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    Spooky Savings Facts: Consumers Are Willing To Cut Halloween Costs To Save
    Monday, October 29, 2018 12:00 PM

    PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Most U.S. consumers are willing to cut corners on Halloween spending in order to save. Over 60 percent are willing to reuse a costume, 45 percent would make their own decorations and another 25 percent would skip the candy, all to keep their savings plans on track.

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    These are the key findings of a new Halloween survey1 conducted by CIT Bank, CIT Group's (NYSE: CIT) national online bank (member FDIC).

    "People realize the importance of sticking to a savings plan to meet both their immediate and long-term needs," said Ravi Kumar, head of Internet Banking at CIT Bank. "While celebrating Halloween remains a priority, many are willing to make trade-offs to remain committed to their savings goals."

    When it comes to Halloween spending, candy is by far the most popular item among 90 percent of U.S. consumers. About 40 percent say they expect to shell out between $11 and $25 on sugary treats, with 20 percent spending up to $50. Beyond that, 60 percent of consumers plan to purchase Halloween-themed home décor and another 30 percent expect to buy costumes.

    California will spend the most on Halloween this year, according to one third of survey respondents. Higher levels of disposable income, influence of the entertainment industry, and a higher cost of living were most cited as reasons why. New York State finished in second place with 14 percent anticipating it will spend the most, followed by Massachusetts with 8 percent.   

    Consumers across the U.S. spend billions of dollars on Halloween every year, but only 12 percent say they set aside money in advance to pay for the holiday, according to the survey. CIT Bank's Savings Builder can make it easier to prepare as it encourages consistent savings by rewarding customers with a higher interest rate if they contribute $100 or more each month.2

    "Establishing a smart savings strategy for projected expenses can eliminate the anxiety of seasonal spending, making holidays such as Halloween more enjoyable," continued Kumar.

    For more information, an infographic summarizing the survey's findings can be found here.

    About CIT
    Founded in 1908, CIT (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with approximately $50 billion in assets as of September 30, 2018. Its principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A., (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender) has approximately $30 billion of deposits and more than $40 billion of assets. CIT provides financing, leasing, and advisory services principally to middle-market companies and small businesses across a wide variety of industries. It also offers products and services to consumers through its Internet bank franchise and a network of retail branches in Southern California, operating as OneWest Bank, a division of CIT Bank, N.A. For more information, visit cit.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook.

    CIT MEDIA RELATIONS:
    Olivia Weiss
    (212) 771-9657
    olivia.weiss@cit.com

    1 All data included herein is based on the referenced survey, which was conducted online within the United States by Survey Monkey on behalf of CIT between Oct. 1 - 5, 2018 among 1,404 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

    2 Complete terms and conditions for the Savings Builder account can be found at CITBank.com.

    SOURCE CIT Group Inc.

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