Here's Where Americans Spend Their Money

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Last year, Americans spent $10.7 trillion shopping.With that much dough, you could buy over 2,000 aircraft carriers, 300 private islands, and still have money left over for a latte.

Here’s a taste of the things we bought—and how much we spent on them.

Beer: $96 billion—enough to make 199,937,239 barrels! (Brewers Association)

Pretzels: $550 million (Reuters)

Bottled Water: $11 billion (Beverage Marketing Corp.)

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whiteners: $1.4 billion (MSNBC)

Coffee: $11 billion (Franchise Direct/North American Organic Coffee Industry Report)

Sinus Treatments: $5.8 billion (centres for Disease Control)

Pet Halloween Costumes: $310 million. The pet industry hauls in a total $50.96 billion! (National Retail Federation/American Pet Product Association)

Easter: $16.8 billion (National Retail Association)

Romance Novels: $10 billion (Romance Writers of America)

Engagement and Wedding Rings: $11 billion (Knot Market Intelligence)

Valentine's Day Flowers: $1.7 billion (National Retail Federation)

Chocolate: $16 billion dollars (we eat 2.8 billion pounds of it!) (IBIS)

St. Patrick's Day: $4.14 billion (National Retail Federation)

Perfume: $4.2 billion (Research and Markets)

Gambling: $34.6 billion (American Gaming Association)

Tattoos: $2.3 billion (IBIS)


Tattoo Removal: $66 million (INC.)

Golf Balls: $500 million (Forbes)

Girl Scout Cookies: $800 million (Girl Scouts of America)

Taxidermy: $800 million (Breakthrough Magazine)

Video Games: $17 billion dollars (NPD Group)

Groceries: $478 billion (USDA)

Fast Food: $117 billion (Fast Food Marketing)

Professional Sports: $25.4 billion (WR Hambrecht)

Soft Drinks: $65 billion (National Soft Drinks Association)

Dollar Store Purchases: $30 billion (Security and Exchange Commission)

Alternative Medicine: $33.9 Billion (Consumer Reports)

Toilet Paper: $2.6 billion (NY Times)

Ringtones: $5 billion worldwide (NY Times)

Baggage Fees: $3.36 billion (Bureau of Transportation)

Credit Card Late Fees: $18 billion (RK Hammer)

Lawn Care: $40 billion (Bloomberg)

Child Care: $47 billion (IBIS)

Twinkies: Approximately $500 million (WSJ)

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