Written By: Judith Aboagye and Ji Young Jung
This study examined factors associated with financial satisfaction and found that financial behaviors/attitudes provide the strongest explanation for the total variance in financial satisfaction. While overspending had a strong negative association with financial satisfaction, having a higher risk tolerance, no difficulty with monthly bill payments, and savings in an emergency fund, were all positively associated with financial satisfaction. Households with student loan debts and homeowners with mortgage loans were also less likely to be satisfied with their overall financial situation. The findings underscore the important role of positive savings and spending behavior on overall financial satisfaction and the opportunity for financial counselors, educators, and coaches to focus on motivating clients to save and plan ahead.