WalletHub’s nationally representative Halloween Spending & Financial Fears Survey found that 22 million more people are having nightmares about money problems this year than last year, and that roughly 13 million more people are scared about their kids’ financial future. The survey also includes findings on how politicians prey on people’s financial fears, whether people consider their finances a horror show, and more. The complete results are laid out in the following infographic.
Ask the Experts
For advice and insight, we asked a panel of experts to share their thoughts on the following key questions:
- WalletHub’s survey found that 78 million Americans (roughly 31% of adults) would say their finances are a horror show. Do you think that’s more hyperbole or a realistic assessment?
- Are you one of the roughly 70% of Americans who are fearful of a recession? Why or why not?
- Is there any significance to 85% of people saying they plan to spend less on Halloween this year than last year?
- 9 in 10 respondents believe that politicians prey on people’s financial fears - what do you think that says about the current political and economic climate?
Ask the Experts
Full Details Overall
|Do you have nightmares about money problems?|
|Do politicians prey on people’s financial fears?|
|How fearful are you of a recession?|
|What type of expense are you most fearful of?|
|Mortgage / Rent||29%|
|Whose financial future are you most fearful about?|
|Are you planning on spending more or less on Halloween this year compared to last year?|
|Which are you more afraid of?|
|Racking up credit card debt||54%|
|What is the scariest thing about credit cards?|
|Interest rates & fees||36%|
|What will you spend the most on this Halloween?|
|Food and alcohol||22%|
|What’s the scariest thing about Halloween?|
|Strangers Ringing Doorbell||38%|
|What is your biggest financial fear?|
|Not enough retirement savings||24%|
|Loss of health insurance||10%|
|What scares you or stresses you out most?|
|Would you say your finances are a horror show?|
|Do you think the economy will get scarier in the next 12 months?|
|Are credit cards a trick or a treat?|
Note: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.