Could financial trouble be avoided by cooking at home? An analysis of checking account records
by Franziska Willenbuecher; Marc Anthony Fusaro
International Journal of Services, Economics and Management (IJSEM), Vol. 10, No. 3, 2019

Abstract: While the pricing of fast food and the social implications of the payday loan industry have been investigated individually, this study answers the question whether a cycle of debt could be avoided by cooking at home. While no statistical correlation between food spending and loan amounts was found, the results show that households could have saved on average 36.14% of the average loan amount, had they omitted fast food and restaurant meals for 30 days. Specifically, more than 23% of households could have saved 30% or more while almost 9% could have saved 70% or more of their loan amount if they had cooked at home. The findings of this research demonstrate that fast food, and food spending in general, are part of a larger spending pattern that could best be addressed through financial literacy curricula and public policy in the area of payday loans.

Online publication date: Mon, 14-Oct-2019

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