Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 16, 2014
Over one-third of budget-conscious consumers across the US are reining in spending this year according to a recent online survey by national financial literacy nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling. The online poll, which surveyed more than 447 consumers across the US, found that 35 percent of respondents indicated that they have not budgeted spending money for vacation, summer camp for children, social events or other recreational activities this summer. These results come as gas prices reach the highest they have been since 2008 with the national average reaching $3.67 for regular unleaded — 19 cents higher than a year ago.
“For many families, summertime means an uptick in spending,” said Steven Trumble, President and CEO of American Consumer Credit Counseling. “But for those still feeling the effects of a slowly recovering economy, coupled with a sharp increase in gas prices, the season now means more time at home.”
ACCC’s online survey supports a recent poll released by SKIFT Travel that reported 63 percent of Americans are not even planning on taking a vacation this summer, with half saying that they simply cannot afford it.
Citing a recent rise in gas prices as a potential factor, a similar survey compiled by American Express shows that those who are planning a summer vacation will feel the bite as the average price of gas nationwide is about 20 cents a gallon higher than the average last year.
“If gas prices continue to rise throughout the summer, it is critical now more than ever for families to develop a firm budget before jumping into any plans,” says Trumble. “Whether deciding on a weekend away or a staycation, having a budget for all activities allows families to indulge in summer fun without regret from living beyond their means.”
To best stay on track, American Consumer Credit Counseling recommends that consumers stick to the following staycation tips:
About American Consumer Credit Counseling
American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) is a nonprofit credit counseling 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering consumers to achieve financial management and debt relief through education, credit counseling, and debt management solutions. Each month, ACCC invites consumers to participate in a poll focused on personal finance issues. The results are conveyed in the form of infographics that act as tools to educate the community on everyday personal finance issues and problems. By learning more about financial management topics such as credit and debt management, consumers are empowered to make the best possible financial decisions to reach debt relief. As one of the nation’s leading providers of personal finance education and credit counseling services, ACCC’s certified credit advisors work with consumers to help determine the best possible debt solutions for them. ACCC holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies. To participate in this month’s poll, visit ConsumerCredit.com and for more financial management resources visit TalkingCentsBlog.com.