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Many to cut back buying

Several interviewed across the Tri-State area say they'll be spending less this holiday season. Some plan to spend the same as l

Several interviewed across the Tri-State area say they'll be spending less this holiday season. Some plan to spend the same as l

December 02, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

TRI-STATE - Predictions that the 2002 Christmas shopping season will be slower than those in recent years appear to be borne out in interviews with 20 Tri-State area residents Saturday.

Seven said they would be spending less this year, eight will spend about the same as last year and only four residents said they expect to spend more.

"Money is tighter this year so I'll be spending less on Christmas," said Tonya Spencer, 36, of Hagerstown.

Diane Martin, 47, of Hagerstown said she expects to spend less, mostly because she makes her own Christmas gifts.

"I'll probably be spending less, said Mrs. Edgar Robinson, 63, of Waynesboro, Pa. "We're both retired now and my grandchildren are grown. We have fewer people to buy for."

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Beverly Foose, 51, of Boonsboro said she expects to spend about the same as she does every year.

"I always start early and buy at sales all year," she said.

Carol Wood, 53, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., figures she'll spend less because of sales.

"They're so good that you can save money by shopping sales," she said.

Vic Triolo, 60, of Boonsboro said he will spend more on gifts this year because things cost more.

"I like to buy more expensive gifts for my family," he said.

Flo Vitanza, 46, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., said she usually spends about the same every year.

"I've already been shopping for my granddaughter. She's 2," she said.

Time off from work because of illness means Connie Freeman, 46, of Kearneysville, W.Va., will spend less this year, she said.

"I didn't prepare for the holiday season," she said.

Mae Potts, 84, of Waynesboro said she isn't going to spend any money buying Christmas presents.

"It's gotten too commercial. It's not a religious thing anymore. It's a selfish time of year, a time for people to spend money and waste it," she said.

Darwin Waybright, 48, of South Mountain, Pa., said he's a "single guy" with fewer people to buy for so he'll be spending less money.

Vicki Welty, 44, of Waynesboro, said she'll probably spend less.

"There's nothing that my boys are dying for this year," she said.

Lynda Atha, 55, of Hagerstown said she likes to give food and restaurant certificates as Christmas gifts for her family. She said her paycheck dictates that she'll spend about the same as last year.

"My family hasn't gotten any bigger, so I'll be spending about the same," said Shannon Hartman, 32, of Hagerstown.

Likewise, said Gwen Skrabak, 51, of Hagerstown.

"I'm buying for the same people," she said.

Carl Miller, 21, of Clear Spring, said the people on his Christmas shopping list seemed to be satisfied with what he bought them last year.

"I figure if I spend the same amount this year they'll be just as happy," he said.

Amanda Zimmerman, 22, of Hagerstown, said she usually spends between $300 and $500 a year on Christmas gifts.

"It seems to cover my immediate family," she said.

Brittany Miller, 16, of Harpers Ferry lost her father in April.

"Christmas will be sad for us this year," she said. "I have to say that I'll be spending more this Christmas. I want to make it special for my little sister and my mom."

Margaret Cogswell, 44, of Shepherdstown also said she plans to spend more this year. "I like to get the things for people that they are interested in," she said.

"Things are more expensive this year so I'll be spending more," said Joel Thomas, 43, of Sharpsburg. "Besides, my family's getting bigger."

Teresa Delauter, 52, of Hagerstown said she doesn't know how much she's going to spend this year.

"I haven't finished my shopping yet," she said.

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