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Frugality fatigue

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Frugality fatigue
Nelly Min

Reader's question:

The National Retail Federation expects nearly 140 million shoppers will shop at stores in the United States over the weekend. That's four million more than last year - the strongest showing since 2006.Industry analyst Marshal Cohen attributes higher turnout to what he calls frugality fatigue.

Could you explain "frugality fatigue"?

My comments:

"Frugality fatigue" is mental exhaustion caused by constant frugality during hard economic times. It is the idea that we’re getting worn down and stressed out by constantly watching our budgets. Consumers are getting tired of not buying anything.

Prolonged state of frugality fatigue can lead to the "urge to splurge," some say.

Stare in the face

Call balls and strikes

Cyber Monday

Stare in the face

With a grain of salt

Out of nowhere

Shove it under the carpet

the sky is the limit

hit it off

get my rib in my heart

With bells on

No harm, no foul

Pick up the slack

length and breadth of

get up to speed on something

Borrowed time

On a shoestring

Shake a leg

Sing to a new tune

Truth lies somewhere in the middle

For all intents and purposes

Kick sth.when it's down

Opening credits

God only knows


About the author:

Nelly Min is a journalist at the China Daily website.