Food stamp households budget more of spending on basics
September 13, 2000
In 1998, consumer units (roughly the equivalent of households) that received Food Stamps and had members under 18 years of age spent 69 percent of their annual budgets on housing, food, and apparel. Households that included children but did not receive Food Stamps spent 51 percent of their budget on those basics.
On the other hand, nonrecipient households with children allocated a little over 4 percent of their spending to health care while similar households that received food stamps spent a bit less than 2 percent. Non-recipient consumer units also spent a bit more of their budget on transportation: almost 20 percent versus 15 percent.
These data are a product of the Consumer Expenditure Survey program. Consumer units include members of a household related by blood, marriage or other legal arrangement; a person living alone; or two or more persons living together who pool their income to make joint expenditure decisions. In this report, consumer unit and household are used interchangeably. Read Issues in Labor Statistics Summary 00-14, "A comparison of the characteristics and spending patterns of Food Stamp recipients and nonrecipients," (PDF 33K) for more information.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Food stamp households budget more of spending on basics on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/sept/wk2/art03.htm (visited September 05, 2015).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.