Survey Says: Americans Plan to Sock Away More Money in 2015

Survey Says: Americans Plan to Sock Away More Money in 2015

It's the beginning of a new year—and if you're like many Americans, you're determined to start taking charge of your finances.

In fact, according to a recent Fidelity study, a full 31% of all New Year's resolutions center around money.

Of course, those financial goals can come in many different forms, whether that means ramping up debt payments or resolving to finally open—and contribute to—that 401(k).

But the most popular financial resolution? Socking away more, with 37% of Americans in a GOBankingRates poll choosing to boost their savings accounts over other goals like cutting costs and scoring a raise.

Unfortunately, a more recent GOBankingRates survey finds that while Americans' intentions might be in the right place, they're not so sure they'll actually succeed.

In fact, almost one in four people admitted that they aren't at all confident they can follow through on saving more. Survey respondents pointed to a host of obstacles they expect to get in the way: everything from insufficient income (the biggest barrier) to credit card debt.

Interestingly, there were also clear gender and age divides: while women where more likely to cite unemployment and lack of funds as the biggest obstacles, men were more inclined to list poor money management. And while Generation X blamed low earnings as their biggest issue, many Millennials said they struggled to manage their cash.

Sound familiar? If you're set on saving more in 2015—but worry you won't be able to succeed—check out these pro tips on how to nail those New Year's resolutions.


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