There's a big difference between what we want and what we need—and these days want is definitely winning. Spending on the little stuff—those small-ticket items we can't seem to resist—can be so satisfying. We're all exposed to big doses of pro-spending messages, but where does free-will enter into the transaction? And what happens in tough economic times?
In this episode, host Jeff Horwich and the In the Loop cast survey spending in our times—from the habits of high school kids at the Fond du Lac reservation and "A.G." from Debtor's Anonymous, to a shopping cart full of our audience's own impulse purchases.