HomeServe Survey: Americans Least Willing to Give Up Dining Out, Streaming TV and Vacation to Save Money
NORWALK, Conn. – July 14, 2022 – A new HomeServe survey dug into the specifics of how Americans have adjusted their spending habits due to higher prices on everything from groceries and gas to entertainment and education.
An overwhelming 82% said that inflation is impacting their household budget with higher prices on groceries, gas and utilities most impacting wallets. Inflation is also forcing Americans to put off some purchases, including home furniture and household items (52%), vacation (47%) and a new or used car (37%).
Respondents were asked what things, despite higher prices, would they be least willing to give up. Dining out topped the list (49%), followed by streaming TV (47%) and vacation (45%). Fido and fitness might suffer, though, because the two things they were most willing to give up included regular pet grooming (16%) followed by club/golf/pool membership (18%).
When it comes to having the funds to cover a home repair emergency, over one-third (36%) of homeowners said they have $500 or less – or even no money – set aside to pay for a repair. Almost 15% have absolutely nothing set aside. These numbers are consistent with HomeServe’s previous State of the Home surveys. The percentage of homeowners with no money set aside was 13% in both Summer 2021 and Fall 2020 editions and was 17% in May 2020 and October 2019.
While Americans are seeing higher prices across the board, one thing that remains the same is that home repair emergencies are an unfortunate reality. In all, 50% of respondents said they had an emergency repair in the past two years that they’ve had to hire a contractor to complete. And consistent with the findings from past State of the Home Surveys, HVAC emergencies topped the list with 28% of respondents saying this important home system needed to be repaired or replaced over the past 12 months.
This survey was conducted June 3-6, 2022, by HomeServe, using SurveyMonkey Audience. HomeServe’s survey received 1,699 responses from adults in the U.S. age 18 and older, of which 1,500 were homeowners. The sample of respondents was balanced by gender and region. For more on the SurveyMonkey Audience panel, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/market-research/data-quality/.