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Spending Spree

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On Valentine's Day my wife and I embarked on what felt like a personal stimulus package. We used up some gift cards left over from our wedding three years ago. (OK, we also worried some of the companies might go bankrupt.)

But of course it doesn't help the stores. They took the money on their FY 2005 balance sheets when the cards were bought.

Now I'm just depleting their inventory.