How to Stop Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck in 5 Easy Steps: A New GoBankingRates Guide to Saving Money and Gaining Financial Security

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The top financial goal for 48 percent of Americans is simply keeping up with monthly bills; a new guide from finance site provides five practical steps Americans can use to stop living paycheck-to-paycheck and find financial security.

Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck

Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck

It's not just 'poor people' who struggle with living paycheck-to-paycheck.

Living paycheck-to-paycheck? So are half (48 percent) of Americans, finds a recent NetCredit survey. Additionally, 44 percent of respondents said their primary financial concerns are staying current on their bills and avoiding debt.

“Living paycheck-to-paycheck is an easy trap to fall into, and one that's often very difficult to overcome,” says GoBankingRates managing editor Casey Bond. "It's not just 'poor people' who struggle with living paycheck-to-paycheck.”

In fact, a survey from found that more than two-thirds (68.4%) of parents live paycheck-to-paycheck, and more than half (53.2%) had less than $1,000 in their savings accounts. But what causes this lack of financial security?

“The problem often comes down to mentality about money and succumbing to lifestyle inflation -- no matter how much people earn, there's always some extra expense to eat up their paychecks and rob them of savings,” points out Ms. Bond.

The GoBankingRates guide to breaking the cycle of paycheck-to-paycheck money management can help consumers create financial security and control. It provides a set of steps to adjust attitudes toward money, make a plan of action, and improve spending and saving habits.

View the complete guide here.

For questions about this report or to schedule an interview with a GoBankingRates editor, please use the contact information below.

About GoBankingRates is a national website dedicated to connecting readers with the best interest rates on financial services nationwide, as well as informative personal finance content, news and tools. GoBankingRates collects interest rate information from more than 4,000 U.S. banks and credit unions, making it the only online rates aggregator with the ability to provide the most comprehensive and authentic local interest rate information.


Jaime Catmull, Director of Public Relations
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NetCredit, “1 in 2 Americans Indicate They are Living Paycheck to Paycheck,” 12 December 2012., “More Than Two-Thirds of Parents Live Paycheck-to-Paycheck,” 26 February 2013.

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