USA Today: Americans are Saving Less, Spending More – RVBusiness – Breaking RV Industry News

Americans are socking away less of their paychecks each month so they have more cash to spend, according to a USA Today report.

The strategy has supported their purchases, and the economy, in recent months, but it’s bound to run out of steam this year as households look to beef up their stockpiles of cash, forecasters say. And that could mean weaker consumer spending along with an economy that’s more vulnerable to a slowdown or even a recession.

Consumption makes up about 70% of U.S. economic activity.

The personal saving rate, the share of income that Americans are squirreling away, was 3.8% in January, well below the recent peak of 5.3% last May and the roughly 7% share before the pandemic, according to data from the Commerce Department.

Historically, the saving rate has averaged about 6.2%, says Gus Faucher, chief economist of PNC Financial Services Group.

Faucher expects consumers to respond to their skimpier wallets by saving more this year. “It’s going to be a drag on consumer spending growth in 2024,” he says.

Click here to read the full USA Today report.