COVINGTON -- With the effects of the economic downturn still being felt across the country, the Citizen took to the streets of Covington and Conyers to find out whether folks are pinching pennies this holiday season.
The Citizen asks: "Are you planning on spending more, less or about the same amount of money on holiday shopping this year compared to last year? Why?"
"I am not spending nothing on grown folks, and I don't have any kids. I don't even have a woman." -- Ammiel Coats, Covington
"About the same. I'm a little better off, but I'm still trying to hold back on spending. My daughter is getting married in January so I've got to save for that." -- Timothy Franklin, Covington
"About the same, because my family needs the same things and I'm trying to do needs instead of wants this year." -- April Beard, Covington
"The same, just because our finances haven't changed ... If anything, we will give more to people who need help." -- Kristen Lynch, Covington
"Less because of pay cuts salary-wise." -- Rhonda Almand, Covington
"I've got one more great-grandbaby so I'll be spending a little more." -- Catherine Sheppard, Oxford
"More because I have a job now." -- Kristen Wilbanks, Covington
"Less. It seems like the thing to do ... So many people are down and out. I'll be giving more like to the food pantry and other places." -- Sally Pitts, Conyers
"About the same. I do have a job. I've been blessed." -- Terry Tanner, Conyers
"More because I have a 7-month-old daughter." -- Jessica Kellam, Albuquerque, N.M.
"Less, because of the economy." -- Linda Waller, Conyers
"About the same because my income is the same." -- Diane Lee, Conyers