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Teenage Money Trends: Do You Know This Kid?

by Matt

There are approximately 27.7 million teenagers living in America, and they are responsible for over $63 billion in annual spending. Teen spending was down during the pandemic for obvious reasons, but now that the pandemic is over experts believe teen spending will trend back upward to pre-pandemic levels and beyond.

Here are some interesting statistics about teenage spending in America. Do these trends resemble the teenagers that you know?

How Much Money Does a Single Teenager Spend In a Year?

The average spending for a teenager is $2,250.

What Do Teenagers Spend Their Money On?

Teenagers spend most of their money on clothing. This is a change from the last decade, during which teenagers spent most of their money on food. Popular clothing choices feature athletic wear and casual clothing, preferring brands like Nike, Adidas and Lululemon. This trend probably reflects how much time teenagers spent at home during the pandemic’s remote school environment.

What Are Some Other Teenage Spending Trends?

  • Teenagers still like to buy food items, with Chick-fil-a and Starbucks being top brands.
  • Teenage interest in entertainment, media and gaming is increasing, probably since teenagers are spending more time at home. Concerts and travel spending are down, and online shopping has overtaken shopping in person.
  • Male teenagers spend more on video games like Steam and trading cryptocurrencies on Litecoin exchange, whereas teenage girls spend more on brands they find through online influencers like SHEIN and Ulta.
  • More than 75% of all teenagers own an iPhone.

Where Do Teenagers Get Money?

Teens most often spend money they received as gifts and allowance, although up to one-third of teenagers have a job. Teenagers who work have a median income of $566 per week, giving them a fair amount of discretionary buying power.

Do Teenagers Have Financial Goals?

Most teenagers have financial goals and high expectations for their financial future. More than half believe that they will reach significant fiscal milestones like buying a home and paying off all of their student loans by their 30s. Many teens already have formal savings accounts at a bank and describe themselves as being responsible with their money.

Do Teenagers Have Concerns for Their Financial Future?

More than half of American teenagers believe that the economy is getting worse. Over 40% of teenagers express concern over being able to afford to live on their own. Another major concern for a majority of teenagers is being able to afford college, and the ability to find a well-paying, fulfilling job afterward.

Do Teenagers Seek Financial Advice?

More than two-thirds of teenagers look to their parents for financial advice and role modeling, giving families quite a bit of power when it comes to spending and saving habits. Teens also get advice from classes at school, internet resources and online magazines. Online influencers also provide information that teenagers use to make financial decisions.

The average American teenager has money and likes to spend it. They know what interests them, but they also understand the value of planning for their future. Do the averages here resemble your teen and their financial habits?

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