San Francisco, CA--A new survey by Credible.com finds that more than 70% of Millennials are planning as much or more on holiday shopping this year than they did last year, despite their growing fear of credit card debt. They're simply doing it the old-fashioned way: buying only what they can afford and paying with cash or debit cards.
To better understand how Millennials think about budgeting, credit card debt, and spending around the holidays, Credible.com polled 500 18-to-34-year-olds in the United States who carry credit card debt.
Key takeaways include:
Haunted by the Ghost of Christmas Present(s)? More than 70% of respondents surveyed said that they planned to spend just as much or more on holiday shopping than they did the previous year. This is despite that fact that an overwhelming number of respondents stated that credit card debt was the biggest fear in their lives, even scarier than the threat of war, or even death.
Worryingly though, budgeting seems overlooked, as less than half of all respondents said they know how much they plan to spend on shopping this year. Credible's advice: "Creating and even sticking to a budget won’t make you immune to holiday debt as we all know how those little, last minute purchases can add up. But it's crucial to set a limit for yourself before you hit the stores, because if you don't, we know what you're getting for Christmas this year. It's debt."
Debt seems to have become part and parcel of holiday shopping, with 16% of Millennials planning to lean on their credit cards to finance their spending. But it's not all doom and gloom—eight out of 10 (81%) respondents who plan to spend money for holiday shopping seem to be shying away from borrowing, and plan to pay it off immediately if they do. Credible also cautions that store credit cards often carry high interest and suggests seeking cards with rewards instead.
But wait...there's myrrh! So intent are Millennials on getting their holiday shopping done that more than 7% of Millennials surveyed plan to dip into their savings, or even take out a personal loan, in order to pay for their Christmas purchases. (Credible believes this is probably not the best idea, especially for those who already have credit card debt, as all of its survey respondents do.)
'Sleighing' your debt. It's easy to get carried away during the holidays. But credit card debt doesn't have to sound the death knell for sweet holiday deals. Credible offers these tips to help keep spending on track:
Methodology. Credible.com obtained this data by surveying 500 adults ages 18 to 34 who have credit card debt, and asking them the following questions:
The survey was conducted through Pollfish on October 24, 2017 as part of a study to illustrate Millennials' holiday spending behaviors. The original article, which is targeted to a consumer audience, was published on Credible's blog and can be seen here. Reprinted with permission. Top image: Credible.com.
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