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By Jay Polk - bio | email

November 19, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you've been paying attention to the news, you know that the economy is in trouble.

But what is that doing to people's eating habits? Are they eating out less, or are they just eating cheaper?

The ups and downs of the economy are enough to give anyone indigestion.

Aaron Johnson, a Professor of Economics at Darton College said, "you think about the stock market and how it's decreasing, that's causing more uncertainty and so you're less likely to buy big ticket items like cars and housing.

But while you don't have to buy a car, you do have to eat, and sometimes cooking a meal just seems like too much of a hassle. If that's the case, Albany has plenty of options, at all price ranges. But does the slow economy affect the dinner choices of Southwest Georgians?

"You know, I can even think to myself. Whereas before I used to eat out regularly. Now that times are tough, and there's more uncertainty, we're eating in more," said Johnson.

And all of the fast food chains are taking advantage of the desire for cheap meals with value menus and all sorts of meal deals. We spoke to a representative at McDonald's who told us that they are finding that their customers like the new value offerings.

With the economy being down a little bit, more and more people are choosing to get their dinner out of a bag, rather thasn off of a plate. What's going to happen with the economy in the near future?

Said Johnson, "they're can definitely be more harm done to the economy. Unemployment rates can definitely rise a little more and there's speculation that the economy is going to shrink the next two quarters."

So with the economy in continued turmoil, we may be answering that old question "do you want fries with that?" for a while longer.

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