Jun 05, 2022

Question of the Day: What percent of consumers using "buy now, pay later" have been late with their payments?

Using "buy now, pay later" and splitting your payments into smaller amounts across a few months must make it easier to pay, right? 

Answer: 42%


  • Have you seen the "buy now, pay later" options when you buy items online? If yes, have you ever used it? Why or why not? 
  • What are the pros/cons of using this payment option? 
  • Why do you think so many consumers have struggled to make on-time payments with "buy now, pay later?"

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Behind the numbers (Acorns): 

The share of American adults who’ve used buy-now, pay-later services in 2022 has increased to 43% — a 12 point jump from 2021, according to LendingTree.

Of those who have used these kinds of services, 42% have had to pay some kind of late fee. “That’s a really big number,” says Matt Schulz, chief credit analyst at LendingTree. “That means an awful lot of people have paid late with these loans.”

It’s particularly worrying because, while the idea behind buy-now, pay later is not new, they’ve only become widespread across online retailers in the past few years, Schulz says.


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About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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