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My wife and I bought a number of shares of Fossil (FOSL), The Buckle (BKE) and American Eagle (AEO) stock at the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009.
 

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Consumer goods, a new bed, some items to begin our home renovations, and potentially some appliances replace the antiques we have now. Generally just doing things that relate to cheap, but big value-add upgrades to our house, and replacing things that are worn out.
 

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Funny this article mentions lobster and cashmere but whatever floats your boats

http://www.examiner.com/x-3226-LA-Top-News-Examiner~y2009m4d19-Its-time-to-go-shopping-10-things-to-buy-during-the-recession

I will have to look at computer memory and see if the prices have come down. I am also looking at picking up an external hard drive and maybe a trip to good ol' England in December to visit a relative.

Any big ticket purchases for you folks in this downturn ?
For us, the only major purchases are materials to renovate and make additions to the house.
 

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I picked up 2 GB of memory for my laptop, I spent $40 and got some money back for the original sticks

I also just bought some lobster for the family. $4.99 each, straight from New Brunswick. Cheaper than eating out :)
 

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In one day a couple of weeks ago, we bought a new camera (Panasonic ZS1), a Taylormade R7 driver, and 2 shirts. Big spenders.

Just finished booking 2 flights, 2-week road trip through UK in August. There's a fan of the Tudor court in the household.
 

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The only adjustment I've made to my finances so far is to triple my charitable giving, because many charities are hurting due to the reduction in donations during the recession. A few years ago I decided to increase my charitable giving to 10 percent of my gross income, but that proved to be easier to say than to do. I only gave about 1 percent last year, so I'm ramping up gradually and might make it to 5 percent this year.
 

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The only adjustment I've made to my finances so far is to triple my charitable giving, because many charities are hurting due to the reduction in donations during the recession. A few years ago I decided to increase my charitable giving to 10 percent of my gross income, but that proved to be easier to say than to do. I only gave about 1 percent last year, so I'm ramping up gradually and might make it to 5 percent this year.
I have increased my charitable donations this year as well. Good going Brad!
 
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