Nearly one-third (30%) of people surveyed by Allianz Life said “not saving any money” was their worst financial habit in 2012. Twenty-four percent said they saved some money, but admitted they did not save as much as they could.
Aside from saving in general, 5% of survey respondents indicated they did not contribute to their employer-sponsored retirement plan. Three percent said their worst financial habit was “contributing to my employer-sponsored retirement plan, but not taking full advantage of my employer match.”
Other worst financial habits of 2012 cited by respondents included:
- Spend too much money on things I don’t need – 30%;
- Don’t have a household budget – 18%;
- Spend more than I make – 18%;
- Don’t educate myself about financial planning – 15%;
- Pay bills late – 12%;
- Only make the minimum payment on credit cards – 10%;
- Play the lottery/gamble – 9%; and
- Don’t seek professional help with my finances – 9%.
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America conducted the 2012 Bad Financial Habits Survey, an eNation online survey, through Ipsos in November with 1,000 panel respondents.