Thursday, March 11, 2010

They spend how much?

Want to know more about the spending habits of your neighbors? Check out

There are lots of forums and articles about spending topics, and you can take a quiz which will assign you a “spend type” based on your usual spending tendencies.

For our purposes, I think Everybody’s Money, a database on spending and saving trends, is more interesting. You can choose a location and see spending breakdowns. There are broad categories (like Health & Family) which you can then breakdown into smaller categories (like personal care, insurance, and pets). You can compare this data to other geographies, or compare within categories like age, household type or income.

According to their FAQ: “Our data comes from the U.S. government, from anonymous and aggregated spending transactions from Citi, and from third party data providers.”

This data shouldn't’t replace the more detailed consumer expenditure reports we can access from DemographicsNow, but it does seem to be an interesting and fun resource.

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