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Fewer Americans Are Living Paycheck To Paycheck

Do you still have some month left at the end of the money?

If you're finding you can make it through the month without dipping into your dwindling savings or hitting up the parental ATM, then you're right on trend with a new CareerBuilder survey that says fewer Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

40% of 3,800 full-time U.S. employees told CareerBuilder that they "always or usually" live paycheck to paycheck. It's a 2% decrease over last year, and a 6% drop since the heady Top Ramen days of 2008 when 46% of employees said they were living paycheck to paycheck.

Women -- by nearly a 10% margin, no less -- are more likely to be cash-poor: 44% of female employees surveyed report living paycheck to paycheck, compared to 36% of male employees. Why is this? CareerBuilder doesn't tell us, but 23% of employees surveyed say they're not living paycheck to paycheck and can buy whatever they need throughout the month. And the more money an employee earns, the more likely he or she is to make it through the month just fine. Funny how that works.

Cash-strapped employees forced to make household budget cuts are reticent to give up their Internet connections. It's item number one of the "must keep" list. Cars, pets, cable teevee and mobile phones round out the Top Five list of I-have-to-have-its. Those I Can Haz Cheeseburger sites don't read themselves, you know.

You can read the rundown here.


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