What Americans Can’t Live Without

Although many Americans have tightened their spending since 2007, U.S. News & World Report writer Rick Newman reports, they have:

“…clung dearly to a few surprising necessities, reflecting changes in American society that go far beyond penny-pinching. Food, clothing and shelter have long been the most obvious staples. But data that’s finally rolling in as the recession winds down shows that we also require a bit of entertainment…”

Laptop computers, high-speed Internet, and television all made Newman’s list of Ten Things Americans Can’t Live Without.