"Please don't let this cost an arm and a leg. And please let her be OK," Mitrani recalls saying.Mitrani is resigned to the fact that her retirement won't be as comfortable as her parents'. Compared with her parents' generation, Mitrani believes Americans today are a bit more materialistic and might need to ratchet back expectations a bit. There's evidence this is happening: Consumers have been saving and reducing debts more, and spending less, than before the financial crisis.
Mood Of The Nation: Some Optimism Amid Struggles
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