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Consumer Expenditure Surveys

Section 2 - Consumer Unit Characteristics

Section 2 collects information about living quarters expenditures, food expenses and vehicles.

Now I am going to ask about expenditures for your living quarters, food expenses and vehicles.

  1. Enter 1 to continue.

* Ask if not apparent

Are these living quarters presently used as student housing by a college or university?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Do you own this home?

Include households with a mortgage as owners.
  1. Yes
  2. No

Are these quarters owned by regular ownership or as a condominium or cooperative?

In this survey, we consider a cooperative to be a property which is owned by a corporation. Each shareholder is entitled to occupy an individual unit. Is this what you mean?

(FIELD REPRESENTATIVE: If the respondent answers "No" to the probe try to determine whether the ownership is "regular" or "condominium" and mark the appropriate box.)

  1. Regular ownership
  2. Condominium
  3. Cooperative

Are your living quarters rented for cash rent or occupied without payment of cash rent?

  1. Rented for cash
  2. Occupied without payment of cash rent

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Do you have a mortgage on this property?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Since the first of the reference month what has been your usual WEEKLY expense at the grocery store or supermarket? [enter value] ______________

About how much of this amount was for nonfood items, such as paper products, detergents, home cleaning supplies, pet foods, and alcoholic beverages? [enter value] ______________

Have you or any members of your household purchased any food or nonalcoholic beverages from places other than grocery stores, such as convenience stores, specialty stores, bakeries, home delivery, vegetable stands, or farmer’s markets?

  1. Yes
  2. No

What was your usual WEEKLY expense at these places? [enter value] ______________

During the previous 30 days, have you (or any of the people on your list) purchased any meals at school or in a preschool program for preschool or school age children?

  1. Yes
  2. No

What are the names of all the people on your list who purchased meals at school? [enter text] ______________

What has been the usual weekly expense for the meals [NAME] purchased at school? [enter value] ______________

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How many weeks in the past 30 days did [NAME] purchase meals? [enter text] ______________

Do you (or any of the people on your list) own an automobile, truck, or other vehicle?

Do not include any vehicle which is used entirely for business purposes.
  1. Yes
  2. No

How many? [enter value] ______________

End of Section 2

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Last Modified Date: January 2, 2012