You know I noticed a good indicator at the stores before christmas.
I can't rememebr the last time I saw a credit card be given back to a buyer from a register because it was declined or over the limit. I saw it 3 times in one week the week before christmas. This shows you the amount of strain on the consumer. It could have been from gas on those cards, etc. But the thing is that if you are a week to week guy, you can't catch up on those things, and with refi's and equity problems on houses, that road is out of the picture also.
Scary stuff with unemployment expected to hit 8-9% like it was in the early 80's