To spend or not to spend, that is the question that a lot of people find themselves asking more and more these days. And while people’s purchase decisions often change when they’re on a budget, the decisions are not always as simple as just comparing price tags. There are two sides to the customer value equation: what you pay and what you get. And though slashing prices can be a quick way to close the sale, most people are still willing to pay for the brands that add value by adding the extras that make it worth it—the assurance that they are spending wisely. These recession-fighting incentives can be a great way to earn the attention, business and, hopefully, loyalty of audiences trying to make the tough decisions between the things they can’t afford and the things they can’t afford to pass up.

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