1 in 4 Oregonians are spending their savings now to lock in lower prices, before inflation rises, finds study.
While Covid dominated headlines for over two years, inflation has now superseded it as the main talking point among concerned Americans. For many, the mere mention of ‘inflation’ can cause a panic, as rising prices and stagnant incomes mean they can’t keep up with the cost of living.
As millions of people in countries that have experienced ‘hyper-inflation’ will attest to, a good hedge against it is to buy sooner rather than later – the rationale being that, if you plan on making a big purchase such as a car, for example, it is likely the vehicle will be cheaper now than in a few months time. And it appears it is a strategy being adopted by many Oregonians – that is, according to a survey (2,500) by CouponBirds, a provider of consumer information to do with real-time deals and savings, who found that over 1 in 4 (27%) Oregonians say they are purchasing things now, that they don’t necessarily need, in order to lock in lower prices.
Broken down across states, this figure was highest in Arizona, where 57% of people said they are buying now, rather than later. Comparatively, this figure was just 6% in Alabama.
America’s New Gold Rush? In another study, the company also analyzed Google search data across the nation, uncovering trends in searches for ‘gold stocks’. These results were then broken down by state to find out where people are most and least worried about inflation, by looking to potentially invest in the precious metal which is widely assumed to be more inflation-proof than most assets.
Upon a closer look at the data broken down by state, the five most concerned states were
- New Hampshire
- West Virginia
And the least concerned states were:
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- 4 Missouri
The research revealed that when inflation surged to 8.5% in March this year (a jump of 0.6%), there was a simultaneous 9.9% spike in online searches for ‘gold stocks’ from worried Oregonians (compared to a national average of 29%).