3 of 4 Americans Living Paycheck-To-Paycheck
27% have no savings at all
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2013 3:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Thank God it's summer, because apparently few people in the US are prepared for a rainy day. A new study by Bankrate.com found 76% of 1,000 American adults surveyed don't have six months of expenses stashed away—enough to survive a job loss, medical emergency, or other unexpected financial crunch, reports CNNMoney. Worse, 50% didn't even have enough for three months, and 27% had no savings.

Despite the improving economy, these figures have stayed the same for three years. "People have long been woefully under-saved for emergencies," Bankrate's senior financial analyst tells the Huffington Post. "While they may now realize the importance of emergency savings, they’ve done very little to move the needle."