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October 22, 2020

Covid has forced 42% of Americans to miss bill payments

By Mohamed Dabo

Doxo, a web and mobile bill pay service, has released new survey data that examines how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted US consumers’ ability to pay their bills.

With over half (57%) of Americans reporting a reduced income, the latest doxoINSIGHTS Bill Pay Impact Report shows that 42% of consumers missed at least one bill payment in the past seven months due to financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consumers continue to be worried about their ongoing ability to pay bills, and what this will mean for the future of their overall financial health.

Key findings from the latest doxoINSIGHTS Bill Pay Impact Report include:

Over half of consumers have been financially impacted by COVID-19

  • 57% have seen a reduction in income due to the pandemic

Consumers have struggled to pay their bills over the last 6+ months

  • 42% ofAmericans have skipped paying one or more bills since the COVID-19 pandemic started:
    • 27% have missed auto loans
    • 26% have missed utilities
    • 25% have missed cable/internet
    • 20% have missed rent
    • 19% have missed mobile phone
    • 17% have missed mortgage
    • 17% have missed alarm/security
    • 15% have missed auto insurance
    • 14% have missed dental insurance
    • 13% have missed life insurance
    • 10% have missed health insurance

 Consumers have had to squeeze discretionary spending

  • 70% of consumers have delayed making big purchases

 Consumers are worried about their future ability to pay bills

  • 77% believe that if they were to lose their job, they would only have enough runway for six months or less; 62% believe they could only pay their bills for three months or less, and 35% believe they could only do so for one month or less
  • 30% of consumers believe they will need to ramp up the use of their credit cards to pay their bills
  • 39% believe that they will need to skip paying at least one or more bills in the future:
    • 29% are likely to skip cable/internet
    • 28% are likely to skip utilities
    • 28% are likely to skip rent
    • 26% are likely to skip auto loan
    • 26% are likely to skip mobile phone
    • 21% are likely to skip their mortgage
    • 21% are likely to skip auto insurance
    • 19% are likely to skip alarm & security
    • 17% are likely to skip life insurance
    • 16% are likely to skip dental insurance
    • 15% are likely to skip health insurance

 Consumers continue to be concerned with the future of their financial health

  • 75% of consumers continue to be very worried about the future of their financial health, down only slightly from the 82% who were worried when the pandemic first started.

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