Americans indicate they are at least interested in saving more, a poll conducted by the financial literacy website TheMint.org found.
Almost 80% of respondents of all ages said they would rather have $500 to spend in five years than $50 to spend today. Among people 17 or younger, 67% would rather have more money in the future than a little money today.
“The results indicate that people want to save and are thinking about the long term when it comes to their finances,” Rebekah Barsch, vice president for Northwestern Mutual, told AdvisorOne. “Of course, putting intentions into action is where advisors play a critical role—working with clients to develop comprehensive plans that are flexible and updated regularly to meet their financial security needs over the arc of their lifetime.”
Respondents were also asked how much they thought they would have in 25 years if they put $500 in savings today. Thirty percent said they would have just a little bit extra, while 62% said they would have twice as much.