An all-purpose excuse that people use during a recession
to justify doing things that are below their usual standard. Often these things in reality have little or nothing to do with the economic circumstances.
Harry: "You took your girlfriend to Applebee's on Valentine's Day
? Pretty weak."
Larry: "Whatever man, I didn't have a choice. Bad economy."
Senator: "Mr. Paulson, you really want to give the greedy, soulless bankers who caused this mess $700 billion with no strings attached?"
: "Hey guys, bad economy. Just do it
Senator: "Good point. I vote yes."
Fred: "Dude, tell me you didn't go home with that broke down
300-pound whale I saw you with at O'Shea's last night."
Brendan: "Dude, it's a bad economy. I'll take what I can get."
Fred: "Yeah, I guess you have to."