Two in Three Americans Say COVID-19 has Turned Them Into a Frugal Person

Sept. 3, 2020

New survey from Slickdeals finds that 67% of consumers consider being called "frugal" a compliment.  

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- More than half of Americans credit the COVID-19 pandemic with finally teaching them how to be smart with their money, according to a new survey commissioned by Slickdeals, the leading social platform for shopping.

A similar study from two years ago showed this number is, in fact, up. In 2018, only 42% felt very smart with money; in 2020, that number jumped to 51%. Another two in three say the pandemic has turned them into a frugal person.

The polls of 2,000 Americans, both conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Slickdeals, looked into how the pandemic changed Americans' mindsets about their money and how they define being "cheap" vs. being "frugal." The recent survey was created to mirror the 2018 version in order to compare how much the results have changed after two years and a global pandemic.

According to the new survey, the average American becomes a frugal person at the age of 31, with one in four saying it happened even earlier for them. Two in three Americans also said that they consider being called frugal a compliment.

"The coronavirus pandemic has tragically impacted the financial situations of many people, and brought new focus to the importance of prioritizing spending," said Josh Meyers, CEO of Slickdeals. "We see a shift toward smarter spending with 65 percent of respondents indicating that the pandemic has transformed them into a frugal person, and 67 percent reporting that being called frugal is actually a compliment."

Interestingly, there was a shift in perception about tipping the minimum (15%-20%) regardless of service, which was found to be "cheap" by respondents. In 2018, skimping on the tip was voted to be an act of frugality.

Other "cheap" actions included calculating your share of the group bill down to the cent, still using very outdated electronics, re-gifting and eating food a few days past its expiration date.

On the other hand, clothes shopping at second hand stores, buying off-brand food products, buying no-name electronics, tracking your electricity and heating usage at home to keep the utility bills down, and always seeking out deals or coupons when going shopping, were all voted as "frugal."

Your financial mindset can also be impactful when on the dating scene. Two-thirds of those polled said they actually think using a coupon on a first date is completely acceptable. In fact, 45% said they'd happily use a coupon on a first date.

Added Meyers, "Being frugal encompasses money, convenience and time, coupled with value.  At Slickdeals, we equate frugality with smart shopping and we've assembled the largest community of savvy consumers so users can score the best deals on the best products, with insight from millions of real people."

To learn more about the survey, visit here.

About Slickdeals

Slickdeals is the leading social platform for shopping, where 12 million users interact to share the most up-to-date information on online shopping deals and coupons. Through the power of crowdsourcing, Slickdeals has saved its users over $6.8 billion by providing a forum for communication; as well as shopping tools such as its free Android or iOS app and its browser extension for Chrome and Edge. Slickdeals consistently ranks in the Top 100 most visited sites in the U.S. per Alexa.

SOURCE Slickdeals