Gallup just released the results of a poll asking Americans how much money they spent in a day on discretionary items, excluding major home purchases and regular bills. Respondents are asked how much they spent “yesterday,” or the day before they were contacted by the pollster.
The results of this poll show a lot of seasonal variation in daily spending, with upticks during the summer months and before Christmas, and lower spending in the winter and fall. This means the most useful comparisons to make to the current poll are with responses from June in previous years.
Gallup noted that, while self-reported spending is up from the years following the financial crisis and the Great Recession, June 2015’s average daily spending of $US90 is essentially unchanged from June 2013 and 2014:
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