Skip to comments.Why One Poll Says 45% Would Rather Skip Christmas (Too much financial pressure)
Posted on 11/20/2012 10:27:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Despite a whittling away of consumer debt that has been underway since the recession, many Americans are still entering the holiday season unprepared to cope with the expenses that crop up around this time of year.
Think Finance, a provider of payday loans and other financial services for consumers with limited or no access to banking services, recently surveyed 1,000 Americans across all income levels who use various forms of alternative financial services including payday loans, prepaid debit cards and direct deposit advances.
Although many of these consumers are on better financial footing and optimistic about their economic future this year, the holidays are still a source of stress and strain on their precarious finances, Think Finance said in the poll.
Some 45 percent of those polled said the holiday season brings so much financial pressure, they would prefer to skip it altogether. Almost half said their level of stress related to holiday expenses is high or extremely high.
Thats probably because nearly the same amount some 45 percent say they do not expect to have enough money set aside to cover holiday expenses.
Although those percentages are high, they are an improvement over a survey Think Finance conducted last year. However, it should be noted that survey focused only on consumers who earned less than $50,000 and used alternative financial services, while this years survey also polled consumers in higher income brackets. That suggests the financial anxiety may be more widespread than it had been in prior years.
Eight-five percent of those in this years survey plan to spend the same amount of money or less on gifts this year, with 54 percent planning to spend $500 or less, and 27 percent planning to spend between $500 and $1,000 on holiday gifts.
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polls ? really?? I don’t believe anything now with the polls. they are propaganda.
Seems to me people just voted for Christmas to be every day of the year.
I don't feel that anymore.
This is just a push poll story by the media to start the ball rolling with “giving to the poor, the government or some welfare queen” instead of indulging yourself or your family. Michelle O will also be chiming in about this I expect.
I heard some bitch on CNN today badgering some PR guy from Walmart why they won’t give their associates a ‘living wage’ and sacrificing their profits to do it.
The new dialog is here, folks...Democrats and ideologues are now confident in their castigation of excess (in their eyes). A constantly moving mark, kept up by the weekly talking points that constantly re-focus the administration’s public bugaboos.
Keep celebrating the birth of the Messiah, forget santa.
Another plank of the Communist manifesto fulfilled, or mightily on its way.
Was nice knowing you, America.
What I like to do for Christmas is take my loved ones and closest friends out to eat.
I don’t buy gifts at that time as a matter of habit. If there is something I really want to give to someone in particular, then I will, but that’s pretty rare.
This isn’t annual buy, shopping, spend season to me, I do not care about that at all.
I say let’s move Christmas to the REAL birth month of Yashua, sometime late September.
Gee, after Nov. 6th I would have thought this number to be 47%./sarc
Five years ago our family decided to stop the gifts. The kids get a few things and that is it. We get together, share the joy, have a little fun, like kareoke, and enjoy the company.
The charge card spending ended. We are all happier.
Nobody needs all the crap. It is so nice to enjoy things without the spending and the bills rolling in after the holiday.
Cmon cnbc admit it, the real source of the info is the WHITEHOUSE!
“Financial pressure”? Really? Christmas is a spiritual experience. Embrace that and find peace in your heart. Reconnect with your family. Realize that the rest of the secular world is rotten but in this holiest of seasons, you can find peace in Christ. It’s easy.
maybe they can celebrate in church?
I don’t celebrate it at all and haven’t in about 10 years, so it’s an amazingly stress-free time for me. Back when I did celebrate it, in my early 20s, the best Christmas I had was with a group of friends, and we were all flat-broke college students with part-time jobs. We did Secret Santa and the rules were that it had to be under $10 and as homemade as possible. That was a great year. We opened our bizarre presents: incense holder made of play-doh, bootleg U2 cassette with handdrawn cover, embroidered handkerchief made into a sachet, a gift box of assorted candies leftover from Halloween... it was fun! Then we had our ravioli potluck and drank. It was my best Christmas, I think.
Christmas comes every time your use your EBT card or free gummint-provided cellphone or $9.95/mo internet service - and Uncle Sam has traded those old-fashioned red, white, and blue duds in for a Santa suit!
That's the key to a Merry Christmas, isn't it? Watching the Pope deliver the midnight mass has been a long tradition in our home that our kids are carrying on with their kids. Forget the pressure of having to buy gifts and run yourself into debt.
The troubles will still be there later, just enjoy Christmas.
“What I like to do for Christmas is take my loved ones and closest friends out to eat.”
Same here. I learned with my family that Chinese restaurants do not care about holidays and they are open on those days, including New Year.
“It has become overly consumerist.I see evidence of it every time I come to the grand childrens home with toys on the floor.”
This is a result of the family NOT keeping the reason for the season alive in the hearts of their children. God sees and understands this, and knows who and who isn’t thinking of our Lord on this blessed day.
Consumers, and that is we the people have allowed the consumerism of the season to take center stage. It will always be up to the people of this nation to determine its nature, culture and faith. I fear it is a losing proposition considering the course this county has taken since the baby boomers have come into power.
I will take a return to faith, without fear of consequence, before this country will again be blessed.
sounds to me like the Feds think We the People need flogging over the holidays so they can pay their bankers.
I send Christmas “Gifts” to St. Jude’s Hospital c/o my children and grandchildren. They don’t mind at all.
No one forces anyone to spend more than they can afford.
If someone honestly thinks they need to take out a payday loan to buy gifts or run up a credit card with debts they cannot repay, their priorities are really screwed up. Just stop the freakin spending.
You haven’t heard anyone in my family sing, Karaoke is out!
I also am only giving to the Salvation Army everyone else including food banks can take a hike.
I also am only giving to the Salvation Army everyone else including food banks can take a hike.
Great minds think alike.
I’m with you on that SA is the only organization that is selfless and effective. God is there.
Food banks, even religious ones are nothing more than civilian alternatives to government for greedy illegal Mexicans seeking to maximize their stolen booty from Americans. I see them all the time making their weekly treks to the Methodist Food Bank. It is a joke to them, but one where profit can be made.....
Illegal Mexicans are why I stopped giving out candy on Halloween, why I stopped giving canned goods and staples to food banks, and they are why I have started telling all these ‘benevolent’ fraternal organizations requesting donations on the phone.
If you press them, you’ll find the callers are paid by a company that gets upwards of 80-90% of donations - the ‘front’ organizations for these thieves are police, EMS, firemen, etc.....just one big ass damned scam to get your money.
You all got your way on the election - go ask Obama for it is my new reply.
I’d rather skip the honeymoon. Too much pressure.
The Obamas don’t celebrate Christmas with gifts. The “family” decides on one thing, if we can take what they said in 2009 at face value.
what ever happened to “It came without ribbons!... it came without tags!... it came without packages, boxes, or bags!” ?
We are losing our way.
I fear for what will be required to get us back on track.
“The Obamas dont celebrate Christmas with gifts. The family decides on one thing”
See, these people go OUT OF THEIR WAY to not be traditional Americans or do anything the way it’s always been done. I think it’s just another way to insult our country and the people in it.
Their 2009 Christmas tree at the White House had pictures of Chairman Mao and an image of Obama’s face on Mt. Rushmore.
the Grinch even found the meaning of Christmas but the folks in this poll are clueless.
Why... this sound sounded glad. Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, was singing, without *any* presents at all! He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming, it *came*! Somehow or other... it came just the same.
“Illegal Mexicans are why I stopped giving out candy on Halloween”
Oh my gosh I stopped giving candy out for the exact reason. Behind my house we have lots of low income apartments and many illeagls live there. Every year they would come and grab the candy from you. I had had enough and have not given any halloween candy out for about 4 years now. I am sick of the people who take take take they can stick it.
So what do you get when you take people who are only nominally, if that, Christian, or who otherwise feel compelled to spend lots of money on material goods for themselves and their family, in lieu of more heartfelt rewards, personal time, or to pay off “guilt debts”?
Of course they are unhappy about it. There is nothing in it to be happy about. They are trying to buy love and crank out a “Norman Rockwell” memory moment in between whatever else it is they are doing.
The problem here is not Christmas or Wal-Mart. Nor is it even materialism.
Agree with you about Fox. This morning, Fox and Friends did a segment on Roger Ailes’ “diversity program”. Four graduates were featured, all black or Hispanic....now do you think their reporting will be unbiased?
“Honored to have the Rev. Jesse Jackson as the keynote speaker!”
You're a foul one, Mr. O / You're a nasty, wasty skunk / Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk / Mr. O / The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote: Stink, stank, stunk!
You nauseate me, Mr. O / With a nauseous super-naus / You're a crooked jerky jockey, and you drive a crooked hoss, / Mr. O! / Your soul is an appalling dump-heap, overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of rubbish imaginable, mangled up in tangled up knots!
You're a rotter, Mr. O / You're the king of sinful sots / Your heart's a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots / Mr. O! / You're a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!
You're a mean one, Mr. O / You really are a heel / You're as cuddly as a cactus, you're as charming as an eel / Mr O! / You're a bad banana with a... greasy black peel.
You're a vile one, Mr. O / You have termites in your smile / You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile / Mr. O / Given the choice between the two of you, I'd take the uh... seasick crocodile.
I dont believe anything now with the polls.
Yes because they were so wrong before the election....we better knock it off with the polls are wrong before the next election or we are going to be in the same sitting position with our hands up our butts wondering what just happened again.
We always had a rule for our kids which I have now passed on to the grandsons. They each get 4 gifts - something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. Needs do include things like socks and underwear though but they do end up as stocking stuffers.
We live on the Gulf coast so for the last 15 years have gone snow skiing at Christmas but not this year. Something I saved for all year but now everything has just gotten too expensive. Last year attended a Christmas Eve candle lighting service at the top of the mountain. Awesome experience and I felt my daughter had come down to heaven and was right there with us. Youngest grandson remarked that we were probably the only family with three generations skiing down the hill together.
If the unions cause massive wal-mart walk outs on Black Friday, who do you think will get the blame for the chaos?
I bet they didn’t even wear a costume. Just a moustache and a pillow case. Didn’t say a word. Eff them.
I am going to get me an EBT card and buy everyone beer and cigarettes.
You are absolutely correct. They call me all the time. I always listen and then ask "How much of my donation goes to the charity?" They always have to put a manager on the phone and I am told only 10 percent goes to the charity. They are nothing but scams. I wish I could tell everyone what a rip-off they are.
I like that! If I ever get a call (I cannot remember how long it's been since the last one...must not be on many lists), I'll use it.