Posts Tagged ‘spending’

Meet the Next Generation of Homebuyers: Gen Z

Posted on October 13, 2017 by Laura Lam

In its most recent study, Zillow Group examined the newest generation to enter the housing market – Generation Z.  Generation Z is considered to be those born from 1995 to 2010, meaning the oldest in the generation are now 22 years old.  The Zillow Group Report on Consumer and Housing Trends 2017 shows this new generation now makes up more than 21% of the U.S. population, and is the most ethnically and racially diverse generation in our history. They are beginning to enter the housing market – as renters. However, this generation is just as likely as older generations to…

What to Buy in October

Posted on October 06, 2017 by Laura Lam

When it comes to shopping, October is an odd month sitting smack in the middle of the back-to-school frenzy and the holiday extravaganza. But there are plenty of October deals to be had. The best buys range from leftover items from previous months to goods discounted in advance of the big shopping days to come. Halloween Stuff – Unless you bought a costume and decorations last November, when prices were at their lowest, be on the lookout for bargains this month. The closer the holiday, the bigger the deals, as retailers try to clear the shelves by Halloween. However you won’t find many…

Consumer Borrowing Slows in June

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Laura Lam

Consumer borrowing slowed a bit in June from the torrid growth in the prior month, but continued at a solid pace, according to government data released Monday.  Total consumer credit increased $12.4 billion in June to a record seasonally adjusted $3.86 trillion, posting an annual growth rate of 3.9%, according to the Federal Reserve.  This is down from a revised $18.3 billion gain in May, which was the strongest rate in six months. Consumer borrowing slowed a bit in the second quarter as a whole, continuing a trend in place since last fall. Credit rose at a 4.5% annual rate…

The Cost of Attending a Wedding in 2017

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Laura Lam

Wedding season is upon us.  According to theKnot.com, the average cost of a wedding in 2016 rose to an all-time high of $35,329.  But modern weddings aren’t just ultra-expensive for the happy couple, they’re actually a serious, wallet-emptying affair for guests as well. According to the Knot’s 2016 Wedding Guest Study, the average bridesmaid/groomsman spent just over $1,500 last year, while wedding guests spent $888.  Here’s a breakdown of the costs: Average bridesmaid and groomsmen spend per wedding: $1,154 Wedding gift spend: $177 Wedding attire: $207 Wedding travel: $342 Wedding accommodations: $293 Average wedding guest spend per wedding total: $888…

American Households Spend 53% of Its Income On These Expenses

Posted on May 19, 2017 by Laura Lam

If there’s one fairly steady theme over the past couple of decades, it’s that consumers are saving less of their income and their household budgets are being pushed to the limit.  According to the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank’s February data, the personal saving rating in America was a paltry 5.6%. Comparatively, U.S. workers were socking away more than 12% of their paycheck 50 years ago.  At the same time, a number of household expenses have largely outpaced the inflation rate and wage growth. These include healthcare costs, college expenses, and in recent years housing costs, since home prices have…

What to Buy in April

Posted on April 07, 2017 by Laura Lam

It’s officially spring, and retailers are preparing for warm weather and hotter sales. In April consumers will find deals on everything from travel to jewelry, as well as a few winter leftovers.  Although the selection of last season’s goods will be even slimmer than it was in March, prices may be deeply discounted.  Don’t be tempted by shiny new grills or bright new summer styles as better prices will be offered after the start of the season.  Here are this month’s steals and deals, from Cheapism.com. Car Accessories/Parts – April is National Car Care Month, so auto parts stores and service…

Luck of the Irish Will Bring “Gold” to Retailers

Posted on March 17, 2017 by Laura Lam

Americans will spend more than ever as they put on their favorite green outfits to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, the National Retail Federation said today. According to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, spending for St. Patrick’s Day is expected to reach $5.3 billion, an all-time high in the survey’s 13-year history. More than 139 million Americans plan to celebrate the Irish holiday, and are expected to spend an average of $37.92 per person, up from last year’s $35.37 and a new record that tops the previous record of $36.52 set in 2015. The $5.3…

Retirees Will Influence Future Consumer Spending

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Laura Lam

Major demographic shifts over the next decade will have a dramatic affect on U.S. consumer spending – which in turn will influence the overall economy, specific industry sectors and individual stocks, according to a new report.  Population growth will be uneven, favoring the South and West as retirees migrate to the Sunbelt in search of warm climates and lower taxes.  This shift in population could affect public sector spending and municipal bond markets. The Conference Board report, “The Impact of Demographic Trends on Consumer Spending,” examines the size and age distribution of the future population, how spending patterns will change…

What Does the Average American Spend on Housing?

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Laura Lam

While the cost of college has climbed at an alarming rate over the past 20 years, there remains no purchase more significant — financially or, perhaps, emotionally — than a house. While some have rightly questioned whether the American Dream is worth pursuing, the fact remains that we all need a place to rest our heads at night. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) 2014 Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES), the average American household spends about $1,030 per month on rent or mortgage, inclusive of property taxes, insurance, and utilities (not including telephone). That’s roughly 21% of the average household’s income…

Cautious Cupid: Consumers More Frugal this Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Laura Lam

After a decade-long increase, Valentine’s Day spending is expected to decline this year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics.  U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average $136.57, down from last year’s record-high $146.84. Total spending is expected to reach $18.2 billion, down from $19.7 billion last year, which was also a record. “This is one day of the year when millions find a way to show their loved ones they care regardless of their budget,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.  “Retailers recognize that their customers…