SheSpeaks Members Talk Inflation and Our Financial Future

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Aug 02, 2022

As gas and grocery prices continue to rise, we are starting to see the way it’s affecting how we plan our day to day lives and think about the future. A recent SheSpeaks survey of more than 1,400 women shows some of the ways that inflation is changing the way we spend and triggering worries about our financial future. 

SheSpeaks' own CEO, Aliza Freud, reveals how important the results of this survey are since they show some big changes in how our members are feeling and spending as a result of the price increases. She recently discusses how, “Women are the barometers of their household financial situation and the results of this survey reveal a worrisome trend about spending power coupled with a very real concern they have for the future of our country.”

Some key take-aways from the inflation survey:

  • More women are feeling “somewhat” to “very” uncomfortable about their current financial situation. 42% responded in this way, while 39% say they are “somewhat” or “very comfortable” with their finances and 19% were neutral on the subject.
  • The cost of gas and groceries are the biggest concerns from participants. Almost half of respondent (49%) said they have increased their spending on gas and 43% are spending more on food. Household items like paper towels and cleaning supplies also have us reaching deeper into our wallets, with 27% saying they have been spending more on these types of products recently.
  • Because of this increased spending, many of us have had to cut back on some of the fun stuff, like eating out and clothes shopping. Over the past 3 months, 47% of respondents say they don’t go out to eat as much and 41% said they buy less clothing.
  • The future calls for less spending on the fun extras too: 38% plan to spend less on dining out, 29% will cut back on travel and 28% plan to do less clothing shopping.
  • We are seeing a big difference from just a few months ago about how we view where the country is headed. Back in February and April of 2022, SheSpeaks surveys revealed a drop from 39% of February respondents believing the country is headed in the right direction to 13.75% in April having this sentiment. And now, only 8% of July respondents feel the country is on the right track and a whopping 67% believe we are headed in the wrong direction.

Do you have plans to cut back on anything in order to stay within your monthly budget?

Let us know in the comments below how recent price increases have affected you and your family.

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Mardel2 by Mardel2 | New York, NY
May 30, 2023

I can say that overall the situation is kinda bad but even in this situation companies manage to deal with everything. I think that the key for survival for everyone is to actually adopt as more innovative things as possible

Kaela98 by Kaela98 | Gastonia , NC
Sep 09, 2022

Buying groceries has been so expensive. You barely buy anything and it's $100 already. I'm talking about healthy eating as well, not even processed foods. It doesn't matter which way you go now days, it's all expensive.

Crewof9 by Crewof9 | Union City, PA
Aug 22, 2022

We didn't get to do basically anything this summer with the cost of gas and everything else. No beach time, no parks, nothing. Saving what I can to take our daughter to do something next year. Money goes for food, gas and utilities right now, not many extras. We are so going the wrong way in the USA.

nickelet11 by nickelet11 | ROSWELL, GA
Aug 11, 2022

Price increases haven't really affected me.

littlecity413 by littlecity413 | pawtucket, RI
Aug 11, 2022

Definitely watching for deals on meats and produce. I have a chest freezer I bought about 7 years ago and when I see a good deal; I buy a bunch for later. Gas is a whole other animal right now.

Betzee by Betzee | CHARLESTON, SC
Aug 11, 2022

I can no longer afford to buy meat at the grocery store. Prices increase before my eyes. I am on a fixed income. The inflation and the constant tax and spend administration is to blame!!!

bound4aruba by bound4aruba | Hershey, PA
Aug 10, 2022

Yes I am cutting back on unnecessary travel. To save up for a vacation that i want to take before things get worse this year.

taylorgolemme by taylorgolemme | TAMPA, FL
Aug 10, 2022

Budgeting has be KEY in making sure that I'm on track financially (and still get to go shopping here and there)! Sometimes it can be pretty difficult, but it's well worth it.

Parrothead by Parrothead | MARIETTA, GA
Aug 10, 2022

Paying more attention to where we fuel up, trying to hit Costco or use points at Kroger.