Just over half of people in a new CNBC|SurveyMonkey poll consider themselves savers rather than spenders (54% vs. 41%), and a plurality of people (45%) say their monthly spending levels have stayed about the same over the course of the last 12 months. One third (33%) say their spending has decreased in that time period, while 21% say their spending has increased.
What are people spending money on?
When people make impulse purchases, most are pretty tame. Just 19% of people say they spent more than $100 the last time they made an impulse purchase. Exactly half (50%) say they spend between $10 and $100, and nine percent say they spent less than $10. But, a staunch 11% say they never made impulse purchases, and eight percent didn’t know how much they spent.
Click through all the results in the interactive toplines below:
Read more about our polling methodology here.
Do you think of yourself more as a saver or a spender?
When it comes to managing your household finances, which of the following is your role?
How much are you planning to spend on summer travel for yourself and your family this year?
What types of travel are you planning this summer? (Select all that apply)
Thinking ahead: how much are you planning to spend on gifts for family and friends this coming holiday season?
Which of the following comes closest to your view, even if none are exactly right?
If you had to, which of the following monthly expenses would you be willing to give up? (Select all that apply.)
By your best estimate, do you spend more than $200 per month on any of the following? (Select all that apply.)
Have you increased or decreased your monthly spending over the course of the last 12 months, or has your level of monthly spending stayed about the same?
Has your monthly spending increased for any of the following reasons? (Select all that apply.)
Has your monthly spending decreased for any of the following reasons? (Select all that apply.)
How much money did you spend the last time you made an “impulse” purchase (i.e. the last time you decided to buy something in-the-moment)?
Have you given money to anyone’s 2020 campaign for President of the United States?