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Home Credit India’s wallet study reveals growing confidence in financial well-being

With highest personal monthly income (44K), Hyderabad retains top spot for urban lower-middle class living, boasts highest incomes and savings rates among major cities.

Home Credit India’s wallet study reveals growing confidence in financial well-being

Hyderabad: Home Credit India (HCIN), a local arm of the leading global consumer finance provider, released the second edition of its in-house annual consumer survey – The Great Indian Wallet Study: Consumer behaviour towards key financial aspects.

The Great Indian Wallet study was conducted across 17 cities including Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Lucknow, Jaipur, Bhopal, Patna, Ranchi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Ludhiana and Kochi. The sample size was approx. 2500 in the age group of 18-55 years, with an annual income between Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs 5 lakh.

Ashish Tiwari, Chief Marketing Officer, Home Credit India, said: “The Great Indian Wallet study serves as our compass, guiding us through the intricate landscape of consumer financial behaviour each year. By delving into the underlying behavioural trends, we gain valuable insights into household financial stability and the potential risks associated with technology in financial transactions. This year’s study reflects an upswing in the overall Financial Well-Being among urban and semi-urban consumers due to the strong economic growth, providing a clear insight into consumer sentiments, spending patterns, and saving habits among various demographics and segments.”

As per The Great Indian Wallet study, the financial well-Being Index among urban and semi-urban consumers has increased over last year, both in terms of current status and future perception. 52% of the consumers said that their income increased in the current year over last year, while 74% of consumers expects their income to increase by the coming year. About two-thirds claim that they would be able to save more (66%) and invest more (66%) in the coming year. This buoyancy in consumer sentiment is fuelled by the upward growth trajectory in the economy, an increase in earning capacity, and a positive perception of income growth.

Hyderabad see rise in savings

Region wise, in 2024, Hyderabad sees a rise in the average personal monthly income to 44k from 42k in 2023, with 68% of respondents reporting increased savings. However, fixed monthly expenses also escalated to 24k from 19k in 2023. Hyderabad retains its status as the best city for urban lower-middle-class living in India for the second consecutive year. Grocery and rent remain primary monthly expenses, comprising 21% each, followed by children's education at 17%. Discretionary spending trends reveal a preference for local travel and sightseeing (35%) and dining out (28%). Over the last six months, 57% indulged in purchasing clothing and accessories.

Hyderabad's significant contribution to household expenses (79%) underscores its financial significance among metros, surpassing even Mumbai's (75%). 41% expressed awareness of online financial frauds, with 27% falling victim to such online scams. Interest in financial services like 'Credit on UPI' remains at 16%, though 87% assert they would discontinue using UPI if it incurs charges.

Meanwhile, on national level, the study further shows that the average of Personal Monthly Income in 2024 stands at 35k for Metros and 32k for Tier 1 & 2 cities, showing an increase from 33k (Metros), 30k (Tier 1), and 27k (Tier 2) in 2023. Among Metros and Tier 1 cities, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune emerged as pivotal hubs, offering newer and better prospects for consumers seeking advancement. These cities witness rise in income levels, with Bangalore and Hyderabad leading with incomes 15% and 33% higher than the national average, respectively.

Overview of income and expenditure

The study also provides an overview of the income and expenses among lower-middle-class individuals in 2024. On average, the personal monthly income of lower-middle-class individuals is around 33K, while monthly expenses stand at 19K in 2024. The growth in income over the past year has kept pace with the increase in expenses.

In terms of wallet share, the study revealed that grocery (26%) and rent (21%) continues to be the primary expenses dominating the wallet share of the average lower-middle-class Indian. This is followed by commute (19%), Children’s Education (15%), Medical Expenses (7%), electricity bills (6%), cooking gas (4%), and mobile bills (2%).

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