CashNet culled the numbers from a study of 1,000 U.S. adults surveyed in February. In that survey, the firm says the 30- to 39-year-old demographic is feeling the most pressure financially, with 48% of respondents in that age group saying they "struggle to make ends meet." That compares with 37% of Americans facing similar financial pressures in all other age groups. In addition, parents with children under the ages of 18 -- no surprise here -- also say they are basically living paycheck to paycheck, with 41% of Americans surveyed expressing that sentiment.
"Too many Americans are still experiencing economic pain, and the tax deadline only exacerbates the cash flow squeeze on young families," says Megan Staton, director of marketing at CashNetUSA.com. "The continued weakness in the overall economy hasn't helped consumer spending habits."
Sentier sees a disturbing trend. Since January 2000, the median household income rate has fallen a whopping 8.1%, and it's fallen 5.9% since 2009, meaning average income has declined more in the recovery years than in the actual recession years. That means less money to pay bills and an ongoing struggle to make ends meet for an alarming number of U.S. families.