FOSTER CITY, Calif., Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewsCentre/ — While there are few silver linings in the cloud of the pandemic, a new CardRatings.com survey shows a surprising number have more than usual to spend on Christmas gifts this year. The credit card ratings site polled 1,000 Americans nationwide for its second annual holiday spending survey.
The analysis reveals that nearly a quarter of respondents have more to spend on gifts, and 40% report their gift-giving plans aren’t significantly affected by COVID-19. However, with a reported 22 million losing jobs in March and April, holiday spending will be curtailed.
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The shoppers surveyed plan to spend an average of nearly $133 on gifts per person and an average overall spend of almost $710.
"This is generous, of course," comments Jennifer Doss, an editor for CardRatings, "but it’s still a lot less than consumer spending last year. In 2019, consumers spent an average of $1,214 on their credit cards during the 2019 holiday season."
Pandemic limit holiday debt for some
Fewer opening new credit card accounts
"It’s hard to say if fewer plan to open new accounts due to the pandemic economy," adds Doss. "The expected decrease in new credit card accounts may be because it is harder to get credit today. It is safe to say, however, that consumers will be happy to get back to ‘normal’ shopping habits, hopefully next year."
In November 2020, CardRatings commissioned Op4G to conduct surveys among 1,000 holiday gift-givers nationwide. All participants self-reported demographic and personal information.
Doss is available to discuss the survey analysis and can advise on how shoppers can use credit cards for cash-back rewards to reduce credit card debt.
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