MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The COVID pandemic is still raging in America, though a number of vaccines are starting to give people a sense that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. A new survey shows many people are planning for a splurge when things return to normal.
A new survey by Lending Tree shows eight in 10 Americans who plan to get vaccinated say they’re planning a splurge after it happens, something like a fancy dinner or a vacation.READ MORE: FBI Warrants: Money Meant To Feed School Kids Went To Luxury Homes, Cars
But, 15% say they don’t feel like they’re going to be financially secure ever again, and more than half of those surveyed said they will continue saving as much as they can just in case the pandemic returns.READ MORE: 'Embrace The North': Sauna Culture Growing In The Twin Cities
Respondents said they will keep spending extra on things like grocery delivery services and first-class travel, but will be less likely to dine out or go to the movies even after the vaccine is widely available.
“Hope is an incredibly powerful thing, and the fact that it’s beginning to rise after the year we’ve all just been through is unquestionably a good thing,” LendingTree’s Chief Credit Analyst Matt Schulz said. “However, that doesn’t change the fact that the economy is still a mess and millions of Americans simply can’t afford a splurge of any kind right now.”MORE NEWS: FBI Warrants Say Twin Cities Organization Claiming To Feed Children Instead Spent Money On Cars, Trips And Homes