What People Won’t Sacrifice in Order to Save [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted in Community, Infographics
November 19th, 2013 at 2:39 pm by Ally

Saving money is one of the best ways to feel happy, according to our “Money-and-Happiness Survey.” But there are still some things that people won’t sacrifice in order to save.

Check out the infographic below for a closer look at what people aren’t willing to give up in order to enjoy the benefits of saving.


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Responses to this post (38 comments)

  1. 12/6/2013
    3:24 pm
    Mal says:

    Feeding the 2 white squirrels that live in my yard.

  2. 12/6/2013
    3:32 pm
    Matt W says:

    Fancy cars, expensive electronics, cadillac cable and wireless packages.

  3. 12/6/2013
    3:53 pm
    CorrineCC says:

    Eating meals out.

  4. 12/6/2013
    3:55 pm
    Frank Colesanti says:

    Ally would get much more of my savings, if the rate of return was higher. There are several banking and Federal Credit Unions that are providing higher return on savings. Anyone interested in giving up anything will do business with the institute that provides the highest rate of returns.

  5. 12/6/2013
    4:07 pm
    Mr. Gregg says:

    I decided to trade my taking a vacation and invest in a remodeling of my bathroom. The vacation only lasts for a short time in comparison to my “new” bathroom that I can enjoy everyday for a long, long time.

  6. 12/6/2013
    4:26 pm
    Mike says:

    I do not have enough money to save ! I must live on a low fixed income.

  7. 12/6/2013
    4:28 pm
    Bruce says:

    Time. I can always get more money but every minute that passes is gone forever.

  8. 12/6/2013
    5:02 pm
    Heath says:

    Getting things that are high quality that will last a long time.

  9. 12/6/2013
    6:26 pm
    Heather says:

    I’m not willing to sacrifice my grocery budget to save money.

  10. 12/6/2013
    7:12 pm
    Bob says:

    I cut back on almost everything. Put the money first to expenses required to make an income, like transportation. When going gets though, there are a lot of recipes for beans and corn bread.

  11. 12/6/2013
    7:51 pm
    Bonnie says:

    Mortgage payment, food or utilities.

  12. 12/6/2013
    8:11 pm
    Van says:

    It is important to spend time with family and friends. Recreation is important. Spiritual interests are very important.

  13. 12/6/2013
    8:20 pm
    Ida says:

    Heat!! It is below freezing near Seattle! Also giving to the less fortunate…temps in the teens cause the homeless to be freezing on the streets tonight. I would buy them all blankets if I could afford it.

  14. 12/6/2013
    8:54 pm
    Harvey Eastman says:

    Dependable transportation

  15. 12/6/2013
    9:09 pm
    Rosalind says:

    Quality lodging for long weekend trips

  16. 12/6/2013
    9:43 pm
    Pam says:

    There is nothing material worth spending less time with my family and friends!! Things come and go, but memories are forever!

  17. 12/6/2013
    10:33 pm
    Elizabeth O. says:

    - Tithing to my church
    - Homeschooling my children

  18. 12/7/2013
    9:59 am
    Gary W, says:

    Saving money is important but exercise and health are more important. If your not alive you can’t enjoy either.
    Always looking for best rates for my social security. May jump to other bank at any time with better rate. Inflation don’t keep up with my property taxes.

  19. 12/7/2013
    11:56 am
    Nathaniel says:

    I’ve found that I won’t give up eating healthily to save/invest.

    • 12/11/2013
      12:18 pm
      Ally says:

      That makes sense, Nathaniel. Our most recent TweetChat asked participants what was more important: financial health or physical health? Sounds like you fall in the latter category!

  20. 12/7/2013
    12:23 pm
    Mrs Robinson says:

    Starbucks trips

    • 12/11/2013
      12:17 pm
      Ally says:

      We have a soft spot for coffee, too. Do you sacrifice other aspects of your budget to splurge on your daily dose of caffeine?

  21. 12/7/2013
    1:41 pm
    Annie says:

    My scrapbooking retreats. They are a creative outlet and social interaction with others who share my passion.

    • 12/11/2013
      12:15 pm
      Ally says:

      Sounds like you agree with our survey results, Annie! Doing what you love – with people you care about – is an important contributor to overall happiness.

  22. 12/7/2013
    3:03 pm
    dhodak says:

    I am cutting back on everything I can to try to save money. I don’t have any money in my new budget for dining out and who can afford a vacation?

  23. 12/7/2013
    9:01 pm
    Tom G. says:

    I’m not giving up anything. At my age I have plenty to last me and I don’t need any more savings.

  24. 12/8/2013
    8:53 am
    MaraLee says:

    I gave up an expensive life style when I was working so I could enjoy the time I have now in retirement doing all the above if desired.

    • 12/11/2013
      12:14 pm
      Ally says:

      Great planning, MaraLee! We hope you’re enjoying the benefits of your hard work!

  25. 12/8/2013
    9:38 pm
    Gene says:

    If CD rates, MM rates, were higher, I would not have to have 75% of my IRA, Roth, and other savings in stock market related savings. I don’t want that high a %, at my age, my life savings, at stock market risks!

  26. 12/9/2013
    11:22 am
    Thyra says:

    I’m not going to give up Tithing because God’s 10% belongs to Him. He blessed me with the income and I want to give him what’s His and enjoy the remaining 90%.

  27. 12/10/2013
    12:10 am
    Mike A says:

    Good shoes!

    • 12/12/2013
      12:00 pm
      Ally says:

      Are we talking comfort or style, Mike?

  28. 12/10/2013
    7:16 pm
    Mary says:

    I wish we could save more. The hectic lifestyles we live often cause us to eat/order out for food. We also have large medical bills for our family. I try to creatively restructure debt whenever possible while still saving 12% of our salaries for retirement. I just wish the necessities of our modern world weren’t so expensive (TV/cable/FIOS and cellphones).

    • 12/12/2013
      11:57 am
      Ally says:

      Thanks for responding, Mary. Having the motivation to save is the first step!

  29. 12/16/2013
    10:43 am
    john kucza says:

    willing to sacrifice frivolous items that include playfull games whether online in the interne or whatever. always looking for ways to save money.

    • 12/18/2013
      3:43 pm
      Ally says:

      Thanks for sharing, John!

  30. 1/2/2014
    10:02 pm
    myriam says:

    sending timewith familyandd friends

  31. 2/21/2014
    1:44 am
    Raymond C. says:

    You know something, I was really feeling down & out with me becoming a “homebody”, since living in NYC is costly enough without the extravagant lifestyles. Yet, after seeing I’m not alone in these matters, I can admit saving money does put a smile on my face from time to time. (Better income could also help, but “hey!”) Keeping up with family and my closest friends is always better than money. Love with that “special someone” will definitely always be better than money. I can’t sacrifice food though.

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