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Top 10 Financial Stresses

Together Forever, Aid Association for Lutherans, Appleton, WI, 1997, p. 51

Percentage of families experiencing stress

1. Money for food, clothing and energy

45%

2. Purchase of a car, or other major item

43%

3. Taking out a loan

31%

4. Children's education

29%

5. Problems with family income

26%

6. Medical/dental expenses

23%

7. Purchase or construction of a home

16%

8. Bad investments

16%

9. Overuse of credit cards

15%

10. Starting a business

10%