March 22, 2009 11:40 PM

Our times: Web searches for 'luxury' drop, rise for 'coupons'

After many high-flying years of living large — during which ordinary, middle-income Americans became accustomed to thinking that pricey purchases ranging from McMansions to the latest i-gadget to cosmetic surgery were necessities rather than extravagances — people today have come to see the value of living small amid an economic recession.

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