Technology consultant Greg Schulz of Stillwater, Minnesota, spent about $200 on memory and a hard drive for his computer a few days ago, even as the stock market was falling.
He's still spending on essentials.
But the market's continued fall has caused him to avoid any extravagances.
"I found a good bargain," Schulz said of the computer gear that will help him do his job better. "But am I going to go out and buy that new 80-inch 3D TV? Nope."