I will probably not be shopping at all. One of our problems with the economy, and Windows8 (R) is a good example, those who can buy "the extras" have already bought their perceived "essentials," and we have the gadgets, gizmos, and convenience items that "are good enough for now."
The uncertain future of "the PIGS" (Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain) make our future uncertain enough...even without "The Financial Cliff"...that I suspect I will not be alone in being content with what I have for now.
Without added revenue, and still fighting a costly war in Afghanistan, the jobs potential to come from upgrading our infrastructure will have no funding without further borrowing and indebtedness. So far at least, "spending our way out of indebtedness" hasn't worked. A new brush with the debt ceiling is approaching, and a "turn around" in the economy seems unlikely before that issue comes up again amidst fierce debates.
"Keep what you've got" may be a good slogan for right now, and until the sunrise is showing at the other end of the tunnel.