78% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck just to cover bills, rent, and basic living expenses despite the longest period of economic expansion in modern times. Add to that, financial health scores for black and Latinx families are consistently lower than for white households.
In 2019, 37% of Americans said they were unable to cover an unexpected $400 expense without borrowing money or selling a personal item. Taken all together, it makes saving incredibly challenging, especially for many low- to moderate-income households.
Options for coping are limited. Data from the U.S. Financial Health Pulse shows that overall Americans are savings-constrained, over-indebted and underinsured.