Planning on ringing in the New Year in style? It will cost you—or the average American, at least—around $172, according to a new survey. The “Shopping in America Holiday 2005 ” survey, conducted by real estate investment trust Macerich Co., found that those of us who live in the Northeast will outspend those elsewhere in the country. We’ll spend an average of $256 each. Midwesterners will be the most thrifty, spending an average of about $119 each. Americans in the West and the South will spend $169 and $159, respectively. The survey also polled consumers on their top New Year’s resolutions . No surprises among the top three: lose weight (Jared might help you there ), save money and get a new job. Happy New Year!
—Posted by Mae Anderson