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Economic problems impacted some shopping habits

Phillip Yatespyates@postindependent.comGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS Mike and Kameo Halford know how to economize their Christmas shopping in a bruising economic climate. Thats because the Silt couple is from Michigan, they say. The state has been mired in a tough economy in recent years and currently has an unemployment rate of 9.6 percent, compared to Colorados 5.8 percent. We have been dealing with this for multiple years, Kameo said of the couples frugal Christmas shopping. I just dont spend a lot of money. If you go for deals, you will be fine.The Halfords were among the few people who were heading into Glenwood Meadows Target on Friday morning to find some after-Christmas deals, splurge on a few goodies from store gift certificates or buy a few essentials for their homes. Of some of the people who traveled to the Glenwood Springs Target on Friday, some said the current economic malaise has affected their Christmas shopping. Others said it didnt.While Garfield Countys unemployment rate stood at 3.8 percent as of mid-November compared to the statewide average of 5.8 percent reports of layoffs, foreclosures and belt-tightening is rapidly becoming a focal point of Garfield County and Roaring Fork Valley conversations.Cheryl Cormier, 42, and her fianc, John Calderon, 46, said the current economic conditions led them to cut back on gift-giving this year.You had to focus on the kids and not the adults, Calderon said.Calderon added he has recently faced economic challenges because of his job as a cowboy. Thats because of falling cattle prices and fewer cowboying opportunities, he said.That is a big pinch, he said.Calderon added that his fallback occupation in construction is also facing a squeeze because there arent as many projects in the area, he said. Cormier, who is a third-grade teacher at Kathryn Senor Elementary School in New Castle, also said some at her school were saying that this years Christmas was going to be a slim Christmas. That was apparently because a lot of husbands are out work, she said.We still feel blessed, said Cormier, who had her arms around her son, Jake.But Dian Zillner, of Gypsum, said the difficulties facing the economy didnt affect her familys Christmas this year.Everyone is still employed, said. We had the same Christmas as always.Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117pyates@postindependent.com


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