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Over 95% of Americans believe in at least 1 money myth: survey

The company surveyed 1,550 American consumers

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Over 95% of Americans believe in at least 1 money myth: survey. Source:

96% of Americans give credence to at least one myth about money, according to LendingTree.

The research found that Americans know less about money than they think. When asked to rate their financial proficiency on a level of 1 to 5, 87% rated themselves 3 or higher.

Meanwhile, 47% of Americans learned about finances from parents or other family members, and 39% by themselves. Only 29% found out about money in high school, although 56% of people think it should.

Besides, 27% of Gen Z people learn about money from social media. This almost doubles the average of 14% among all respondents. Impressively, 15% of Gen Z who learned about counterfeit money myths said they learned about it on social media – 21% of Millennials said the same.

The survey also highlighted that 35% of Americans think they know more about money than their parents. This is most likely seen by six-figure workers (54%), baby boomers (45%), college graduates (47%), and men (42%).

On the other hand, when asked if they believe 6 different myths about money, 96% thought at least one of them was true.

1.  Myth: Carrying a balance on your credit card will help your credit score.

  • 73% have heard this statement before
  • 45% think it’s true

2.  Myth: It’s bad to use a credit card. You should always use cash or debit.

  • 69% have heard this statement before
  • 31% think it’s true

3. Myth: It’s best to change your tax withholdings to ‘0’ so you get a bigger paycheck.

  • 65% have heard this statement before
  • 40% think it’s true

4. Myth: Renting is just throwing money away.

  • 77% have heard this statement before
  • 57% think it’s true

5.  Myth: You shouldn’t invest until you’ve paid off all your debt.

  • 63% have heard this statement before
  • 42% think it’s true

6.  Myth: There is no reason to save for retirement if you’re under the age of 40.

  • 58% have heard this statement before
  • 21% think it’s true

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