Americans opt for health over wealth, survey finds

For a majority of Americans, diet and fitness goals supersede monetary goals, according to a new survey from TD Bank.

TD Bank surveyed 1,091 consumers across the U.S. who made a resolution for themselves in 2018. The data was then weighted by age, gender and region.

Here are six survey findings.

1. The top goal of respondents was to eat better, with 54 percent citing it as their priority. The top financial goal was to save more and spend less, with 39 percent of respondents selecting it as a priority.

2. Millennials say eating healthy (56 percent) and getting in shape or staying fit (48 percent) is more important than saving more and spending less money (47 percent).

3. Seventy-three percent of respondents said they made a money mistake in the last year. For millennials, the biggest mistake was incurring too much credit card debt (17 percent).

4. Four in 10 Americans are extremely or very satisfied with their financial health, with 32 percent of women saying they are very satisfied, compared to 51 percent of men who reported they are very satisfied.

5. About 41 percent of those who indicated they were satisfied with their financial health are more likely to be satisfied with their physical health (75 percent), emotional health (85 percent) and family well-being (87 percent).

6. Although the majority of respondents said they are less confident they will achieve their goals to get in shape, they are more likely to seek advice for financial issues.

Read the full survey here.

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