Stressed by pandemic, 43% of Americans turn to 'comfort buying,' survey finds

In an effort to quell stress during the coronavirus outbreak, an estimated 58 million Americans have been spending more money than usual, a figure that still represents a minority of the 329 million U.S. population, according to a survey released Tuesday.The survey from the personal finance website Wallethub also showed 43% of Americans were “comfort buying,” or spending more money on items generally considered unnecessary, such as entertainment and booze. Wallethub collected the answers of around 450 people and structured the data by age, gender, and income to approximately reflect national d…

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