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Consumer spending $51,100 in 2013

March 06, 2015

Average annual household spending decreased from $51,442 in 2012 to $51,100 in 2013, a decline of 0.7 percent. This follows 2 years of increasing spending in 2011 and 2012.

Average annual expenditures of all consumer units, by category, 2010–2013
Category Expenditures Over-the-year percent change
2010 2011 2012 2013 2010–
2011
2011–
2012
2012–
2013

Total average annual expenditures

$48,109 $49,705 $51,442 $51,100 3.3 3.5 -0.7

Reading

100 115 109 102 15.0 -5.2 -6.4

Tobacco products and smoking supplies

362 351 332 330 -3.0 -5.4 -0.6

Alcoholic beverages

412 456 451 445 10.7 -1.1 -1.3

Personal care products and services

582 634 628 608 8.9 -0.9 -3.2

Miscellaneous

849 775 829 645 -8.7 7.0 -22.2

Education

1,074 1,051 1,207 1,138 -2.1 14.8 -5.7

Apparel and services

1,700 1,740 1,736 1,604 2.4 -0.2 -7.6

Cash contributions

1,633 1,721 1,913 1,834 5.4 11.2 -4.1

Entertainment

2,504 2,572 2,605 2,482 2.7 1.3 -4.7

Food away from home

2,505 2,620 2,678 2,625 4.6 2.2 -2.0

Healthcare

3,157 3,313 3,556 3,631 4.9 7.3 2.1

Food at home

3,624 3,838 3,921 3,977 5.9 2.2 1.4

Personal insurance and pensions

5,373 5,424 5,591 5,528 0.9 3.1 -1.1

Transportation

7,677 8,293 8,998 9,004 8.0 8.5 0.1

Housing

16,557 16,803 16,887 17,148 1.5 0.5 1.5

During 2013, changes in consumer spending varied among the seven largest categories. Spending increased in three categories: housing, transportation, and healthcare. It decreased in three: apparel and services, entertainment, and personal insurance and pensions. Spending on food did not change.

Spending on housing rose 1.5 percent to $17,148 in 2013. Spending on mortgage interest and charges for homeowners increased for the first time since 2007. However, homeowners spent less on interest and changes in 2013 than they did in 2007. This is probably the result of lower interest rates.

While transportation spending was about $9,000 in both 2012 to 2013, spending on gasoline decreased in 2013, the first decrease since 2009.

As a whole, food spending did not change from 2012 to 2013. Spending on food at home rose about $50, increasing from $3,921 to $3,977. Spending on food away from home was down by a similar amount, decreasing from $2,678 to $2,625.

These data are from the Consumer Expenditure Survey. To learn more, see Consumer Expenditures in 2013 (PDF).

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Consumer spending $51,100 in 2013 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/consumer-spending-51100-dollars-in-2013.htm (visited June 16, 2021).

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