Results for - Frugal Living

1,806 voters participated in this survey

I live in Alberta and with the recent drop in oil prices, the election of a provincial NDP government and the election of a federal Liberal government, many people in our province are very concerned about the impact to our economy and about being able to provide for ourselves and our families.

1. Do you think the cost of living has increased faster than income has increased over the past 5 years?

Yes
76%
1,371 votes
No
8%
151 votes
Undecided
16%
284 votes

2. Have you done any of the following to contribute to balancing your household budget?

Tried to conserve energy costs by turning off lights, not using the dryer, turning down the temperature on the water heater, etc.
54%
978 votes
Tried to save on groceries by buying non name-brand items and cutting back on meat and convenience foods, when possible.
53%
956 votes
Tried to combine errands into one trip to save on gas.
45%
811 votes
Looked for used first when buying new clothes, toys or household necessities.
26%
471 votes
Stayed home instead of going away on vacation.
40%
724 votes
Cut back on/eliminated going out to eat.
49%
877 votes
Cancelled cable, magazine subscriptions or other memberships.
20%
355 votes
Eliminated "luxury" expenses such as manicures and golfing trips.
22%
403 votes
Tackled DIY projects around the home rather than hiring someone for the job.
20%
369 votes
Exchanged services with family/friends (e.g babysitting, haircutting, handyman, etc.).
9%
154 votes
Sold unwanted/unused items/clutter from around the house.
26%
474 votes
Tried simple ways to earn some extra cash (e.g. online surveys, delivering flyers, etc.).
48%
858 votes
Other techniques with I will share in the comments below.
3%
58 votes
None of the above.
17%
315 votes

3. Do you think that people in First World Countries have become used to a high standard of living and often confuse wants with needs?

Yes
66%
1,187 votes
No
10%
177 votes
Undecided
24%
442 votes

4. Do you think your government's social policies/programs need to be improved to address the rising cost of living?

Yes
62%
1,112 votes
No
11%
200 votes
Undecided
17%
302 votes
Not Applicable
11%
192 votes
01/27/2016 Money 1806 39 Anonymous

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