NEW YORK — Shannon Burke is typical of many American shoppers these days. She’s pouring money into her home and cutting back on everything else.
‘‘If we don’t need it, we don’t buy it,’’ said Burke, a 33-year-old mother from Abington, Mass., whose two children are mostly making do with hand-me-downs. ‘‘The money can be spent on our home. The more valuable our home is, the better it is for us in the long run.’’