Happy holidays? Not exactly.
A new survey by Principal Financial Group finds that nearly 60 percent of Americans expect the holidays to stress their budgets, and 47 percent view the economy as "unhealthy to some degree." And the percentage of people who think the economy will stay the same or worsen is 2 points higher than a year ago, at 70 percent.
Paying down debt is the most widely cited money priority in the survey, with 33 percent of the respondents saying it's at the top of their list. But even so, 35 percent of the respondents do not plan to make financial resolutions for the new year, up from 28 percent a year earlier.
That means changing their financial behavior may be tough. New research from Fidelity indicates that people who make financial resolutions behave better with their money.