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Poll: The recession and your spending habits

People's ideas about saving and spending deeply affect the way they live, including if and when to buy a home and what sort of home it should be. With that in mind, I'm wondering how -- if at all -- the recession is changing the way you save and spend. Do you think this moment in history, like the Great Depression, will permanently alter the way today's teens and adults think about money? Or is it a speed bump?

That's part of the debate in Andrea Walker's story today about consumers cutting back.

Join the debate! Weigh in on this poll:

How has this recession changed your philosophy of saving and spending?
( online polls)

The order of answers is randomized, in case you were wondering.

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