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Consumers in Pa. more frugal, poll finds

Pennsylvania residents have gotten more frugal in the past year, in reaction to economic challenges, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Sixty-nine percent of residents use coupons and special offers to buy food and clothing, versus 61 percent last year, said a recent poll of 625 adults by Siena (College) Research Institute, Loudonville, N.Y. In addition, 72 percent have eliminated impulse purchases. Seventy percent have reduced their entertainment expenses, while 59 percent are opting for lower-quality products for health and hygiene.

At the same time, 53 percent think the economy will improve over the next year and about as many think their personal finances will improve too. Such optimism may be reflected in the fact that half of respondents have reduced personal debt levels in the past 12 months. The poll, taken two weeks ago, was sponsored by First Niagara Bank.

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