Source: The Mercury, Friday, 1 March 1996, p. 5
AUSTRALIANS spend more than a quarter of their house- hold food budgets on take- away and restaurant meals. They spend almost as much on cosmetics and hair care as on fuel and power, and more on alcohol than fruit and vegetables. Australian Bureau of Stat- istics research into where the money goes, shows that food, transport, housing and rec- reation are by far the biggest expenses. Around $602 a week is spent by the average house- hold on goods and services- $111 of which accounts for food. Transport costs average $97 a week and about $79 goes to recreation every week. Petrol adds up to more than meat and seafood in most houses-around $26 a week on petrol and $18 on meat products. Almost $30 (27%), of total food spending goes on take- away food and restaurants- a 5% increase over 1984. Spending on alcohol aver- ages $17 a week, $9 of which is for beer, $4 on wine and $3 on spirits. In comparison, just $14 a week is spent on fruit and $13 on bakery products and cereals. Spare-time spending is sig- nificant. Almost $23 a week goes towards holidays, accounting for around 30% of the $79 spent on recreation. Mainstream recreation such as video hire, sports fees admission to sports events, cinemas and theatres cost around $15 a week. On top of that around $13 weekly is spent on televisions stereos, computers and other audio-visual equipment and about $9 on toys and sporting goods. Books, newspapers and magazines account for just $8 a week.
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