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How Women Have Been Cutting Back, Compared to Men

Spending more wisely is the mantra of the moment, and while most everyone is doing it there are differences in the extent that men and women have been making cutbacks. Consumer Reports conducted a poll and published the results in its December issue, showing that over the last year women have been modifying their habits more drastically than men. A larger percentage of women took steps to be more economical than men in every category.

What they did Total Men Women
Spent less on entertainment and eating out 56 percent 49 percent 62 percent
Reduced credit card spending 53 49 57
Planned to cut down on holiday spending 50 36 63
Put more money into savings 40 39 40

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What they did Total Men Women
Postponed a home-improvement project 36 percent 26 percent 43 percent
Put off a big home purchase (appliance, TV, etc.) 32 24 39
Canceled or postponed a vacation 32 27 36
Put off buying a new car 31 27 34
Put off a doctor visit or medical procedure 23 20 27


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UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Maybe because either women are better savers, or they simply earn less than men at work?
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I spend way more than any guy in my family or that I've dated ... except my brother. He's an expensive teenager.
dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
My boyfriend doesn't cut back at all. We have groceries but he wanted me to bring in Wendy's last night which I didn't do.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that as much as we all love to shop, we're also sometimes more realistic about things, and we look towards the future and being able to afford things and guys aren't always like that. my fiance spends when he wants and doesn't care too much about whether he'll have money to pay the bills - and me - i'd rather not buy anything just so i know that i'll be able to pay the bills.
Not-Princess22 Not-Princess22 8 years
My boyfriend still wants to eat out everyday, going to a ski trip for the holidays and spend a load of money in christmas presents. No way all of that its going to happen. I dont think its fair that he goes out for breakfast (fast food, not so cheap here in mexico) when I just bought groceries and theres good food in our house. USA economy is really affecting us. We are students with scholarships and we live in tijuana so we have to pay everything in dollars.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
My boyfriend is waaay better than I am with money in general, but I have noticed that in leaner times it seems harder for him to 'deprive' himself of non-necessities, or put off things he wants to do. I just thought it was because he's an only child, hmmm....;)
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
If it's not cosmetic, I would never put off a doctor's visit or a needed medical procedure.
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