grocerystorecartandwatermelonThe “Great Recession” officially ended in 2009, but budgeting is still on the menu for consumers even though they have a sunnier outlook on the economy and their personal finances.  Results from Information Resources, Inc.’s (IRI) Q2 2013 MarketPulse™ survey indicate that consumers have settled into the “new normal” of conservative purchase behaviors and attitudes, so consumer packaged goods (CPG) marketers must keep their finger on the economic pulse and find innovative ways to entice consumers to loosen their purse strings.