October 26 2010|05.00 AM UTC

Jonathan Rivers

A Historic Look at America’s Grocery Spending Habits

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Through the past decades, technological, educational, and institutional changes have made life easier.  America’s standard of living has risen considerably through the past half century, beaming with modern conveniences that would astound those living 50 years ago.  From all these wide variety of changes, how has America’s grocery spending habits changed through time?  Are we spending more on food, or less?  Some of the numbers below might just surprise you.

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Julius October 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Mr Rivers. Awesome infographics. Do you mind sharing with me your sources? It would be very much appreciated if you could.


Samantha Eckles November 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Hi Julius, We got our info from the U.S. Department of Labor (cited at the bottom left of the infographic). Hope we helped. Thanks for reading!


Joss November 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm

It is interesting the household groceries budget share has declined along with the consumer preference for natural, whole foods. Instead people prefer food that is more artificial than we’ve ever had. To save money.

We can now eat naturally-grown organic, and non-processed foods cheaper than ever – and instead, we prefer had-to-digest foods and stressful additives – even substances not found in the natural food chain. We do this knowingly and unknowingly.

Don’t worry, you can save that money you save being cheap on food and spend it later on costly medical prescriptions as your body starts to function rather poorly and you are sick with chronic ‘conditions.’ What an economic fallacy to be ignorant of nutrition.

The food industry isn’t evil, it just gives people what they want – and most of us want ignorant consumption. I say go read a book or two on nutrition and health, and get off the meds that are just making you another loyal drug consumer.


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