IN THE MOMENT: Give U.S. consumers the option of cutting back on food and drink to save money or spending as they usually do and the impulse purchase wins out. If dining out is wrong, U.S. consumers don't want to be right—at least the ones who responded to the Pew Research Center's new study of their spending habits. Even when money gets short and their credit card balances climb into the stratosphere, restaurant meals aren't the first place consumers look to cut back. Such were ...

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