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Where does the money go


Half of the typical American’s expenditures are on housing (34%) and transportation (16%). Food, personal insurance, healthcare, entertainment, and apparel make up another 40%. Housing expenditures are primarily for shelter (21% of the total), with furnishings, electricity, telephone, operations, and fuel and water comprising the other 13%. Electricity, natural gas, and fuel oil are ~4% of consumer expenditures, or ~$2,000 per year.


Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2010. Consumer Expenditure Survey. link

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