As the economy slows, millions of Americans will cut their budgets to stay afloat. This generates conflicting impulses: If I skip that morning coffee and granola, will my thriftiness put my local coffee shop out of business?
Will that force America's granola farmers to lay off workers? What's a budget-conscious, patriotic and hungry girl to do?
Not to worry, saving a few dollars now will not prolong the recession. And, more important, spending all your discretionary income will not end the recession.