveyed prepared to say the economy was "strong" (compared to 38% of men) and 24% of women claiming the economy was "going downhill" (compared with 21% of men)."

Since women account for most household spending — this downer attitude (doesn't it sound fairly frugal) has had a major impact on retail.

Says one analyst, "It appears the Global Financial Crisis made women much more careful about spending, while men saw it as an opportunity to get some great bargains."

What do you think? Is your husband or boys doing more shopping then you?

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 11:02am
My dh and ds have ALWAYS done more spending (at least on non-necessities) than I have! I'm the extremely frugal one, trying to make sure we have what we need for retirement and not convinced we'll get social security when it's time!

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 7:33pm


Nope... We are both very frugal.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 03-18-2011 - 10:40am

Well I'm not married but I am doing my part for the economy by buying too many clothes.

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Registered: 10-25-2006
Fri, 03-18-2011 - 5:14pm

I wonder how much of women's pessimism has to do with the fact that, in general, we earn less than men--whether by choice or not.