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They Don’t Spend Like They Used to

A recent report published by Bankrate suggests that younger millennials aged 18 to 26 spend more on daily, habitual expenses, such as eating out, coffee, and alcohol, than any other generation, which can limit their long-term ability to save for a downpayment on their mortgage.

According to the data, 54 percent of the people in their age group say they have a meal away from home at least three times per week, compared to the 33 percent of Gen-Xers. Thirty percent say they buy coffee at least three times a week. Fifty-one percent of younger millennials aged 21 to 26 (for legal reasons) said they go a bar at least once a week.

Millennials also have another problem that previous generations didn’t face: soaring student debt. Cumulative student loan debt has reached $1.3 trillion dollars in the U.S., and college tuition continues to rise each year. Coupled with a trip to the neighborhood watering hole, a week’s worth of morning coffee, and lunch out on the town, where will millennials find the time—and the money—to save for a downpayment?  Read More

 

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