AICPA Survey Reveals Americans' Concerns about Finances and Saving
- 41 percent said they would cut back on eating out, making it the most popular money-saving action.
- 21 percent said they would cut off cable TV.
- 8 percent said they would end cell phone service.
- 8 percent said they would stop downloading songs and digital products.
- 2 percent said they would stop contributions to retirement accounts.
- 1 percent said they would skip utility payments.
- 1 percent said they would put paying rent or mortgage payments.
- 41 percent said basic living expenses, including the cost of gas, uninsured medical expenses, and lack of emergency savings, as their top financial concern.
- 27 percent said their main concerns are related to long-term goals, such as paying for education and saving for retirement.
- 53 percent reported they are in the same financial position as they were the prior year.
- 35 percent of those aged 18 to 44 say their financial situation has improved over the past year, compared with 13 percent of older adults.
- 31 percent of college graduates say they are better off today, compared with 22 percent of those who have not completed college.
The CPA profession has a comprehensive financial literacy program – 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy – to help Americans achieve long-term financial success. The website is the centerpiece of the program, with tools, calculators, and advice to help Americans understand and manage their financial needs during the ten life stages, from childhood to retirement.
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