The popularity of TLC’s hit television show Extreme Couponing is a sign of the times. Driven by the recession, extended job loss, tight credit and the ongoing financial crisis, America appears to be entering an age of austerity; or so the doomsayers would tell us. But while consumer spending has decreased for the first time since the early 1940s when World War II forced strict rationing of everything from butter and sugar to metal and paper, Americans haven’t snapped their wallets completely shut. We’re still spending; we’re just being more careful about how we spend our hard-earned money.
According to an interesting article on changing American spending habits that was published in the October 10, 2011 issue of Time magazine, we’re spending less on foreign travel and more on seeing America. We’re eating out less, but spending more on fresh ingredients for home-cooked meals. We’re spending less on tickets to amusements parks, sporting events and museums and more on camping, outdoor equipment and bicycles. The bottom line is that we’re looking for better value from every dollar we spend, and we’re placing a higher value on homegrown fun like RV travel and RV camping.
This is an excellent time to buy an RV or sell your current RV and upgrade to a more fuel-efficient, eco-friendly RV. Recreational vehicles offer inexpensive travel, nearly no-cost entertainment and affordable living. If you’re shopping for high value at a low cost, buying an RV online is an excellent investment.