Stats Bomb VI

What up what up!

Opened an email that rattled off the below stats, and reminded me we haven’t done a good bombing of them in a while…

  • According to Northwestern Mutual, the average American has over $38,000 in Personal Debt
  • According to GOBankingRates, 58% of Americans have less than $1,000 in Savings
  • According to the New York Federal Reserve, over 7 million Americans are at least 90 days behind on their car payments
  • And then according to one J. Money Rockstar, 100% of those who read Budgets Are Sexy will go on to retire a millionaire…

Perhaps one of these were inserted, but it still doesn’t make it untrue! ;)

Sadly the rest has been normalized for years now… Not even shocking anymore :(

But here are some other fun stats that may tickle your financial pickle!

Those kitties seem to like ’em!


cat robots

“45% of pet owners spend the same or more on their pet’s healthcare insurance than their own” – Lend EDU

HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE??? Health insurance already costs a mortgage or two!

“Men spend more on impulse buys than women.” – CNBC

Now that I believe, haha… When us men fall for it, we fall hard ;)

“20% of respondents said they would never get married or have children if that meant they could avoid credit card debt.” – Go Banking Rates

This makes me sad :( Dreams should always be pursued if it’s a true dream of yours, whether it’s kids or marriage or anything you’ve always wanted in life (obviously not everyone wants kids/marriage)… It’s sometimes messy, but life has to come first over $$$!

“Moms are 3.6 times more likely than dads to give their kid a credit card… [but] dads are 3.4 times more likely to monitor their kids’ credit card spending” – Wallet Hub

Haha… Sounds about right ;) I remember my dad telling me in no uncertain terms that I’ll be in deep doo doo if anything shows up on that thing during college that’s not pre-approved of…  Made it all the way to my senior year until I slipped and bought some chips and beer on it (IT WAS AN EMERGENCY!!)

“1/4 of millennials believe you must make between $251,000 & $500,000 to be considered wealthy” – Lend EDU

This one’s super interesting to me…. I don’t know what I would consider to be “wealthy” per se (I feel like there’s a *financially* wealthy, and then a *lifestyle* wealthy – which is what I focus on lately), however if I had to choose a number it would be certainly tied to a Net Worth vs a salary… Since time and time again we see that it’s not how much you MAKE that matters, but it’s how much you KEEP! And I feel like once you cross the $300,000 or $400,000 mark you already start feeling more wealthy so at that point it’s just a matter of throwing more onto the fire…

“79% of Americans love the sound of their own laugh” – Laffy Taffy

I don’t know how or why I got passed this one, but it did make me smile for some reason :) And even more so finding out there’s actually a “National Let’s Laugh Day“!! (March 19th)

popular laugh types

“58% of millennials would consider banking with Amazon, Facebook or Google” – Marqeta

Nope nope nope…. we already covered this one here and not about to give these places even MORE of my life, haha…

“The most common retirement dream — shared among 70% of American workers — is to travel the world.”- Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey

I can see that one… I don’t know what could top it, other than just NOT WORKING :)

“60% of millennials think winning the lottery is a reasonable retirement plan” – Stash Invest

Now pollsters are just making stuff up, haha… No way that can be true, right?? RIGHT???

“14% of (college) students would rather miss a credit card payment than a party” – Wallet Hub

Now this seems more accurate! No way I was going to miss a party back then ;)

me at a party

(Me every night in college…)

“19% of (college) students say their friends would make fun of their credit card purchases.” – Wallet Hub

Haha yeah, that would be pretty embarrassing :) Maybe even now?

“(Credit cards) are the dirtiest with an average germ-score of 285, followed by cash (160), and coins (136). For reference, it is recommended that food establishment surfaces have a germ-score of 10 or less.” – Lend EDU






More: “The dirtiest card we tested had a germ-score of 1,206, which is dirtier than anything we tested for that ATM study, including a NYC park bench, CitiBike handles, and an NYC parking meter.”

“Families with savings of $250 to $749 are less likely to be evicted, miss a payment, or receive public benefits after a job loss, health issue, or large income drop. ” – Urban Institute 

Isn’t that wild?!! A few hundred dollars can make a world of a difference… And increases *confidence* too I’d be willing to bet…

More from the brief: “The economic health of cities and communities depends on the financial health and stability of their residents. Economically secure families are better able to weather temporary income drops independently and are less likely to rely on local services for housing support and cash assistance.”

“Tickets incurred from texting while driving can increase car insurance rates by 23%, which is higher than the average rate increase after getting a speeding ticket (20-22%)” –

Should be 500% higher!

And then lastly… “94% of Americans said they are drinking more craft beer than last year” – C+R Research

The most important fact of the day ;)


And that wraps up this round!

For more past stats, check out our series here:

Go on and impress your friends now!

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  1. Kate October 17, 2019 at 7:01 AM

    Interesting, in the UK the average personal debt is USD19,910.09. I wonder why we are half you guys? Healthcare perhaps? I’m so glad that my mortgage is my only debt. Helps me sleep at night!

    1. J. Money October 17, 2019 at 10:01 AM

      Health insurance and rampant credit cards probably :( I hear it’s a lot harder to get them in other countries and not used as much?? (Not in the UK, but in places like France and others)

  2. Financially Fit Mom October 17, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Why would anyone NOT be drinking more craft beer with the options available?

    1. J. Money October 17, 2019 at 10:01 AM

      There’s still 6% out there we need to convince ;)

  3. Adam October 17, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    I jumped ship from the bicycle biz and got a job with a veterinary software company in 2007, just before the economy fell apart. It was a stroke of good luck — this industry is nearly recession-proof. People tend to take care of their pets regardless of what comes their way; as much as I personally profit from it, it does make me feel a little better about humanity.

    1. J. Money October 18, 2019 at 3:33 PM

      Huh – hadn’t thought about that before, but you’re right – people will always take care of their pets no matter what’s going on! Apparently better than themselves sometimes!

  4. Elise @ Financial Fitness Fanatic October 17, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    My heart hurts just a little reading the Stash survey results. Although, in Millenials’ defense, I suppose if you DID win the lottery, and you knew how to invest properly, retiring on that money is a reasonable option. Somehow, it never seems to work out that way though. And about this craft beer – are you some type of hipster or something? ;)

    1. Moneybee October 18, 2019 at 8:50 AM

      I was also thinking that: maybe people interpreted the question as “Is it reasonable to retire on lottery winnings?” rather than “It is reasonable to plan on winning the lottery?”

      I’m drinking more mead than last year, I *must* be some type of hipster!

      1. J. Money October 18, 2019 at 3:34 PM

        Ahhhh yeah – could possibly be that too! And I’m sure the pollsters don’t purposely make it too clear so they get juicier results, haha…

  5. Christine Graziano October 17, 2019 at 1:21 PM

    I love the stats–okay, I hate some of the stats because it’s just financially SAD but I love statistics in general.

    Off to disinfect my cards…

    1. J. Money October 18, 2019 at 3:36 PM

      Always fun to read no matter how accurate or not they are :)