Not everyone is splurging this holiday season.

Commentary about business and finance.
Dec. 16 2003 5:33 PM

Silver Bells, Platinum Bells

Not everyone is splurging this holiday season.

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Correction, Dec. 17, 2003: The original version of this piece reversed the states' electoral colors, stating that the blue states are areas that supported President Bush in 2000, and that the red states were terrain hostile to Republicans. (Return to the corrected sentence.)

Daniel Gross is a longtime Slate contributor. His most recent book is Better, Stronger, Faster . Follow him on Twitter.