Shoppers wait in line at a Target store in Newport, Ky., on Nov. 29, 2018. Strong consumer spending boosted analysts' economic growth forecasts for the first quarter of 2019.
Nearly three out of 10 online shoppers have taken the plunge to buy an item that costs $1,000 or more. Men are twice as likely as women to press click and buy a big-ticket item, according to a new NPR/Marist poll.
In the years before the Great Recession, many Americans piled up too much credit card debt. Now, they seem to be a little wiser about using plastic, saysRichard Cordray, who heads the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.