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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

October 22, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The uncertainty in the economy is forcing many of us to cut back on spending. Some of the luxuries many of us used to enjoy aren't exactly top priority anymore. And some companies that are in the business of luxuries are having to make changes to accomodate their customers.

Chasity Reese works at tropical sun tanning. She says business is good. Surprisingly this year's numbers are better than last year's. But it's the past couple of weeks that have sparked some changes.

"Some people are getting scared and so with tanning some are backing out of contracts and some are canceling their memberships because that's a little bit of money that can go toward other things," says Reese.

They're putting money toward life's necessities, and cutting back on the luxuries.

"We're doing specials so we're trying to help everybody still be able to tan but then not break people because everything else does," says Reese.

It was new specials that drew in some of their customers on Wednesday.

"This is the one thing that I do for myself," says Jammie NeSmith.

Other businesses that pamper are also making some changes. The owner of one hair salon, Studio 103 says they are doing more to accommodate their customers.

"We've had some of our clients ask for us to post date their checks. We've had a few people that when they have a color appointment they'll come in and just get the cut done," says Owner Amy Rentz.

She also says more people are "putting off the inevitable" so to speak.

"We're also seeing a lot more people using credit cards," says Rentz.

Charging their way into a new hair style, and hoping the economy will take a sharp turn. But there were still people who said they need some luxuries in times like these.

"It's good to pamper and spoil yourself because no matter what the state of the economy you should always feel pretty and always feel good," says high school senior Cecilie Miller.

"With a tan you feel a little better, and you're going to be depressed about the money so you feel a little better about yourself," says NeSmith.

Everyone is just hoping soon they can feel a little better about the economy as well.

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