About the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker
The American Express Spending & Saving Tracker research is completed among a random sample of adults, including the general U.S. population, as well as an affluent demographic, defined as having a minimum annual household income of $100,000.
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February 9, 2016 No Love Lost this Valentine's Day, Just Fewer Costs As Valentine's Day approaches, the majority of couples (81%) are making plans to celebrate this year, slightly up from 2015 (78%). Americans, whether attached or not, expect to spend an average of $212 on the holiday, down from $296 in 2015 and closer to 2014's expected spend ($213).
January 12, 2016 2016: The Year for Travel to Soar and for Saving Much More The New Year brings goals to save money and plans to splurge, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker. Americans plan to set aside an average of $15,317 in savings, up significantly from $11,292 last year.
December 16, 2015 Most Americans "Deal-aying" Holiday Shopping Going into the final stretch of the holiday season, a majority of Americans are far from finished with their holiday shopping, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker. Seventy-three percent (73%) plan to shop last minute (vs. 79% in 2014), as most wait to find the best deals (44% vs. 46% in 2014).
October 29, 2015 Consumers Preparing to Find Steals & Deals This Holiday Shopping Season This holiday season, Americans plan to cash in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, with nearly 45% of consumers making purchases on Black Friday and 47% shopping on Cyber Monday, according to the American Express Spending and Saving Tracker.
September 24, 2015 Millennials: Creative, Ambitious, Financial Optimists? When it comes to finances, more than half (53% vs. 45% in 2014) of Americans expect a greener outlook in the next six months, and this optimism is strongest among Millennials (70% vs. 64% in 2014) according to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
August 7, 2015 Beyond Backpacks and Books With back-to-school season around the corner, parents and students alike are gearing up to buy this year's school supplies. Overall, parents anticipate spending an average of $1,239 this back-to-school season, according to the latest American Express Spending & Savings Tracker, up 8% from 2014, and up 24% since 2011.
July 15, 2015 The Season to Earn, the Summer to Save Summer signals the time when many American teens unlock their earning potential, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker. Parents of kids ages 13-17 report that 36% of teens will earn their primary income from summer jobs (vs. parental allowances or savings, etc.), a 19% increase over last year.
June 11, 2015 Embracing Warm Weather, Summer Travelers Stretch Budgets, Extend Vacation After a long winter, Americans are itching to get away this summer. The latest American Express Spending and Saving Tracker reveals that 85% of Americans, or 198 million people, are planning time away in the coming months, up 13% from 2014.
April 20, 2015 When Others Say "I Do," Your Wallet Will Too Like spring, wedding season has officially "sprung," and nearly 79 million Americans will bear witness to family and friends saying "I do" this year. That's up a dramatic 18% since last year, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker
March 27, 2015 Real Estate 2015 Trends: Fewer to Move, More to Renovate 27.8 million Americans, or 12% of the population, plan to move this year, down from last year's 16%, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
February 11, 2015 Proposals and More in Store This Valentine's Day Cupid will hit the mark more often this year, as 14million Americans say they're planning or expecting a marriage proposal on Valentine's Day (12% vs. 9% in 2014).
February 2, 2015 Millennials Make 2015 the Year of the Milestone It's been widely reported that for many Millennials, "30 is the new 20," with many delaying major life milestones, like full-time employment, marriage and having children.
December 15, 2014 Last-Minute Shoppers Spread Holiday Cheer This season's most coveted gift can't be wrapped or put in a box. Yet it's so valuable that most Americans save for an average of five months for it (vs. three months in 2011).
November 25, 2014 Have Yourself a Merry Little Vacation - Americans Want the Gift of Travel This Holiday Season This season's most coveted gift can't be wrapped or put in a box. Yet it's so valuable that most Americans save for an average of five months for it (vs. three months in 2011).
October 20, 2014 Americans Making a List but Checking it Twice this Holiday Season Americans are making their lists and checking them twice this holiday season, as more shoppers say they're setting a budget this year (72% vs. 65% in 2013), according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
September 23, 2014 Consumers Feeling More Secure as 2014 Flies By With the holiday season fast approaching, Americans say they're feeling more financially stable. 81% of employed Americans report that their jobs are more than or just as stable as one year ago (up significantly from 69% in 2011).
August 13, 2014 Students Head Back to Class with Technology in Tow Students will need to find more room in backpacks for tech gadgets as they head back to school this fall. Parents expect to spend an average of $529 (46%) of their back-to-school budgets on electronic devices, equipping kids with the latest technology as the new school year begins.
July 10, 2014 A Summer Well Spent: No Idle Time for Kids This Season School may be out, but spending is definitely up. According to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, American parents will shell out $70 billion or more for summer activities, up 12% from 2013 and a whopping 59% from 2012.
May 29, 2014 Beat the Heat: 176 Million Americans Gearing Up for Summer Getaways More Americans will find relief from the heat this summer, with 75% planning a summer getaway. In addition, nearly half of travelers plotting a trip to cool off at a beach, river or lake, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
Apr 24, 2014 Tying the Knot Loosens Wallets More than 67 million Americans to attend at least one wedding in 2014. Average cost for guests to attend surges to $592, up 75% from two years ago, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
March 18, 2014 Real Estate Rebound: 37.5 Million Americans Say They'll Move in 2014 More Americans are planning to find a new place to call their own in 2014, with 16% planning to move, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
Feb 3, 2014 Valentine's Day 2014: More Americans Say They'll Spend for Love Americans aren't shy about showing their love, and their spending will show it this Valentine's Day, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
Jan 28, 2014 Americans Plan to Upgrade Homes, Wheels and Wardrobes Saving more money tops resolutions, with savers planning to sock away 14% more than last year according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
Dec 13, 2013 Trending for the Holidays: Gifting, Re-Gifting and Primping A few weeks into the holiday shopping season consumers are taking very smart approaches to spending, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
Oct 17, 2013 Holiday Shoppers Plan their Clicks and Coupon Clips to Spend More and Purchase Earlier With a late Thanksgiving and the shortest holiday shopping season in years, consumers say they're starting their holiday shopping sooner and spending more this year, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
Sep 26, 2013 Spending is Trending with Holidays on the Horizon As retailers speculate about the upcoming holiday spend season, the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker reveals that consumer financial confidence is trending up, amidst a year of fluctuating economic indicators.
Aug 20, 2013 Back-to-School Gadget Buys Are Up, Though Kids Still Need Pencils to Chew On Ninety two percent of Americans will hit the stores for back-to-school shopping this fall, spending an average of $1,094 on supplies, up 26% since last year, according to the latest American Express Spending and Savings Tracker.
Jul 18, 2013 School's Out: How American Kids "Spend" the Summer As children across the US get knee-deep into the summer, parents expect to spend an average of $856 per child on summer activities, up 40% from 2012, according to the most recent American Express Spending & Saving Tracker
Jun 4, 2013 Summer Travel Soars; Many Americans to Spend More Summer travel plans are up 17% from last year, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, as more than two-thirds of consumers plan to get away in the next three months.
Apr 29, 2013 Wedding Season: What You'll Spend to Attend Sixty-nine million Americans will attend one or more weddings this year, and they expect to spend 59% more than last year, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
Mar 21, 2013 Moving Out and Sprucing Up Fifteen percent of Americans, or approximately 35 million people, expect to move in 2013, a 50% increase from last year.
Feb 8, 2013 Valentine's Day 2013: Couples to Spend, Knees to Bend Americans are earmarking an average of $239 per person this year to spend on Valentine's Day gifts, entertainment, dinning out and weekend getaways, up from $196 last year, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
Jan 8, 2013 Financial Optimism on the Rise: How Americans Plan to Spend and Stash Cash in 2013 More Americans (39% vs. 35% in 2012) say they are financially "optimistic" going into 2013, while 10% (vs. 6%) report they are "unconcerned," according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
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