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How Americans spend and save

The top 3 expenditures are: 41% housing, 16% transportation, and 14% food. Americans spend 2% one education. On the savings side, 80% of Americans’ savings is in a 401(k) or IRA, 27% of Americans say they carry no debt this year, up from 23% in 2017; 45% of Americans say their top savings priority is travel. $95,766 is the average retirement savings amount across all age groups.

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  2. Study: Average Cost of a Vacation. CreditDonkey, Oct. 8, 2018. Back
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  4. Here's how much money Americans have saved. Megan Leonhart, Makeit/CNBC, September. 3, 2018. Back
  5. Americans are getting better at saving: 58% have more money than they owe in credit card debt. Shawn M. Carter, Makeit/CNBC, February. 23, 2018. Back
  6. Here's how much money Americans have saved. Megan Leonhart, Makeit/CNBC, September. 3, 2018. Back
  7. This is the No. 1 Thing Americans Save Money For. Maurie Blackman, The Motley Fool, July 26, 2018. Back
  8. Average Retirement and Emergency Savings by Age Group. Rebecca Lake, the balance, December 12, 2018. Back