According to a new survey by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), more than one-third of millennials—the generation born between 1980 and 2000—say that saving money is their top goal for 2016.
In the survey, more than a third ranked saving money ahead of living a healthy life—cited by one in five—repaying debts (19%), and losing weight (14%). At the same time, two out of three participants said impulse buying was a major impediment to saving.
Older millennials, those born in the 1980s, already are established in careers, and 26% of those in that group say they are earmarking savings for emergencies, 22% are saving for retirement, and 15% are setting aside money to start a family. This group also focused on saving for large purchases, such as vacations (36%), houses (27%), cars (26%), home improvements (20%), and weddings (8%).
Other obstacles to saving cited by all survey participants included low salaries (84%), costly bills (81%), paying down debt (79%), and lacking a personal budget (62%). Also, almost half say they fail to pay credit card bills in full each month or have had to borrow money from friends or family.
It's encouraging that saving has become a top priority, but there's still a long way to go.