NEW YORK (11/19/14)--When it comes to finances, the American consumer cares most about staying current on expenses and paying bills in a timely manner, according to a recent survey by Bankrate.
The survey, which polled roughly 1,000 adults, asked U.S. consumers about various subjects related to financial security.
Respondents cited higher levels of confidence in job security, debt, net worth and their overall financial situations, pushing Bankrate's monthly financial security index up to 101.3--the highest number since June.
A focus on paying bills and other improved indicators of financial security, however, have drawn down the average consumer's confidence in saving, as nearly one-third of those polled said they are less comfortable with their savings compared with last year, while only one-fifth said they were more comfortable.
Only 17% of respondents cited saving as their overall top priority.
After paying bills (41%), consumers said paying off debt (22%) was the next most important financial concern, followed by saving and assisting family or friends (10%).
Additional highlights from the survey: